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Land connection discussed

The water tower is gone, but the future of the land it sat on in Kihikihi is still to be determined. Bill Harris, chairperson of Ngāti Apakura Runanga Trust, says the land the tower was…

Water initiative, no quick fix

A joint initiative designed to improve the quality of Waipā peat lakes is a step in the right direction, but there is no quick fix for damage already been done, says a Fish and Game…

Art centre stalwart’s work displayed 

Linda Bannister is the next Rosebank Art Centre artist displaying her work at the Te Awamutu Library’s current series of art exhibitions. She is displaying and selling 21 of her works at the library until…

Election strategy outlined

Local Government New Zealand has pledged to involve community newspapers in a campaign to attract more candidates and voters to this year’s local body elections. LGNZ announced last week it wanted to make the country…

Wool buy local

Te Awamutu Creative Fibre – who make products from fibre and encourage the learning of fibre related skills – are launching a pop-up shop next week. “We do anything with fibre,” said member Annette Whittle….

Bid made for more quarries

Beacon Hill Contracting has unveiled plans for four quarries extracting 125,000 tonnes of sand a year from its Maungatautari base. In a resource consent, filed with Waipā District Council last week, the company reveals there…

Museum numbers up

Attendance of Te Awamutu’s Museum is starting to increase, as they go through the process of finding their post-covid normal. Following a stagnant start to the year, the museum saw a boost in general visitor…

Original show nears debut

The Te Awamutu Light Operatic Society is just weeks away from debuting its original musical, Tell me a Story. The show was written by the Te Awamutu mother-daughter duo, Fiona and Rowan Miller, and uses…

Not your average piano

There are only two Wurlitzer Model K Photoplayers left in the world, and one of them can be found in Pirongia. Before they came with their own soundtracks, Photoplayers were used to give silent movies,…

Kaipaki faces fence battle

The conflict between rural-based industries and lifestylers is something Waipā District Council says is not uncommon – and the latest example is in Kaipaki. Agricultural contractor Karl Schwitzer has resource consent to operate a contractors’…

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