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Archer the Ace

  By Andy McGechan It was probably just a matter of time before Kiwi dirt bike ace Rachael Archer topped the podium in the United States. The 18-year-old from Ngaroma, near Te Awamutu, has long…

Sam pools her talents for refugees

Te Awamutu teen Sam White has an impressive swim stroke and a heart to match. Ten days ago, she kick-started an initiative to collect items for refugee children eager to assimilate with New Zealand life,…

The passing of a true woolshed character

    When the TALOS juniors return to The Woolshed Theatre on July 23, it will be to an empty chair in the front row that their gaze will be drawn. For it is that…

The architects are on the board

  Te Awamutu had to wait to get the rub of the green, but when it came it was a key factor in securing the team’s first points of the season in the WaiBop football…

Meat the competition

  Te Awamutu’s James Beattie wants the way he undertakes his craft to be a cut above. It’s with that goal in mind the third-year Pak ’n Save Te Awamutu apprentice butcher has entered the…

Titchener welcomes US fluoride decision

Waipā Anti-fluoride campaigner Kane Titchener is hailing a court ruling in the United States. The San Francisco Federal Court has ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take a second look at a petition…

Three in a row

A lockdown initiative to simply check on customers has resulted in Wilks Penny Motorcycles Te Awamutu leading the pack. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, many essential businesses and their staff nationwide had to find ways…

Battling for baby William

Seven-week-old William Cameron snuggles into his mum Nicole’s arms. As he drifts off to sleep he reaches a tiny hand out in search of one of her fingers. He finds it, grabs it, squeezes and…

Board wants revamp, by George

Te Awamutu Community board wants plans to improve the George St carpark area accelerated. The call formed part of the board’s submission to Waipā District Council 2020-21 draft annual plan. Speaking to an extraordinary meeting…

A life serving

For all the service that led to Hazel Barnes’ Queen’s Service Medal, it is something much more personal that makes her heart swell with pride. Raising three children single-handedly and enjoying their success in life…

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