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The weather that dumped heavy rain at the official opening of the Waikato Expressway Hamilton section on Tuesday appears to have delayed the public from using it. Around 250 hundred guests, including The News’ senior…

Dental care strain emphasised

A new paper calling for a rethink of dental hygiene for children has been released days after The News revealed Te Awamutu’s Community Board had accused the Government of “subverting” science over fluoride use. The…

Live streaming: by choice

There appears to be little or no interest in compelling local bodies to live stream all their meetings. Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has signalled she is comfortable with the current arrangement which leaves the…

Artists in line for top honour

Seven Te Awamutu artists have made the annual IHC Art Awards semi-final. The work of Hannah MacFarlane, Julie Tate, Stevie Cook, Andrea Meddings, Pauline Beuno, Sarah Griffin and Kathleen Bayer will be considered for the…

Housing review delayed

A general review of housing in the district has been delayed by six months because of a heavy workload at Waipā District Council. Known internally as Draft Plan Change 21, the scope of work includes…

Waipā’s number is up…

Waipā’s population has cracked 60,000 for the first time in its 33-year history, up from 48,200 a decade ago. But whether that growth continues depends on what council policy advisor David Totman calls a “rogue…

Boards in secret reviews

Waipā District Council has held a series of behind closed doors meetings and interviews to discuss the future role of community boards. The talkfest between council staff, councillors and community stakeholders comes only a week…

Bakery fronts up over pie issue

A Te Awamutu Bakery has changed its operating procedures following a council investigation into ‘mouldy’ pies. A customer of Sarah’s Bakery and Cafe posted photos of pies to Facebook, which appeared to be mouldy. They…

Fighting social housing stigma

Zion and Habitat for Humanity want to dispel some of the myths that surround social housing. “The key stereotype is if you’re living in state housing, then you are going to be problematic and are…

Zoning fears aired

An enrolment scheme for Te Awamutu College could divide rural communities, out-of-zone parents warn. A public consultation meeting for the enrolment zone was held at the college on Monday. Ministry of Education lead advisor Patrick…

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