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Making a space for youth

A Te Awamutu community leader has created what he hopes will be a safe space for young people to thrive and meet. “It is an opportunity for the youth of Te Awamutu to come out…

Sweet and sour funding

Funding for Te Ara Wai, Waipā’s new $20.48 million museum in Te Awamutu, looks set to come from an unlikely source, a Three Waters reform sweetener from the government. The museum is at the top…

InterCity education

When the new term started this week, hundreds of Waipā secondary school students left the district by bus to go to school rather than attend their local one. But there is some debate around the…

Waipā ordered to add fluoride to water

Waipā District Council has been ordered to add fluoride to its Cambridge water supply. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has made directives today under the Health Act to 14 local authorities, including Waipā, to…

500 new sections to open up

A couple known for running antique shops have opened the door to a 500-home neighbourhood just 1500 metres from Te Awamutu’s town centre. It is the latest in a series of new residential developments for…

Slow, slow, quick quick slow ……

Waka Kotahi is under attack from enraged motorists following the road transport authority’s decision to implement a programme of safety improvements at Tamahere, the day after it opened the Waikato Expressway Hamilton section. The bottle…

Community boards: what it’s worth

Only one Waipā elected representative has claimed a childcare allowance payable to all councillors and community board members since 2019. Cambridge Community Board member Elise Badger, a solo parent of two children aged seven and…

Trust chair eyes new ward

One of the first Māori to serve on a Waipā District Council committee says the experience and lessons learned have prompted him to put his name forward for the council. Bill Harris, 63, submitted his…

Welcome to the elections

We are now in election mode – welcome to the season where candidates put up their signs, come looking for your votes by door knocking and seek out photo opportunities. Elections give residents a vital…

Dying to go naturally

When Dawn Ivil died in 2017, her family honoured her wishes and interred her ashes in Leamington Cemetery’s natural burial section. Natural burials in Waipā are only available at Leamington but recent feedback, following revelations…

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