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Our week in review

Here’s how last week looked for police in Te Awamutu… Monday – We attended a family harm incident, a threatening behaviour matter a self-harm incident at a rural location and a missing person was found….

St Helen’s, the aftermath

It is difficult to imagine how much a landscape can be transformed by an eruption, rendering large swaths of land unrecognisable to locals who knew it well. It is the task of volcanologists to understand…

Prisons the answer?

Last week we were told of the Coalition government’s plans to increase the number of beds at Waikeria Prison by 1410. Despite the potential growth all that building will bring to our region, there are…

Boy drowns in Mangapiko Creek

When a young boy from Alexandra told his mother he had a secret in January of 1880 he was to reveal a shocking situation which he and his friends had found themselves in.  The afternoon…

Call for independent scrutiny

When I previously wrote about the Environmental Protection Authority’s Annual Report on 1080 poison (The News January 25, 2024), I commented on an incident involving dead bees and stated that 1080 may be contaminating honey….

Nothing wrong with us? Not so …..

As a volcanologist I work hard on local and international research projects and I thrive spending long physically demanding days on volcanoes. I am also in pain almost every single day. May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome…

Fire destroys Arohena; prisoners on run

Meghan Hawkes takes us back to look at what was making news in Waipā in 1932. The Arohena Valley, southeast of Te Awamutu, was swept by fire which began on Mr Dollimore’s farm. Fanned by a strong southeasterly…

Police week in review

Here’s how last week looked for Te Awamutu police staff… Monday: Police attended a family harm incident where a Police Safety Order was issued, a male was arrested for breaching a protection order, Police received…

Which god is bigger

Epic battles make for epic stories, and the recent Marvel series of movies show us a glimpse just what extraordinary colossal confrontation looks like. My guess is that you enjoy the theatre without considering the…

Tragic end to a search

When John Skinner went missing from his home at Kihikihi on a Sunday in August 1898 there was more of a sense of alarm than usual. John, 50, had been deaf and mute since birth. …

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