Local Opinion

Snippets in Time: Trains, white swans and cakes

Meghan Hawkes looks back on the news as it was reported in 1935. Nine train wagons loaded with lime came off the rails near Te Awamutu disrupting rail traffic for the next 12 hours. The…

Celebrating success

My intention with my column has changed in direction somewhat in that I am going to start trying to highlight some of the good work our staff do on a weekly basis. If there is…

Tales from the Past: The sad swaggers

The meat was raw, fresh from Turnwald’s butchery in Ōhaupō, but William Brook immediately started eating it. A swagman, he lived a nomadic life  travelling miles by foot in search of  work, carrying a bundle…

Did you get the memo?

I think God is trying to get our attention. In the wake of natural disasters like earthquakes we see horrific tragedies like mass-shootings. On the back of global pandemics, we see flooding and cyclones. People…

From sales to dampened spirits

Looking back on reports from 1910 New sale yards at Te Awamutu were officially opened by Waikato MP Mr H Greenslade who congratulated the Town Board on their initiative in providing such modern yards.  The…

The value of being prepared

I think we owe a debt of gratitude to all the line workers, roading engineers, fire and emergency staff and the guys and girls out in that cyclone and in the days after who got…

In case of emergency

As promised, this week I’ll speak to what you can do when you are unable to get home in Civil Defence emergency. Most likely you will be at work; therefore each business ought to have…

Dealing with an emergency

I’m back in the hotseat after my annual Leave. I was one of the lucky ones in that when I went to the Coromandel the weather was fantastic. But while I was away it did…

Tales from the passed: Harry Bosanko

Harry’s Last Day Eleven year old Harry Bosanko was having a hard time of it. The night before, his mother, Fanny had reprimanded him for being naughty and the next day was not much better….

Share and share nicely

The “Sharing Shed” on Anzac Green has been a great asset to the town, enabling the community to share produce, swap books and put up notices. We have been very lucky to have some wonderful…

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