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The lava in the moon

Did you know that the “man on the moon” is actually made of enormous lava flows? I’m talking about the darker patches on the moon that aren’t as bright as the rest of the surface…

The fire and the fugitive

Meghan Hawkes looks at Waipa news from 1911. An outbreak of fire in a stable at the rear of Ahier’s store at Te Awamutu resulted in the destruction of the building together with a bulk…

Looking at our history

I grew up in Waipā, which should mean that I would know a lot about the history of this area. Though we learned about Te Tiriti O Waitangi and the New Zealand Land Wars at…

Sampling a lava flow

Lava is hot. It flows downhill. Seems simple right? I am currently working on lava flows, so here is a wee glimpse into one of the things I am thinking about – lava rheology. This…

Te Tiriti – the Treaty

Following up on events at Waitangi on our National Day a rubric of the present Coalition Government as stated by all the partners of that Coalition, is the encouragement of a better understanding of Te…

Looking back on our week

Ryan Fleming returns with a review of what kept Te Awamutu police busy last week. Monday – Police attended five burglaries, a shoplifting, a missing person/mental health incident who was subsequently located, a family harm…

A great sign of unity

The hui at Turangawaewae on January 20 was more than a celebration of Māoridom’s assertion of tino rangatiratanga and mana motuhake. The strongest of signals was sent to all who might pay some attention to…

Inflation – it’s mixed news

Many people here and overseas are scrutinising inflation data closely trying to predict when central banks will start lowering their official interest rates. Late last year, most of the inflation news was positive. Though inflation…

The truth about diamonds

Have you seen the inspirational quote “a diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure”? While I agree with the sentiment of not giving up, to keep going, and that we…

The hazard in the hive

The sound of someone falling woke one of the grandchildren of Harry Turner, 71, around 3am on a Sunday in April 1911. On entering his room he found Harry on the ground in an agitated…

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