Local Opinion

Tough calls begin

Waipā District Council’s decision last week to cut funding to the two i-Sites in Cambridge and Te Awamutu appears to be the first sign other tough financial decisions will follow. But The News’ attempts to…

Feeling Alexander’s pain

When 80-year-old Alexander Kemble was staggering the streets of Alexandra in great agony in January 1881 there was a dilemma as to what should be done with him. There were no police in the district…

Promises, promises!

The negotiations have finished, some give and take done, some appointments made; and now we have a three party government to lead us maybe for the three years. Promises have been offered by each composite…

Plane v Volcano

“The roar of these gusts could be heard above the plane’s engines. As the aircraft went through the ash and the heat it heaved and buckled and those in the cabin closed their eyes against…

Audit: favourable, work to do

The annual Audit Report on Waipa District Council from Audit NZ has recently been publicly released. The overall conclusion is a favourable one: ‘the financial statements and statement of performance present fairly the Waipa’s activity…

Restoring our environment

Here, in Te Awamutu we are lucky enough to be at the centre point between two maunga, Maungatautari and Pirongia. Flowing between the two maunga is the Mangapiko stream which winds its way directly through…

Reviewing our work

Transparency, accountability, being prepared to listen and take community feedback are core values of the Te Awamutu and Kihikihi Community board.  We are not always going to get everything across the line but we assure…

Cattle and gorse in Kihikihi

A most successful flower show and fancy fete was held at Te Awamutu.  Known as the Waikato West flower show, it was held in the Town Hall and blessed with beautiful weather. There was an…

Watching and waiting…

We are watching the complexity of volcanic unrest in real time in Iceland. A rapid increase in activity resulted from magma rising pretty close to the surface across a 15 km long area, causing earthquakes…

The story of Frederick Malcomson

The silence of the tent surprised Rowland Long when he returned to it around 10.30 on an April night in 1865. Rowland was part of Frederick Malcolmson’s survey party working around the Ngāhinapōuri district and…

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