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Artists help kākāpō cause

The donated works of New Zealand artists will help Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari achieve its goal of introducing up to kākāpō late this year. Once among the most common birds in the country, kākāpō are now…

Time for a short laugh

Some creative DIY has brought a laugh to the Te Awamutu community. Ethan Udy decided to so some of his own repair work when he found the Short St sign broken into three pieces. He…

Rook numbers drop

The regional council believes rook numbers have fallen from about 50 to 40 in the region over the past year. Introduced from Britain to control insects more than 150 years ago, the bird soon wore…

Sea change on Māori wards

A remarkable turnaround in public opinion – and strong submissions from iwi – put councils wanting to introduce Māori wards on the front foot. Last week was the final week councils up and down the…

Vicki bears all…

If you go out for a walk today in Te Awamutu, you’re in for a big surprise. Dozens of residents have joined a worldwide movement to bring “a ray of hope in a very difficult…