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Budget boost for a cleaner Waikato river

The latest funding to improve the condition of the Waikato and Waipā river is also expected to bring an economic boost to riverside communities. The Waikato River Authority has increased its annual funding for river…

Fly tippers left down in the dumps

Digital media is proving an effective tool in catching people who prefer to leave their trash on the side of the road. The Waipā District Council announced this week five people who dumped their rubbish…

Bronze honours for TA photographer Kate Ryan

Te Awamutu photographer Kate Ryan has won two awards in the RISE International Photography Awards. She won bronze awards in the Family and Teen categories with a candid family portrait and an avant-garde creative piece….

During Covid, locals provide a home away from home

Aiko Utaka’s journey from Thailand to New Zealand has not turned out quite as she planned – but it has helped her cement a special bond with a New Zealand family. Aiko’s stay has been…

Mayor welcomes ‘clear pathway’ post-election

Waipā District Mayor Jim Mylchreest hopes that gaining a majority-led government on the back of Labour’s landslide general election win will auger well for the region. Speaking between meetings on Monday morning, he said he…

Holiday time to turn turtle

By Danielle Zollickhofer Wintec Journalism Student Kiwis are becoming first-time motorhome holiday makers as they take the seats of international tourists. Cambridge-based Jones Motorhomes says the loss of international tourists has been partially compensated for…

A century of TA schooling

Stories of cracked boilers and near-frozen students are included in an exhibition at Te Awamutu Museum until October 3, chronicling the passage of 100 years of secondary education in Te Awamutu. “He tangata, he tangata,…

Getting their hands wet

Decked out in their wellies, caps and hi-vis vests, teams of volunteers from Te Awamutu Rotary Club are making a positive impact on the wellbeing of the Rotopiko wetlands in Ōhaupo. The volunteers have added…

Rotary event: who has the write stuff?

A surprising number of renowned authors started writing as kids – which begs the question – could some of those entering the Te Awamutu Rotary Club’s 2020 Children’s Essay Competition be taking their first steps…

The build begins

Construction has started on an $8 million dementia residential facility which is destined to provide a safe haven for people across the King Country. After several Covid-19 linked delays, the build began at Ōtorohanga’s Beattie…

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