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Te Awamutu Responds to the USA Tragedy

Ange Holt signs the condolence bookLike the rest of the world, Te Awamutu residents watched in horror on the 11th September as the terrorist attacks on the USA unfolded before our eyes.

Message of Condolence Books

Waipa District Council has followed the lead of other local authorities around the country and established two condolence books for the citizens of America -- one at the Waipa District Council Building and one at their Cambridge office. Te Awamutu residents can call into the council building any time during business hours and sign the book at the main counter.

The books will be sent to the American Embassy in a few weeks.

Pictured: Ange Holt is a local resident and part of the Te Awamutu Online team. As she signed the book today she reflected on her memories of visiting the USA and the World Trade Centre in 1992. "America is a wonderful place with wonderful people," she said. "I can't believe this has happened and I extend my thoughts to the people of America. I just hope the situation doesn't escalate too far."

20th September: Combined Church Service

At 6pm there was a public combined church service at the Te Awamutu Bible Chapel. The interdenominational service was approximately 1/2 hour and included video clips, prayers and an address from Mayor John Hewitt.