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Newsletter: August 2002


Hi Everyone,

Courier Article

The great publicity continued this month with a front page article in the Courier. The story covered Ange's involvement with the Go Bush campaign as well Dave's work with the Virtual Town. Read the full story here.

Virtual Te Awamutu CD

The CD is now available at Guy's Paper Plus as well as the Visitor Information Centre. Sales haven't been outstanding but we're not getting disillusioned yet. Remember, if you'd like to support what we're doing with Te Awamutu Online, buying a CD is a great way to do it!


Many of you are familiar with our DIY homepage system which has been providing free homepages for local businesses and organisations since August 2000. You may also be aware that we've been developing a new system with vastly improved features. This new system is now in the final testing stages and can be seen at www.teawamutu.net. We'll have more news about this next month.

Bridge Club

The Te Awamutu Contract Bridge Club has been helping us prepare and test the new homepage system, and as a result the club is now the proud owner of their own website. The site was launched on the same day the club moved into it's new clubrooms. This simple but effective site includes online tutorials and immediate competition results - the first time such a service has been provided by a provincial New Zealand town. See their site at www.teawamutu.net/bridge.

In Brief...

  • Parawera Primary School celebrated their 100th anniversary this month.
  • Te Awamutu College has followed the example of many other schools in introducing drug searches using sniffer dogs.
  • Discussion is continuing over the proposed changes to the local government voting system. Voters may be asked to choose between the current First Past the Post system and the Single Transferable Voting system.
  • Other continuing controversies include the fate of the Climax Steam Engine and the public toilet block opposite the Rose Gardens.
  • Te Awamutu Library has extended it's opening hours to include Wednesday evenings, for those who can't make it during the day.
  • Demolition work on the old swimming pool is expected to begin in October.
  • Preparation work has begun on the new entrances for the War Memorial Park.

See you again next month.

Dave and Richard.