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Newsletter: March 2003


Hi Everyone,

Shenanigans, one of the bands to perform on SundayMarch in the Park
This month started in style with the two-day "March in the Park" at the War Memorial Park on March 1st & 2nd. The free programme included an evening performance of 'The Tempest' by Slip of the Tongue' and an afternoon concert featuring four acts. More...
Post Office on the Move
NZ Post / Kiwibank are moving from their long-time premises in the middle of town to the old Wrightson site opposite the Police Station. The old Post Office building will be used by it's owners Tainui Iwi for a pre-employment scheme. More...
Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust
Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust As most locals know, Maungatautari Mountain is to become an ecological island ringed by a special pest proof fence. This historic project has been attracting international attention. For those who haven't been following the progress, now is the time to catch up. More...

Flax DisplayMuseum Exhibition
Harakeke, an exciting new display of items all made from flax, is open at Te Awamutu Museum until 30th June 2003. Intricate kete, woven baskets and prestigious korowai, cloaks, from the museum collection are on display along with a photo essay showing how flax is turned into fibres ready for weaving. More...

Turbo-Charge for TA Online
Some positive news behind the scenes here this month - we've moved both Te Awamutu Online and www.teawamutu.net to a new internet server. Although you probably won't notice any immediate difference, the new server is a big improvement which will solve many problems. It will also pave the way for future upgrades such as archives of photos and media material. The TATV idea might even nudge it's way up the priority list a bit!

In Brief...

  • First of all a correction. Last month we mentioned that 21 dog bites were reported to Waipa District Council during January. Reliable sources tell us that this figure actually applies to the entire previous year.
  • Ex-Te Awamutu resident Brian Smith is part of a photography exhibition at New Zealand House in London. The exhibition, which features work by Brian and four other photographers, is entitled "Underexposed - A Traveler's Perspective of London".
  • In a coup for Te Awamutu, the Waikato Titans Basketball team will be playing most of their home games at the Trust Waikato Events Centre this season. Some games will be broadcast live on TV1.
  • The National Motorshow was held at Mystery Creek this month.
  • Waipa residents received their voting papers in the mail for the upcoming STV vs FPP poll, amid continued heated debate over the issue. Votes must be returned by Saturday 5th April.

One last thing - don't forget the Pride of Te Awamutu Awards - Friday 4th April, 6:45pm at the College.

See you again next month.

Dave and Richard.