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Newsletter: April 2003


Hi Everyone,

Strange Sightings in Kihikihi
Those of you who can't get the Courier missed an excellent April 1st story. Don't panic though - the folks from the Courier have kindly allowed us to reprint it here...
Pride of Te AwamutuPride of Te Awamutu Awards
It was a hugely successful night at the inaugural Pride of Te Awamutu Awards on Friday 4th April. Highlights included a presentation by the Tamaki brothers and special appearance by Neil Finn. More...
Poll Maintains Status Quo
In the local body election poll, First Past the Post was the winner with 60.06% of the vote. Full Results...

Pirongia School websiteAward for Pirongia School website
The Pirongia School website (www.teawamutu.net/pirongiaschool) has won a prestigious "TKI Webguide Award". These awards, issued by the Ministry of Education's Te Kete Ipurangi, exist to recognise excellence in school websites. More...

Ministers Visit Maungatautari Project
The Deputy Prime Minister Dr Michael Cullen and the Hon Mark Burton took time out of their busy schedules to visit the project to pest-proof fence Maungatautari. More...
Anzac Day Service
The traditional Anzac Parade from the RSA along Alexandra Street was followed by a Civic Commemoration Service at Anzac Green. More...

Video Clip - Neil FinnVideo Clips
In a step towards providing video news, we've included video clips with the Pride of Te Awamutu and Anzac Day stories. These are really just test clips, to see how well they work. We've also begun constructing a help page to assist you to view the videos. Naturally we'd appreciate any feedback.

In Brief...

  • The Waipa District Council Annual Plan is available for download at the council website. Submissions on the plan are open until 5th May 2003.
  • Waipa District Council is to hold discussions with H2O Management about establishing a cafeteria at the Swimming & Events Centre. The Centre has previously been criticised for it's lack of food facilities.
  • Te Awamutu will host the "No8 Wire National Art Award" as part of the Waipa Networks Rose & Cultural Festival.
  • Te Awamutu Museum is to lend it's most prized artifact, Uenuku, to the Waikato Museum of Art and History for a 12-week period. Uenuku will feature as part of the Waikato Museum's new Tainui exhibition.
  • Development plans for Anzac Green remain on hold pending decisions on roading issues.
  • The Alpha Hotel in Kihikihi has re-opened under new management after a 2-month closure.
  • Paterangi Church has held it's final service after a 98-year history. The Paterangi parish was combined with St Andrews in Te Awamutu in 1989.
  • Te Awamutu College Music Department held it's first show of the year.
  • TALOS will be staging the popular musical "Annie" during May. See their website for details.
  • Environment Waikato has published information to help ratepayers understand their rates at www.ew.govt.nz/aboutus/rates

Remember, you can submit news stories to Te Awamutu Online - click here for details.

See you again next month.

Dave and Richard.