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Newsletter: July 2003


Hi Everyone,

New HomepageSorry about the delay in publishing July's newsletter - we've had a few disruptions behind the scenes this month. However it's all good! Dave and Ange have bought a house on Racecourse Road where we're building a new office for our business Wavelength Media. This will make our lives a lot easier and make us more accessible for visitors and customers. Unfortunately we've had a number of contractor delays (hence the disruptions) but we should be back in full force early in August.

We've also had some fairly major renovations at Te Awamutu Online. The most obvious change is the home page which features a new navigation menu and a 60-second introduction to Te Awamutu (requires Flash). There have also been some structural changes to the site which we hope have improved access without creating too much turmoil. As always we'd appreciate any feedback.

In Other News...

Tokanui Hospital Oral History Project
An oral history project about life at Tokanui Hospital is to be conducted by staff at Te Awamutu Museum and various other organisations. Anyone who was closely involved with the hospital and is willing to be interviewed can contact the museum for further details. The project will begin in September. More...
Snap : Shot in Te Awamutu
Te Awamutu Museum is running a photography show with a twist. Disposable cameras were given to 20 randomly selected people in the community who are not commercial photographers. More...
Paterson Burn VisiqueBusiness Awards
The Telecom Local Directories Waipa District District Business Awards were held this month at Cambridge Town Hall. Overall "Best Business of the Year" for the Waipa District was Cambridge Country Store. Best Te Awamutu Business was Paterson Burn Visique. More...

In Brief...

  • Te Awamutu's Louise Collingwood finished a close runner-up in the national Wrightson Agmart Young Farmer Contest.
  • Licenced premises in Te Awamutu and Kihikihi have voluntarily reduced late-night trading hours, following a request from the District Licencing Agency and the police. All premises will now close no later than 2:00am.
  • An artwork piece by Te Awamutu College student Teresa Captein has been chosen to feature at an international exhibition held in conjunction with the 2004 Olympic Games at Athens.
  • Waipa District Council has voted to defer a review of the electoral system until 2006.
  • Nga Kakano Te Kohanga Reo o Kihikihi is creating a musical CD, including some original material. The CD will be sold as a fundraiser.
  • After surviving structural problems and debate over its future, the spire on St John's Church is to remain in place with new reinforcements.
  • Te Awamutu sporting facilities could be utilised for team preparation purposes if the proposed Hamilton Commonwealth games bid was to be successful.
  • Telecom is predicting that by the end of 2003, 90% of Waikato customers will have broadband internet access available.
  • A survey by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce has indicated business owners in Te Awamutu are more pessimistic about short-term prospects than those in any other centre in the top half of the North Island.
  • 3 Guys Supermarket has been sold to an independent operator as a going concern, allaying fears that it might be closing.
  • Te Awamutu hosted the New Zealand Secondary Schools Duathlon Championship this month, with local competitors gaining a number of top-twenty placings.
  • As a result of last month's public meeting regarding the Kihikihi Skate Park project, Waipa District Council has approved in principle the the use the town hall site for this purpose.
  • The fate of the Climax Steam Engine (at the War Memorial Park) will again be discussed at Council level. Options which are expected to include restoration or disposal will be presented to Council's August meeting.
  • The Waikato Titans will play a televised home semi-final at the Trust Waikato Te Awamutu Events Centre on the weekend of 15-17 August.
  • A public meeting has given the go-ahead to form a new Rosetown Probus Club. The word Probus is a combination of PROfessional and BUSiness, and clubs are retired or semi-retired business and professional people. The Rosetown club's inaugural meeting will be held at the Lyceum Club, Bank St, on August 21 at 10.00am.

See you again in August.

Dave and Richard.