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Newsletter: February 2004


Hi Everyone,

Swollen StreamsIf that was summer, who needs winter?

Te Awamutu has weathered the most tempestuous summer of recent times relatively unscathed and the terrible damage inflicted in other parts of the country was not seen in the Waikato.

However it hasn't exactly been non-stop sunbathing for Te Awamutu residents. In the wettest February for 14 years, streams burst their banks, properties were flooded and one farmer reported a metre of water flowing through his cowshed. A number of power cuts occurred during the storms, mostly caused by trees blowing onto power lines.

Local people and organisations have helped raise money for flood victims through a series of initiatives. Waipa District Council has also offered staff to assist lower North Island authorities.

Photo ExhibitionCamera Club 50th Anniversary Exhibition

This year the Te Awamutu Camera Club celebrates their 50th anniversary, an achievement being recognised in a photographic exhibition at Te Awamutu Museum. The exhibition runs until 9th April 2004. More...

RodeoKihikihi Rodeo

The stormy weather cleared enough for the Waikato Rodeo to go ahead at Kihikihi Domain. More...

PoloInternational and National Polo

Kihikihi Polo Club is having a busy season. After hosting the major international match against Australia, the national Savile Cup tournament is on during the second week of March.
International Polo...
Savile Cup...

SkaterExtreme Show to Impact on Te Awamutu

Extreme skateboarding, Pacific fire dancing and superhuman stunts are among the performances in a world tour show that is to be staged at Te Awamutu racecourse on March 1, 2, 3. More...

PantomimeMarch in the Park

This free mini-festival returns to the Memorial Park on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March, featuring Shakespeare in the Park (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Church in the Park (combined outdoor service) and Pantomime in the Park (Puss in Boots). More...

In Brief...

  • The Silver Ferns were in town for a few days, training at local facilities including the Trust Waikato Te Awamutu Events Centre.
  • Waipa District Council has made a submission to Transit New Zealand to construct a footpath between Te Awamutu and Kihikihi.
  • The Health Waikato mobile ear clinic will be at Te Awamutu Primary School on March 15-16, providing free ear checks for children. Contact 021-930-463 for details.
  • The Citizens Advice Bureau is looking for new volunteers. Contact 871-4111 for details.
  • Te Awamutu College Head Students for 2004 are Alix Waters, Sam Christopher, Amy Anderson and Logan Craig.

Photo of the Month
"Orakau Winter 2002" composite photo by Michael Cullen

Orakau Winter 2002
Michael Cullen used to wish the Ruapehu ski fields were closer to his home farm in Orakau. Now, with the help of digital manipulation, he has made it happen.

To submit your photo, please contact us.

See you again next month.

The Te Awamutu Online Team.