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Newsletter: June 2004


Hi Everyone,

First up this month we'd like to tell you about a couple of new features at Te Awamutu Online.

Improved Search Options

Our homepage search form now gives you the option of searching either the Te Awamutu Online website, all Te Awamutu-related websites, or the entire web. The web search option uses Google and is just the same as the main Google search engine.

With the best of local and international searches available from the same place, this might be a good time to consider making Te Awamutu Online your home page. We think it can be helpful for you and it will certainly help support Te Awamutu Online (amongst other things, we get a small commission from Google). It's very easy - click here for details.

Webcam ImageTe Awamutu Webcam

We are currently testing a live webcam system. The webcam features a shot looking towards the dairy factory and is updated every 60 seconds. Note that this is only a test version - the image is not the best quality and the view is quite limited. If this project moves to the next stage we should be able to do better.

The webcam project does need help. Before we can make it a permanent feature we need a dedicated computer to act as the webcam server. Any Pentium-class computer would do. If you know of anyone who might be interested in donating an old PC, please let us know.

The webcam is located at www.teawamutu.co.nz/town/webcam.

Fieldays Survives Poor Weather

Despite being the wettest June in 14 years, organisers of the annual National Fieldays were upbeat about the event's success. More...

Council To Review Parachute Consent

Following complaints from residents in the Mystery Creek area, Waipa District Council is to review the Resource Consent conditions granted for the hugely popular Parachute Christian Music and Arts festival. More...

Holiday Programmes

If you're looking for kid's activities these holidays, make sure you check out our events calendar to see the holiday programmes on offer.

Rose & Cultural Festival

This year the Waipa Networks Rose & Cultural Festival will be held one week later than usual, from November 4th to 12th. If you would like to be involved or suggest an event, please contact us.

Note that there will be one craft fair this year on the 20th/21st November (there will be no Christmas Fair). To book a stall, call the i-Site Visitor Centre on 07-871-3259.

In Brief...

  • Te Awamutu local hero Jonno Gibbes has had a dream start to his All Black career, with compliments flowing from sports commentators.
  • A group of 57 college music students and supporters left for a 10-day Australian tour on June 27th.
  • This month John Maxted celebrated 25 years as a caretaker of the Te Awamutu Rose Gardens.
  • Cr James Parlane's bid to bring legal action against Waipa District Council has failed in spectacular fashion, earning a strong rebuke from the presiding judge and costing local ratepayers over $14,000. Cr Parlane responded by announcing his intention to stand for Mayor.
  • Waipa Networks continues to have a difficult time, with another power outage in Te Awamutu and numerous outages in the Kawhia area. However a new email service is being offered to advise of planned outages - see www.waipanetworks.co.nz for details.
  • Waipa District Council is calling for submissions on their Policy on Dogs - call 0800 924 723 for details.
  • Kakepuku Mountain Committee reports that the North Island Robins released on the mountain in 1999 are apparently breeding well and even traveling to other areas.
  • The reconstruction of Pioneer Walk (between the Rose Gardens and the War Memorial Park) is experiencing some problems, with stabilising rocks sinking into the Mangaohoi stream.

Photo of the Month
"Playing with the box instead" by Sharon Bond

To submit your photo, please contact us.

Watch out for more developments at Te Awamutu Online next month. See you then.

The Te Awamutu Online Team.