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Newsletter: October 2004

Hi Everyone,

This month we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Te Awamutu Online newsletter. Although it's been a bit touch and go at times, we've managed to get a newsletter out every month since October 1999. Thank you all for your continued interest and support.

New Public Forum

Forum Home PageWe have now upgraded our online forum. The new version is very different to the old forum and provides a lot more features. There are two important things to note:

  1. There are eight different sub-forums for specific topics: Two Discussion forums to talk about local issues and chat with other people, and six Help & Info forums which cover common types of local inquiry.
  2. To participate in the two discussion forums you must register and supply your real name. Other people will be able to see your name by looking at your profile.

Our original forum has been around for a while but it has always been low-key. Although there appears to be a lot of messages, they date back several years. Our goal now is to achieve a gradual increase in activity over the coming months. A good start would be for a few of our newsletter readers to register and join in. Once we are confident that the new system is working well with a couple of dozen members, we will begin promoting the forum around town a bit more.

We really think this can be a useful resource and we'd love to see you join in. You can see the forum here.

Float ParadeChristmas Parade

It's time to start getting your float ready for the Christmas Parade! This annual event is a real community effort and we need as many participants as possible. For more information contact the iSITE Information Centre. If you need help finding a vehicle to use, or if you can supply a vehicle for someone else's float, please let us know.

Te Awamutu Courier

Nic Jordan Wizard of Oz Nic Jordan Wizard of Oz
21st September 2004
Nic Jordan has wrapped up the Australian Formula 3 Trophy championship with an unassailable 100-point lead in the Trophy Class.
Houses, hospital evacuated following chemical alert Houses, hospital evacuated following chemical alert
23rd September 2004
The dangers of mixing unknown chemicals was highlighted on Tuesday morning when part of Pokuru Road and Waikato Hospital’s Accident and Emergency ward had to be evacuated.
Our world champion daffodil Our world champion daffodil
28th September 2004
Graeme and Faith Miller took out the grand champion title at the World Daffodil Convention Show in Melbourne recently.
Inaugural baker of the year Inaugural baker of the year
30th September 2004
Te Awamutu’s Murray Swetman has won the inaugural Progressive Enterprises’ Bakery Apprentice of the Year award.

Just Briefly...

  • Candidates in the local body elections have been out and about meeting locals and participating in debate evenings. The Courier's "Letters to the Editor" pages have also been running hot with political debate.
  • The health of Lake Ngaroto has been a prominent election topic.
  • Councilor Parlane has threatened to sue the District Council for $1million unless an apology is made for comments made about costs involved in legal disputes between Council and Cr Parlane.
  • The Pirongia Craft Fair was well attended with 147 stalls.
  • The annual Festival of the Te Awamutu Competitions Society received favourable comments from audiences.
  • Te Awamutu Good Companions Club turned 30 this month.
  • Entries in the Waipa Children's Great Poetry Challenge close October 29th.

P.S. Don't forget to vote in the local body elections!
See http://www.waipadc.govt.nz/Election.htm for more information, including candidate profiles.

See you again next month.

The Te Awamutu Online Team.