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Newsletter: November 2004

Hi Everyone,

Rose & Cultural FestivalRose & Cultural Festival

The annual Waipa Networks Rose & Cultural Festival is underway! This major local event gets better each year — we urge you all to have a look at the programme and experience some of the great things going on in your community.

In keeping with previous festivals we will do our best to provide coverage of as many events as possible. However, since the Courier will be providing plenty of news stories, we are going to try something a bit different and get some video coverage. Watch our newsroom for updates.


Outhouse DerbyFormula Two Outhouse Derby

The infamous race of the outhouses will take place on the main street before the Christmas float parade on the 10th December 2004. There's plenty of room for more teams to compete for this prestigious title so get a few workmates or friends together and put an entry in. You can use one of the supplied outhouses (the wheels are fixed now) or make your own "Porcelain Porsche". For details see the F2 Outhouse Derby Homepage.


Te Awamutu Courier

Brothers’ long wait for justice
7th October 2004
Bruce and Murray Bain of Te Awamutu have had only one priority in their pursuit of the facts about the death of their younger brother, Grant at the Army’s Waiouru cadet school in 1981 - the truth.
Note: This is a developing story. At the time of writing it appears that Grant's death will be the subject of a new inquiry.

Election Results
12th October 2004
Waipa Mayor Alan Livingston was returned to office with a resounding majority, and Te Awamutu Ward welcomes two new councillors— Hazel Barnes and Graham Jull.
Full final results are available in this PDF file.

Incr-edible gardens wanted
14th October 2004
The annual Keep Te Awamutu Beautiful Best Gardens competition has a ‘tasty’ new edition this year. (Entries close November 16.)
Community safety to fore
21st October 2004
Te Awamutu’s Community Safety Day, organised by the Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Fire Safety and Promotions Team, gave the public the chance to see the services in a non-emergency situation.
Volunteers moving mountain
26th October 2004
Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust’s project is having plenty of life injected into it by a swag of volunteers.
Family has hope for Tilly
28th October 2004
Fiona and Paul Beckett have new hope for their autistic daughter Tilly, but it requires hard work and a financial commitment that they cannot manage alone.

Just Briefly...

  • The Waikato Fireworks Fiesta is being staged at Ohaupo Rugby Club on November 6th.
  • Te Awamutu Public Relations Organisation continues to express frustration over Te Awamutu's inadequate public toilet facilities. The committee has declared that this issue will be on the agenda every month until a resolution is found.
  • Dave and Angela Widdowson, who were amongst the first people to register with WHRS over their "leaky building", feel that the process is not providing justice for those affected.
  • An independent survey of Waipa residents found that 96% believed they enjoyed a high quality of life in this district.
  • Local business Alexandras was named Best Country Store at the Waikato Top Shop Awards.
  • Noisy anti-frost machines (which operate from very early in the morning) are causing friction in some rural areas.
  • A booklet promoting Pirongia Mountain and its stories is now available from the Pirongia Historic Visitor Centre.
  • Te Awamutu Rotary Club is taking a different angle with its 2005 calendar, featuring local identities who have helped shape the town.

See you again next month.

Regards,
The Te Awamutu Online Team.