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Newsletter: December 2004

Hi Everyone,


TATV is back, in another attempt to provide video news clips from Te Awamutu. The latest incarnation has a new interface (using Macromedia Flash technology) which we hope will make things a lot simpler. It's still experimental but we think it's a positive step forward.

We currently have a selection of video items from the Waipa Networks Rose & Cultural Festival. Unfortunately we couldn't cover all the events but we managed to produce thirteen short items.

The future of TATV remains uncertain but we will try to add new items whenever we can. In order to fix all the known problems and move into regular production we will need between $5000-$10000. If anyone out there is interested in sponsoring this project or otherwise helping out with costs, we would love to hear from you.

Outhouse DerbyChristmas Street Party

Remember: The Christmas Street Party takes place in Alexandra Street on Friday the 10th December. The party includes the Formula Two Outhouse Derby and the Harcourts Te Awamutu Christmas Float Parade. Get your float and/or team registered now!

Te Awamutu Courier

Success for song and dance man Success for song and dance man
2nd November 2004
Te Awamutu College student Ian Vincent picked up the Song and Dance Award at the National Performer of the Year contest in Tauranga.
Manufacturer up in smoke

Manufacturer up in smoke
4th November 2004
Plumbing fitting manufacturers Gama Sales lost everything when their Rickit Road premises was destroyed by fire.

Week from hell for Eric Week from hell for Eric
9th November 2004
Te Awamutu pensioner Eric Flower has just had the kind of week that makes you wonder if things can get any worse.
Royal film premiere here ‘Royal’ film premiere here
11th November 2004
A film that features hundreds of Waipa residents as extras will have its Waikato premiere in Te Awamutu, before going on national release.
No let-up for firefighters No let-up for firefighters
16th November 2004
Te Awamutu’s bad run of serious fires continued on Friday night when a Pakura Street unit was destroyed.
Friendship in fashion at College Friendship in fashion at College
18th November 2004
Te Awamutu College teacher Vanita Sahay was helped to feel ‘right at home’ on Friday by her fellow female teachers.
Crowds enjoy festival finale Crowds enjoy festival finale
23rd November 2004
It was smiles all around as crowds flocked to Selwyn Park and the Rose Garden over the weekend for the final weekend of the Waipa Networks Rose and Cultural Festival.
Cyclists reel in honours Cyclists reel in honours
25th November 2004
A golden year for the local cycling fraternity was reflected in honours at Waipa Networks District Sports Awards on Tuesday night.
First new find of rare native frogs in a decade First new find of rare native frogs in a decade
29th November 2004
The first new find of the endangered Hochstetter’s frog in a decade has turned up eleven surviving in a fragile, rocky area on Maungatautari.
Petition on hours for community constable Petition on hours for community constable
30th November 2004
A petition calling for the Te Awamutu community constable position to be restored to fulltime is being promoted by the Chamber of Commerce.

Just Briefly...

  • Peter Lee has returned as Waipa deputy mayor. Dean Taylor has been elected chairman of the Te Awamutu Community Board.
  • The Toolshed "Make a Toy" competition is underway again, with toys going to the Salvation Army. Contact the Toolshed in Market Street for details.
  • The Beckett family, who featured in a news item last month, have had a great response to their fundraising effort for autistic daughter Tilly.
  • Te Awamutu's star coach Neal Webb will coach the New Zealand athletics team in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo, Australia.
  • "Books in Homes", an initiative by the Alan Duff Charitable Foundation, will provide Kihikihi School students with free books over a two-year contract.
  • The Maungatauatari Ecological Island Trust had a turnout of over 1000 to its latest open day.
  • Te Awamutu College Dux Literatum for 2004 was Maria Captein. Proxime Accessit and General Excellence Cup went to Samuel Christopher.
  • A special service was held at Anzac Green on the day the Unknown Warrior was returned to Wellington.
  • Te Awamutu Community Board has supported a plan by Keep Te Awamutu Beautiful to restore the Pioneer Walk (between the Rose Gardens and the War Memorial Park) with a $50,000 grant.
  • Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce is circulating a petition calling for Waipa District Council to remove trucks from the main street during daylight hours.

Have a great Christmas and New Year. See you again in 2005.

The Te Awamutu Online Team.