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Newsletter: January 2005

Hi Everyone,

We would like to wish all our readers a happy and prosperous New Year. Unfortunately it hasn't exactly been the most festive of seasons so far, with the tsunami disaster abroad and rotten weather back home. Hopefully the rest of 2005 will bring better fortunes.

TATV Update

We regret to report that the response to last month's TATV trial was so dismal that we have shelved this project for the time being. We will try again at some point in the future, but at this stage it seems there isn't much interest in video news from Te Awamutu.

Te Awamutu Courier

Station named supreme winner Station named supreme winner
7th December 2004
Te Awamutu Police Station was singled out for special praise in the 2004 Keep Te Awamutu Beautiful Community Awards.
Icon moved from park Icon moved from park
9th December 2004
Te Awamutu Memorial Park’s Climax Steam Engine 1317 has been moved to a Council depot in Daphne Street.
Parade highlight of party Parade highlight of party
14th December 2004
Te Awamutu’s Harcourts Christmas Street Party included the Windy 50 scooter race, Plumbing World Formula Twos Outhouse Derby, and of course the Christmas Parade.
Petitioners want trucks out Petitioners want trucks out
16th December 2004
Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce has presented a petition asking for heavy traffic to be banned from Alexandra Street.
Message music to her ears Message music to her ears
21st December 2004
Catherine Peake (13) has won the Fish the Primetime Dream competition for a four day charter valued at $13,500.
Air Force Band coming to town Air Force Band coming to town
23rd December 2004
New Zealand’s best concert band will play a one-off concert in Te Awamutu in February, the only Waikato show as part of a rare tour.

Just Briefly...

  • Thanks to a successful community support appeal, Fiona Beckett has flown to America to attend the Son-Rise programme, where she will learn techniques to help autistic daughter Tilly.
  • The New Zealand Black Caps will be making a public appearance at Albert Park on February 28th 2005.
  • After three years of fundraising, Kihikihi Kindergarten has open its new renovations including new kitchen and art resource area.
  • Gemma Pouls (11) finally broke the world record for finger-knitting, only to have it broken again a week later by a German finger-knitter.
  • Kihikihi Town Hall marked its 100th birthday with a celebration presented by the New Zealand Children's Art House Foundation.
  • After 18 years in business, the popular Whitby Farm Restaurant has closed its doors for the last time.

Where's The Christmas Spirit?

And finally, we would like to comment on the criticism voiced by a number of people about the Christmas spirit in Te Awamutu.

It is true that out town has been struggling to provide Christmas events, street decorations, etc. Predictably, far more people are motivated to complain about this fact than to volunteer their help. As volunteers who help organise events such as the Harcourts Christmas Float Parade, it is very disheartening to spend many hours working on these projects and trying to encourage the community to get involved, only to be told how sub-standard the results are. Please, before you criticise things going on in your community, consider offering some help instead of negativity.

Looking forward to a great 2005..... see you again next month.

The Te Awamutu Online Team.