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Newsletter: December 2005

Hi Everyone,

The Scream Rosetown Festival 2005 was a great success, and the festivities continue — Te Awamutu Alive has prepared a Community Advent Calendar detailing local Christmas events during December. The calendar is available for download here (2MB PDF). Make sure you get into town on the evening of Thursday 1st December to see the new lights come on. There's also Cowpat Bingo and other activities for the family. And of course, don't forget the Santa Parade on the 10th December, featuring the Outhouse Derby and Windy 50's.

Te Awamutu Courier

Farmer to photographer
1st November 2005
Phil Brown has been a keen photographer all his life. ‘Up Close and Personal’ is an exhibition featuring a collection of works taken over the past couple of years.
Miss Rosetown College quinella
8th November 2005
Danielle Wilson and Hesta Beal decided to enter this year’s Miss Rosetown together for a bit of a laugh. Then the pair of College students took out the title and runner-up title respectively.
Changing with clients’ needs
10th November 2005
Gracelands CEO Robyn Klos says although the disability services provider has been hugely successful over the past 15 years, it has to change with the times.
Winner appreciated chance to get arty
15th November 2005
Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award winner Terry Pluck works with metal everyday, but appreciated the chance to ‘get arty’ again for the event.
Record rose show entries
15th November 2005
There was a record 657 entries in the annual Te Awamutu Rose Show at St Pat’s Hall.
Students’ recycled stones rocket out school door
17th November 2005
The value of a well crafted infomercial to sell a repackaged product was clearly demonstrated at Korakonui School by the ‘Rock-It Riverstones Company’.
DNA confirms body was Stephen George
22nd November 2005
Members of Stephen George’s family and enquiry head Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Loper of Rotorua CIB gathered the press together in Te Awamutu to confirm that DNA had confirmed Mr George was dead.
Festival 2005 a ‘scream’
24th November 2005
Scream Rosetown Festival concluded on a high note with a fantastic weekend of events.
Waipa champions honoured
29th November 2005
Being the first New Zealander to win a medal at a senior road cycling world championship sealed the title of Waipa Sportsperson of the Year for Peter Latham.

Just Briefly...

  • Over 120 motorhome owners converged on the Waipa Racecourse at Labour Weekend for the annual combined Waikato-Taranaki rally.
  • Te Awamutu i-SITE Visitor Information Centre officially opened a new extension, providing a new office and floor space for retail and information.
  • Next to the Information Centre in Selwyn Park, new public toilets are being constructed and should be ready early in 2006.
  • Three local school bands joined together for the first time to present "Give it a Whirl" cushion concert at the Te Awamutu Events Centre. The bands were from Te Awamutu College, Te Awamutu Intermediate and Pirongia School.
  • A team of 13 women from Te Wananga 0 Aotearoa set a new Habitat for Humanity world record for an all-women blitz build.
  • The first Oparau Acoustic Music Festival featured performers from near and far. Co-organizer Jane Blackler says the event was very successful and will probably return next year.
  • Telecom's Mobile Broadband service is now available in Te Awamutu.
  • The first Festival of Trees is being held at Pirongia Memorial Hall until Friday 2nd December 2005.

Enjoy the festive season, please support your local activities and we'll see you again in 2006.

The Te Awamutu Online Team.