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Newsletter: January 2006

Hi Everyone,

We hope the festive season went well for you and that 2006 is off to a good start. Te Awamutu certainly did well in the "Christmas Spirit" stakes. As well as the Courier stories below you can see a 6-minute video news story at TATV (requires Flash Player 8). Please remember that TATV is still somewhat experimental and we'd appreciate any feedback.

Te Awamutu Courier

Honour to serve community
1st December 2005
Te Awamutu Fire Chief Murray Gane has joined an elite group of firefighters who have given 25 years service.
Lights, Christmas, Action
6th December 2005
Te Awamutu Alive’s Christmas committee was thrilled with the response to the "Light Up Te Awamutu" events.
What a cracker Santa Parade
13th December 2005
The public of Te Awamutu turned out in force to line both sides of Alexandra Street and other streets on this year’s Santa Parade route.
Holly conquers her fear
15th December 2005
Most people get nervous at the thought of speaking in front of others, but for Ohaupo student Holly Walmsley the fear of public speaking was terrifying.
Natural gas an invisible threat
19th December 2005
A ruptured gas main on Cambridge Road brought much of the area to a standstill for 90 minutes.
Milestone for Memorial Park
21st December 2005
Mutu Street resident Shirley Stirling has provided some photos of the War Memorial Park opening in 1955 to mark it's 50th anniversary. The photos were taken by her husband, the late Bill Stirling.

Just Briefly...

  • Nine-year-old Matthew Bastion of Te Awamutu has been selected to represent New Zealand at the 2006 World Children's Art Olympiad in Washington D.C.
  • The family of Grant Bain, who was killed at the Army's Waiouru Cadet School in 1981, has finally been vindicated by a Ministerial Review which agreed the charges arising from the incident were insufficient.
  • Te Awamutu Museum is looking for quirky collections for their "Obsession" exhibition. Call 07-872-0030 for details.
  • Popular College music teacher Judy Page has retired after more than 20 years service to the school and local community.
  • The Auditor General's Report into Te Wananga o Aotearoa was released in December, finding business practices inappropriate for a public entity. The report can be downloaded here (PDF, 583KB). Shortly after release of the report CEO Rongo Wetere announced his resignation.
  • Te Awamutu's Pioneer Walk is receiving a long-overdue makeover. The walk between the Rose Gardens and War Memorial Park will also be extended to Sculpture Park.

See you again next month.

The Te Awamutu Online Team.