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Newsletter: March 2007

Hi Everyone,

Thanks everyone who helped us out with our "guinea pig" testing last month. Thanks also to those people who offered to help but provided an invalid email address — we appreciate the thought!

This month we'd like to widen the test and ask for everyone's help. We need feedback for a new website at www.3dnewzealand.com. It's a "mapping site" that provides street maps and satellite images (based on Google Earth) along with various other interactive goodies that we are adding ourselves. We would be very grateful if you could visit the site and let us know what you think. We especially need to hear about any error messages or things that don't work. You can use our feedback form or reply to this month's email newsletter.


  • The website is in it's infancy — don't expect too much too soon.
  • High-resolution satellite images are currently only available for about 60% of the country — unfortunately this does not include Te Awamutu. Until new images becomes available, you will need to use the "Map" view (i.e. street maps) for close-up views of Te Awamutu.
  • The site works a lot better on newer computers with higher resolutions and a fast Internet connection. If you have a smaller screen or lower resolution, you may find that things are a bit crowded. (Recommended specs: 17", 1024x768+)

If this new website is successful we see it as being a very positive thing for Te Awamutu, as we will be using our town as an example of all the coolest features. For locals it will also serve as a replacement for the Virtual Te Awamutu project.

Wouldn't it be nice if the best map site in New Zealand was made in Te Awamutu? Let's give it a nudge and see what happens.

Te Awamutu Courier

Fishing mates lucky escape on dry land
1st February 2007
A couple of days fishing in the Coromandel may prove very expensive for a young Te Kuiti man and his two mates.
Council not backing down
7th February 2007
Waipa Mayor Alan Livingston is disappointed the Electricity Commission has taken the draft decision to approve Transpower’s proposed 400kV pylon route.
New plan for old house
9th February 2007
Kihikihi’s historic Police House could become a focal point of heritage for the village if a keen group of local residents get their way.
Appealing to community
13th February 2007
Gracelands has launched their first ever community appeal for a new Regional Support Centre.
Couple calm among carnage
15th February 2007
Te Awamutu St John paramedic Nigel Whibley has been hailed as the hero of last Saturday’s horrific bus crash near Tokoroa, but he reckons partner Tarn Fearon was ‘truly amazing’.
Two Treaty roadshows hit town
20th February 2007
The Treaty 2U roadshow hit Te Awamutu last week, shadowed by the One New Zealand ‘protest’ van.

Just Briefly...

  • Te Awamutu CBD has said farewell to two long-time businesses: Irvine's Pharmacy and Mansfield Fabrics.
  • Thousands of people attended the fourth annual Kawhia Kai Festival.
  • Te Awamutu i-SITE Visitor Centre has been rated one of the top visitor centres in New Zealand by Qualmark NZ (but of course we knew that already).
  • Local author Sharon Holt's book It's True - You Can Make Your Own Jokes has been named a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards.
  • Te Wananga o Aotearoa has decided to accept the Government's offer of free childcare hours.
  • Three New Zealand Falcon (Karearea) chicks have ben released onto Mount Kakepuku by the Kakepuku Mountain Conservation Society.
  • Te Awamutu Community Board has requested that Waipa District Council consider removing the brick seating in the main street, due to continued abuse by young people.
  • Kihikihi Rodeo attracted a record crowd on a scorching hot day.
  • Iconz, a new boy's adventure group, has launched in Pirongia. Ph 07-871-8715 for details.
  • New recycling bins have been delivered to most local addresses. If you haven't received yours, contact the Council.
  • According to a Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce survey, the number of trucks using the main street has increased 32% in the last 18 months.
  • Don't forget the Lions Food & Wine Festival on March 17th.

Looking for volunteers:

  • Lifeline (Ph 07-838-0715)
  • Te Awamutu Community Patrol (Ph Richard Hurrell, 872-0100)

See you again next month.

The Te Awamutu Online Team.