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Newsletter: June 2007

Hi Everyone,

Here's a question about the TA Online newsletter: How would you feel if it was discontinued and replaced with an RSS feed?

An RSS feed is a system of providing headlines and links to new web content in virtual real-time. For example, our RSS feed could update you every time the Courier is published or other interesting material becomes available.

RSS feeds are supported by the latest versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer. If we do decide to go with RSS feeds we would provide more detailed instructions.

Why are we considering this? Firstly, we are struggling to keep up with our Te Awamutu Online commitments, and an RSS feed would be easier for us publish than a newsletter. Secondly, around half the people who subscribe to our newsletter never receive it due to anti-spam programs blocking bulk emails. Thirdly, an RSS feed is a more modern, versatile and generally useful option than bulk email.

Let us know what you think.

Te Awamutu Courier

CanTeen there for Danielle
1st May 2007
The chance to talk to other teenagers fighting cancer has meant “heaps” to Te Awamutu 16-year-old Danielle Turnbull.
Green good for business
3rd May 2007
Construction company Livingstone was among the first five Waikato businesses to join New Zealand’s new EnviroSmart Programme and already they are reaping financial rewards.
Put feet forward for poverty
8th May 2007
A team of Te Awamutu women completed the recent 100km Oxfam Trailworker because they wanted a challenge and to help in the fight against poverty.
Bite victims want action
10th May 2007
Luke Pakeho had been playing rugby league at Albert Park when his son was bitten by a large dog belonging to an opponent.
Ears, eyes on the streets
15th May 2007
Two years planning and hard work came to fruition when Kihikihi’s Community Policing office opened for business and the first Community Safety Patrols took to the streets.
Sarah scores for junior soccer
22nd May 2007
Young Sarah Graham is the toast of her Te Awamutu Terriers team after winning the Classic Hits/McDonald’s Junior Soccer Legends competition.
Drove to carriage success on both sides of Tasman
24th May 2007
Yvonne Weal is the undisputed Australasian Horse Drawn Carriage Driving champion, with husband Lloyd as her groom.
  Higher dairy payout forecast to prolong the ‘good times’
24th May 2007
A predicted 27% increase in the price of milk solids next season by dairy giant Fonterra would have seriously positive spin-offs for rural servicing towns like Te Awamutu.
Fire raises suspicions
31st May 2007
Fire Safety and Police will be investigating an early morning fire in a Te Rahu Road rental home.

Just Briefly...

  • This year there is a new look to the annual Te Awamutu photo competition. Renamed the "Waipa Home of Champions Photographic Competition", details and entry form can be downloaded here (PDF, 116KB).
  • Police and bystanders took about an hour to round up 5 head of cattle that escaped from a cattle truck in the main street of Kihikihi.
  • Gracelands has raised around $700,000 of the $2Million needed for their regional service centre project.
  • Diane Abad Vergara has published a children's book about Fair Trade. Fair Trade has also been a hot topic in the local news after Courier Columnist Michael Cox question the organisation's credibility.
  • Volunteers from as far afield as England and Japan have spent a week eradicating gorse from Mount Pirongia.
  • KTAB (Keep Te Awamutu Beautiful) is running a fund-raising campaign to restore the historic mural on Churchill St. Donations can be sent to the Waipa District Council offices.

See you again next month.

The Te Awamutu Online Team.