Paying tribute to steam

Paying tribute to steam

How does a train enthusiast get their steam engine fix once they have been phased out? They build their own. That’s exactly what Cambridge Model Engineering Society member Dennis Searle did. Searle’s love of steam…

The change challenge

In the future, a network of shared paths and cycleways could cover much of Te Awamutu and Cambridge – but why? ‘The current system of just relying on cars is not going to cut it’ …

Waipā recycling sabotaged by ‘Blatant laziness’

Bags of blood, human faeces, pig heads, and dead cats. These are some of the horrors that Waipā residents have left for people like Pare Te Huia to sort, by hand, out of their recycling….

“The war is won,” driver testing returns to Cambridge.

A warm welcome was given to the official return of driver testing in Cambridge today, but Waka Kotahi were not let off the hook for their past decisions. “When our town lost our ability to…

Hapū raise consent issues

A Waipā hapū representative group is being overwhelmed with resource consent applications which should be reviewed by staff first. Council staff have acknowledged they are “pushing” more applicants to talk to consult first with mana…

Marae civil defence explored

Civil Defence staff are exploring the role marae could play in emergencies. “There has been an expectation that most, mainly rural marae would be stood up as a Civil Defence Centre or a Community Led…

Not your average piano 

There are only two Wurlitzer Model K Photoplayers left in the world, and one of them can be found in Pirongia. Before they came with their own soundtracks, Photoplayers were used to give silent movies,…

Looking ahead to disability reform

New Zealand’s disability sector is about to be overhauled and Enrich Group chief executive Karen Scott says she is cautiously optimistic for the change. “There is a lot of choice taken away in the current…

A career like no other

Local Karen Scott is the chief executive of Enrich Group, one of the region’s largest disability providers. A colourful career that includes netball, police, policy making, and support work has led her to become the…

Business as usual, ‘not an option’ 

There is no long-term vision for public transport in Cambridge, says a Waipā district councillor. In a personal submission to the Waikato Regional Council’s Public Transport Business Improvement Review, Roger Gordon voiced his concern at…