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i-Site keeps Christmas cheer going

Destination Cambridge CEO Miff Macdiarmid is determined not to let the grinch steal Christmas despite the Covid pandemic putting a stop to several major seasonal events. Down the gurgler is the annual Christmas Parade and the Christmas Rowing…

The happiest city escapee

Editor, writer and manuscript consultant Stephen Stratford was so well known in the Cambridge cafés he frequented that before he had sat down, his favourite short black coffee had already been delivered to the table….

Mayoral fund fights 3 Waters

Waipā District Council will make a $15,000 contribution towards a new group which will lobby government to stall its controversial Three Waters Reforms. Councillors debated the source of the funding and whether it was council’s…

Fears over liquor plan

Tainui-owned Māori public health provider Hāpai Te Hauora says a new liquor store in Cambridge’s Victoria Street will target vulnerable people. But because its objection to the Blue Drops application to establish an off-licence facility…

Of ports and trucks 

By Peter Carr  On Tuesday of this week, I had reason to drive over the Kaimai Hill twice – on a very warm and muggy day. And along with all the car drivers who are…

Well, Nancy that… 

By Peter Matthews  Kermit said “It’s not easy being green” and he’s right. The wife tells me I have been a bit negative today and she’s right too. Of course my view is that I…

‘In it for a long haul’ 

By Benjamin Wilson A father of three has a long road of recovery ahead of him after a tree branch fell on his car earlier this month. Because of injuries to his neck and spine,…

Allo allo, work starts 

Work is finally underway on the new Cambridge Police base. The old police house has been demolished and earthworks have now been completed on the joint Tainui and NZ Police project. Construction is expected to…

Rare kiln at centre of new expo

Friendships forged in the heat of a wood-fired anagama kiln in the back-blocks of Roto-o-Rangi are central to an exhibition at Te Awamutu Museum until December 23. ‘Forged in Fire’ tells the story of how…

We’re not dormitory suburbs

Submissions from Waikato-Tainui, Hamilton City Council, Waipa and Waikato district councils left Parliament’s Environment committee with “a lot to think about.” That was the summing up by committee chair Eugenie Sage after hearing presentations on…

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