Local Election 2022

Will you vote?

Waipā posties have delivered 39,608 voter packs around the district – but it’s likely many won’t be sent back. Te Awamutu postie Nicola Connolly and Cambridge’s Raewyn Smythe were incredulous when The News told them…

Who’s really faking it?

Cambridge News editor Roy Pilott has today refuted suggestions his newspaper invented a story in which Waipā chief executive Garry Dyet warned election candidates about a financial storm brewing. Mayoral candidate Chris Woodhams has posted…

Election papers in the post

Voting will be a little easier this year, with the introduction of new orange ballot boxes at some Waipā supermarkets throughout the 2022 Local Government election period. The ballot bins will be distributed to the…

Looking at transport for Cambridge

Waipā District Council wants the government to pick up 51 per cent of the bill for a third bridge for Cambridge – but is working on the basis that it will not be needed for…

Fluoride: still not convinced

Correction: 15 September 2022 The News reported on September 1 that Te Whatu Ora Waikato had not provided us figures showing caries rates in Waipā. We acknowledge that was incorrect. A forensic audit conducted late…

Mayor counters rival’s claims

Concerns around local government bureaucracy, support for business, youth opportunities, and balancing growth with the preservation of Waipa’s core values were expressed at Monday’s ‘Meet the next Waipā Mayor’ gathering at the Cambridge Town Hall….

Promises, promises…

Waipā’s chief executive has taken the unprecedented step of briefing council candidates about the region’s finances saying the district is facing a “perfect storm.” Garry Dyet has opened the books to show council hopefuls and…

A bridge too far for Coles?

Waipā district councillor Philip Coles apologised at Monday’s candidates’ meeting for what he described as a misunderstanding over comments made about securing land at St Peter’s School for a third bridge site. Coles made the…

How should we remember them?

A $5 million concept plan for Te Awamutu’s Memorial Park was one of the most contentious parts of Waipā’s Long Term Plan consultations last year. Front-line staff copped abuse while parks and gardens staff dreaded…

Candidates on the bridge… 

Debate is continuing over the case for a third bridge over the Waikato River, or a clip-on for the Ferguson (Low Level) Bridge with the addition of an on-off ramp for Waikato Expressway near Cambridge…

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