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Farrell’s follow up

Waipā author David Farrell, pictured, has followed up his successful first novel Chameleon with another in the fictional story of the Wilde family. Where the Birds don’t Fly, which came out last week, sees the…

More headstones restored

The ongoing cleaning and maintenance of veterans’ graves has been boosted with a donation of supplies from a Cambridge business. The Cambridge RSA and its ‘Remembrance Army’ team received the donation last month from Mitre…

What’s read on the web

Stories about Waipā council’s proposal to build a third bridge over the Waikato River through long-standing Cambridge suburbs dominated The News’ online presence last month. Website visits were up 28 per cent on February and…

O-Rākau battle remembered

More than 1000 people gathered to honour the 160th anniversary of O-Rākau, a battle that helped define the New Zealand wars. The ceremony on Tuesday began with a 7am dawn service, flag raising and karakia,…

Youngsters who were heard

The contribution of Ōtorohanga college students to the teaching of Māori history was acknowledged at this week’s commemorations at O-Rakau, A significant petition, driven by the Waitomo rangatahi a decade ago, was returned as taonga…

Ancestors remembered

Women famously fought alongside men at O-Rākau. Many, if not most of the whānau at Tuesday’s commemorations were remembering lost tūpuna wāhine as well as tāne. Among them were cousins Aroha and Mikaela Tapsell, who…

Mental health trial welcomed

A Cambridge-based academic who spoke last month about her own experiences says mental health services in New Zealand are severely compromised in terms of providing support that is more helpful than harmful. Sarah Gordon, an…

Diminutive Dee jumps the ditch

The departure to Australia of Waipā District Libraries’ outreach librarian Dee Atkinson leaves a pint-sized hole and big running shoes to fill. The diminutive Dee has earned the moniker ‘energiser bunny’ because of her high-energy…

Tamahere rep to quit

As Waipā grapples with a disillusioned electorate and hotly contested arguments over a new bridge and museum, a councillor in a neighbouring authority has cited his own frustrations and blown the whistle on his political…

Renaissance for community space

The newly-revamped seminar room at Taylor Made Community Space is reopening for a post-Easter resurgence. After months of renovations which have included the installation of a new commercial kitchen, new carpeting and paintwork, the space…

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