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  By Roy Pilott – News Director The return to Level 2 is the biggest sign yet that the long battle with Covid-19 is being won. The battle ahead, though, will be just as difficult…

Lions cook up hot lunches for the needy

  An initiative linking the Lions Club of Cambridge with Cambridge Community House (CCH) launched last week with the free distribution of hot food to families in need. Orders for the Monday, Wednesday and Friday…

Some will, some won’t Councils on different pages

Leaders of Waikato’s two largest local bodies have announced they will surrender portions of their pay because of the Covid-19 lockdown – but there is no national consensus and it appears unlikely others in Waikato…

Number’s up for plastics

The country’s major supermarkets say they have plans to eliminate plastics which Waipā District Council has voted to remove from recycling bins. Countdown – owned by Woolworths New Zealand – and Foodstuffs, which oversees New…

Tourism: The five year plan

It could be five years before Waikato’s tourism sector rebounds to pre-Covid-19 lockdown levels, Waipā District Council’s Finance and Corporate Committee has been told. But Waipā’s strategic geographic location, natural environment and world-class event venues…

Raeburn home becomes a Resthaven

  Lockdown at level four didn’t stop the quiet April 24 handover of Raeburn Lifecare rest-home into Cambridge Resthaven’s ownership. The facility also has a new name – Resthaven on Burns, named for the Leamington…

Anzac Day draws attention

As dawn broke over Cambridge on Anzac Day, a self-proclaimed “ordinary pensioner” made his way – shrouded in darkness – to the end of his driveway to pause for reflection and remembrance. It was the…

Prayers and platinum for Roy and Joan

God is the “firm foundation”, their family the cornerstone. Cambridge’s Roy and Joan Suisted marked their 70th – or platinum – wedding anniversary last week – and Joan said those factors have sustained them. “We’re…

Busy time for ‘essential’ staff

Wearing personal protective equipment, two Waipā Disrtict Council staff have continued an “especially significant” essential role throughout the nation-wide Covid-19 lockdown. Waipā District Council parks and reserves supervisors Craig McCurdy and Stephen Bagnall manage the…

Mayor cautious about zero-rate rise

Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest has sounded a warning about the consequences of freezing rates in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic. He said his council could not be short sighted and had to consider the…

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