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The future of local government

The government has change on its mind and is rolling out a major shake-up of public services, writes Waikato Regjonal councillor Andrew Macpherson. Local government, resource management, three waters, health, education, and other sectors, all…

 Advisor roles may be permanent

  Wāipa District Council is hoping to make the two community advisor roles, which were established last year as part of a Covid recovery package, a more permanent arrangement. Gina Scott and Corren Ngerengere started in…

Christmas cheer initiative opens

Despite some lockdown-related challenges, this year’s Cambridge Christmas Cheer is on. Each year, the Cambridge Committee of Social Services (CCOSS) organises ‘Christmas Cheer’ for local families in need, and CCOSS chairperson Harriet Dixon is pleased it has the go-ahead. “It’s a…

A hive of activity 

Maria and Celso Baldo are a prime example of migrants making good in New Zealand. They’re the founders of Waipā’s Marcel and Sons Honey. Selling multiflora honey is their thing, but they also rear and sell queen bee cell or mated queen bees and offer…

Pear pressure

An exhibition about to open at Tauwhare’s Sculpture Park will offer Waikato residents a chance to enjoy a rare lockdown event. ‘Stories in the Landscape 2021’ opens this weekend and runs to February 27. It…

Joint roading group proposed

  A radical approach to boosting use of public transport by centralising funding and decision-making has been floated in an independent review of Waikato Regional Council’s service. The review recommends investigating having one organisation contracted…

Caring for the elderly

By Deb Thurgood In my last column I spoke about supporting the wellbeing of our younger community members. Today I’d like to talk about those at the other end of the age spectrum. As Police…

Public hearing over liquor plan 

An application to establish Cambridge’s ninth bottle store in Victoria Street has been reviewed by the District Licensing Committee and will go to a public hearing. Waipā Enforcement manager Karl Tutty said the council was working to confirm…

Morgan wants you to take the biscuit 

By Ricky Lam   Cambridge based wakeboarder Morgan Haakma is helping with a fundraising campaign which aims to raise $200,000. It’s the second time Morgan has backed the “Show Me the Christmas Cookies” project which supports St. John, KidsCan, The…

Retailers threatened: MP reacts

Cambridge businesses say they have been threatened with closure by police if they take their trade outside. And the issue has prompted their MP, Louise Upston, to ask if “we have become a police state…

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