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Ouch!

Sep 19th, 2017 | By

After surviving a month’s backpacking around Asia (mainly to see daughter Iris Riddell) Number 8 Network’s Annette Taylor had a little slip last week. The jetlag was abating when I got a call from a friend who needed to be taken to Waikato Hospital’s Emergency Department last Monday.  This was the day the hospital was

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International pressure stops Orini’s possum hunt

Sep 18th, 2017 | By

Orini Combined School has had to cancel its fund-raising possum hunt one month before the event after online backlash. The Great Orini Possum Hunt was planned to raise money for a class camp in the Coromandel. However, an international petition sparked a fierce backlash online and they will now hold a disco. They were hoping

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New bridge shapes up

Sep 18th, 2017 | By
Road works

The new bridge on Gordonton Rd is due to open this December. Also nearing completion are the Morrinsville Rd bridge, late October, and one in Matangi, February 2018. These bridges have been built ‘on the ground’, with the expressway route to be excavated beneath the bridges this summer. NZ Transport Agency portfolio manager Peter Simcock

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Smashing school fair planned

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
produce at fair

Tractor rides, pony rides, non-stop entertainment, cake stalls and games – it must be Puketaha School’s Spring Fair. Also planned for the day is a monster garage sale, craft and food stalls, raffles and… Smash-a-Car. That’s right, Smash-a-Car.  Committee member Sarah Avery says this will involve a Nissan, minus glass, which people can pay to

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Pukemokemoke’s loop track closed

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Pukemokemoke reserve sign

Pukemokemoke’s loop track to the summit is currently closed, says Friends of Pukemokemoke chairman Warwick Silvester. “Due to heavy rain over the past two months and the enormous increase in foot traffic on the tracks we have had to close the track to all walkers.” He said the new boardwalk has been a major boon

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Gordonton roads to be safer

Sep 6th, 2017 | By

Work is underway on safety improvements on a dangerous stretch of road in Gordonton. Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe visited the site last month and said $4.6 million would be spent on the project. There have been nine deaths and 20 serious injuries on the highway between Taupiri to Gordonton between 2006 and 2015.

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