In other news…

Number 8 Network does a round-up of stories in our district from other media outlets.

Cyclists hit by van (updated)
Another accident involving cyclists has occurred in our area. A minivan collided with a group of cyclists at the intersection of Lake and Dawson Rd, near Taupiri on Tuesday 10.

District road policing manager Inspector Marcus Lynam said it was still too early to say what, if any, charges may be laid in connection with the crash.

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls spokeswoman Debbie Stevens said the girls were physically and emotionally exhausted.

She said the riders were experienced, wearing high-visibility vests and had been training for the North Island Secondary School Champs in Palmerston North.

“Although it is too early to say if they will all get to nationals, the girls are all passionate about cycling and keen to get back on their bikes ASAP,” she said.

Sergeant John Stapleford of the Waikato Highway Patrol said the collision was a reminder to drivers on rural roads to be considerate of other road users – especially cyclists.

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New school zone a ‘battlefield’
The southern border for Hamilton’s new secondary school is set to become a battlefield, says the Waikato Times (9 September.)

The southern border has the potential to divide residents and principals, it said.

The Ministry of Education’s preferred option is Wairere Drive, but there has also been talk of drawing a line between Thomas Road and Wairere Drive. Thomas Rd has also been floated as an option for the southern perimeter, but it now seems unlikely as it would exclude many Rototuna residents.

The final decision on the enrolment zone will be made following consultation with residents, principals and others who will be impacted by the new school.

The zoning will have an effect on several school rolls, particularly Fairfield Intermediate and Fairfield College, and also increase demand for houses in the area.

The Ministry of Education will host a public meeting at Fairfield Intermediate School tomorrow night to begin the consultation process.

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River Rd opened for business
River Road reopened to through traffic yesterday (Tuesday 10 September) after being closed and under detour for two months while a large culvert was replaced.

The works area, beside the Horsham Downs golf course, will likely operate at reduced speed for a few days after sealing.

Hamilton City Council’s City Development Manager Martin Mould thanked motorists for their patience while the work was carried out.

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