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Te Waotu School Annual Calf Club Day

The Te Waotu School annual calf club day was colourful and family orientated event held on a bright sunny rural morning.

The lower school field provided a perfect venue for staging this occasion.

Old and young mingled amongst the various events; calves, lambs and goats each had their own varied sections and of course there were the traditional eats and drinks available for purchase.

An impressive array of cups were all polished, waiting for their new winners to be announced.

The Great Farming Auction was held later in the day with large range of goods and services up for sale.


The South Waikato District Council is seeking feedback from today until Friday 10 November about Easter Sunday trading.

This is not a formal consultation, at this stage.

The survey asks: Should retailers be allowed to decide to trade on Easter Sunday?

Go to:

The survey looks like this, do not use this graphic as your response!


More information is on the SWDC website:

Council will review the feedback and ultimately, based on the feedback, decide between three options:

  1. Not to develop an Easter Trading Policy

  2. To develop an Easter Trading Policy that applies across the district

  3. To develop an Easter Trading Policy that defines specific areas in the district, for example the Tīrau town centre, Leith Place only… and so forth.

If Council does decided to develop an Easter Trading Policy, the draft Policy will come back out for formal public consultation.

More information on the SWDC website:


Happy Birthday Art House!

The Art House recently celebrated 15 years of supporting and nurturing creative endeavours of children in and around Putaruru and the greater South Waikato region.

Lyn established the Children’s Art House in response to The NZ Children’s Art House Foundation advertising for a new Coordinator in the South Waikato and also to meet a community need that the then Putaruru Arts Council had identified and was willing to support.

Over the past 15 years, Putaruru Children’s Art House has been moved to four different sites but still managed to maintain a steady stream of children attending the holiday and term time clubs.

On Saturday October 7 the Children’s Art House celebrated 15 years of Art Club in Putraruru with a “Memory Lane” Exhibition, showcasing art works from past club members as well as featuring works by current emerging young artists. One of the holiday club projects, an “Art House” banner was finally finished and proudly displayed on the front fence for the first time.

The Rainbow Hope Dragon, a fierce defender of creative kids and colourful dreams, was danced up and down the street, and the National Director of the NZ Children’s Art House Foundation, Shona Hammond Boys Q.S.M was the guest speaker.

The celebrations included an Arty Party and rainbow cake. Among those who attended were past and present club members and their families and friends, also community supporters and past sponsors.

“It was a wonderfully happy event and so rewarding to see how past young artists have blossomed and grown over the years,” said Lyn. “With this Memory Lane Exhibition it was great to see the positive effect past club members work still had to inspire the next generation of emerging young artists.”

The December Prattler will contain more photos form this happy occasion.

South Waikato Cricket Association Promo Day in Putarturu

The South Waikato Cricket Association Promo Day was held at Glenshea Park on Friday morning, and there were action activities all set up, but no players! The association team kept themselves busy though.

But, on Mondays at Glenshea Park starting on November 6th, the Superstar Cricket Academy will be in action with 6 sessions in Term IV and a further 6 in Term 1 next year. These sessions run from 4pm to 5pm at the park.

Those who enroll receive a bat, ball, hat, bag and a drink bottle as well as coaching, games and giveaways. The cost of this is $55 for year 1 to 6 pupils.

Contact Sharron on 027 504 9887 for more details.

The free PiP Community Diary will have all these dates to remind you.

Putaruru Growth Plan Update 1

To open the first of the Update Plan Newsletter documents, please click on the image above.

An image only version of this newsletter is below…


New Look Library Service…

South Waikato District Libraries are set to Go Live on Thursday 2 November with a new Library Management System.

The new system is managed through the Kōtui Consortium which is used by 36 other New Zealand councils.

Kōtui means, amongst other things, the combining of things through weaving.

The libraries in Tokoroa and Putaruru will be closed from Tuesday 31 October to do the big ‘switch over’. Kōtui support staff and the library team will conduct a thorough system test on Wednesday 1 November… and – touch wood – we’ll be live and open again for business with the new system on the Thursday!

This new management system will allow the libraries to deliver a higher quality service than is possible with the current system.

“We will be able to offer enhanced access for customers to online services and an improved interface,” explained Library Manager Lalita Sudhakar. “Customers will be able to do searches using a familiar ‘google-like’ interface across both physical and online resources held or subscribed to by the libraries.”

During the two days that the library service is closed for normal services, there will be a massive book sale at both the Tokoroa and Putaruru libraries… so be sure to pop along and see what fantastic reads you can pick up…

Putaruru residents, the Putaruru Council office is open for all other normal Council services; it’s just the normal library services that are not available during this switch over.

See also these 3 on-line Prattler posts – (click on the pictures below).

Library Holiday Programme
Business After 5 at the SWDC complex, Putaruru.
Updated SWDC buildings – completed a few months ago.

The SWDC Putaruru team also has more information about this in the current print Prattler on pages 12 and 13 – click on the Prattler image in the right-hand side bar, or the image below, (there is a slight delay for it to load this page turning version, depending on your internet speed).






Tirau Lions Paddys Market

The Tirau Lions had a great turnout and amazing weather last Saturday for their annual Paddys Market. Auctioneers Jason and Sam from Wrightsons did an awesome job with the many donated items that were up for grabs ranging from children’s toys to furniture and whiteware. If you wanted to get a great bargain, this was the place to be.


The Tirau School PTA also had a successful day with a sausage sizzle, drinks and cakes for sale.

The many Lions that helped on the day achieved fundraising of $3,800. This will be donated amongst the community.

A huge thankyou to all that attended, purchased and gave of their time to make it yet another successful Paddys Market for 2017.

Library Fun in the School Holidays

Casey and Nicole display their parakeets so far…

Each week of the school holidays there has been an activity session where children and parents are involved with fun projects.

Today those attending were busy making wrist parakeets. There were many busy hands at work, cutting, attaching and gluing their creations and of course checking the instructions.

Last week the activity involved making stained glass butterflies, some of which are proudly displayed here…


Date Change for the 2017 Christmas Parade

The date for the 2017 Christmas Parade is now FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER.

Entry form dates for the Shop Window Display and the Float Parade still have the same cut off date.

The amended poster is below and also the entry forms for the Parade and Shop Window competition.

These documents will be available on the PiP website from tomorrow onwards.


KiwiRail Putaruru Crossing Use Increasing from Today

“We will notice more trains going in and out of KiwiRail’s Putararu yard as the amount of product that is shipped out by rail from the Lichfield plant grows,” said a KiwiRail spokesperson.

From today, KiwiRail will be using the yard to stable wagons as it puts together the trains that transport milk powder.

This will mean the Main St level crossing will be used more often on weekdays and there will be some extra delays.

Because of this, expect trains from either direction and any time, and pay attention to the barriers, bells and lights at the crossing.

The KiwiRail spokesperson added, “More wagons on the line means fewer trucks on the road, less congestion and a better result for the environment  – every tonne of freight moved by rail delivers a 66 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from that carried on the road.”

New Quiz on-line now…

A number of readers asked if there could be some music in our quiz section so this time we use musical extracts from the Classic LP’s featured in our previous quiz.

The music track in the quiz contains 10 extracts from the 10 albums in our previous identify the classic LP’s. You may pause and restart the music at any time.

The quiz can be accessed on the usual Fortnightly Quiz page or by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy these sound extracts form the past.

Locally Inspired Cone Flavours

It’s cone season again, (not that it ever really ends), and using this as ice cream flavour inspiration we have come up with a range that might signal a passing tourist or a hungry local what may be on offer.




The recipes are not revealed, but with experimentation and a little finger licking we’re sure some tasty treats will emerge.




Safety regulations around ice cream production are probably numerous so to be on the safe side, wear gloves, protective glasses and of course place cones around hot objects, slippery surfaces, access and exit points.


Enjoy – as they say!

New Episodes on PiP TV

PiP TV has just had 3 new episodes added to it. There are now 37 episodes in total.

These latest videos come from the Business Awards held a week ago, with the full list of awards available here.

PiP TV can always be accessed by clicking on the TV icon in the righthand side bar or by clicking it here.

The new episodes are:

You can also click on each video episode image to be taken to PiP TV.

The PiP TV Channel on YouTube is dedicated to positive Putaruru events.

Promotion video placement is available and can take a number of forms. One effective but simple way is to sponsor an episode. Business logos, interviews, images and text can be tastefully added to an episode, with links back to you.

Another possibility is for your business, club or association to create an episode to your requirements.

Toy Library Garage Sale

The Putaruru Toy Library held a garage sale on Saturday 30th September at The Club. Of course there was their bouncy castle and a sausage sizzle too amongst the bargains.

During the week, toys can be borrowed for a 2 week period from the Toy Library and they have a special deal for grandparents. Opening hours are, Tuesdays 9am – 11am and Fridays 12 – 2pm, opposite Bunnings in Princes Street.

Coming up is their 4th Annual CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKET on Friday 17th November at the Putaruru Hotel. Anyone wishing to book a stall can ring Helen: 07 883 1496.

2017 PiP Business Awards – Full Winners List and Video

[This video was filmed unattended on the night.]


Community Service Awards

Awarded to: Warren Anderson.

Warren is a long term resident of Putaruru. Some of you may remember him in his role at Putaruru Intermediate School.

Since his retirement Warren has donated many hours to St Paul’s Church and has been the force behind the SeniorNet computer Training programme operating from above the pharmacy in Duke Street. Warren is also involved in Probus which is now the Putaruru Friendship Club.

Awarded to: Michelle Stewart, Sheryl Van Dyk, Anne White

These three have spent the last year or so painting and tiding up Putaruru. They are volunteers who have not receive a single cent for their efforts and have donated many hours to literally painting the town.

Employment Achievements

For the last few years the Business Awards to congratulates people who, while not being business owners themselves, have achieved something for their business or improved their skills in some way which will benefit their business.

Awarded to: Ed Headley


New Business

Finalists: Hammer Hardware, Sheridan Real Estate, Venice 1 Barber Shop.

Winner Venice 1 Barber Shop


Food and Hospitality

Finalists: Putaruru District Service Memorial Club, Putaruru Hotel and The Wooden Farmer

Runner up: Putaruru Hotel

Winner: The Wooden Farmer



Finalists: Styles on Main, Super Liquor, The Last Tangle, Van Dyks Beds R Us

Third: The Last Tangle

Runner up: Styles on Main

Winner: Super Liquor



Finalists: Bella Creative, Central Kids Kindergartens, Le Pine & Co., NZ Cheese School

Runner up: Le Pine & Co.

Winner: Central Kids Kindergartens



Finalists: Central Motors, Heartland Homes, Putaruru Tyres, Putaruru Panel Beaters, Van Dam Plumbing

Third: Putaruru Tyres

Runner up: Heartland Homes

Winner: Central Motors



Finalists: Domain Road Kennels & Cattery, PGG Wrightson, Vetora

Runner up: Vetora

Winner: PGG Wrightson


Manufacturing, Industrial & Logistics

Finalist: Farmer’s Transport, Over the Moon Dairy Company, Tirau Earthmovers

Runner up: Tirau Earthmovers.

Winner:  Over the Moon Dairy Company



Finalists: Buckland Street Childcare, Cardrona Rest Home, Owlets Forest, The Plaza

Third: The Plaza

Runner up: Buckland Street Childcare

Winner: Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre


[This video was filmed unattended on the night.]


Services to Farming Award   

Aaron and Hellen Jeffares


Enterprise Award

The enterprise award is presented each year to an individual or business that has in some way excelled often at considerable risk or cost to themselves and always in a way through which Putaruru has benefitted.

Owlet’s Forest Early Learning Centre


Overall Winner

The overall winner is chosen from among the seven category winners.

Over the Moon Dairy Company

Washout Yesterday!


McMeekan Road was the location of a washout yesterday. These pictures give an indication of the damage and the response to this.


Other areas have also banks overflowing and the Waikato Rivers was running high this morning.

All is clear around town though.

The on-line Prattler thanks the supplier of these photos. Readers are welcome to use the contact area to supply news about the region.

The Foodbank Appeal

Yes, it was a busy weekend and the Putaruru Lions, the Firebrigade and Girl Guides were driving all around Putaruru for the Foodbank collection as part of the weekend activities. The siren was hard to miss and also served as a reminder of for whom the bell polls.

John Hutton, Maryanne Hurcomb and girl guide volunteers were among those preparing for the collection on Saturday morning. In the background are Ken Putt and Sue Harper.


After collection, sorting took place at the Community Centre. Taking a time for a smile break are: Dianne Bennett, Elaine Mitchell, Anne Hughes, Lola McCormack, and Joy Pellow.

The PiP Business Awards

The print Prattler will be delivered this Wednesday and you can access the page turning edition NOW from the righthand sidebar of this site.

To get you started here is Page 1.