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Happy New Year

January 1st 2018.

Janus, the Roman god of exits and entrances, transitions and similar time attributes applied to the world today often prompts our looking forward and boldly making predictions about changes as a whole and as individuals.

Quietly, just before Christmas, 2 new baby minion eyes arrived and looked out into Putaruru. What will they see this year?

Well the year itself will bring nothing – it’s people who’ll do this, along with the natural events that occur in the environment.

Will there still be three road entrances to Putaruru?

Will the railway line continue to head north and south?

Will the return occur?

Will the water feature still be like this?

Will this keyboard still be qwerty arranged?

Mmm? This list could spiral out of control so best stop it there.

But in this traditional time thinking thoughtfulness mode there are no limits to what we might imagine or action. If we stand still, the world will continue to move around us anyway – will we accept anyway the wind blows?

So, in this reflective mindset, the on-line Prattler will take a short break as January begins, and return again mid-month to see what’s about in the dominion of the new baby minion. The first morning of 2018 has broken… HAPPY NEW YEAR from Pride in Putaruru.






FaceBook Recently



The Pride in Putaruru FaceBook group has been used over the holiday period to make quite a number of statements over local issues. One of these was the Putaruru Water Park feature.

As with many issues the fact that we make choices to act as we do can’t be ignored.

Here is a summary of some of the choices people have made in relation to this, (and similar), matters.

People Choose To...People Choose To...
enjoy the water park arealeave rubbish in the water park feature
keep their home grounds tidyhave rubbish and unkempt vegetation around their homes
build float displays for the Christmas paradespray parade vehicles with substances that cause paint damage
contribute hours of unpaid service to the townexploit the area and move on
follow safety and vehicle use signageignore safety and vehicle use signage
dump their rubbish responsiblyabandon refuse outsde the gates of the dump
enjoy a restaurant or cafe meal with laughter and conversationspread their cigarette smoke
read long term plans and make thoughtful submissionscomplain about lack of action
appreciate that the character of an item may be individually valuedsee all items as having to fit only their perception
seize the dayblame the day
negotiate actiondemand action
know that problems can occur and seek positive ways to alleviate themcomplain and blame when problems happen
pay for possessionstake the possessions of others
know that events have causesignore what the causes might be
model and teach respectshow lack of respect
acknowledge that the environment is affected by all our actionsignore their actions on the environment when it suits

Communication is great – but how we choose to use it can helpful or hindering.

Merry Christmas – These Houses Light Up…

We wish all our subscribers and readers a very Merry Christmas. The images today show some of the public displays of the festive season to be seen in the area. The on-line Prattler has as its major aim the celebration of the South Waikato through locally provided sharing of things positive and home lighting displays for public pleasure are one example of this.

Many people are taking the opportunity to view homes that have been lit up for the Christmas season. In some cases groups of houses have exterior lighting displays.


During the day it’s not only people that can appreciate the displays…

Thank you to those who supplied some of these photographs.

If you would like to send a photo of any Christmas related display you have made, we can share them here for others to enjoy. Please send, using the largest file size possible, your images to

Pride in Putaruru and Putaruru Moving Forward wish you all a very merry Christmas season and acknowledge all those who are helping to contribute to and grow the positive heartbeat of our community.


Christmas Music with Local Connections


The Christmas medley from The Putaruru Choir was filmed at one of their concert afternoons earlier in the year. Mary Heberley is the conductor and Irene McIvor the accompanist.

Messiah by Handel was first performed in Dublin in 1742, but this performance of He Shall Feed His Flock sung by Madison Nonoa, soprano and Kate Spence, alto, took place at the Plaza a few years ago, with Peter Walls conducting. This production featured the Hamilton Civic Choir and the Rotorua District Choir accompanied by the Opus Orchestra.

Set to Oh Holy Night, the shots in this video were filmed around Putaruru. Can you spot any changes that have taken place since then?

Santa Inside, Santa Outside and Community Garden Raffle

Santa Inside:

The Putaruru Hotel have set up a Santa’s Workshop display that opens at 10 each morning. The Prattler showed you the outside but today we look a little more closely inside. We have left some details of the display out so that a personal visit will reward you further.

Santa Outside:

On the left hand side of the highway between Putaruru and Tirau the traditional paddock display has been set up again – please take care if you decide to pull over for a closer look.


Community Garden Raffle Results:

The winners went to tickets held by Dixon and Anderson.

The group would like to thank the following firms for their donations for this raffle…

  • Stihl Shop
  • Van Dyks
  • Farmlands
  • Unichem Pharmacy
  • The Cow Cafe
  • AJ’s Tyres Sales and Service
  • Hammer Hardware
  • Countdown
  • Over the Moon
  • Wrightsons

Christmas Parade Video

Video of the Pride in Putaruru Christmas Parade has been added to the PiP TV Channel videos and can be viewed in full HD quality from the side bar or here.

This post has a small size version of the video adjusted to suit this blog.

Pride in Putaruru sincerely thanks all those who built a float, paraded in their vintage cars and trucks, dressed up and marched and provided the music for the Christmas Parade. Giving to the community like this is really appreciated. Thank you again also to the businesses who decorated their shop windows for the display competition.

All the Prattler still shots of the parade were extracted from this video footage. A selection of these  are shown below.



The December Prattler is now out On-Line

You can now read the print edition of the December Prattler in it’s on-line page turning format now.

Click on the December issue icon in the side bar to open this edition.

The actual print edition will be delivered this Wednesday.

Should you wish to download the paper in pdf format, click on the image below.


Float Parade Awards at Glenshea Park

Fire engine rides…
Enjoying the vintage fire engine ride…

After the parade returned to Glenshea Park last night there were free activities, food, music by the Te Awamutu and District Highland Pipe Band and the Cambridge Brass Band.

The Te Awamutu and District Highland Pipe Band.
A section of the crowd at Glenshea Park.
Plenty of takers for this free activity.
The Scout food tent.
The new PiP Manager at work…
Heathers food caravan.

Pride in Putaruru Chairman Stu Edmeades and manager Rebecca Sanson then presented the awards to the winners of the 3 Float Categories and announced the Overall Winner.

Quilt ‘n’ Knit2 – the window display winner.
Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre – winner of the Children and Youth float section.
Putaruru Tyres, winner of the Commercial float section.
St Pauls Church, winner of the Services, Clubs and Societies float section.
Stu Edmeades holds the trophy awarded to the Overall Winner – Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre.

Christmas Parade

It was a great night for the Pride in Putaruru Christmas Parade on Friday. Families lined the parade route from Glenshea Park to Princes Street, and return.

There will be a full report and many pictures in the Prattler due out this Wednesday, but for the record the Float Winners were:

Children & Youth: Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre

Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre.

Commercial: Putaruru Tyres

Putaruru Tyres.

Services, Clubs & Societies: St Pauls Church

St Pauls Church.

Of course Santa and his helpers were at the parade as well!

Santa and his helpers.

And the OVERALL WINNER of the float section of the Christmas Parade was:

 Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre

Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre.


Pride in Putaruru & Putaruru Moving Forward – Funding Model Changes

Pride in Putaruru & Putaruru Moving Forward – Funding Model Changes

Our Focus

We are currently considering the future focus of Pride in Putaruru (PIP) and Putaruru Moving Forward (PMF). This is driven by a changing vision, community engagement and changing times. This engagement document outlines the new focus and the funding required to ensure we deliver on the Putaruru Concept Plan. Add to this, a change in staff, some funding anomalies and other changes and it makes this an ideal time to do a complete review.

This post runs you through those… but first a little background.

The Background

PIP has been part of Putaruru for over 20 years. The activity is half funded by Putaruru Ward residents and half by (some) businesses (ie those currently being rated under the Putaruru Business Rate). It delivers a range of services including but not limited to the Putaruru Business Awards, Christmas Parade, Information Service, Business After 5 Ladies Breakfast, The Prattler, picnic tables, among other events and initiatives.

PMF is a newer group working closely with PIP to prepare Putaruru to meet the demands of the future, foster economic growth and drive community vibrancy.
Both PIP and PMF enjoy an excellent relationship with Elected Members and Council staff. This relationship ensures that together we can make significant positive changes in Putaruru.
The activities of PIP and PMF contribute greatly to the economic and community development of Putaruru.


There is an online survey available at the bottom of this information. We encourage you to read the information first before completing the survey. We suggest too that if you have questions please contact

  • Stu Edmeades (Putaruru Moving Forward) on 0274 409 899; or

  • Ben Smit (Council’s Deputy Chief Executive) on 021 436 580


Current Situation

The PIP contract with Council is up for renewal. The contract is currently $66,125 (incl GST) and has not been increased for a decade.

The scope and current level of funding does not cover the full extent of activities that both groups are now involved in. These new areas were developed over the last few years in response to community and business feedback. Some of these larger projects include the tidy up of the town centre (CBD area), the development of the Putaruru Concept Plan, involvement in the Putaruru Growth Plan and attracting new business to Putaruru.
The Putaruru Concept Plan needs further development to achieve the outcomes that came from community feedback.

The Future

The Putaruru Concept Plan identifies five work streams:

  • Facilitating a strong sense of community
  • Planning for residential growth
  • Supporting existing businesses (eg, shop frontages, mentoring, etc)
  • Managing community events, information centre and the community focused Prattler
  • Encouraging new business development

Extra Resource and Direction

PIP’s current funding employs a part time manager. Our current manager has retired. We have appointed a temporary manager to coordinate events and manage PIP until the end of June 2018.

We believe it is timely for us to employ a full time manager to: 

  • Further develop and support the implementation of the Putaruru Concept Plan.
  • Provide a community support function, eg extra community events, information service, websites and The Prattler.
  • Support business by facilitating mentoring programmes, improved alignment with Waikato Innovation Park, project coordination with PMF and a business development and investment link.
  • Develop and maintain a database of land for sale and business opportunities together with a business investment website to highlight our strengths, our good news and the marketing of Putaruru.
  • The new manager with work closely with PIP and PMF and with Council Elected Members and staff, the SWIF Trust, Waikato River Trails, local business people, Economic Development Agencies and others to develop Putaruru.

Community Benefit vs Business Benefit

Given the focus of the Putaruru Concept Plan, it is felt that the ‘community in general’ and the ‘business community’ will benefit equally from the outcomes of these activities so it is proposed that the current split of the PIP funding being 50% from the Ward and 50% as a business rate remains status quo.

Additional Funding

To employ a full time manager with the experience to drive business development, facilitate business and community connections, deliver events, develop the website, deliver the information service and other functions we need to increase our funding.

To cover the cost of a full time manager and other increases in costs over the last ten years we are looking for additional funding of $64,400 (incl GST).

As part of the total review we are also recommending a change in the rates funding model based on the benefits and equity.

The current rating model is:

  • Putaruru Ward rate – charged at a fixed rate of $24.86 to each property in the Ward.
  • Putaruru Business rate – charged on capital value to all properties currently rated on a designated list. The list of business properties is out of date.

The Business Rate

The current list doesn’t include a number of businesses that it should and includes some properties that it shouldn’t.

Most notably we are proposing to exclude the Rangiuru units as they are residential properties, and include some businesses that should be rated. These businesses will be approached individually.

Currently the business portion of the funding works on capital value only. This could be seen to be inequitable, resulting in a small number of higher value properties paying a significant portion of the funding and lower valued properties paying very little.

To make it more equitable it is proposed that half of the Putaruru Business Rate (ie 25% of total funding) be based on capital value; and half as a flat rate per property (ie, 25% of the total funding). This means the split is more equitable across all businesses.

Funding Model – now and proposed

All business rates will be different depending on its capital value (see examples to the right). Figures, incl GST. Most properties fall into either the Property B or C example below. It is impossible to detail the specifics. If you have a question, contact details are on the front cover.

Below are the rating options that compares 2017-18 rates with proposed rates going forward. Figures, incl GST. Properties in the Ward (ie, not businesses) will see an annual increase in rates of just under $10.

* not all of this funding goes to PIP, there are some additional elements funded, eg CCTV cameras, administration costs

Have your say

  • Online survey link here.

  • Hard copy information engagement flyer (including hard copy survey form) here.

Christmas Carols Quiz

Our new quiz is on-line now and features Christmas Carols.

We give you the first line and you choose from the options the correct next line.

Use this link to start the quiz and/or go to the Fortnightly Quiz tab on this site.

Let’s go!

Putaruru College Winners at The Outlook for Someday Film Challenge

The Outlook for Someday Film Challenge.

In this New Zealand film-making competition, the 20 winning films were made by individuals and teams aged from 9 to 22 years old from all over the country: Millers Flat, Christchurch, Wellington, Otaki, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Putaruru and Auckland.

Each of the winning film-makers received a special award at the red-carpet ceremony, which was MCd by television presenter Te Radar and actor/film-maker Hanelle Harris.

The Stephens Lawyers Young Voices For Change Award went to the team from Putaruru College for a film motivating young people and/or decision-makers to be change-makers. Their film was Hayden’s Time Adventure, a docudrama featuring a trip to the future and back in order to show us the value of self-driving cars.

Just under 1000 people voted in the online poll, for this award which was won by Hayden’s Time Adventure.

The Putaruru College team have won a prize package that includes a Panasonic HC-WXF995 4K Ultra HD Camcorder donated by Photogear.

The Someday Challenge, now in its 11th year, asks young people aged up to 24 to make short sustainability-related films of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes.

Putaruru College continues their award winning film-making tradition.

Kuranui School Rehearses Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies

Kuranui School was in full dress rehearsal mode for their end of year production yesterday when the on-line Prattler visited the Plaza.

Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies, a new musical comedy, is a humorous re-telling of the Robin Hood legend that involves the rescue of Maid Marion from the Sheriff of Nottingham and the overthrow of King John. Is this really merry England?

Cash door sales are available from the Plaza for $10 each from 6pm tonight and the show starts at 6:30pm.

Grand Reopening of the Okoroire Hot Pools

Tauhu Paul blesses the entrance way to the hot pools.

On Wednesday the Okoroire Hot Pools were officially re-opened after the unveiling of the entrance carving and the blessing of the complex.

A group has spent 6 months working on the historic pools that were originally built in the 1880s. Because they are Heritage listed, the refurbishment had to respect that fact while at the same time enhancing the area.

Grant Thompson describes the history of the pools and the area.

Everything had to be brought in by hand by a team of hard working men that did a great job. Everyone is very proud of what they have achieved. Many suppliers helped in achieving the natural look of the bush and hot pool setting.

Donna Rasmussen, (Project Manager) and construction team members Tauhu Paul, Patrick Atutahi and Wade Wharewaka.

The springs are therapeutic with pool 1 being 37º and the other 2 around 32º. Running alongside is the Te Waihou River as it flows from the Blue Spring towards the sea.

Prices to use the pools are:

Adults: $16.50
Children 16 and under: $8
Pre School: $3
One Year membership: Family $260, Couple: $190, Individual: $100

The Okoroire Hotel is also renown for functions such as weddings, lunch and dinner. It has 21 rooms available. There are also 21 camping accommodation rooms, not to mention the adjacent golf course and a new massage chair room.

Ring Out the Bells…

The arms were up, down, up, down for a long time mid afternoon yesterday as testing was being carried out on the Main Street railway crossing barrier system. At one stage railway men were actually holding the arms up and waving cars through.

Some times the bells would stop, start, stop, start and there was quite a lot of backing or inching forward as some traffic kept crossing while others waited.

Lights and bells ringing but arms up…

Lets hope this is not a problem caused by a warm but not unusually hot day.

Traffic was backing up in all directions and a number of U turns were being made.

But maybe it was the bells of St Mary’s. What will they ring today?

The Putaruru Christmas Parade

The 2017 Christmas Parade…

Thank you to the schools, businesses, clubs and interest groups that have indicated they will be entering a float into the Putaruru Christmas Parade this year – Friday December 15th.

There is always room for more parade floats, marchers, decorated bikes, banners, costumes, musicians and the like. What are simple ways you can support this event with movement and colour, using things that are around you, spirit rather than dollars.

Be imaginative and add to the parade atmosphere in 2017.

Now contact the new Pride in Putaruru Manager, Rebecca on 07 883 7272 or by email and chat about what you have in mind to enhance the Christmas parade this year. 

The 2017 Christmas Parade…
The 2017 Christmas Parade…
The 2017 Christmas Parade…
The 2017 Christmas Parade…

Deck the Hall…

This is only a small taste of the Hall decorations.

Sunday afternoon saw the opening of the Deck the Hall Christmas event at St Patrick’s Hall, Kensington Street, Putaruru. For the Sunday night only there was also a BBQ and sing along in the appealing tree area out-side the staff room. From Monday evening through to Friday, the Hall is open from 7pm – 9pm.

Under the trees…
A little more Christmas sauce please…
From inside the staffroom…

There were plenty of families there enjoying the Christmas Spirit arranged by St Mary’s School, the Parish Community and Local Businesses, for just a gold coin entry.

The traditional Nativity scene…
Santa sips Putaruru water – that’s the spirit.

Inside the Hall is adorned with great displays and decorations – a sight that has not been since since Room at the Inn at the Putaruru Hotel. The big difference is that Deck the Halls is fully immersive with handstakingly planned and arranged displays of all types.

Two in a sleigh – ride on…

We won’t reveal all here – go along as a family and see for yourselves.

Let there be lights… all things bright and beautiful…

Remember that from Monday evening through to Friday, the Hall is open from 7pm – 9pm. Take the family.

Kids for Kids

At rehearsal in the morning…

Kids for Kids is a tradition in its own right and last night the Plaza stage was packed with children from many schools around the area as they celebrated in song iconic New Zealand music drawn from these World Vision shows over the years.

Singer and composer Nathan King and music director Brooke Baker were the featured artists for this performance.

Nathan in his gumboots…
Brooke hits a high eweeee…

For all involved it was a busy day with students coming together for the first time at rehearsal, then the evening show.

The on-line Prattler was able to capture the mood at the beginning of the second half.

The uke group kicked off the second half…
Local talent to the front…
Computer gamers get with the program…

World Vision’s programmes bring hope to millions of children and the Kids for Kids programme celebrated this with its Kiwi As concerts. This series is now in its 23rd year and during this time has brought more than 280,000 children together.

Modelling some of merchandise – kiwi as…

In 2017 around 10,000 children have taken to the stage and used their voices for good and last night it was the youth of our area that shone.

Inter-School Athletics Day

On you marks, set, read…

It was a hot day for the Inter-School Athletics held at Glenshea Park yesterday.

There were plenty of families present enjoying the competitions and relaxing in the shade.

This day is aimed more at the year 7 and 8 students of the schools in the area so there were a full range of schools represented.

Sports Waikato were there as well as adult and student helpers.

The trees provided some shade for those taking part, especially the long and high jump areas.

The final events of the afternoon were the closely contested relays.

They’re off…
Almost there…
Some of the spectators…

5 new records were set and 1 record equalled on the day.

Davidson Magic At The Plaza

Taking us for a trip…

Delaney Davidson’s Magic Lightbox travelling one man show cast it’s spell at the Plaza Theatre, Putaruru, last night to a transfixed audience. The visuals to many of the songs were presented in glorious Plazarama that dwarfed Delany but never removed the focus from his original music.

A bridge too far…
Bed bugs bite…

It was an evening mix of dark side trips, self cut montages and apocalypse now heart of darkness. One imagines that if Buster Keaton had been Roy Rogers, the world would have been something like that we were treated to.

In one piece, using carefully crafted footage from the film noir, Detour, (now a cult classic), Delaney focused on the inevitable drama of the film and the death ‘chord’ that results in an imagined conviction. Providing his own score to the images Delaney, highlighted the obvious back projection and reversals of the film as he performed to this own back projection.

The end of the line…
The guide to the galaxy?

The film sequences range in content but were usually dark and mysterious, clowns, trains, dogs and icons. It was like a Citizen Kane trip, but on a world stage – a world where snippets are revealed, but one is never quite sure. We are voyeurs.

No trespassing…
It’s only words…
Heart of darkness…

The deadpan chat from Delaney also contributed to this night of music and cinema. Get out season 1 of Brokenwood and re-listen to the soundtrack again. As they say, you had to be there.