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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.  

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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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWEasterTrading The survey looks like this, do not use this graphic as your response!   More information is on the SWDC website: www.southwaikato.govt.nz Council will review the feedback and ultimately, based on the feedback, decide between three options: Not to develop an Easter Trading Policy To develop an Easter Trading Policy that applies across the district 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. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWEasterTrading More information on the SWDC website: www.southwaikato.govt.nz  

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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.

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Burgundy Moon Winner of the Bite People’s Choice Award

Breaking news from Over the Moon… “Thank you, wonderful people, for voting our Burgundy Moon the winner of the Bite People’s Choice Award at the New Zealand Food Awards! Couldn’t have done it without you.” See the lead up post about this award here or (click on the picture).

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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). 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).          

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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.

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Library Fun in the School Holidays

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…  

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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.  

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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.”

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