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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 Commercial: Putaruru Tyres Services, Clubs & Societies: St Pauls Church Of course Santa and his helpers were at the parade as well! And the OVERALL WINNER of the float section of the Christmas Parade was:  Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre  

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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. Survey 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 FEEDBACK PLEASE BY 17 JANUARY 2018 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Grand Reopening of the Okoroire 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. 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. 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.

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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. 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?

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The Putaruru 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 manager@prideinputaruru.com and chat about what you have in mind to enhance the Christmas parade this year. 

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Deck the Hall…

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. 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. 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. We won’t reveal all here – go along as a family and see for yourselves. Remember that from Monday evening through to Friday, the Hall is open from 7pm – 9pm. Take the family.

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Kids for Kids

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. 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. 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. 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.

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

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Davidson Magic At The Plaza

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. 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 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. 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.  

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Council Favours Improved Engagement Over Maori Seats

South Waikato District Council elected members at the completion of a hearing on Thursday, decided not to introduce designated Māori seats for the 2019 local government elections. Council also decided to revisit the issue in three years’ time rather than wait for the allowable statutory timeframe of six years. What came to light during the feedback period was that engagement with Māori and in particular with iwi is different to having designated Māori seats on Council. Council received 84 submissions, survey responses and feedback about the concept of designated Māori seats. Of the 84 responses, there was an exact even split, with 42 respondents wishing Council to introduce Māori seats and 42 against. “Representation and engagement options have been discussed with Raukawa, and we will be working with them and other iwi to build on our partnerships that will reflect greater involvement in decision making for our community,” commented Mayor Jenny Shattock. “The development of a closer and more aligned relationship with all iwi groups is something that we are keen to develop.” Reflecting on the hearing, Mayor Shattock said that the relationship with Māori is continuing to improve and we are confident that it can only get stronger with the development of a comprehensive strategy. “One of Council’s main outcomes over the coming three years is to focus on relationships with all sectors in the community; seniors, business, youth and pacific island peoples, including Māori and iwi,” said Mayor Shattock. “We have already started this work through the Long Term Plan, holding 14 meetings with sectors in our community and hearing from around 300 people. This has been good positive engagement.” South Waikato District Council has been proud over the years to have always had Māori representation around the Council table, but the issue facing Council is how to have better engagement with iwi and Māori and whether this should result in having designated Māori seats. Council has decided not to have designated Māori seats at this time however the community can challenge this decision if 5% of eligible voters in the South Waikato request a poll by 23rd February 2018.  

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Putaruru School of Music: End of Year Concert 2017

The Putaruru School of Music presented its end of year concert on Sunday afternoon at the St Mary’s Hall. All the classes for the year performed at the concert: guitar, recorder, flute, keyboard and brass as well as the Cambridge Junior Brass Band.   At the conclusion of the afternoon, certificates and trophies were presented. Richard Heslop was the MC for the concert. You can help. Why not become a helper for the Putaruru School of Music. The committee meets a few times each term – it’s casual, stress-free and with additional team members, even more can be done for the students. Student fees are per year, (instalments can be arranged). The yearly fee schedule is: Brass $75 Keyboard Beginner $75 Keyboard $75 Recorder $60 Flute $75 Guitar $60 Guitar Intermediate $60 Guitar Advanced $60 Suggestions for other instrument tuition are welcome – perhaps you can offer tuition too. Patricia, 07 883 1181 can answer any questions you may have and provide information about the School of Music. The December Prattler will have the full awards list.

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Curtains? We Reveal the Real World.

The report last week, in a certain paper, about the Plaza Theatre curtains revealed something – the writer wasn’t at the Plaza Theatre AGM! Luckily the Prattler was. To correct the tone of the paper report we have a joint statement from the South Waikato District Council and the Plaza. It states what the AGM made absolutely clear, which means we can lift the curtain and see the actual lines. The joint news release now follows. “Council and the South Waikato Arts Trust will be working together to install new stage curtains at The Plaza. “We’re thrilled that Council will be contributing to the replacement of the curtains,” said Bobbi Sheriff, Chair of the Trust. “The tone of the news report in Wednesday’s newspaper seemed to imply that we weren’t, which is really unfortunate,” she continued. The curtains are in need of replacement due to deterioration over the years. New curtains will mean improved focus on Health and Safety regulations relating to fire protection too. The Trust and Council are jointly funding the project, with Council contributing $12,700 towards what is likely over a $30,000 project. The Putaruru Plaza has been identified as a significant regional facility and Council is pleased to be working alongside the Trust on the curtains. “We’re all looking forward to ‘opening’ the brand new curtains!” continued Mrs Sheriff.” So what can we expect? You come in off the street, through the doors of the theater. You sit down. The lights go down and the curtain goes up. And you’re in another world. [Robert Caro] I closed my eyes Drew back the curtain To see for certain What I thought I knew… [Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice] You draw to the curtains and one thing’s for certain You’re cozy in your little room The carpet’s all paid for, God bless the TV Let’s go shoot a hole in the moon… [Elton John, Bernie Taupin]    

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Christmas Parade and Shop Window Displays

Yes – it’s getting near that time again. It’s not too late to add to the occasion by decorating a shop window or entering a float in the Christmas Parade. The parade in on Friday, December 15th starting at 6:00pm. See the last Prattler for full details or open from the side bar. The Float Parade is free to enter. There are prizes in each of the 3 sections: Commercial Children & Youth Services, Clubs and Societies and a prize for the best float overall. Remember there is only 1 Santa. Please send completed forms to the PIP office, 2 Overdale Street, by December 1st either in cut out or emailed versions. Here are the entry forms again for both of these competitions…

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Rotary Book Sale

The Annual Rotary Book sale is now in full swing at the PoP Up Store in Princes Street right by the pedestrian crossing. It opens at 9am each day, closing at 4pm through to Saturday, but has an earlier closing time of 11am on Saturday. There is a very large selection of books that are arranged in clearly marked sections, such as alphabetical order for fiction, children, DVD’s, New Zealand, and the like. Prices are: Individual books: $3 or 4 for $10 (except if marked with a special price) Magazines: 5 for $1 Children’s Books: 5 for $2 Videos/DVD’s: $2 CD’s: 4@ Jigsaws: $3 Box of books: $25 You can also bring down books to donate for sale. Get in early to grab a bargain!

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Royal New Zealand Navy Band at The Plaza

The main role of the Royal New Zealand Navy Band is to perform as a Military Band providing music for the ceremonial, public relations, recruiting and entertainment requirements of the Royal New Zealand Navy, the New Zealand Defence Force and the New Zealand Government. However it was the public who were entertained at The Plaza, Putaruru, on Sunday afternoon. The band’s second item, Plymouth Hoe: A Nautical Overture by John Ansell contains many British music references including Rule Britannia. Conductor Michael Dowrick referenced The Two Ronnies while introducing this piece and one wonders whether we should ho, hoe, or not, not wanting be be drawn down to the sea in slips. Light in Darkness, a piece by Evelyn Glennie, featured marimba and guitar. This is a recently written piece that was warmly received. During the afternoon there were a great variety of styles and compositions that are not necessarily associated with bands – a tribute to the works chosen. The audience was put into quiz mode with the piece that featured music of the 1970’s. Yes we knew the tune snippets but just what was the name of that ‘bit’ again? Some snatches were themes associated with; The Muppet Show, Butch Cassidy, Deliverance, Simon and Garfunkle and Scot Joplin as we were transported downtown by locomotion. The familiar Chuck Mansion piece, used as a soundtrack to the film Children of Sanchez, arranged for guitar and trumpet, concluded the first half of the concert.   A small Dixie group from the band opened the second half and featured, Won’t you Go Home Bill Bailey, and Chicago. Other pieces this half ranged from Remembrance, which featured the bagpies, (and my spell check thought this should be magpies – probably stuck in Denis Glover mode), to the formal Sunset and concluded with the rousing Heart of Oak. It was a professionally polished afternoon of music, no actual marching, but the beat was there thanks to the musicianship of the Royal New Zealand Navy Band. No followers of The Village People were harmed in this presentation.  

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3rd Birthday Celebrations for Transform Aotearoa

Thursday night saw 3rd Birthday celebrations for Transform Aotearoa at their Tirau Street location. Transform Aotearoa is a Charitable Trust that has been established to support New Zealanders in provincial towns on a journey towards wholeness. Some of those speaking at the 3rd Birthday celebrations were: The celebrations outlined the varied aspects of the work being done by the Trust. These aspects include: Whakahonohono Mai: This is a 10 week Women’s leadership and personal development programme focused on strength, identity, worth,value and goal setting. Te Moana Kura: this is a 9 week, stage 2 course that builds upon tools learnt in Whakahonohonomai. A personal move from a place of insecurity to a place of promise and freedom. Te Kaupapa Whakamana: This is an 11 week Men’s leadership and personal development programme focused on being a good father/role model, learning to love and appreciate your partner and children, managing hard feelings, overcoming difficulties and goal setting. WOW: Friday Ladies Gathering: A community of ladies who have graduated from our women’s programme, who meet together weekly to continue learning and helping in the community together. CAP: Christians Against Poverty is an 8 week course offering tools to break life controlling dependencies like alcohol, smoking, gambling, drugs or internet addictions that wreck lives and cause financial and relational poverty. Personal Presentation in the Workplace: A 10 week course offering skills and knowledge of personal hygiene, physical presentation and body maintenance to project a positive self image and self esteem at home or in the work place. Driver Licensing: Pathway to obtaining a drivers licence. ShineGIRL and STRENGTH: This is a 9 week course in Putaruru College for teenagers to develop their understanding of their own personal identity, strength, purpose and direction for their life. Rangatahi Youth Summits: These are run monthly on a Saturday by a qualified youth practitioner and professional dance and creative art tutors to inspire our youth. Building Awesome Whanau: This is a strength based course resonating with whanau, assisting to inspire and empower parents and caregivers to aim for great outcomes. Other speakers included: Mayor Jenny Shattock noted some common aims of The South Waikato District Council and Transform Aotearoa. At the end of the formal celebrations, specially prepared food was laid out for those attending. Transform Aotearoa is located upstairs at 32 Tirau Street.

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Friday Night Christmas Market and Buckland Street Childcare Garage Sale

An open note to the weather organiser on Friday night – “thank you.” Crowds turned out for the Friday Night Market held at the Putaruru Hotel and this year it was clear, warm and fine. The evening was an event organised by the Putaruru Toy Library, (situated just around the corner). A market feature is its support of local and New Zealand made goods. The outside lawn was ringed with stalls of both goods and food. The Putaruru Volunteer Fire Brigade and St John were also set up, as well as providing rides up and down the road. Under the hotel outside entrance were the sounds of Christmas Carols and the smells associated with BBQ food being freshly prepared. Inside the Putaruru Hotel the entrance and 3 rooms were full of stalls, displays, herbal health products, and massage treatments. Many offerings of clothing, crafts and of course tempting sweets were also available. The Toy Library had their Christmas sweet house raffle on sale and tickets for this are still available. Buckland Street Childcare Garage Sale On Saturday morning, Buckland Street Childcare held a morning Garage Sale in their grounds. There was a relaxed friendly atmosphere as people explored the large number of goods being offered for sale. Again the fine weather prevailed.  

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St Mary’s and Putaruru Primary School Sports Days

The outlook for Friday was much better than Thursday, (not a good one at all), and both local primary schools took advantage of the great weather. It was certainly time for hats and sunscreen. St Mary’s Catholic School held their sports day at Glenshea Park.           Putaruru Primary used their school grounds for the sports day.           Both of these well organised days involved the children rotating through a series of varied activities that were chosen to suit the ages of those involved. A pleasing feature was the large number of adults and past pupils who came to support those taking part at both venues.

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Community Picnic Tables Update

The 3 newly installed picnic tables, 2 at the Garden of Memories and 1 outside the Pride in Putaruru office have now had their protective fences removed and the inscription plaques attached. The PiP frontage table honours the contribution of former mayor Neil Sinclair. This plaque reads…  

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Junior Athletics in Putaruru

Putaruru has a strong association with athletics and it’s in this spirit, under the guidance of sportwaikato, the local Putaruru Athletics Club is doing a great job in attracting youngsters into an active lifestyle. A range of activities are well set out and organised for young children and there are plenty of adults on hand to assist and encourage as well. After the 5:30pm briefing, the children were taken in age appropriate groups through a range of activities that encouraged balance, jumping, throwing and running as well as the traditional flat races, long jumps and the hop step and jump. The atmosphere was friendly and supportive at Glenshea Park as all groups participated in the early evening fun and fitness. Why not take you family to Glenshea Park at 5:30pm next Wednesday? It could be the start of lifelong passion.

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Pride In Putaruru AGM

The AGM of Pride in Putaruru was held last night at the Plaza. After the usual welcome, apologies and minutes of the 2016 AGM, reports from the Chairperson and Financial were presented. The election of Trustees was then held followed by the Managers Report. Extracts from the Chairperson and Managers Reports are combined in this next section that reviews activity since the 2016 AGM. Finances – the continued pressure on funds and availability of fund providers has meant thinking outside the square as to how the Trust is funded. This is being addressed through the SWDC Long Term Plan. Business After 5 – has proceeded as a means of giving opportunities to celebrate businesses around town. Ladies Breakfast – these bimonthly meetings that feature guest speakers are popular and well attended. Security Cameras – during the year the cameras have been updated to state of the art technology and are now in-housed by the SWDC to coincide with Tokoroa getting their security system in place. An extra system has been added to the Putaruru Library. Business Awards – were celebrated at the Plaza and the Putaruru District Services Memorial Club with over 200 attending a successful night. Kerrie McIvor was the guest speaker. Christmas Parade – saw that parade finish at Glenshea Park with good numbers from outside the town attending. The Cambridge Brass Band played at the parade and the park. A shop window competition was promoted throughout December to compliment the parade. Water Festival – a fine day and a changed format worked very well with the SWDC taking a larger role in the event. SWDC Neighbourhood Parties -two were held in Putaruru over the summer period. Information Centre – has been a worthwhile addition to the PiP operation providing another opportunity to connect with the community in a positive way. Putaruru Moving Forward – saw the reporting of the positive results of the community survey at the Business Awards. Thanks to the ‘tidy-up girls’ who have been very successful with their hard work on the shop fronts. The voluntary work these ladies have done is a credit to them and the community. Growth Plan for Putaruru – a comprehensive consultation process culminated in a very successful public meeting with over 170 attending and no objections. National Fieldays Rural Batchelor – was a wonderful success and a lot of fun with funds raised going to a security camera, Fire Brigade and the Plaza Trust. Prattler – this has continued with 7 print editions a new on-line ‘daily’ version being established. The working relationship with the South Waikato District Council was acknowledged along with the contribution the former Mayor Neil Sinclair made. 25 years service and commitment each from Anne Edmeades and Richard Heslop were rightly recognised as they have now retired from PiP. The work of retiring Manager, Lee Robertson was acknowledged along with the Information centre contribution of Karen Mathis.    

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New Picnic Tables

The Garden of Memories has 2 new picnic tables installed by the South Waikato District Council. Ground preparations began on Thursday and installation began on Friday. Across the way, a new table and seating is also being added to the small garden area outside the Pride in Putaruru office at 2 Overdale Street. The new tables will be especially popular as Summer approaches. Pride in Putaruru are working closely with the Council to improve the appearance of our town and the installation of the new picnic tables are a result of this collaboration.

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Trelise Cooper Designer Outlet Opens…

Last night was the opening of the new Trelise Cooper Designer Outlet Store with the fitting address of Shop 1, Main Road Tirau. It was a colourful occasion complete with Champagne and canapés… and of course those who had come to admire or be introduced to the Trelise Cooper range of clothing for all styles and ages. Eyewear and jewellery from her unique range is also available. All items are attractively displayed and easily accessible. Trying on creations is enhanced by the spacious fitting rooms. Parking? Yes – a whole dedicated area is set aside for the use of those visiting the designer outlet so there’s no reason to not enjoy this new Tirau experience. Trelise has been formally recognised not only for her creative flair bit also for her charity work. She became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004 and Knighted as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014 for her services to fashion and the community.

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Mystery on the Orient Express: A Great Show

Last night, (and for several nights more), the Orient Express departed from the Putaruru Theatre Players Station, right on signal, on its European journey. All classes of Putaruru society were aboard from first, to second and none – perhaps from the wrong side of the tracks. Once the express began its locomotion, a travelling countess announced that she had been wobbed. Although the audience consisted of several shady characters, it took the deductive powers of Holmes and Watson, conveniently on holiday from 221b, to see that the audience were not actually on the train. Across Europe, many of the passengers came under suspicion. There were the Senior Cit bowlers in their whites who progressively became more like Senior Sips. Luckily the guard did not evict them. In France, love was in the air and one can never trust those gendarmes. The Von Crapp family entertained while passing through Switzerland looking very high on the hillside indeed. Heidi was an instantly converted in Rome to the charms of the Pope who unfrocked to take Heidi on a gondola experience – but takes an unplanned dip. Luckily for the countess, the hunt for her string of pearls is assisted by other famous characters including Garter Hari and Inspector Gadget. Even Miss Cast may be not all that she appears. The musical numbers and lively dancing were well presented. The Vatican Rag would certainly have met with Tom Lehrer’s approval. Tina Ward has again directed a great show. From the railway carriage windows, many picture perfect postcard, (well A3), views flashed by, along with country themed backdrops and props. The impressive Orient Express engine itself was on stage for the whole journey. At the end all clues point towards… but our lips are sealed as to the belting reveal by the onboard sleuths. Mention must also be made of the yummy treats served to all passengers during the interval. This service at the Kensington was much more civilised than a pie stop at Taumarunui in the day when passenger trains were a feature of New Zealand travel. Enjoy this fast paced show yourself. Tickets are available from Van Dyks and the full departure times and dates are in the poster below. It’s a ride of fun on the Orient Express with the Putaruru Theatre Players.  

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Putaruru College Prizegiving 2017

Putaruru College conducted a formal, dignified prize giving ceremony in their hall yesterday afternoon. The hosts for this occasion were Student Leaders Michelle Hamilton and Kalani Sahinovoc. Principal M Ronke touched on many aspects of teaching and learning but thoughtfully observed that “excellence is a habit, not an app.” Michelle Hamilton delivered an entertaining valedictory speech that was spiced with humour throughout and as promised, returned to call on the BOT Chairperson M Hamilton, (her father), to make the BOT address. Throughout the ceremony there were music, dance and visual displays by students. The leaving student leaders, Michell and Kalani handed their respective cloaks to those awarded these roles in 2018, Tom Burgoyne-Smith and Sophie Meszaros. In a new move, these two will select their own student teams. The Putaruru College Dux for 2017 is Hanneke Stegen. The full award list for 2017 is: Sports Awards Clay Target – Shooter of the Year Torbjorn Marstorp Hockey Player of the Year: Lily Bendy Joshua Handley Football Player of the Year: Sophee Rapson-Jones Badminton Player of the Year: Sage King Basketball Player of the Year: Blake Moore Kaydain Kawhena Touch Player of the Year: Tyra Begbie Netball Player of the Year: Sage King Girls Rugby Player of the Year: Karla Christensen K’Lee Begbie Rugby Player of the Year: Llevi Casey Swimming Champion – Senior Girl: Tresor Double Athlete – Senior Champions:   Aidan Gibb Santraea King Fairplay Cup: Josh Handley Sam Crosbie TTT Trophy for Team Achievement and Sportsmanship: Under 14 rugby team Champion House – Mansell Cup – for points in sports, speeches, quizzes etc. Waihou Putaruru College Sportsperson of the Year: Tyra Begbie Year 11: First in Subject Digital Technology Liam Johnson Food Technology Charmaine Golvin Geography Natasha Edwards Music Emmalea Taylor Physical Education Alyssa Mathis History Alison Mckinnon Mathematics Alison Mckinnon Materials Technology Torbjorn Marstorp Mixed Media Torbjorn Marstorp English Shelly-Ann Cochrane Primary Industry Shelly-Ann Cochrane Science Shelly-Ann Cochrane Year 12: First in Subject Biology Roisin White Design Technology – Hard Materials and recipient of the Freemasons Trophy Daniel Akkersma Gateway and recipient of the Gateway Cup Ashlynne Garnett Mathematics and the recipient of the Nulake Cup for Year 12 Maths Sam Crosbie Photography Lily Bendy  Science Kaydain Kawhena Tourism and the recipient of the Sir George Seymour Trophy Karla Christensen Chemistry Courtney Duncan History Courtney Duncan Classics Essie Stanley Food Technology and the recipient of the Senior Home Life Cup Essie Stanley Digital Technology Janela Verginiza Janina Verginiza Painting Janina Verginiza Business Studies Sophie Meszaros English Sophie Meszaros Geography Sophie Meszaros Music Sophie Meszaros Year 13: First in Subject Digital Technology Jayden Watkins English and the recipient of the Simpson Cup Michelle Hamilton Physical Education Jacob Farrell Mathematics with Calculus Kalani Sahinovic Biology and the recipient of the Willy-J Trophy Brittany Feierabend Classics 1st = Brittany Feierabend Art – Painting Olivia Morgan Art – Photography (and recipient of the Creative Photography Award) Olivia Morgan Chemistry and the recipient of the R.H. Edmeades Family Trust Cup Nicole Canato Physics Nicole Canato Leadership Aidan Gibb Personal Training Aidan Gibb Tourism Aidan Gibb Art History – VC Hanneke Stegen Classics 1st = Hanneke Stegen Geography Hanneke Stegen History Hanneke Stegen Mathematics with Statistics Hanneke Stegen STP – Putaruru College Toi Ohomai Students Introduction to Carpentry Joshua Handley Introduction to Outdoor Experiences (Level 2) Katie Lyttle Applied Science (Level 3) Ruby Robertson Introduction to Working in the Motor Industry and Fundamental Skills of the Automotive Workshop Kalani Sahinovic Outdoor Experiences (Level 3) Santraea King Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism (Level 1) Shelly-Ann Cochrane Introduction to Outdoor Experiences (Level 2) Karla Christensen Introduction to Primary Industries (Level 1) Emmalea Taylor Introduction to Construction and Infrastructure (Level 1) Jordan Porter Fundamentals of the Hospitality Sector (Level 2) Lily Bendy Introduction to Primary Industries (Level 1) Isabelle Pearson Arts and Culture Awards Senior Speech Cup:   Michael Flavell Vonnie Kay Memorial Cup: (for contribution to music during the current year, both in and out of school)   Kaydain Kawhena David Bell Cup for Music: (for overall excellence and service to music during her years at College)   Sophie Meszaros Putaruru College Film Group Matthew Richards School Service Wards AFS Central Plateau Award: (for fostering cultural relationships)   Aidan Gibb Senior Student Librarian Award: (for assisting in library duties) Jayden Watkins Michael Flavell Hanneke Stegen High Achievement Awards 2017 South Waikato District Sports Awards: Secondary School Contribution to Sport – winner: Junior Sportswoman of the Year – winner:   Georgia Wood Tyra Begbie Burgess Cup for Endeavour: Leah Hine Meritorious Awards: For an all-round remarkable students – hardworking, always helpful, polite, active and motivating others. Year 11:   Year 12:   Year 1     Talisha Herbert Isabelle Pearson Nicky te Whare Jaydyn Barnett Abby Cawood Makene Trophy: (for commitment in Taha Maori, Kapa Haka, Academic & Sporting Achievement) Parehuia Walker Michael Flavell He Taonga Whakamaumaharatanga Ki a Doreen Gregory: (for Academic Achievement of a Maori) Kaydain Kawhena Overall Academic Top of Year 11: Shelly-Ann Cochrane Overall Academic Top of Year 12: Sophie Meszaros Top Graduates at Year 13 WAIKATO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL LEAVER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Michael Flavell Hanneke Stegen Principal’s Award HEAD BOY: Kalani Sahinovic HEAD GIRL: Michelle Hamilton DEPUTY HEAD BOY: Michael Flavell DEPUTY HEAD GIRL: Santraea King Leadership Award GIRLS’ LEADERSHIP: Parehuia Walker BOYS’ LEADERSHIP: Michael Flavell Adrienne Marr Trophy and Dallas Cup Awards Adrienne Marr Trophy (for scholarship, sportsmanship, leadership, culture and character) Parehuia Walker Dallas Cup for proxime accessit (runner up to the Dux): Nicole Canato Dux of Putaruru College Dux of Putaruru College and recipient of the Mason Cup: Hanneke Stegen

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2017 Mercury South Waikato District Sports Awards

Toka Irere Te Openga Natua, named Sportsperson of the Year and Sporting Personality of the Year, has had an amazing year. She won gold at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup and was awarded MVP with a hat trick in the finals against England – a feat unknown by a prop in the history of New Zealand rugby. Christian Vano was named Coach of the Year for the outstanding achievements coaching the U13 Boys A Team at the New Zealand national basketball tournament, and his local U13 team won the Waikato country nationals. Sport Waikato South Waikato District Coordinator Lisa Mansell was very pleased with the high caliber of nominations, finalists and winners this year. “We have had an amazing spread of talent across all categories this year, and it’s great to see the hard work and determination from all our sportspeople really paying off. And those sportspeople could not do what they do without the fantastic support of the many talented coaches, administrators, officials and supporters,” Mansell said. Eligible winners are now considered for the Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards on Thursday 1st February, 2018 at the Claudelands Conference and Event Centre, Hamilton. The guest speaker Toka Natua, (who won 2 awards on the night), spoke about her journey through rugby – from Tokoroa through to the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland this year. The full list of 2017 winners announced last night were: Administrator of the Year – Sue Conroy Sue keeps the whole Nga Hau e Wha Whanau Waka Ama club moving at a pace of continual achievement. She plans, designs action plans and implements as well as being a key communicator via grassroots, regional and national bodies. Sue is an extremely proficient administrator, also known as the “Waka Ama” Lady by many students. Coach of the Year – Christian Vano Christian loves the game of basketball, and puts in as much time as he can whether it’s coaching or refereeing to the point of dreaming of basketball. Players listen intently to Christian’s clear, practical and precise coaching message. Christian was selected to coach the region’s U13 Boys A Team at the New Zealand national tournament. His local U13 team won the Waikato country nationals and placed second out of 79 teams at the national AIMS games. Official of the Year – Colin Davey Colin has been an official in many sporting codes for over ten years. Colin has gained Waikato Level 3 which has extended his travelling area in the Waikato region. His knowledge is not confined to rugby as he also volunteers his time to referee for Tag NZ, Rugby League Waicoa and Bay of Plenty competitions. Team of the Year – Pockets Ladies Team Hazel Cook, Tatum Manning and Camellia Cook make up the Pockets Ladies Team. Together they took out the Clubs New Zealand Ladies National 8 Ball Pairs, where 54 pairs competed. This team also completed a clean sweep to gain first and second place in the Ladies North Island 8 Ball Champs. Club of the Year – Nga Hau E Wha Whanau Hoe Inc Waka Ama is a growing sport in the South Waikato district, having extended to dragon boating. The club has recently completed its four-year strategic plan, marketing and promotional plan, applications for funding and club structure. The club caters for everyone, engaging youth in a sport that develops future leaders. Junior Sportswoman of the Year – Tyra Begbie Tyra has had a busy year attending the Upper North Island secondary school netball tournament, the North Island Secondary School talent ID for sevens rugby, playing in the Waikato Secondary School U18 Rugby team, captaining the Putaruru College U18 Girls Sevens team and coaching the Putaruru College Year 7 and 8 Touch team. Junior Sportsman of the Year – Matthew Letoga Matthew continues to work hard year after year. This year he played in the Chiefs Rugby U18 team, playing in the Waikato rugby age groups. Matthew portrays high leadership qualities in the community working alongside other youth. Sportsperson of the Year & Sporting Personality of the Year – Toka Irere Te Openga Natua Toka won gold at the 2017 Women’s Rugby world cup; she was a member of the Waikato regional rugby team placings second in New Zealand, a member of the 2016 England & Ireland tour and the 2017 New Zealand tour. At the world cup she was awarded MVP with a hat trick in the finals against England, a feat unknown by a prop in the history of New Zealand rugby. Toka spends a lot of timing giving back to the community through youth mentoring and instructing at Limitless, wanting a fitter, healthier community. Secondary School Contribution to Sport – Georgia Wood Georgia umpires netball, touch and Rippa Rugby. She is involved with interschool activities including athletics, cross country, winter codes and swimming sports. Outside of school she helps at community events like the Water Festival. Georgia has consistently demonstrated a positive attitude. Service to Sport – Don Hughes Don is a man of few words, and even more of a humble person. Whatever needs to be done in the community Don is always there with a huge smile and willingness to help. Don’s passion is with basketball where he has developed basketball in Putaruru over the last 30 plus years.  Don played a big part in building the Putaruru stadium.  Even though he has recently retired to Tauranga he always makes a trip back to Putaruru every Thursday for his golf fix and checking up on things.  The Putaruru community misses him greatly but wish him well and they thank him for his contribution in building a positive and vibrant sporting community. Service to Sport – Jenny McKenzie Jenny has offered a wealth of knowledge and commitment to the Putaruru community with netball in particular over the last 20 years plus.  Jenny has held every role in the netball association. She has seen the club and the sport change over the years, helping the club and individuals grow, change and become resilient to adapt to the changing times in the sporting world of netball. Service to Sport – Ron Carter Ron is patron, life member and past president of the Putaruru Squash Club and Bay of Plenty Squash Association.  Ron was instrumental in helping to build the Putaruru Squash Club as well as starting the masters tournament in in the Bay of Plenty.  Through many years Ron has nurtured and developed squash players who he has seen grow, perform on a high stage and then start passing that knowledge on. Service to Sport – Tania Rata Tania is a very energetic and proactive patron of all sports in the Putaruru community.  TC actively coaches, referees, mentors and supports individuals and families to be the best they can be.  Putaruru is very fortunate to have someone like TC to advocate the best outcomes in sports, green spaces and facilities for the community. The sponsors of the evening were: Mercury, sportwaikato, Graham Brown & Co, South Waikato District Council and Van Dyks.

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Business After 5 at GoFox

Robbie and Rachel Winterson along with their team welcomed those attending the Business after 5 meeting last night held in the GoFox premises in Tirau Street. Winterson Electrical are the South Waikato Franchisee of GoFox Electrical. Robbie and Rachel liked the feel of Putaruru when they decided to move here as a family 10 years ago. Their decision to join the GoFox franchise was influenced by the professional systems behind the business. They are both dedicated to Putaruru and its central location. Rachel paid a special thank-you to the Putaruru community in their help and friendly assistance since moving here and more recently starting their new business. Since launching GoFox in the South Waikato they have built up quality staff and added to their fleet of vans as well as the range of services they offer, including the addition of plumbing. Those attending enjoyed the BBQ and liquid refreshments that were provided during this Business after 5 meeting.      

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Axemen Teams Racing at the Putaruru Hotel

The Putaruru/Tokoroa Axemens Club hosted a Teams Race Event outside the Putaruru Hotel on Sunday. Invited teams from around the Central North Island competed to complete an Underhand Chop, Standing Chop, Jack and Jill Sawing, Larger Underhand and Butchers Block Standing. The Putaruru Hotel perimeter fence was a handy grandstand for those attending, families and pets. An indoor market was also running at the hotel during the day.

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What a Wonderful World: Putaruru Choir

The world in Putaruru was alive with music on Sunday afternoon. The Putaruru Choir, conducted by Mary Heberley with accompanist Irene McIvor presented What a Wonderful World at St Aidan’s Church, Putaruru. Joining the choir were guest artists from Harmony Chorus, Hamilton. The first part of the programme featured a range popular songs from around the world such as Stranger in Paradise, while the second part, dedicated to Christmas music, included favourites such as O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels. The introduction to the Blue Danube was accompanied by the nearby fire brigade siren – perhaps a call for more water. Soloists included Mary Heberley, Waltz of My Heart and Donna Phillips, Mary’s Boy Child. David Heberley was the narrator during When A Child is Born. St Aidan’s is a comfortable and friendly venue for occasions such as that presented by the Putaruru Choir. A selection of the songs is available to enjoy on PiP TV – click this link. The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all those attending. Another one next year please.

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surf2surf in Putaruru

Originally the Surf 2 Surf started at Waihi Beach and ended at Raglan but yesterday a new route starting in Hamilton and ending at Waihi Beach was used. The ride started from the Hamilton Workingmen’s Club, then did a ride past of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Waikato Hospital. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter benefits from the ride today. The route included Temple View, Pirongia, the Arapuni Dam and Putaruru. Here there was a BBQ fund raiser lunch at the Putaruru Primary School. The riders and bikes sheltered from the rain at lunchtime – not quite riders on the storm though! In the afternoon the group rode on to the Waihi Beach Memorial RSA. This year, the wet weather saw numbers down a little from previous years.

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The Tirau Tamariki Tour

Thursday was full on for the students and staff of Tirau Primary School. First they all arrived at the Plaza Theatre in the morning for a rehearsal on the stage, along with the sound and lighting effects – then at 7pm the full production took to the boards. The Plaza came alive at night to the sound of children singing, dancing and acting, as their production The Tirau Tamariki Tour began. The school bus, (whose wheels still go ’round and round’), travelled to Maungatautari, the Blue Springs, Corrogated Creations and a farm, as it took the audience on a tour of the South Waikato area and the local attractions on offer. Moving large groups of students on and off stage is no easy matter, but item changes were well handled. One small pupil was heard to ask, “where are we going now?” His mate replied, “Up there!” The Plaza was full to capacity with parents, grandparents and extended family. It was a memorable night full of fun and creativity. Pink Floyd have been in high rotation this week! Besides their Tirau Tamariki Tour appearance, see their earlier visit to Putaruru here, and our Fortnightly Quiz here.

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The Library Kotui Service Launched

The South Waikato District Libraries new Library Management System, Kōtui was officially ‘all systems go’ yesterday. The new system is managed through the Kōtui Consortium and used by 36 other New Zealand councils. Ebony Curtin,  the Putaruru Service Centre Manager, welcomed those present and spoke about the new services this system would provide. A special cake for the occasion was cut and morning tea served. Members of the Putaruru Primary School Kapa Haka group performed, much to the appreciation of both young and old who attended. Click the image of the cake cutting below to see PiP video coverage of this launch. To see the PiP video of this launch and the Putaruru Primary School Kapa Haka items, click this link. An earlier post gives details of this new service – click here. 

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Our new Quiz is now up!

Know your Pink Floyd Lyrics? Our new quiz is inspired by the local tribute show in Putaruru recently. Go to the Fortnightly Quiz Tab on this site or click the image below. In case you missed it, read our post about The Pink Floyd tribute show at the Plaza recently – click on this shot from the show, (below), to see our write up of the concert.

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Maori Seats on the Council or Not?

The South Waikato District Council is asking its community to think about and provide feedback on whether or not Council should introduce Maori seats on Council. Feedback is open to Friday 10 November. This is not a formal consultation, the Council are wanting feedback to inform their decision on whether or not to introduce Maori seats.   You can respond to the very short survey, (with Maori and English text), here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MaoriseatsonCouncil The information below is from the Council brochure about this matter. (Click on brochure to download the document in Maori and English  if you wish).

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Arapuni Market Day

Sunday was Arapuni Market day and for most of the time the rain stayed away. The domain was set up in a circular fashion which made for easy browsing and parking. Many drivers and passengers that normally might have passed by, stopped to explore the market. A variety of stalls were also on the the roadway down to the domain and in the hall itself. There was a large slide and a bouncy castle set up for children to enjoy. The day was also teddy bear friendly and a picnic area for both children and bears was set up with activities for children and bears to share.

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Pink Walk

The early Saturday morning rain cleared for the Pink Walk in Putaruru. Of course pink was naturally the theme but there were many variations of it worn by those participating. A number of dogs were also present, along with children, teens and pushchair wrapped youngsters. There was a compulsory warm-up to the music of YMCA although most of those there on the day were women. Then it was off on the short walk along Glenshea Street and eventually back to the Garden of Memories. There were thanks from the organisers to all those that took part and some spot prizes presented for best dressed, both older and younger, for this SportWaikato and Breast Cancer Awareness organised event.  

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Oh By the Way, Which One’s Pink?

The Plaza last night was indeed a wall of sound, not in the back to mono Phil Spector style but a Floyd flood. This musical flow was unleashed by Floyd Live in association with Scott Sound and Lighting, to a very appreciative audience. Throughout the evening we were reminded of life in front of and behind the wall – from controlling, to wondering to revealing and eventfulness. Should we add more bricks, tear it down or aim for completion? Mother, did it need to be so high? Pink Floyd lyrics are often threads and snatches of blended moments and routines that eventually remind us of our immortality – death is never far away. For the want of the price of tea and a slice The old man died. These magic spells are surrounded by soaring, driving and floating sounds that are the Pink Floyd trademark and we were well provided for in the way the live band delivered these throughout the evening. Floyd, like New Zealand author Janet Frame, explore lives on the edge and the space behind our mind’s eye. You raise the blade, you make the change you re-arrange me ’til I’m sane…  Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!  The wire that holds the cork that keeps the anger in gives way… War imagery is never far away with Pink Floyd and their lyrics are never romantic or heralding. “What happened to the post war dream?” Oh Maggie, Maggie what have we done? My memory smolders on of the gunners dying words on the intercom. “…and now the weather. Tomorrow will be cloudy with scattered showers spreading from the east … with an expected high of 4000 degrees Celsius” The thing about Floyd is that although the past and present is reflected on, their thoughts are future focused. We were reminded of this throughout the tribute evening via the sights and sounds around us. One of the Pink Floyd lyrics even reminds us about reality and provides an opportunity for us to ponder… Pink isn’t well, he stayed back at the hotel And they sent us along as a surrogate band We’re gonna find out where you fans really stand… [Editors note: none of my 3 LP versions of Dark Side of the Moon were harmed in the production of this report.]  

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What’s Changing with Trusts?

Yesterday, Graham Brown & Co hosted a free event for the local community at the Putaruru District Services Memorial Club. A very large number packed the Club to hear guest speaker Glenda Graham from Norris Ward Mckinnon Lawyers, talking about Trusts. Debbie Gisby, a partner in Graham Brown & Co, introduced the afternoon and formally welcomed Glenda. Glenda called her presentation, The Times they are a Changing’ and in the trust world they certainly are. She used the question, “Relevant or Relic?” to introduce things by not only considering what a trust is, but also the challenges they face now. The current situation relates to new registration, the Trusts Bill, which is being considered by Parliament at the moment. Some of the areas raised by Glenda were: obligations of a trustee to keep information duty of disclosure to beneficiaries requirements of a trustee should my trust stay or go? There were many audience questions answered and informal discussion continued way into nibbles time at the end of the presentation.   The free worksheets that were provided certainly had people busy noting the many and varied details that Glenda raised, both serious and humorous. For further information about Trusts, Graham Brown & Co welcome any enquiries.

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Inna Moment’s with Shadan at the Plaza

Last night at the Plaza Theatre, Putaruru, Shadan, (Inna Moment), presented her approach to fashion. The evening itself was hosted by the Waikato Hauraki Coromandel Rural Support Trust. The Trust offers free support to those in rural communities where the impact of flooding, the pressure of farming, financial and workload issues, for example, may impact on relationships. In her entertaining way, Shadan shared her perspective on the key theme – what’s important is what we think of ourselves. Body language, the way we speak and present, all reflect this. We may all have busy lives but everyone has the same time as everyone else. It’s how we choose to use this time that’s important. The message, to be your own you, was delivered in lively manner and much appreciated by those in the audience. Emma and the Plaza team again provided a great venue for connecting communities.

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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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Easter Shopping Survey

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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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.

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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…  

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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Putaruru Moving Forward Update

At the Business Awards recently, an update on the Putaruru Moving Forwards group was presented at the beginning of the evening. We provide here video of this update from the awards night. For all announcements regarding Putaruru Moving Forward use this link: http://prideinputaruru.com/putaruru-moving-forward/

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2017 PiP Business Awards – Full Winners List and Video

[This video was filmed unattended on the night.] PART 1 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   Retail  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   Professional Finalists: Bella Creative, Central Kids Kindergartens, Le Pine & Co., NZ Cheese School Runner up: Le Pine & Co. Winner: Central Kids Kindergartens   Trades Finalists: Central Motors, Heartland Homes, Putaruru Tyres, Putaruru Panel Beaters, Van Dam Plumbing Third: Putaruru Tyres Runner up: Heartland Homes Winner: Central Motors   Rural 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   Non-Retail 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.] PART 2 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

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Forgotten where you can vote throughout the region?

For your convenience we republish the voting booth locations across the region today. That are open from 9:00am to 7:00pm. Polling booths open today are: Location Accessibility Address Arapuni Arapuni Community Hall, 47 Arapuni Road Broadlands Broadlands School, 2986 Broadlands Road Cambridge Cambridge East School, corner Bowen & Williams Streets Cambridge Cambridge High School, 25 Swayne Road Cambridge Cambridge Middle School, corner Clare & Grey Streets Cambridge Cambridge Primary School, 3 Wilson Street Cambridge Leamington Primary School, corner Lamb & Scott Streets Cambridge Raleigh Street Christian Centre, 24 Raleigh Street Fencourt Goodwood School, 517 Fencourt Road Hamilton Central Centre Place (between 2° and Emma Rose), Bryce Street entrance Hamilton West Meade Clinical Centre, Waikato Hospital, Pembroke Street Hautapu Hautapu School, 5 Hana Lane Horahora Horahora School, 1798 Maungatautari Road Karapiro Karapiro School, 705 Tirau Road Karapiro Sir Don Rowlands Centre, Gate 2 Mighty River Domain, 601 Maungatautari Road Kinloch Kinloch Community Hall, Kinloch Domain, 14 Mata Place Lichfield Lichfield School and Community Hall, Kells Lane Mangakino Mangakino Senior Citizens Hall, 25 College Street Marotiri Marotiri School and Community Hall, 1569 State Highway 32 Motuoapa Motuoapa Fishing and Boating Association, 2 Arataha Street Okoroire Kuranui School, 66 Waiomou Road Omori Omori Community Hall, 220 Omori Road Puketurua Puketurua Hall, corner Old Taupo, Huihuitaha & Pearson Roads Putaruru Putaruru Baptist Church Hall, 52 Arapuni Street Putaruru St Patrick’s Hall, Kensington Street Putaruru Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere, Charles Crescent Rangitaiki Rangitaiki School, 27 Rangitaiki School Road Reporoa Mihi School, 76 Springs Road Roto-o-Rangi Roto-o-Rangi School, 5 Kairangi Road Rotorua Rotorua Central Mall, Shop 3, 1170 Amohau Street Taupo Acacia Bay Community Centre, 1 Wakeman Road Taupo Active Arts, 5 Redoubt Street Taupo Hilltop School, 90 Rokino Road Taupo Mountview School, 31 Rangatira Street Taupo Rotary House, 12 Story Place Taupo St Patricks School, 86 Acacia Bay Road Taupo Summerset By The Lake, 2 Wharewaka Road Taupo Tauhara College, 101 Invergarry Road Taupo Taupo Baptist Church Hall, corner Rifle Range & Taupo View Roads Taupo Taupo-nui-a-Tia College, 122 Spa Road Taupo Taupo Primary School, corner Tamamutu & Ruapehu Streets Taupo Taupo Youth Arts Centre, 98 Richmond Avenue Taupo Waipahihi School, 20 Parata Street Te Rapa Te Awa, The Base, between Burger Fuel and Toyworld, Maahanga Drive Tirau Tirau War Memorial Hall, 27 Main Road Tirohanga Tirohanga School, 851 Tirohanga Road Tokoroa David Henry School, 4-8 Thompson Street Tokoroa St John Ambulance Hall, 62 Logan Street Tokoroa St Luke’s Pacific Island Presbyterian Church Hall, corner Maraetai Road & Kelso Street Tokoroa Strathmore School, 27 Strathmore Drive Tokoroa Tainui Full Primary School, 63-69 Tainui Street Tokoroa Tokoroa North School, 29 Paraonui Road Turangi Te Kura o Hirangi, 29 Mawake Place Turangi Tongariro Senior Citizens Hall, 83 The Town Centre Upper Atiamuri Upper Atiamuri School, 2613 State Highway 30 Wairakei Village Wairakei School, 2 Kauri Drive Waitahanui Te Kura o Waitahanui, 107 State Highway 1 Waotu Te Waotu Full Primary School, 1274 Waotu Road Whakamaru Whakamaru School, 36 Kaahu Road Accessible – independent access to and within this building Accessible with assistance – may have step, steep ramp…   Maori electorates are geographically larger and cover the same area as a number of general electorates.   Those below are just those in the Taupo ‘part’ of the Te Tai Hauāuru electorate. Remember, you can cast an ordinary vote at any of the voting places on this list. Location Accessibility Address Arapuni Arapuni Community Hall, 47 Arapuni Road Horahora Horahora School, 1798 Maungatautari Road Karapiro Sir Don Rowlands Centre, Gate 2 Mighty River Domain, 601 Maungatautari Road Lichfield Lichfield School and Community Hall, Kells Lane Mangakino Mangakino Senior Citizens Hall, 25 College Street Marotiri Marotiri School and Community Hall, 1569 State Highway 32 Okoroire Kuranui School, 66 Waiomou Road Puketurua Puketurua Hall, corner Old Taupo, Huihuitaha & Pearson Roads Putaruru Putaruru Baptist Church Hall, 52 Arapuni Street Putaruru St Patrick’s Hall, Kensington Street Putaruru Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere, Charles Crescent Tirau Tirau War Memorial Hall, 27 Main Road Tirohanga Tirohanga School, 851 Tirohanga Road Tokoroa David Henry School, 4-8 Thompson Street Tokoroa St John Ambulance Hall, 62 Logan Street Tokoroa St Luke’s Pacific Island Presbyterian Church Hall, corner Maraetai Road & Kelso Street Tokoroa Strathmore School, 27 Strathmore Drive Tokoroa Tainui Full Primary School, 63-69 Tainui Street Tokoroa Tokoroa North School, 29 Paraonui Road Waotu Te Waotu Full Primary School, 1274 Waotu Road Whakamaru Whakamaru School, 36 Kaahu Road

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The Weekend

This is a busy weekend! First there is the Putaruru Lions and Putaruru Fire Brigade annual FOOD BANK APPEAL. This is from 9:00am onwards. Listen for the sirens in your street and please give generously. It’s also a good time to check that the smoke detectors in your house are working. Later we have the Pride in Putaruru Business Awards which this year are being held in the Putaruru College Hall. Who will the winners be this year? During the evening there is also the auction of a Team New Zealand signed NZ flag. Oh, but wait there’s more – the Elections. These are from 9:00am until 7:00pm. Local polling booth details are here. Is that it? No! It’s daylight saving starting at 2:00am this Sunday morning – clocks forward one hour. Daylight saving ends on 1 April 2018 when the clocks go back the hour. Monday follows as usual, but as the classic lyrics go, “Tell me why I don’t like Monday’s,” (and the reason for those Bob Geldof, Boomtown Rats lyrics is not pretty). The video is provided below, but maybe reset your silicon chip first.

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Putaruru Primary School Production: Lost In Time

Putaruru Primary School had the opening night of their Senior School production, Lost in Time, at the School Hall last night. The original show was written by Lynne Richards and produced and directed by Karla Little and Lynne Richards with assistance from Michaela Rose. Lost in Time takes us on a musical journey through selected moments in history that all originate from the bedroom of two young girls and their unsuspecting mother. This production features many students and involves drama and dance to tell an imaginative tale. The students arranged their own choreography. There is musical variety for all tastes in this colourful production. It was good to see the sparing use of microphones as this emphasised the importance of the natural dialogue which was well handled by the large cast. From the opening strains of Going up the Country, we were taken from the present, back in time and finally live back to Aotearoa and reminded that “no matter if you’re near or far … we’ll fight for your freedom.” The final show starts at 7:30pm tonight. Take your family to this great local Putaruru Primary School production. No live homework was endangered in this production.

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Too Good an OPPORTUNITY to be a SECRET!

Free business training programmes will be available for South Waikato residents to help launch and grow businesses in the region. Firestation, a central North Island business growth centre, is seeking applicants for their Activate and Incubate courses. The programmes will be fully funded by South Waikato Investment Fund Trust (SWIFT). SWIFT chairman Ian Elliott says they are funding this initiative to spur business and economic growth in the district. “We want to help businesses launch and existing businesses do better. For South Waikato to continue develop and grow we need to support initiatives that will boost the local economy. It’s crucial that we help and support people who want to take the risk and start a business or social enterprise.” “We have appointed Firestation as they have a proven track record delivering these types of programmes in the regions,” says Elliott. Firestation and SWIFT are seeking up to 20 participants in total for the two programmes to commence in October. Activate is a six-week course and is for people who have an idea for a new business, product or service but are not sure how to get it off the ground. The programme focuses on idea development and the steps required for launch. Incubate is for smaller, newer businesses and focusses on the foundation of setting up a sustainable and successful business. Participants present a business plan at the end of the 12-week course. Both programmes have a mix of group training and one-on-one business coaching. Programme director Darren McGarvie, co-founder of Firestation, says he is looking forward to bringing these programmes to South Waikato. “In three years we have had more than 100 organisations through our programmes in Rotorua, Taupo and Kawerau. We have run seven Incubate cohorts in Rotorua and the business survival rate after one year is 95%, significantly higher than average.” McGarvie attributes the success of the programmes due to the focus on implementation and execution. He stresses these are not theoretical courses. “We provide best practice examples with tips for implementation. We share what we have done in our own business and why it works.” All participants need to sign a pledge of commitment. “The pledge is an important part of our programmes as they are subsidised by councils and economic development agencies. We have found it is a powerful way to set the tone of the course. It highlights that it’s not just about sitting in a room for a couple of hours a week. You need to be an active participant and then execute what you learn. The training they receive is invaluable, but participants also get the bonus of developing business networks. The groups support each other, learn from each other and help each other,” says McGarvie. Applications are now open for Incubate and Activate, with the programmes starting October. For more information or to apply go to http://bit.ly/SWProg Firestation is the only Business Growth Centre in the central North Island with programmes and services covering leadership, sales, brand, governance, marketing and business coaching. Origins of South Waikato Investment Fund Investment fund set-up in the 1990s using the proceeds of the sale of power company shares. Since 1998, the Council managed the fund in-house. It has mainly used income from the fund to subsidise rates. In 2006, the Council resolved to make a portion of the fund available for activities focused on economic development, including to build facilities and amenities, enhance local employment opportunities, and attract people to move to, and stay in, the district. In September 2013, the Council consulted the community on an amendment to the 2012-22 long-term plan that would help to transfer the investment fund out of the Council’s control. The aim was to protect the fund should an amalgamation take place, ensure that the fund was safeguarded for the South Waikato District community, and ensure that people with the right networks, experience, and skills in driving economic development manage the fund. The investment fund was transferred into two trusts outside the Council’s control. The trusts were established with a clear objective to maintain the goals of the investment fund that the Council had previously set. The two trusts were combined into one and now known simply as the SWIFT Trust. The Trust is pursuing a wide range of projects all with one simple aim – to generate more jobs and sustainable economic growth for the South Waikato We’ve posted this great opportunity information again. It’s too good to be a secret.

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Team NZ Flag Auction at the Business Awards this Saturday

As part of the Pride in Putaruru Business Awards this Saturday, there will be an auction of a New Zealand flag that has been especially signed by members of that magic boat. Among the signatures are those of Peter Burling, Kevin Shoebridge and Blair Tuke. Of course you’ll need to be there to experience this. Last minute tickets can be obtained from the PiP Office, 2 Overdale Street. There will also be Election Day vote counting progress updates during the evening. We have a reminder of voting booths on the day here and advanced voting in Putaruru here.

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Support Over the Moon Cheese

Over the Moon Cheese are a finalist in the NZ Food Awards with their unique Burgundy Moon. In the Awards Gourmet category there is a People’s Choice award which goes to the product with the most votes. Go to the following page to vote by clicking on the picture below: This rind cheese is washed with partly fermented merlot grape skins and seeds from Mills Reef Winery. A popular feature of the Huka Lodge cheese board. The voting area looks like this (example only) – select Over the Moon of course! Use any of the picture links in this post to be taken to the voting area. Over the Moon would certainly appreciate your vote – do it now!

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Putaruru – featuring Laelah and Zion

Laelah and Zion Goodman are the niece and nephew of music producer/video editor/youth worker Taipari Waaka. Zion and Laelah who feature in the video live in Putaruru and both love music. Taipari operates his musical production business from Palmerston North under the name Icepro. He has hosted a “NZ music only” radio show for the last 4 years through Access Manawatu. This video Putaruru was officially released on August 16 this year – pump up the volume. The on-line Prattler appreciates the permission give to share this video. What local images can you spot in it? To see another recent Putaruru College student produced video, Hayden’s Big Adventure shot locally click here.  

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Early Voting Booth In Putaruru Open this Week

The early voting booth is open daily now at The Putaruru Bridge Club in Overdale Street Putaruru, from today till 4:00pm and then daily until Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm. There was a steady stream of public this morning taking advantage of the convenient early voting facility. There is also disability access and car park clearly marked. Our previous coverage of election meetings in the area are: Candidates meeting in Tokoroa  Gareth Morgan at the Putaruru Club Candidates meeting in Putaruru

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Putaruru College Win Another Film Competition with: Hayden’s Big Adventure

A group of 12 Year 9 film students from the college have won the Best Narrative Years 7-10 category in the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Future Transport Competition 2017. The same film “Hayden’s Big Adventure” has won the Best Technical Award Year 7-13 at the Torrac NZ Secondary School Short Film Festival with “Hayden’s Big Adventure”. The  film has also been selected for the “Outlook for Someday” film awards. The students Katie, Eden, Freya, Matthew, Ethan, Emmie, Anthony, Levi, Nathan, Hayden, Jordyn, and Amelia comment: “For this competition we have put in more effort than ever before… we have researched, filmed, then we did even more research, more filming and lots of editing. During the making of this film, we have been to our local Police Station and presented to our entire Year 7 and 8 to get their perspective. Our film ends with Hayden waiting for the school bus. We imagine a future of our children going to school in a clean, electric, self-driving, expandable bus.” Judges’ Comments This is clever, funny and very impressive. You’ve done a tremendous job of making a video that educates and entertains. The team tackles a worthy topic: how driverless vehicles could lead to safer journeys, and earn extra credit for interviewing a local police officer – great investigative work. The video has a range of media styles which hang together nicely. The piece feels very complete – it is current, comprehensive and entertaining. It would capture young people’s attention and is worthy of a larger audience. Congratulations to Putaruru College and its strong visual language achievements.

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Meet the Candidates Meeting: Putaruru Plaza

The candidates who attended and addressed the Grey Power hosted meeting at The Plaza, Putaruru, yesterday afternoon were, Louise Upston, National, the current member for Taupo, Stu Husband, New Zealand First, Adrian Rurawhe, the current member for Te Tai Hauāuru and Ala’ Al-Bustanji, Labour, who is standing for the Taupo electorate. These four had un-interrupted, (almost), time to speak about the questions they had received beforehand. There were quite a number of audience interjections that required the facilitator to intervene. Speaking order was decided by lot and some of the points made by the 4 speakers follow. The on-line Prattler is not in the practice of making personal political comments. If you want to raise questions, please contact the individuals concerned. What follows is a brief outline of some of the statements made during the meeting. Stuart Husband: New Zealand First local farmer form Morrinsville – Federated Farmers and Regional Waikato Council concerned for the future of rural New Zealand lack of Police numbers in smaller districts poor state of the mental health system – why was Lifeline funding cut? lowest level of home ownership now in this country GP’s are overloaded current government offers anything but stability spend money to become carbon neutral drastically reduce immigration bring bankers back to New Zealand enhanced SuperCard to become a debit card water not sold to foreigners tourist gst comes back to the regions Ala’ Al-Bustanji: Labour a strong economy is one were people can afford good health, housing, rentals… desperate adverts on TV showing present government has lost the plot out of control suicide numbers  launch a review of mental health in the first 100 days focus on healthy eating for children restore the Superannuation Scheme – there have been no payments into this over the last 9 years a tax on tourists coming to New Zealand free mental health care – every public school to have a nurse 100,000 affordable homes  a special group to review the use of water and the environment Louise Upston: National need a strong economy to pay for everything – aim to get this back into the black need an economy that can react to disasters that may happen  establish a school of rural medicine start the superannuation scheme in 2020 when debt has been reduced government departments more responsible to us all transitional housing for 3 months with wrap around services – a social investment work with local SWDC to fast track housing focus on the causes of homelessness $30000 grant for people to get into their first home – “homestart grant” funding ‘digital literacy’ education for seniors water-ways 90% fully swimmable by 2040 water bottling – a group of technical experts working on water allocation, (quantity), water exports and how that should work for bottling plants that export Adrian Rurawhe: Te Tai Hauāuru education/technology – restore the funding to night classes and the ability to improve technical skills – support SeniorNet put the word ‘free’ back into free education – make 3 years post secondary school education available over a range of providers vote by thinking about what is good for everyone – a family approach why give the top 10% of earners in the country tax breaks they don’t really need? 2 or 3 families living in one house is ‘homelessness” a whole review of taxation over the next 3 years a crackdown on housing speculators those who make waterways dirty should pay for the cleanup After the meeting, those attending this Grey Power hosted event were able to mingle and personally speak with the candidates attending. Congratulations to Grey Power for arranging these 2017 election meetings.

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Free Business Programmes to Drive Growth in Region

Free business training programmes will be available for South Waikato residents to help launch and grow businesses in the region. Firestation, a central North Island business growth centre, is seeking applicants for their Activate and Incubate courses. The programmes will be fully funded by South Waikato Investment Fund Trust (SWIFT). SWIFT chairman Ian Elliott says they are funding this initiative to spur business and economic growth in the district. “We want to help businesses launch and existing businesses do better. For South Waikato to continue develop and grow we need to support initiatives that will boost the local economy. It’s crucial that we help and support people who want to take the risk and start a business or social enterprise.” “We have appointed Firestation as they have a proven track record delivering these types of programmes in the regions,” says Elliott. Firestation and SWIFT are seeking up to 20 participants in total for the two programmes to commence in October. Activate is a six-week course and is for people who have an idea for a new business, product or service but are not sure how to get it off the ground. The programme focuses on idea development and the steps required for launch. Incubate is for smaller, newer businesses and focusses on the foundation of setting up a sustainable and successful business. Participants present a business plan at the end of the 12-week course. Both programmes have a mix of group training and one-on-one business coaching. Programme director Darren McGarvie, co-founder of Firestation, says he is looking forward to bringing these programmes to South Waikato. “In three years we have had more than 100 organisations through our programmes in Rotorua, Taupo and Kawerau. We have run seven Incubate cohorts in Rotorua and the business survival rate after one year is 95%, significantly higher than average.” McGarvie attributes the success of the programmes due to the focus on implementation and execution. He stresses these are not theoretical courses. “We provide best practice examples with tips for implementation. We share what we have done in our own business and why it works.” All participants need to sign a pledge of commitment. “The pledge is an important part of our programmes as they are subsidised by councils and economic development agencies. We have found it is a powerful way to set the tone of the course. It highlights that it’s not just about sitting in a room for a couple of hours a week. You need to be an active participant and then execute what you learn. The training they receive is invaluable, but participants also get the bonus of developing business networks. The groups support each other, learn from each other and help each other,” says McGarvie. Applications are now open for Incubate and Activate, with the programmes starting October. For more information or to apply go to http://bit.ly/SWProg Firestation is the only Business Growth Centre in the central North Island with programmes and services covering leadership, sales, brand, governance, marketing and business coaching. Origins of South Waikato Investment Fund Investment fund set-up in the 1990s using the proceeds of the sale of power company shares. Since 1998, the Council managed the fund in-house. It has mainly used income from the fund to subsidise rates. In 2006, the Council resolved to make a portion of the fund available for activities focused on economic development, including to build facilities and amenities, enhance local employment opportunities, and attract people to move to, and stay in, the district. In September 2013, the Council consulted the community on an amendment to the 2012-22 long-term plan that would help to transfer the investment fund out of the Council’s control. The aim was to protect the fund should an amalgamation take place, ensure that the fund was safeguarded for the South Waikato District community, and ensure that people with the right networks, experience, and skills in driving economic development manage the fund. The investment fund was transferred into two trusts outside the Council’s control. The trusts were established with a clear objective to maintain the goals of the investment fund that the Council had previously set. The two trusts were combined into one and now known simply as the SWIFT Trust. The Trust is pursuing a wide range of projects all with one simple aim – to generate more jobs and sustainable economic growth for the South Waikato        

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Maori Language Week: Household Objects

Today and tomorrow we share a few common household objects along with their Maori names. First, in single picture format, then as a short movie file. Happy reading. Now as a short video clip…  

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The South Waikato Arts Trust AGM – The Plaza a Treasured Community Resource

The South Waikato Arts Trust AGM was held last night at the Plaza Theatre, Putaruru. In her report, Chairman Bobbi Sheriff stated that the year had been “busy but productive. Our calendar has been full, and with more bookings for the rest of this year, this will be a continuing trend.” Since the previous AGM there have been a few staffing changes. The work of the resigning caretaker Don Hughes was invaluable as was the contribution of Nora Martelleti an original member of the Trust since it began eighteen years ago. She has now stood down. Member, John Ten Veld moved during the year. “His knowledge of the technical aspects of the theatre will be missed,” said Bobbi. The refurbishment of the Arthur Fountain Studio is now under way with the Trust and the Council working together on this. The redevelopment will greatly improve the facilities for performers and also become another space available for hireage. In conclusion, Bobbi shared the South Waikato Arts Trust’s vision of the Plaza – to build and “maintain the reputation we have established with performers locally, around New Zealand and overseas.” Below are images from several recent events at the Plaza – a community resource to be supported and treasured.

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Weekend Weather – Will it Give Way?

The weekend was wet, cold and windy but not as bad as other parts of the country and certainly not the conditions being experienced in the Bahamas, Cuba and Florida from hurricane Irma. There was a brief flurry of hail, which quickly disappeared, along with a few lightning and thunder claps. The Oraka Stream which has reached the bottom of the bridge on a number of occasions in the past, did not rise to this level during the weekend. The horizontal position of a Give Way sign pictured above was either a message to the weather or a more urgent way to message motorists exiting onto Glenshea Street. The outlook for Thursday – your guess and good as mine…

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Daffodil and Camellia Show Lights up the Room

Saint Paul’s Parish held their 92nd Daffodil and Camellia Show and sale of work today from noon until 4:00pm. The September Prattler will have the results of the judging from the display. There was a steady flow of people looking at the exhibits this afternoon. Growing conditions have been affected by the weather but there was a bright display of blooms and arrangements entered for judging and viewing. Local MP Louise Upston was amongst the visitors. As usual, there was also a children’s section that catered for pre-school, 5 – 8 years and 9 – 12 years.

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New Quiz – Classic LP’s Identify by their Album Cover

During this election campaign the question of music to accompany adverts or being played at meetings, has arisen again. Is the music being used without permission or is the ‘new’ piece of music actually a ‘copy’ of an established piece. Is it original? A Bob Dylan sound alike piece was one of the discussions in the 2017 elections. To this end, our new quiz features a handful of ‘classic’ LP album covers. If you’re not sure what an LP is, then the quiz may help you discover this old form or capturing and presenting audio. Oh but wait! LP’s are making a huge comeback. Use this link to go to our LP quiz or use the Fortnightly Quiz tab on this site. Still like that old time rock ‘n’ roll That kind of music just soothes the soul ooh I reminisce about the days of old With that old time rock ‘n’ roll Won’t go to hear them play a tango I’d rather hear some blues or funky old soul There’s only one sure way to get me to go Start playing old time rock ‘n’ roll Call me a relic, call me what you will Say I’m old-fashioned, say I’m over the hill Today’s music ain’t got the same soul I like that old time rock ‘n’ roll Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen Old Time Rock & Roll Madison Square Garden.  

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TOP stop in Putaruru – Chatting with Gareth

Gareth Morgan, leader of TOP, The Opportunities Party, dropped into Putaruru briefly yesterday as he travelled from Rotorua to Hamilton. Why not stop in a town where part of your youth was spent? A chat session in the Putaruru District Services Memorial Club provided a good opportunity to hear and discuss a range of subjects. Using only a cup of tea as a prop, Gareth’s informal approach was both local and global in outlook. Having been a student at Putaruru College, (using its new name), the 4 Cs (communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration) are seen as the new educational 3R’s. There was initial conversation about what those present considered to be local issues, then this moved to a few of the major policies of TOP. As usual we outline a few of the points covered rather than an interpretation of policy. Some of the points that emerged were: the current tax regime favours owners of capital and unjustly burdens wage earners – this is not only inequitable, it results in poor utilisation of capital and lower than necessary income and employment promoting a change from property being the way to make money to business, (our own, a family or community investments), instead of bidding against each other for property be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it grow profit by improving the value of our exports rather than increasing the volume of them a move towards a UBI system, (Unconditional Basic Income), as a low flat tax rate is established – this is a different system to any being used at the moment and is based on whole philosophy rather than a haphazard approach taking into account that the world is rapidly changing and we urgently need to consider the impact of Artificial Intelligence on jobs – the fact that many families are not in the 21st century and many university degrees do not address the changing world around us Gareth and the TOP team then moved on to Putaruru College to interact with a group of students there. As usual, the Prattler on-line presents meetings in an informal way. To gain a larger picture, visit the web-site of any party to learn more. For TOP this can be found here.

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Business After 5

On Monday evening, the Business After 5 meeting organised by Pride in Putaruru, was hosted by the South Waikato District Council at their building in Overdale Street, Putaruru. Putaruru Service Centre Manager Ebony Curtin spoke first about the library services being offered, such as: literacy programmes throughout the school terms work with day care centres and schools the summer reading programme during the summer holidays – free for all children in the district holiday programmes through the term breaks a focus on literacy and getting children into the library, encouraging feedback about what they are doing and offering incentives for this partnering with the Putaruru Lions who help to fund the summer reading programme safe internet provision and more of the “coming out from behind the desk” to assist with associated usage skills going out to rest homes and providing house bound delivery services providing a link between town and the council services – matching enquiries with the right people Community Group Manager Sam Marshall then spoke about some about the current concept plan being worked on. Information about this can be found in one of our earlier posts here. He spoke too about some of the reasons for the amendments and the need to cater for growth both now and in the future, especially in relation to re-zoning. Sam explained to the group about how the process was being handled – see information about this in previous posts here and here. The importance of all these aspects being built into The District Plan was emphasised because it has to comply with The Resource Management Act. Planning Manager Alan Moss spoke about the Council is speeding up and streamlining the planning and regulation process.  By January or February next year they hope to have this in the form required for submission hearings. By May, 2018, the results of the process will probably be known and if needed, any subsequent action followed through. There was some discussion about business land development and the present railway bridge entrance to Putaruru from the south. How can this be enhanced for both the road/rail traffic and entrance to the adjacent land area? The importance of this area in terms of future road and rail access was explained by Sam. Alan then spoke about the round table approach being used by the council so that at one meeting, all relevant information about setting up a business is raised with the appropriate people – an approach that is gaining favour with those seeking to explore opportunities in the region. This is a “solutions based” council assisting people to progress through rules and regulations associated with business establishment. The SWDC has now developed better templates and forms for this shared approach. The business mentors facility was also explained whereby businesses wishing to expand or diversify can gain free personal professional assistance – business plans, marketing strategies and the like. The large group then mingled for nibbles and further individual discussions.

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Burgundy Blue from Over the Moon

It has just been announced that Over the Moon are finalists in the New Zealand Food Awards for their Burgundy Moon Cambert. One of the interesting features of this locally crafted cheese is the use of grape skins sourced from Mills Reef, that add colour, flavour and texture to this particular cheese. The Best NZ Cheese Award, as first reported here a few weeks ago, was received at the The International Cheese Awards, Nantwich, England – the biggest cheese show in the world. Yesterday we caught up with Sue from Over the Moon  to photograph their award.  

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Business After 5 TONIGHT

A reminder that the Business After 5 meeting TONIGHT will be hosted by Community Group Manager Sam Marshall who will be speaking about the growth planning project, Planning Manager Alan Moss who will speak about Council’s Business Case Management service, and Putaruru Service Centre Manager Ebony Curtin will give an overview of the services provided by the Putaruru Council Office and Library, and our role in the community. Tonights meeting is at the South Waikato District Council Service Centre in Overdale Street, Putaruru, from 5:15pm to around 7:00pm Drinks and nibbles provided. Everyone is welcome.  

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COMMUNITY FUNDING FOR SOUTH WAIKATO COMMUNITY GROUPS

SPECIAL COMMUNITY FUNDING ROUND OPEN FOR SOUTH WAIKATO COMMUNITY GROUPS  South Waikato community groups are invited to apply for funding grants from The Southern Trust. The Trust has opened a special funding round for community groups around Putaruru and South Waikato.  Non-profit community, education, arts and culture or amateur sport organisations active in the area are able to apply for the funding. One of the country’s top gaming trusts, The Southern Trust, is licensed by the Department of Internal Affairs under the Gambling Act 2003 to return gaming machine proceeds to the community. The Trust funds amateur sport, education, community, welfare organisations and arts and culture. Announcing the South Waikato funding round, The Southern Trust CEO and Trustee Karen Shea said: “We are pleased that our partnership with the Putaruru Hotel means that we have funds to assist community organisations in the South Waikato area.” The activities eligible to apply for funding are stated in the Gambling Act 2003 and may include; travel, sports playing uniforms, grounds maintenance, equipment, coaching and trophies, support for non-profit museums and art galleries, amateur Maori cultural groups; non-profit community cultural or arts festivals. In some cases wages and salaries may be eligible for funding depending on the circumstances.  All the required information is contained in the Trust’s Grants Policy http://www.southerntrust.org.nz/index.php?policies. Ms Shea says if community organisations are considering applying, the first step is to call The Southern Trust funding team on 0800 4 CHARITY (0800 42 42 74). “Our team can easily advise on application criteria, which can save organisations a lot of time.” Organisations from South Waikato are encouraged to apply for funding by the end of September 2017. The Southern Trust continually reviews applications with most processed within 20 working days. Requests larger than $30,000 are reviewed at the monthly Board of Trustees meetings.

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Putaruru Rugby Football Club Prize Giving Evening

Last night saw a large crowd attending the trophy night of the Putaruru Rugby Football Club for 2017. It was indeed a time for the crowd to go wild as the MC for the night was James McOnie. Club President, Eddie White opened the formal part of the evening along with Mark Hotham. James then kicked off his individual display with an assortment of plays that were out of left field and out of the box! There was no ref, so no yellow cards were issued – but we now know how some of our waterways have become polluted – that’s not all white. Some of the trophy winners announced last night are pictured below with the full trophy list below these. The trophy list for the year was: Senior A’s O’Rourke Whanau – Forward Of the Year Joseph Scheres O’Rourke Whanau – Back Of the Year Gary Jack Gibb  Putaruru Rugby Club Best and Fairest donated by E and A White Joseph Scheres  James Amopiu Trophy for the Senior A Most Improved Player Wayne Dean  John Crichton trophy for person who contributes most to Senior Team Sean Matthew  PRFC Thomas Hugh Campbell Memorial Cup for Senior A Player of the Year Joseph Scheres Senior B’s Forward Of the Year Craigy Samuel  Back Of the Year Shyro Begbie  Millennium Senior B Trophy for the Most Improved Player Isaac Murray  Jock Crichton Trophy for the Person who contributes the most Ricki Samuel/Michael White  PRFC Van Dyks Senior B Player of the Year Teejay Samuel Club Trophies Andrew Paul Marsh “Mr Naru” Memorial Cup for Snr A Player Quintin Makene  Colin and Trish Rowe and Family trophy for the person who shows an interest in all Grades Mana Begbie  PRFC Lion Brewery trophy for Personality of the year Daniel McGillivray  PRFC Trophy for Contribution to Putaruru Junior Rugby Richard Strang  Thomas Gemtime Jewellers Trophy for Supporter of the year Gary Beer  Putaruru Sportsworld trophy PRFC Club Contribution Award Sean Matthew  Women’s Club Contribution Award Alice Buchanan  Putaruru Hire Centre Trophy for PRFC Best Team of the Year Senior A’s Later in the evening James interviewed Wayne Smith with supper and dancing following.

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Election Candidates Speak at Tokoroa

The first public meeting of the 2017 election candidates arranged by Grey Power and held at the Elim Church in Tokoroa took place yesterday afternoon with a substantial crowd attending. Questions put to the candidates had been pre-arranged by Grey Power, which has over 52,000 members throughout New Zealand. These questions covered a range of topics of interest to their members and the community in general. The candidates who attended and addressed the meeting were, Louise Upston, National, the current member for Taupo, Fletcher Tabuteau a current New Zealand First list member, (4th on their list), Adrian Rurawhe, the current member for Te Tai Hauāuru and Ala’ Al-Bustanji, Labour, who is standing for the Taupo electorate. These four had un-interrupted time to speak about the questions they had received beforehand. Mainly there were positive statements made but occasionally strong feelings were expressed about the performance of parties over the past 9 years and before. Speaking order was decided by lot and a few points made by the 4 speakers follow. The on-line Prattler is not in the practice of making personal comments. If you want to raise questions, please contact the individuals concerned. What follows is a brief outline of some of the statements made during the meeting. Louise Upston: National greater access to GP’s at a maximum of $18 per visit establish a school of medicine start the superannuation scheme in 2020 when debt has been reduced lift the superannuation start age to 67 in 23 years time reinforced potential land purchasers who are not New Zealanders having to prove benefits over and above New Zealanders transitional housing for 3 months with wrap around services – a social investment work with local councils to fast track housing funding ‘digital literacy’ education water-ways 90% fully swimmable by 2040 to a standard cleaner than they were during the 2nd World War water bottling – a group of technical experts working on water allocation, (quantity), water exports and how that should work every child having access to 2nd language skills Adrian Rurawhe: Te Tai Hauāuru housing – the affordability of new homes education/technology – restore the funding to night classes and the ability to improve technical skills put the word ‘free’ back into free education take a royalty for bottled water at a higher rate than farming use the New Zealand 100% pure brand be respected and honoured to an acceptable world-wide standard continue the Cullen superannuation scheme to protect future generations and not burden them with payments – start at 65 know about the history of our country – build tolerance – not to have fear of each other because fear breeds contempt Fletcher Tabuteau: New Zealand First considered “1 hour a week” to be a false indicator of employment as presently measured for statistics education is understanding the needs of the community we don’t need a rural medical school proposed that after training, doctors work for 5 years in their community – this will serve as paying off the training debt – a career investment water is New Zealand ownership – policy is to stop overseas purchasers embrace being good community makers Ala’ Al-Bustanji: Labour Ala’ focused mainly of health as the other aspects were covered by Adrian Rurawhe we don’t have a healthy nation because we have to wait for many health services doctor and nurse shortages require a review of primary care funding and investment in health make it easier for those in need to receive attention and help launch a review of mental health in the first 100 days of office focus on healthy eating for children equal cancer care wherever you are we need diversity in New Zealand Afternoon tea was served at the conclusion of the meeting and those attending had an opportunity to talk to candidates individually. Grey Power is to be commended for initiating this meeting. A similar meeting is to be held in Putaruru at the Plaza Theatre, 14th September at 1:30pm – all welcome.

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Taupo and Te Tai Hanauru Candidates and Polling Booths

The official candidates list for the 2017 elections has now been released. Those that apply to much of the South Waikato are: Taupō AL-BUSTANJI Ala’ Labour Party SANDILANDS Julie Green Party SHUKER Denis Conservative SIMMONS Alan Frank NZ Outdoors Party UPSTON Louise National Party Te Tai Hauāuru McDONALD Jack Green Party RURAWHE Adrian Paki Labour Party TAMATI Howie Māori Party WAITAI-RAPANA Wikitoria Independent   Polling booths on the day are: On election day, Saturday 23 September, all voting places will be open from 9.00am until 7.00pm. Location Accessibility Address Arapuni Arapuni Community Hall, 47 Arapuni Road Broadlands Broadlands School, 2986 Broadlands Road Cambridge Cambridge East School, corner Bowen & Williams Streets Cambridge Cambridge High School, 25 Swayne Road Cambridge Cambridge Middle School, corner Clare & Grey Streets Cambridge Cambridge Primary School, 3 Wilson Street Cambridge Leamington Primary School, corner Lamb & Scott Streets Cambridge Raleigh Street Christian Centre, 24 Raleigh Street Fencourt Goodwood School, 517 Fencourt Road Hamilton Central Centre Place (between 2° and Emma Rose), Bryce Street entrance Hamilton West Meade Clinical Centre, Waikato Hospital, Pembroke Street Hautapu Hautapu School, 5 Hana Lane Horahora Horahora School, 1798 Maungatautari Road Karapiro Karapiro School, 705 Tirau Road Karapiro Sir Don Rowlands Centre, Gate 2 Mighty River Domain, 601 Maungatautari Road Kinloch Kinloch Community Hall, Kinloch Domain, 14 Mata Place Lichfield Lichfield School and Community Hall, Kells Lane Mangakino Mangakino Senior Citizens Hall, 25 College Street Marotiri Marotiri School and Community Hall, 1569 State Highway 32 Motuoapa Motuoapa Fishing and Boating Association, 2 Arataha Street Okoroire Kuranui School, 66 Waiomou Road Omori Omori Community Hall, 220 Omori Road Puketurua Puketurua Hall, corner Old Taupo, Huihuitaha & Pearson Roads Putaruru Putaruru Baptist Church Hall, 52 Arapuni Street Putaruru St Patrick’s Hall, Kensington Street Putaruru Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere, Charles Crescent Rangitaiki Rangitaiki School, 27 Rangitaiki School Road Reporoa Mihi School, 76 Springs Road Roto-o-Rangi Roto-o-Rangi School, 5 Kairangi Road Rotorua Rotorua Central Mall, Shop 3, 1170 Amohau Street Taupo Acacia Bay Community Centre, 1 Wakeman Road Taupo Active Arts, 5 Redoubt Street Taupo Hilltop School, 90 Rokino Road Taupo Mountview School, 31 Rangatira Street Taupo Rotary House, 12 Story Place Taupo St Patricks School, 86 Acacia Bay Road Taupo Summerset By The Lake, 2 Wharewaka Road Taupo Tauhara College, 101 Invergarry Road Taupo Taupo Baptist Church Hall, corner Rifle Range & Taupo View Roads Taupo Taupo-nui-a-Tia College, 122 Spa Road Taupo Taupo Primary School, corner Tamamutu & Ruapehu Streets Taupo Taupo Youth Arts Centre, 98 Richmond Avenue Taupo Waipahihi School, 20 Parata Street Te Rapa Te Awa, The Base, between Burger Fuel and Toyworld, Maahanga Drive Tirau Tirau War Memorial Hall, 27 Main Road Tirohanga Tirohanga School, 851 Tirohanga Road Tokoroa David Henry School, 4-8 Thompson Street Tokoroa St John Ambulance Hall, 62 Logan Street Tokoroa St Luke’s Pacific Island Presbyterian Church Hall, corner Maraetai Road & Kelso Street Tokoroa Strathmore School, 27 Strathmore Drive Tokoroa Tainui Full Primary School, 63-69 Tainui Street Tokoroa Tokoroa North School, 29 Paraonui Road Turangi Te Kura o Hirangi, 29 Mawake Place Turangi Tongariro Senior Citizens Hall, 83 The Town Centre Upper Atiamuri Upper Atiamuri School, 2613 State Highway 30 Wairakei Village Wairakei School, 2 Kauri Drive Waitahanui Te Kura o Waitahanui, 107 State Highway 1 Waotu Te Waotu Full Primary School, 1274 Waotu Road Whakamaru Whakamaru School, 36 Kaahu Road Accessible – independent access to and within this building Accessible with assistance – may have step, steep ramp…   Advance Voting Places If you want to vote before election day, for any reason, you can. Here is a list of when and where advance voting places will be open here. These may not be open on election day, so check carefully. Location Accessibility Address Date/Time Cambridge Alpha Lodge, 30 Bryce Street Mon 11 Sep – Sat 16 Sep 10am – 4pm Mon 18 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 10am – 4pm Cambridge Cambridge Town Hall, corner Queen & Victoria Streets Mon 18 Sep – Tue 19 Sep 10am – 5pm Wed 20 Sep 9am – 7pm Thu 21 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 9am – 5pm Hamilton Central Centre Place (between 2° and Emma Rose), Bryce Street entrance Mon 11 Sep – Wed 13 Sep 10am – 5pm Thu 14 Sep 10am – 8pm Fri 15 Sep 10am – 5pm Sat 16 Sep 10am – 4pm Sun 17 Sep 11am – 4pm Mon 18 Sep – Wed 20 Sep 10am – 5pm Thu 21 Sep 10am – 8pm Fri 22 Sep 10am – 6pm Mangakino Mangakino Community Agency, Town Centre, 62 Rangatira Drive Mon 18 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 10am – 3:30pm Matamata Matamata Primary School, 115a Broadway Mon 11 Sep – Fri 15 Sep 10am – 4pm Sat 16 Sep 10am – 2pm Mon 18 Sep – Tue 19 Sep 10am – 4pm Wed 20 Sep 9am – 4:30pm Thu 21 Sep 9am – 7pm Fri 22 Sep 9am – 4:30pm Putaruru Putaruru Contract Bridge Club, 3 Overdale Street Sat 16 Sep 10am – 4pm Mon 18 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 10am – 4pm Taupo 124 Ruapehu Street, opposite PAK’nSAVE Sat 16 Sep 10am – 4pm Sun 17 Sep – Tue 19 Sep 10am – 4pm Wed 20 Sep – Thu 21 Sep 10am – 7pm Fri 22 Sep 10am – 5pm Taupo Rotary House, 12 Story Place Mon 11 Sep – Fri 15 Sep 10am – 4pm Mon 18 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 10am – 5pm Te Rapa Te Awa, The Base, between Burger Fuel and Toyworld, Maahanga Drive Mon 11 Sep – Wed 13 Sep 9:30am – 5pm Thu 14 Sep – Fri 15 Sep 9:30am – 8pm Sat 16 Sep 9:30am – 5pm Sun 17 Sep – Wed 20 Sep 9:30am – 5pm Thu 21 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 9:30am – 8pm Tokoroa St John Ambulance Hall, 62 Logan Street Tue 12 Sep – Sat 16 Sep 10am – 4pm Mon 18 Sep – Tue 19 Sep 10am – 4pm Wed 20 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 10am – 5pm Turangi Tongariro Senior Citizens Hall, 83 The Town Centre Fri 15 Sep 10am – 6pm Mon 18 Sep – Wed 20 Sep 10am – 4pm Thu 21 Sep 2pm – 8pm Fri 22 Sep 10am – 4pm   Maori electorates are geographically larger and cover the same area as a number of general electorates.   Those below are just those in the Taupo ‘part’ of the Te Tai Hauāuru electorate. Remember, you can cast an ordinary vote at any of the voting places on this list. Location Accessibility Address Arapuni Arapuni Community Hall, 47 Arapuni Road Horahora Horahora School, 1798 Maungatautari Road Karapiro Sir Don Rowlands Centre, Gate 2 Mighty River Domain, 601 Maungatautari Road Lichfield Lichfield School and Community Hall, Kells Lane Mangakino Mangakino Senior Citizens Hall, 25 College Street Marotiri Marotiri School and Community Hall, 1569 State Highway 32 Okoroire Kuranui School, 66 Waiomou Road Puketurua Puketurua Hall, corner Old Taupo, Huihuitaha & Pearson Roads Putaruru Putaruru Baptist Church Hall, 52 Arapuni Street Putaruru St Patrick’s Hall, Kensington Street Putaruru Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere, Charles Crescent Tirau Tirau War Memorial Hall, 27 Main Road Tirohanga Tirohanga School, 851 Tirohanga Road Tokoroa David Henry School, 4-8 Thompson Street Tokoroa St John Ambulance Hall, 62 Logan Street Tokoroa St Luke’s Pacific Island Presbyterian Church Hall, corner Maraetai Road & Kelso Street Tokoroa Strathmore School, 27 Strathmore Drive Tokoroa Tainui Full Primary School, 63-69 Tainui Street Tokoroa Tokoroa North School, 29 Paraonui Road Waotu Te Waotu Full Primary School, 1274 Waotu Road Whakamaru Whakamaru School, 36 Kaahu Road

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Election Reporting

Tomorrow the Prattler-on line will attend and report on an open meeting of candidates for the Taupo and Te Tai Hauauru seats. You will have noticed the party billboards that are up in the local area. We are not affiliated with any political party and will always report on matters as they affect the area. In a few weeks time we will also cover another of these meetings. Because the meeting tomorrow is later in the day, our coverage will appear on Friday of this week. By the way, have you taken our 2017 Elections Knowledge quiz yet? Click here.  

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New Fortnightly Quiz – Election Details and a Teaching Resource

  The new fortnightly quiz is now on-line. Either go to the Fortnightly Quiz page or click here. Test your understanding of the New Zealand electoral system. Unlike the system, you may try this quiz as many times as you like. You may like to talk about the elections as a family or class. This teaching resource is provided by the Elections Electoral Commission. The resource details are below and the unit itself can be downloaded here. YOUR VOICE, YOUR CHOICE: HAVE YOUR SAY Curriculum Links Social Sciences (Social Studies) Conceptual strand: Identity, Culture and Organisation Students learn about society and communities and how they function.  They also learn about the diverse cultures and identities of people within those communities and about the effects on the participation of groups and individuals. Level 3 (Years 5-6) Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to: understand how groups make and implement rules and laws understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources. Level 4 (Years 7-8) Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to: understand how the ways in which leadership of groups is acquired and exercised have consequences for communities and societies understand how formal and informal groups make decisions that impact communities understand how people participate individually and collectively in response to community challenges.

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Daffodil Day

Daffodils in Main Street, Putaruru. Since 1990, Daffodil Day has provided an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand. Donations go towards vital scientific research into the causes and treatment of all types of cancer, as well as providing a wide range of support services, for people locally. Whether it’s buying daffodils, donating to street collectors, purchasing merchandise, or making a donation, every gift counts. ANZ promote Daffodil Day as an important cancer awareness day around the country, “From research funded by Daffodil Day donations, we are seeing results in new breakthrough immunotherapy drugs and treatments, which are now available both in New Zealand and around the World,” commented Daniel Glover, the Cancer Society of New Zealand Communications and Marketing Manager. “Research is crucially important, but we also provide a range of support services locally right across the country, including: information, health promotion and education programmes to reduce cancer risk, awareness campaigns and programmes” said Glover. Now in its 27th year, Daffodil Day raises awareness of cancer and is the biggest generator of funds for the Cancer Society. The daffodil is one of the first flowers of the spring season and with its bright yellow bloom represents hope for the one in three New Zealanders affected by cancer each year.  

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Venice 1 Barber Shop – New Business in Putaruru

Putaruru has recently seen a new business, Venice 1 Barber Shop, open at 4B Neal Street, in a completely renovated shop. Venice 1 offers: hair styling hair design text cut threading razor fade blade razor shaving The opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday, 9:00am to 4:00pm They can be contacted on 07 777 9035 and also their Facebook page.

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Owlets Forest – More Learning Opportunities Being Added

New forest treasures are to be found at Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre. A new woodworking area is being established with equipment for this arriving soon. The outdoor sand exploration area has been roofed and was providing shelter on this sunny morning while some were busy on the bike track. Director Rachelle Van Dyk is very excited about the current developments as are the staff and children. Even more features are being planned over the coming months and the September Prattler will keep you updated.

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Can You Eclipse This?

Probably this event won’t be trumped today, but you never know. Just in case you didn’t travel to the USA, we bring you PiP video coverage of the eclipse observed there thanks to some raw NASA footage we processed. One of the most popular songs being played today is Total Eclipse of the Heart, so we’ll add it here too for good luck! Thanks Bonnie.        

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Cleveland Cherry to Represent New Zealand

Cleveland Cherry, Putaruru, is representing New Zealand in the under 21 Woodchopping team in Adelaide this September. Strong influences in taking up this sport were his father and grandfather along with longstanding chopping organiser and motivator, George Richards. Cleveland and his dad both took up woodchopping together about 3 years ago. Cleveland admits that he always wanted to chop after watching the events at A&P Shows. During his brief career so far, Cleveland has competed in a number of events including 3 days in Christchurch where he was 2nd in the under 18 chopping and underhand championships. These events are the top level in New Zealand. He also also been to Sydney, competing in the under 21 underhand championships (the wooding chopping pinnacle), and was placed 4th in the event. This year he was the B grade standing and underhand champion at the Putaruru Water Festival events. In Hamilton, last year Cleveland competed in four under 21 championships and won them all. The under 21 New Zealand team has been for a training camp in Motueka in the build up to the Adelaide Royal Show where events are spread over 10 days. We wish Cleveland every success – his dedication and modest manner make him perfect role-model for other young people.  

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Putaruru College Ball was Hollywood Themed

“Lights, camera, action and with that the Putaruru College Hollywood themed School Ball for 2017 was underway. Senior students from Year 11 – 13 made their entrances walking the red carpet to enjoy an evening of glamour and excitement, which the Year 13 Ball Committee had feverishly and tireless worked to execute. With the school hall decorated with a Hollywood sign, a fairy lite city sky line and tables with movie reels and Oscar statues, students had the opportunity to have paparazzi moments with a photo booth and professional photographer available. A big congratulations to our Academy Award winning students who took out the honours for the evening of Best Dressed Male, Best Dressed Female, Best Couple, King and Queen of the Ball.” [Thank you to Putaruru College for the text and photos.]  

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New Quiz – 40 Years Since the Death of Elvis

 It’s 40 years since the death of Elvis Presley and to commemorate this we have made Elvis the subject of our latest quiz. There are 10 questions that ask you to identify what particular film a screen shot is from and 10 questions about missing words from song lyrics. Each question provides multiple choice answers. As usual we provide the answers at the end. The quiz is able to be taken as many times as you like. The public domain clips below may provide some clues! To take the quiz go to the Fortnightly Quiz page or use this link. Blue Suede Shoes Treat Me Nice King Creole Jailhouse Rock  

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Te Waihou Planting – Despite the Rain

Yesterday there was plenty of activity at the top end of the Te Waihou Walkway as adults and students undertook bank planting. The South Waikato District Council and Farm Source were assisting this operation that carried on despite persistent rain. Students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Hiringa as well as other schools were helping with the planting. Those present were addressed by Takarihi Temarama before planting began and the SWDC outlined safety procedures for the day. Small groups at a time were then pulled to the other side in a small craft – (see the short video). After the planting, those helping enjoyed a BBQ and snacks.  

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Music at the Bowl?

Two music making installations have been added to the children’s playground in Overdale Street. This may lead to some band on the run with maybe a little swing for good measure. Budding musicians can sound off in preparation for the Putaruru bowl perhaps? Other pieces have also been renewed as well as the addition of a new safety layer around the equipment and some revamped edging. The fence line along the railway boundary to the playground was also being tidied yesterday. Sadly, it hasn’t taken long for tagging to occur on some playground equipment.

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Putaruru Growth Plan Nears Next Stage

The Putaruru Growth Planning project has moved into the next stage which will focus on a proposed zoning change under the District Plan. “Interest and support for the Putaruru Growth Plan has been exceptionally positive and Council has been extremely fortunate to have the support, guidance and enthusiasm from Putaruru Moving Forward (PMF),” said Mayor Jenny Shattock. “We need to remember that 1,300 sections are not going to be available tomorrow however a District Plan review looking to re-zone land for additional housing has started already.” The District Plan change process needs to occur in line with the Resource Management Act and that process may take up to a year. “The Growth Plan looks out 30 years and if all areas identified for re-zoning go ahead we could be looking at around 1,300 sections over the next three decades or more, said Sam Marshall, Council’s Community Group Manager. “The rate of development is dependent on factors like market demand and Council’s ability to service new development with infrastructure.” “The key aim of growth planning is to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the future development of townships and that the District Plan caters for this growth,” he continued. A group of passionate people are driving this project through PMF, believing that growth for Putaruru is a must. “The success of this project is a result of engagement and cooperation between those involved,” said PMF Chair Stu Edmeades. “The relationship PMF shares with Councillors and staff has ensured a complete union with one goal in mind. We are very fortunate in having a supportive community that is passionate for progress to be made, as not only will it give first home buyers an opportunity to settle in a caring community but will also attract high end housing along with business.” The South Waikato Investment Trust is keen to see the growth plan move forward to foster continued economic growth aligned to population growth. “The South Waikato District has several advantages for businesses looking to establish or expand here,” said Francis Pauwels of the SWIF Trust. “These include location on SH1, proximity to ports, the expressway, rail links and access to a reliable workforce that can afford to live here.” According to the Trust realising our location advantages is a three-fold strategy – ensure there is ‘ready to go’ zoned industrial and commercial land,  ensure there is ample zoned and ready land for residential housing and actively market the business advantages. “Businesses and people are being squeezed out of Auckland due to high rental costs and difficulty in finding workers so it is an opportune time to promote our location advantages,” continued Mr Pauwels. To read the summary report of the community engagement sessions, click here.

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