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Te Waotu School Annual Calf Club Day

The Te Waotu School annual calf club day was colourful and family orientated event held on a bright sunny rural morning. The lower school field provided a perfect venue for staging this occasion. Old and young mingled amongst the various events; calves, lambs and goats each had their own varied sections and of course there were the traditional eats and drinks available for purchase. An impressive array of cups were all polished, waiting for their new winners to be announced. The Great Farming Auction was held later in the day with large range of goods and services up for sale.  

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The South Waikato District Council is seeking feedback from today until Friday 10 November about Easter Sunday trading. This is not a formal consultation, at this stage. The survey asks: Should retailers be allowed to decide to trade on Easter Sunday? Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWEasterTrading The survey looks like this, do not use this graphic as your response!   More information is on the SWDC website: www.southwaikato.govt.nz Council will review the feedback and ultimately, based on the feedback, decide between three options: Not to develop an Easter Trading Policy To develop an Easter Trading Policy that applies across the district To develop an Easter Trading Policy that defines specific areas in the district, for example the Tīrau town centre, Leith Place only… and so forth. If Council does decided to develop an Easter Trading Policy, the draft Policy will come back out for formal public consultation. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWEasterTrading More information on the SWDC website: www.southwaikato.govt.nz  

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Happy Birthday Art House!

The Art House recently celebrated 15 years of supporting and nurturing creative endeavours of children in and around Putaruru and the greater South Waikato region. Lyn established the Children’s Art House in response to The NZ Children’s Art House Foundation advertising for a new Coordinator in the South Waikato and also to meet a community need that the then Putaruru Arts Council had identified and was willing to support. Over the past 15 years, Putaruru Children’s Art House has been moved to four different sites but still managed to maintain a steady stream of children attending the holiday and term time clubs. On Saturday October 7 the Children’s Art House celebrated 15 years of Art Club in Putraruru with a “Memory Lane” Exhibition, showcasing art works from past club members as well as featuring works by current emerging young artists. One of the holiday club projects, an “Art House” banner was finally finished and proudly displayed on the front fence for the first time. The Rainbow Hope Dragon, a fierce defender of creative kids and colourful dreams, was danced up and down the street, and the National Director of the NZ Children’s Art House Foundation, Shona Hammond Boys Q.S.M was the guest speaker. The celebrations included an Arty Party and rainbow cake. Among those who attended were past and present club members and their families and friends, also community supporters and past sponsors. “It was a wonderfully happy event and so rewarding to see how past young artists have blossomed and grown over the years,” said Lyn. “With this Memory Lane Exhibition it was great to see the positive effect past club members work still had to inspire the next generation of emerging young artists.” The December Prattler will contain more photos form this happy occasion.

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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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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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Thank you!

For the last 6 weeks the on-line Prattler operated from Ireland and Paris by means of a small laptop, a camera and varying internet access circumstances – but, we are now back in town, unpacked and will be regularly on-line again from Tuesday. A big thinks to those that kept you up to date by sending images and text about the local scene. So, Matt, Stu, Sheryl, two Sue’s, thank you for the local news, Simone for additional mural information and Kelly and Debbie for the detailed Tritons rugby success coverage. Along the way a power outage froze the laptop and a new system had to be installed as a result of which email contact had to be re-arranged. One night it took one and a half hours to upload 4 pictures to the on-line Prattler, but luckily this wasn’t always the case. Hopefully the local video, pictures and text we shared from Ireland and Paris were of interest. Again, thank you to the above news providers. Remember that everyone is able to contribute to the on-line Prattler with text and pictures – see information about this on its website. Look out for us as we resume our news beat and free on-line service tomorrow, but for now a final image from Paris.

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Library and SWDC Service Centre Looking Good

  With repairs and all the outside now painted this building is now looking very smart. Congratulations to the South Waikato District Council on this substantial up-grade and also their use of the colours that reflect the PiP overall town painting scheme. Not so good however is the mess being made by trucks using  the fuel stop adjacent to the Honda shop. Drivers, please respect our town.

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Never a Bored Walk…

Today has been one of walking, pausing, purchasing and viewing – oh and some great food as well. Having just returned to our room we won’t be able to process and share all of this immediately. A few images from today follow, without explanation – plenty of time for that when we get home. Shoes and boots are made for walking and soon we will have to walk out on Paris as we start preparing for the flights home.  

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Notre-Dame, Hugo and the Hunchback…

Notre-Dame Cathedral is real, but the classic film version of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo, (with Charles Laughton as the hunch back), is silent black and white cinema at its best. Looking at the outside of Notre-Dame today reminded me of the first time I saw the Laughton version and marvelled at the intensity, honesty and humanity of the interpretation. A few selected quotations form the original Victor Hugo novel follow –  each is worthy of considered reflection. The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation’s effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius… I tell you, monsieur, it’s the end of the world. The students’ behaviour has never been so outrageous. It’s all these damnable modern inventions that are the ruin of everything.  Paris, viewed from the towers of Notre Dame in the cool dawn of a summer morning, is a delectable and a magnificent sight; and the Paris of that period must have been eminently so. But what he loved most of all in the maternal building; what awakened his soul and made it spread its poor wings, otherwise so miserably folded up in its prison; what even gave him at times a feeling of happiness, were the bells. And today we heard them…

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Prattler Paris Welcome a Blast!

Dublin Airport – get out all computers for inspection. Check. Pass security. Check. Plane leaves on time for France. Check. Arrive after a very smooth fight, (a lady pilot at the controls), at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Check. Bags have all arrived. Check. We beat a man who is still waiting for bags after repeating half a dozen times to his wife when they were being processed in Ireland that he did not touch the tickets . Head for the taxi cab exit. Check. BUT WAIT – SECURITY ALERT, SECURITY ALERT! A gendarme indicates vous arrêtez. We are motioned to move back. Gendarme with machine guns as well as airport security arrive. More gendarme, trucks, flashing lights, sirens. It is indicated we hold our fingers to our ears. Pause. BOOM. An unattended bag is blown up. The debris is cleared. Looks like there was no bomb in the bag but any designer clothing inside is now shredded, or maybe cheese has been extremely processed. We then get a friendly wave forward and the on the spot Prattler reporters move on to a taxi after traffic around this particular exit once again, is on the move. Hi from France. Our welcome was a blast. Soon we will be out and about in the city. Maybe a noir coffee awaits and dancing in the streets…

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So near, so far so fair…

“Thought is the thought of thought,” said James Joyce. The image above seems designed for thinking. As the Prattler team prepare to train, then fly out of Ireland, the image hides and reveals many of the experiences and thoughts so far. Meanings are human associations, so for now this post pauses here, not with a bang but a whimper.  

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All Blacks Exclusive Contract Plan

With provincial and national rugby rivalry being quite intense, it’s not surprising to learn that a new system of contractional arrangements is being considered at both levels in New Zealand. This all comes about because of perceived player commitment. In the past, putting on the black silver fern jersey was the motivation, but today, career prospects, money, travel, sponsorship, family and media influences can all come into play, (in both halves). This new trial initiative is based on the locked in love principal where commitment is publically locked in, both symbolically and actually. How did this all come about? It seems that gaining access to certain privileges often came about because of class and money. To keep yourself in, you needed to keep others out. Slowly this bridge was closed and in various countries today we see evidence of this publicly celebrated. One example in Ireland is Dublin city’s Ha’penny Bridge where padlocks attached to the bridge are used to publicly declare commitment, (even though the Dublin City Council has asked for this practice to stop). Would the Rugby Union dare? In New Zealand, the idea has been picked up and there is a drive to tackle this silver fern issue – a move backed by famous unnamed locks from the past. Putaruru has a bridge and is also moving forward so let’s get in behind this before we are shown the red card – yellow is just aiming for second best, let’s go for it totally rather than a 10 minute sin-binning. After all, what’s love got to do with it – get in behind Steve!

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Spike Milligan and the Holy Cross Abbey?

To have space where you can sit and think peacefully is not a luxury but an important part of reflection and looking forward. This may be in your home, public or private place. As the Goon Show character Eccles, (spoken by Spike Milligan), famously said: “sometimes I sits and sometimes I sits and thinks!“ So what has this to do with The Holy Cross Abbey in Tipperary? The Holy Cross Abbey in Tipperary is a restored Cistercian monastery in Holycross. The abbey takes its name from a relic of the True Cross or Holy rood. It was one of the principle places of pilgrimage in Ireland for over 800 years. Pilgrims visited from all over Europe to view the relic of the True Cross or ‘holy rood.’ With the Reformation, it became a rallying-point for the dispossessed and victims of religious persecution. Following the Cromwellian War, Holy Cross Abbey fell into ruins. Local people used the roofless ruins as a burial place after 1740. It became a scheduled national monument in 1880, “to be preserved and not used as a place of worship.” And the link between Eccles and Holy Cross? There are not many places left in Ireland where you can sit or contemplate in the very same cloisters used by the monks 800 years ago.

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River Trails May be Looking at New Transport Options

We cannot confirm this tip but it maybe that the local Waikato River Trials organisation, always on the lookout for marketing options, may be acquiring a variety of new self transport machinery. After stewing over this decision and not wanting to put the wool, er, over anyones eyes, we understand that amongst the transport methods being considered are devices similar to those we picture.   Hopefully this on-line Prattler reveal will prompt locals to donate similar items, or suggest others that may be beneficial to River Trail users. River  

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Past, Present, Future…

Most New Zealand locations are not that far away from the coast and in Ireland this is a similar story. The slideshow starts in Cork, remembers the Titanic, stops at an old church site along the way, reaches a costal village, then arrives in Dublin. James K Baxter uses the beach and sand hills of New Zealand as a metaphor for exploration – walking along the seasidesandstones is a popular pastime anywhere. We enjoy the healing powers of the water but some of these images also remind us that the sea provides and also takes away – “they said it was so watertight that it would never sink…“ The final shots provide the pre-production stage of the musical Once that is all about the power of music and the universal invitation to follow your dreams. Dreams are free but the follow through may be a long and winding road. Cue the Irish poet WB Yeats: Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.  And that path may best be the unknown one as Robert Frost wrote: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference. This clip, (taken from where we sat), shows the cast in an on-stage warmup before the start of Once – no filming of the show though!      

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Connections: Location, Inspiration, Origins…

Life, land and literature are closely related. Today, a real Irish location, (Sandy Cove), is visited and its links to arguably the most famous 2oth century novel are briefly opened. If you identify the novel from these opening lines before the end of the passage is reached – rejoice. If not, its never wrong to be a late bloomer. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.  Solemnly he came forward and mounted the round gunrest. He faced about and blessed gravely thrice the tower, the surrounding country and the awaking mountains. He was raving all night about a black panther, Stephen said. Where is his guncase? A woful lunatic, Mulligan said. Were you in a funk? I was, Stephen said with energy and growing fear. Out here in the dark with a man I don’t know raving and moaning to himself about shooting a black panther. You saved men from drowning. I’m not a hero, however. If he stays on here I am off. He mounted to the parapet again and gazed out over Dublin bay, his fair oakpale hair stirring slightly. God, he said quietly. Isn’t the sea what Algy calls it: a grey sweet mother? The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea. Stephen stood up and went over to the parapet. Leaning on it he looked down on the water and on the mailboat clearing the harbour mouth of Kingstown. They halted, looking towards the blunt cape of Bray Head that lay on the water like the snout of a sleeping whale. Stephen freed his arm quietly. He walked off quickly round the parapet. Stephen stood at his post, gazing over the calm sea towards the headland. Sea and headland now grew dim. Pulses were beating in his eyes, veiling their sight, and he felt the fever of his cheeks. The Prattler has featured Putaruru writers from time to time, all of whom take inspiration from life around them. Interestingly, author James Joyce wrote most of his ground breaking Ulysses while not living in Ireland, but its structure describes a day in Dublin as lived by the characters. During the novel, Joyce not only uses almost every writing style up to the time of publication but ends with the invention of a new one – stream of consciousness, that was to impact on writing for ever. [Editor: These photos were taken at the exact location that James Joyce lived in briefly and where he wrote the opening lines of Ulysses. The text is exact but some lines and character exchanges have been omitted from this post.]

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Over The Moon: International Award Winners – 2017

The International Cheese Awards at Nantwich, England, is the biggest cheese show in the world. This was its 120th year. There were a total of 5685 entries from over 50 different countries, including the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.  Over 250 expert judges were involved with tasting and testing all the entries. And Over the Moon won the Best New Zealand Cheese Outright Award, (The Reefer 90s Award). And where is Over the Moon cheese produced? Right here in Putaruru! Congratulations team – that’s just the right motivation to have a taste right now.

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To Market To Market – but not to buy a fat pig!

We are all familiar with the concept of markets so our personally shot video today shares ‘The Milk Market’ which operates in Limerick, Ireland. A major difference is that number of cakes and the like are all on open display and not covered in any way. We of course did some tasting of the huge variety and range, especially of meats and cheese. Sadly we aren’t bringing any  of this food home – but we did enjoy it on your behalf!

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2017 Business Awards Voting

It’s getting near closing time for your 2017 Putaruru Business Awards voting so this is a friendly reminder to make your choices now. The Business Award categories this year are: 1 Professional 2 Retail 3 Non-retail 4 Trades and Manufacturing 5 Rural 6 Food and Hospitality 7 Manufacturing, Industrial and Logistics Voting  categories: Best Person 1  Who gives the best and most consistent service in Putaruru? 2  Where does this person work? Best Business 1  Which business in Putaruru gives the best and most consistent service?   You can download this form and hand it in at the PiP Office, 2 Overdale Street or complete your survey on-line at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2WS9G9

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Bunratty Castle – Heritage Preserved

Bunratty Castle, built in 1425, is said to be the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. It was restored to its former medieval splendour in 1954, and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art, capturing the mood of those times. Bunratty Castle is built on an ancient historical site, a Viking trade camp from 970. The castle standing today is the fourth of this defensive building to stand on the site. Robert De Muscegros, a Norman, built the first defensive fortress, (an earthen mound with a strong wooden tower on top) in 1250. His lands were later granted to Thomas De Clare who built the first stone castle on the site. About this time Bunratty became a large town of about 1,000 inhabitants. In 1318 Richard De Clare, son of Thomas was killed in a battle between the Irish and the Normans. His followers were routed and the castle and town were completely destroyed. The castle was restored for the King of England but was laid waste in 1332 by the Irish Chieftains of Thomond. It lay in ruins for 21 years until it was rebuilt by Sir Thomas Rokeby, but was once again attacked by the Irish and the castle remained in Irish hands thereafter. The MacNamara family built the present structure around 1425 but by 1475 it had became the stronghold of the O’Briens, the largest clan in North Munster. They ruled the territory of North Munster and lived in great splendor. The castle was surrounded by beautiful gardens and it was reputed to have a herd of 3,000 deer. Under Henry VIII’s ‘surrender and re-grant’ scheme, the O’Brien’s were granted the title ‘Earls of Thomond’ and they agreed to profess loyalty to the King of England. The reign of the O’Briens came to an end with the arrival of the Cromwellian troops and the castle and its grounds were surrendered. Bunratty Castle and its lands were granted to various Plantation families, (the confiscation of land by the English crown and the colonisation of this land with settlers from Great Britain). These Plantation families left the castle in 1804 allowing it to fall into disrepair. Bunratty returned to its former splendor when Viscount Lord Gort purchased it in 1954. Extensive restoration work began with the help of the Office of Public Works, the Irish Tourist Board and Shannon Development. How does this relate to Putaruru today? In Putaruru we have no ancient past like Bunratty to preserve, but we should ask the question, “what are we doing about the preservation of our present buildings?” Do these have features that are deserving of  being maintained for the future? Do property owners concern themselves with this type of question, or is the “take, use and leave” occupation we mentioned in a previous post?

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The Prattler from Ireland: St John’s Castle

King John’s Castle in Limerick serves as a great interactive tourist attraction today even though the castle was started in about 1212 and took decades to complete. 800 years ago the courtyard would have been bustling with people getting on with their daily lives. The castle has been through many turbulent times and most of the castles and other important buildings were destroyed by the English in an attempt to gain control of Ireland in centuries past. But the Irish are still here and events of the past can be recalled by respecting the present through the artefacts that are now preserved. The on-line Prattler has filmed this video for you and will post other related items over the next few weeks.

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Sunday Afternoon – Time for a pre-match Party in Town

  Putaruru, Sunday afternoons are usually quiet, but in Thurles, (population about 8,000), Ireland,  it’s a different story. The town centre is painted red by the colours of the local hurling, (often called Ireland’s national sport), team supporters. It’s fine, warm and friendly as whole families prepare themselves for the night game ahead at which 30,000 are expected. Cars are parked bumper to bumper 5km – 6km from Thurles on every access road. All feet will be heading to the stadium just a few streets away from the town centre, but of course there’s plenty of time and bars at which to party before the evening hurling is underway. This carnival atmosphere is repeated many times during the hurling season.

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Tritons Win the 2017 Gwynne Shield Tournament

        The week began with their bus getting stuck in the mud and ended with the Tritons winning the 2017 Gwynne Shield Tournament. The team was undefeated in round robin play right through to the final. There were a lot of sideline comments made about how well drilled the team was. Congratulations Caelys-Paul for winning the Tritons MVP Award and the Country Team Player of the Tournament. A big ‘well done’ to the team and supporting adults on your great result – from the Prattler.

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Mr G Farmlands Putaruru Mural Officially Revealed

On a wonderful clear sunny day around 200 plus people attended the Mr G mural reveal at Farmlands Putaruru. People are stoping  just to take photos as it is the only Farmlands on State Highway 1 which has a mural. This is the application submitted by Kate Campbell, (Putaruru Farmlands Manager), that won the store Mr G’s second New Zealand mural. In our little town, our store does sit, Parellel to State Highway 1 And every day 10 thousand cars flit Past the store, on their daily run.   Our store has presence, our store has pride, Our town is a winner too. A mural on our wall applied, Would makes heads turn askew!   We have water, cows and cheese, These are our claims to fame. A mural for our wall. yes please! Would give our store such fame!   So please consider Putaruru Branch, As the second branch for the world to see, A Farmlands Co-operative partnership, With the amazing Mr G!

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Tritons through to the Sunday Final

The team was spurred on by a message from Tokoroa’s Isaac Boss. The boys played in blustery weather with mud under foot but still maintained their winning run. Tritons 22 v Hamilton Tigers 5 Tritons 50 v Te Awamutu 0 The Tritons are through to final on Sunday, Saturday being a rest day. Best wishes Tritons.

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Mural Morning

Graham Hoete, (Mr G), has been working on the Farmlands mural for almost a week now. Today is the official reveal in Putaruru at 11:30am this morning. The photos below take us back through the mural’s progress so far.              

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Tritons Continue their Winning Ways and Mural Update

The Tritons travelled to Morrinsville on a very very cold day! The result against Morrinsville was another win  to the Tritons, 37 – 7. There are two games left in the round robin tomorrow and Sunday is play offs. Great going Tritons. The mural painting continues at Farmlands – an updated picture…

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Try the New Quiz Challenge – Make a Week of It

The new fortnightly quiz is up now and features the days of the week, seeing we have recently had our shortest day. It’s about how the days of the week in our calendar came to get their names. The derivations for this quiz are kept at a basic level – of course you can dig more deeply about the origin of each name but we’re keeping it straightforward in our quiz. So, happy answering…  

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Rangiura Raffle Result

Recently Rangiura held a travel raffle, (sponsored by Kay Humphries), at $50/ticket and limited to only 125 tickets. This was to help raise funds to renovate the hall at Rangiura. The prize was flights for two adults to Melbourne with accomodation at a 4 star property for 3 nights and including a Yarra Valley wine tour with lunch. The winner, (sold at the Rural Bachelors night) – ticket no.21 Bruce Luxford.

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Farmlands Mural

World famous Kiwi artist Graham Hoete, more commonly known as Mr G, is touring the length of heartland New Zealand to shine the attention on the country’s rural communities and highlight their hard work and dedication towards New Zealand’s agricultural economy. This week it is Putaruru, as a mural inspired by the town begins to take shape at the local Farmlands store. Commissioned by Farmlands Co-operative, HeART of the Community will see Mr G paint locally-inspired murals on 15 Farmlands stores across the North and South Islands, displaying his unique style in a demonstration of community pride. With Paeroa and Invercargill already complete, Mr G says he is excited to capture the spirit of Putaruru in his artwork. “It has been so enlightening to visit smaller cities and towns where people really wear their hearts on their sleeve. It gives me an immense sense of pride to bring attention to the people in our hard-working towns that contribute so much to New Zealand economically and socially.” South Waikato District Council Mayor, Jenny Shattock says it is both refreshing and inspiring to see Farmlands commission a prominent artist to promote Putaruru. “The Putaruru community are some of the most passionate and loyal people. Many people drive through the town without realising what a great place it truly is,” said Jenny. The unveiling will be this Saturday at 11:30am. There will be a free sausage sizzle and an attempt to capture Putaruru’s biggest selfie, as well as chance to view the mural.

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Gwynne Shield and Playground Update

The Gwynne Shield Tournament is a representative rugby competition played in Cambridge for a week in July. It has been going in one form or another since 1922! The boys need to be under 57kg to be in a team and there are 10 teams from around the Waikato. Tritons is a South Waikato team coached by Greg Draper, Lotu Misa and Stacy Taylor. All the best boys. Bark has been added to the playground by means of a very noisy compressor that pumps the bark through a large pipe at 14 psi that can spread 20 cubic metres of bark per hour. Once this is done the park will be ready and soft to play in.  

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Putaruru From Abroad: Looking Way Back

Looking back in Ireland is easy. A casual drive offers historical reminders that only countries having a distant populated past can offer. Looking way back is one way to bring visitors to an area for a reason, and in this respect, Ireland has a lot to teach countries that promote this view of the life and times from many hundreds of years ago. The people have long gone physically but their ‘marks’ and memories live on.   From a factual point of view, Putaruru is not able to promote people and artefacts of daily life when taking this distance view point – it has not existed. Certainly people have been in the area, but only ‘dancing on this earth for a short while,’ (Cat Stevens), because we don’t have a long history. … dancing on this earth for a short while… But we can think about how an area might be remembered a thousand years from now. What might it say? How would the Putaruru of right now be seen from a visitors point of view? This open question is one that may or may not be of personal interest, but being interested or not, it will be reflected in what we have in a thousand years forward. We don’t have a deep thousand year old history of people in the South Waikato, so being able to promote this distant past is not an option. But are there others?    

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Business After 5: Owlets Early Learning Centre

The recent Business After 5 meeting was at Owlets Early Learning Centre, with a good number attending to learn about this new business. The centre has been open for 3 months now and is going very well. It was purpose built and is open 5 days a week from 7.30am -5.30pm.  They offer 10 free hours for 0-2 years and 30 free hours for 3 and 4 year olds. There are 11 staff. Currently there are 20 under 2’s and 40 over 2’s attending. There is already a waiting list and parents are coming in every day to look around and see when they can register their children. Rachelle spoke to those attending about what they have done and what is required in the running of a day care. Owlets Early Learning Centre is a community orientated Childcare. They love to take the children out for walks to places such as the library and learn what the community has to offer. Anyone is welcome to pop in at any time and they will be proudly shown around the beautiful new premises.    

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Me and Dad: Prattler Contest

The latest Prattler has an article in the It’s What I Do series about author and farmer, Peter Hills. With a varied background that includes police, motor transport, cattle work in Queensland and wheat belt harvesting, Peter is no stranger to hard labour and the outdoor life. Set atop a hill site with a commanding view of the farmland around him, Peter leads a very busy farming life as well as attending to his newer occupation – a children’s author. Locally the Post Shop Putaruru and the Tirau iSITE stock all the books and Peter will feature on Country Calendar in August/September this year.   Peter kindly gave the Prattler a complete set of his published books to date as a competition prize. Read, (or have read to you), our feature about Peter on page 7, then imagine that you’re Peter deciding what the next story is going to be about. Now, think of the Title that this new story will have. To enter, either use this form or go to theprattler.org.nz and download it from the It’s What I Do page of the website. We’ll also post it in one of our on-line news items shortly. Deliver by the end of July, 2017 to the PiP Office 2 Overdale Street or email to: contest@prideinputaruru.com The picture below shows the complete set of personally autographed books that you can win if your suggestion is chosen. The lucky winner will be advised in the next print edition of the Prattler. Make this a family opportunity.   Use this entry form:

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Cheque Presented to the Putaruru Fire Brigade

At a station ceremony, a cheque for $2000 was presented to the Putaruru Fire Brigade. The amount came from money raised by the NZ Rural Bachelors night at the Plaza recently. CFO Nathan is pictured accepting the cheque along with Sheryl Van Dyk a member of the Bachelors organising group.

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Early Morning at the Cow – then a Roving…

It’s a foggy start to the day but The Cow is now officially open from 7:00am each morning in it’s newly decorated premises and inviting menu. Check them out. Then we go a-roving and will keep in touch over the next few weeks with our on the ground local news  and some bonus snaps from across the seas – to be sure.

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Signs of the Time

Its a great day to be out and about. Tirau Street was busy early in the day. The signage at Steines that was started yesterday… is now finished. A few steps down the road its all action at The Cow Cafe in preparation for the opening on Monday. This was a small section of Putaruru on Friday before 10:00am, an area that is proudly adding to the positive town image. What will the rest of the day bring?

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July Prattler On-Line Now

The July edition of the Prattler is available now for downloading or page-turning. You can click on the image above for a download or go to the righthand side bar for the page turning version. Here’s a sneak look at some of the contents… The print edition will be delivered next Wednesday – happy reading.

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Putaruru Growth Plan Revisions…

This revised plan is now available and is included here for ease of reference. It has also been added to the earlier post this week This new draft will be going to Council in July so the larger version is not available yet. There will be other opportunities for feedback. For your reference, the earlier draft plan looked like this…

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I read the news today oh boy…

Yes, the front page of the Herald yesterday used the headline, “6.9m litres a day“. Today, the on-line Prattler looks at things in a general because its not our business to pre-empt. Words are both complicated and simple. Often they are coloured by interpretation. It’s a matter for looking at things from a reasoned viewpoint. This might raise discussion about ownership. And of course using that word implies that something like water can be owned. That’s a discussion point. We currently use water. How we use it has differed over time. That makes use another discussion point. Selling water takes place now. So selling is a discussion point. If something is sold, then that implies that someone is buying. That makes buying a discussion point. Throughout history, things have happened in certain ways. Just because something is happening, doesn’t imply that it aught to be happening. Another discussion point. We hear that “the end justifies the means,” but this is not logical approval. Both require discussion, so the use of outcomes requires discussion. What about incremental reasoning. If something is happening it won’t hurt to increase this by a “little bit more.” This requires discussion because one can keep adding a “little bit more.” If you do it once, why stop at that? Is there such a thing as a tipping point? Then what about association of natural elements. This in itself is using human assigned terms, but given that, if the discussion is about ‘x,’ in this case water, should it then follow that the same reasoning applies to ‘y’ and ‘z’? Or to use other ‘natural’ examples, air and land. Does reasoning about one apply to the other?   These are by no means the complete discussion points. But they can influence how we feel about something and feelings are real, but not necessarily linked to facts. We look at the world through our own mind glasses and what we see may not reflect what is. And of course our ‘is’ does not lead to an ‘aught.’ When you see a heading like “6.9 litres a day,” think about the ‘glasses’ you are wearing when you react to this and some of the discussion points raised above. Discussion is not about shouting or clicking. It‘s human interaction and takes place between people.  

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Putaruru Gearing Up for Growth

After 20 years of population decline, South Waikato is growing. Great news, but it means a shortage of houses and land for building. With new residential development occurring in Putaruru and drive from Putaruru Moving Forward (PMF) to support business and residential growth, Council and PMF developed a Putaruru Growth Plan to address the issue. Following May’s public meeting, the draft plan was amended and made available for comment through a survey. It has been amended based on this feedback, staff investigations and continued landowner discussions. Survey results show 94% of respondents support planning ahead for future growth with a satisfaction rating of 3.6 out of 5 for the draft concept. There will be more opportunities for feedback through the District Plan Change. The timeline for this has not been established. PMF says working alongside Council has been positive, believing the support of residents confirms that opening up land opportunities is a next step for our growing town. “We are excited by present growth and the potential for further development in the district,” continued PMF Chairperson Stu Edmeades. “We want to make sure Putaruru is ready to play its part over the next few years.” Council’s Community Group Manager, Sam Marshall says growth planning ensures towns avoid unplanned development, sprawl, poor design outcomes and poor management of infrastructure. “Growth planning and the associated District Plan changes will save time and money associated with developing new sections,” he concluded. Here is the revised Growth Plan as of June 21, 2017.

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Building consent process is going online at the SWDC

  South Waikato District Council’s building consent process is going online using a product called AlphaOne. “We’re very excited about this move,” said Kevin Duthie, Council’s Building Control Manager. “Besides the obvious benefits of going digital, the key driver for this change is to improve the customer experience around building consents.” AlphaOne is an end-to-end online building consent system. It is a Council and client facing cloud based IT platform that is proven to transform building control workflow and service delivery to the public. Currently customers phone in to check how their consent is progressing and sometimes an Officer is not available to answer their query. With the new online system, designers, builders, developers, registered users can log in to the portal, and watch the progress of their consent online in real time. South Waikato is not leading the charge in online building consenting but we’re certainly at the forefront of the pack. Our online building consenting process goes live on 10 July. Assistance will be provided for the public during a transition period. The building team has been liaising with regular users like designers, builders and developers. The online consenting process will save time for both staff and those in our community using the system, provide for superior recording, improved reporting, more visibility for users and staff, allowing clients to track their own consents when it suits them. “We are thrilled to be offer our community an end-to-end online building consent solution that will benefit our many stakeholders,” said Kevin.

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New Quiz – don’t take a lay day.

With the next races for the America’s Cup due to start early Sunday morning, we thought it would be a good opportunity to think about some of the different meanings that ‘lay’ can have. Our new quiz features some of these possible meanings, depending on the context in which ‘lay’ is used. Some cases have become familiar idioms. So don’t take a quiz lay day, instead lay right into it – don’t be a layabout. Or as Shakespeare said,“Lay on, Macduff, and damned be him who first cries ‘Hold! enough!’” [As an aside, this quote was commonly given in the old school days to illustrate the use of a quoted speech.] Access the quiz on the Quiz Page or from here.  

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Playground Progress

The playground on Overdale Street is having a makeover with some of its items. The first stage involved the removal of this climbing apparatus. That left this… A fews days later… On Monday this week… Tuesday… Now its Wednesday… There are others improvements planned for this playground which will proceed after this first upgrade has been completed – thank you South Waikato District Council. And the rugby last night showed what it means to try, try, try again. The four score predictions from yesterday were: British and Irish Lions  35   Chiefs 12 British and Irish Lions  15   Chiefs 18 British and Irish Lions  21   Chiefs 24 British and Irish Lions  42   Chiefs 21 The actual score was British and Irish Lions 34 and Chiefs 6. That makes the green prediction above the closest.

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