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Milestone for Ngati Haua

ngati Haua

There was joy, applause, tears and hundreds of photos taken as Ngati Haua's final Treaty settlement was signed at Rukumoana Marae last Thursday.

Government quake safety focus on region


The recent earthquakes in central New Zealand is a timely reminder for Piako business owners to strengthen their earthquake-prone buildings.

Substance abuse ‘ingrained’


Young people of Piako will be represented at a substance abuse prevention discussion in Youth Parliament this week.

Long-time librarian honoured for service


For Morrinsville resident Sue Lean, being a librarian has been her life.

Police search for Morrinsville man


Eastern Waikato Police are seeking a Morrinsville man who allegedly rammed a Police vehicle last weekend.

Bus route faces the chop


A Morrinsville bus route to Hamilton could be cut at the beginning of next year if a Ministry of Education review of school transport funding proves it is unnecessary.

Shield fever hits Morrinsville


RED, BLACK AND YELLOW were the colours worn by Morrinsville Primary students last Friday as they got ready for today's Ranfurly Shield game at Campbell Park.

Cook shows sharp eye for a career


When Morrinsville resident Matt Cook picked up a camera in 2010, he did not expect it to lead to a career taking photos at some of New Zealand's most prestigious events.

Memorial service brings closure


Joanne Fitzsimmons was 5 years old when she was told her father was never coming home.

Stubbing out habit


The government's aim of making New Zealand smokefree by 2025 is gaining community support.

Second award for original lyrics


A Morrinsville College student has won a music award for the second year in a row.

New deal cuts rubbish and recycling costs


Ratepayers who use Matamata- Piako District Council's rubbish collection service will pay less next year thanks to a new deal between local authorities.

Still on hunt for Miss Right


Fergus, 26, was named runner- up in this year's Rural Bachelor of the Year competition.

A sign of better times


Te Aroha has its own currency - since the town business association launched Te Aroha Dollars at its annual meeting recently.

School bands in tune


Two Morrinsville College bands will take the stage at next month's Smokefreerockquest regional finals.

Tools to help families reach goals


Nine Piako families involved in the Hand Over a Hundy gardening scheme will get a helping hand from a generous community donation.

Career boost for Stephanie


A young Piako farmer has left a regional competition with a top-three placing along with important industry knowledge.

Waitangi deals imminent


Multi-million dollar Treaty of Waitangi claims covering Piako are heading towards settlement.

Shuffle reassurance


There will be no affect to police operations in Piako following a major staff restructure within the force Waikato-wide in coming months.

Helping heart health


Morrinsville's Sophie Sturm, 9, owes her life to the skills of the medical staff at Waikato and Auckland's Starship hospitals.

First Skippucino a success


Among the balloons, cake, toys and bottles of milk, were 10 mums and their children at a social get- together at Te Aroha Plunket last week.

Supporting the saviours


Westpac Bank branches in Piako are again fundraising for their local rescue helicopter service.

Hunting 'having a blast' with mates


For many keen hunters duck shooting is a significant time of year but this season is different.

Friends and family mark Harry's 100th


Henry George Andrew - also known to the Te Aroha community as Harry - celebrated his 100th birthday recently.

Pay 'shambles' dragging on


Despite the Government's efforts to rectify problems with Novopay, Piako school staff say it shouldn't have been launched in the first place.

Plant hitting top gear


The rebuilt Silver Fern Farms meat processing plant at Te Aroha is running efficiently, says Waikato hub manager.

GI Joes get a kick out of helping community


Among the numerous scooters, rollerskates, and the odd go-kart was a group of students collecting food items for the Morrinsville Ezekiel Trust Budget Service Food Bank.

Riding for Disabled needs help


Riding for the Disabled in Te Aroha provides a unique experience for mentally and physically disabled people in Matamata-Piako

YES Factor quest a big success

Yes Factor

With performances from solo vocalists to trios and bands, Saturday's Te Aroha YES Factor had an array of fantastic young talent, the organiser says.

Super city plan rejected


"We have no interest in amalgamating with anybody, " said Matamata-Piako Mayor Hugh Vercoe.

Expert hands on tricks of the trade


New Zealand's top barista has passed on his knowledge and expertise to Cafe Frock staff.

Ohio beckons top teenage swimmer


For ex-Morrinsville College student Dayna Kiekebosch, next month's relocation to the United States could send her swimming career into the fast lane.

No Piako DOC jobs lost


Department of Conservation (DOC) staff working in and around Piako have not been affected by a final employment restructure that was announced earlier this year.

Morrinsville’s abuzz with Shield match feedback


More than 3000 people attended last week's Ranfurly Shield game in Morrinsville, and despite a bit of bad publicity due to thieves, Morrinsville Promotions Association manager Cathy Balvert said it was a positive day all round.

School moves to stop drift to town


Piako's smallest school is fighting the battle of a dwindling roll and fierce competition from others in the area.

Legg privileged to serve


Te Aroha's Phillip Legg has been made commander, one of the highest honours in the Order of St John.

Towering event to light up town


A blue or pink light will shine on Te Aroha's clock tower following the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby.

Proud Falcon fans sad end is near


For the three members of the Morrinsville Yankee Haulers Car Club, these cars are their pride and joy, and the stoppage of an iconic brand will not change that.

Fountain 'spectacular'


The Walton Golf Club has marked 40 years at its present location with the official opening of a "spectacular" fountain.

Sam closing in on his dream


The dream of becoming a Black Cap is drawing ever closer for a Morrinsville cricket player.

Musician settles in Piako


A kiwi singer-songwriter and folklorist has recently moved to Te Aroha for the next part of his musical journey.

Hobbiton pulls visitors


Visitors to Piako have been on the rise during the past few years - thanks to Matamata's bustling attraction, Hobbiton.

Hospital welcomes top-of-the-line bed


Te Aroha and District Community Hospital gains a new top-of-the- line bed for patients.

Club wins trophy for women's cycle tour

Bev May

Morrinsville Wheelers Cycling Club has received national recognition for its annual women's tour.

Entire school colours our world


Creativity and artistic talent at David Street School has been allowed to flow over the past few months.

Milky way for schools

Two Piako schools have put their hands up to join Fonterra's Milk for Schools programme.

Piako schools battle to provide for students

John Inger

Piako parents are forking out around $70,000 a year for district secondary schools to make ends meet.

Cobras strike

Dr Dunn

Cobras retained the Dr Dunn Trophy, symbol of club rugby supremacy in Te Aroha, with a 13-5 win over old rivals Waihou at Boyd Park last Saturday.

Artists show their work


Te Aroha Arts Centre members have been busy preparing for the winter exhibition opening this Friday.

High quality soil has day in court


A change to rural subdivision rules by Matamata- Piako District Council faces a legal challenge.

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