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Fair reveals book trends

Aug 7th, 2016 | By

The Red Cross Book Fair, the oldest book fair in the Waikato, turns 20 this year and is still going strong in the e-reader era.

In fact, notes long time co-organiser Philippa Robertson the news recently was all about people’s dwindling fascination with Kindles.

Regardless of the debate over how we read the Red Cross Book Fair, held annually each August, has only known one trend in its two decades – an ever growing number of readers eager to be matched with recycled books.

City co to maintain district parks

Jul 14th, 2016 | By

A Christchurch City Council-owned company is to maintain the Waikato district’s open spaces – parks, gardens, cemeteries and playgrounds – from next month under a $4 million annual contract.

City Care, owned by the commercial and investment arm of the Christchurch City Council, was awarded a 10 year contract that the district council says will improve services.

The 17-year-old company, which already works for councils throughout the country including Matamata-Piako, Tauranga and Whakatane, will make a positive difference in the Waikato, according to the district council General Manager Service Delivery, Tim Harty.

Waste tips for parents

Jul 13th, 2016 | By

The nationally renowned ‘Nappy Lady’, Kate Meads, is to run two waste free parenting workshops later this month – part of the Waikato district’s moves to more recycling, less waste.

At Meads’ workshops parents and parents-to-be receive tips on what they can do to reduce their home’s waste output as well as introducing them to waste free alternatives to expensive disposable products.

“Cloth nappies are part of what we promote through our education but the workshop is about so much more than nappies,” said Meads who has run the 2 1/2 hour workshop in 35 districts throughout New Zealand.

Founders’ options for discussion

May 23rd, 2016 | By
Founders theatre

Arts advocacy organisation Creative Waikato is to host community discussion on the future options for the mothballed Founders Theatre on Wednesday, May 25.

In two sessions, to be held at The Meteor theatre, community members will have a chance to talk about the three options Hamilton City Council is considering for the theatre – refurbishment, demolition or a new theatre.

The Hamilton council has unilaterally declared the 54-year-old theatre a “regional facility” and is including Waikato and Waipa residents in a telephone survey on its future.

Founders “Waikato” theatre: HCC

May 6th, 2016 | By
Founders theatre

The future of Hamilton’s mothballed Founders Theatre has been unilaterally declared a Waikato-wide issue.

“Founders Theatre is a regional facility, and an important asset to both Hamilton and the surrounding districts,” said Hamilton City Council’s Executive Director of H3 and Events Sean Murray in a statement today.

That clearly took the Waikato District Council by surprise which, within minutes of the city’s media release, rushed out its own statement calling for wider discussion “before any single facility is treated as a regional amenity on an ad hoc basis.”

Danger: wasps about

Apr 27th, 2016 | By
Asian paper wasp

Wasps, the flying, yellow and black bullets of evil are everywhere.

Conditions have clearly been favouring wasps and swarms of Asian paper wasps are everywhere while the telltale signs of the in-ground nests of German wasps can be spotted if you are alert to them.

So it’s a good idea to know what wasp is what and what to do with them and their plans for world domination.

Two Birds land in Tamahere

Apr 16th, 2016 | By
Two Birds Eatery

A Waikato health food business is benefiting from consumers’ changing food philosophy and expanding into Tamahere.

Two Birds Eatery, an allergy-friendly raw and whole foods cafe in Hamilton East that opened in March 2014 has grown quickly.

The cafe in a corner of the Clyde Street shopping centre is increasingly popular with queues for tables on weekends.

Gnome on the range

Oct 30th, 2015 | By

Just what is the cultural history of the garden gnome in New Zealand?

Fortunately, we need wonder no longer thanks to senior lecturer at Waikato University Ian Duggan who turned detective to reveal the, at times, pilloried life of the kiwi garden gnome.

And we know of Duggan’s extra-curricula studies (he’s usually a freshwater ecologist) thanks to the intrepid reporting of our sister community news website Number 8 Network.

Plant trees and win

Oct 7th, 2015 | By

Planted one or two trees recently? How about 10?

Show the tree-loving folk at the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park that you’ve planted 10 trees this year and you’ll be a winner.

The reward for those helping green the environment will be a free annual pass to the Sculpture Park, a gift worth $50.

Skate rink on doorstep

Sep 2nd, 2015 | By

The Hamilton Inline Hockey Club, handily located to Tamahere, has hosted a few birthday parties for Tamahere children in recent months.

The interest has prompted the club to spread the word about other activities at its purpose-built, indoor rink at the Eastlink Sport Centre, on Old Farm Road, Hillcrest.

“Every Friday night the club hosts a public skate session called Skate Night,” said Sandra Kivell of the club.