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In My View
By Otorohanga Mayor
In My View
WELCOME to 2016,
wetter than normal but
with all the humidity
we expect in the Wai-
kato at this time of year.
If this is what El Nino
brings to us in summer
then bring it on again
next year. The weather
is so very hard to pre-
dict. Case in point two
SHE may have moved across the globe but for
the Waitomo News’ newest staff member, it’s sim-
ply a case of trading one community newspaper
Taking over from Janis MacDonald, Sandra
Catlin joined the sales staff last week and says
she is looking forward to meeting new people and
“fitting into this wonderful community”.
“Everyone I’ve met so far seems so laid back and
relaxed which is great,” she says.
“I’m very happy to be here.”
Sandra and her husband Glenn moved from
the Isle of Man, an island west of the UK, to the
North King Country in November and now live in
The couple’s daughter Sarah has lived locally
with her husband Kevin Riley and their three
children for the past six years, which was one of
the main reasons Sandra and Glenn decided to
move Down Under.
“We thought we’ve only got one daughter and
three grandkids – what are we doing on the other
side of the world – so here we are,” says Sandra.
“Initially I was going to retire and do nothing
but then I realised I was going to be bored and I
needed to get out into the community.”
Sandra has worked in sales nearly all her life
including the past seven years where she worked
for a local newspaper on the Isle of Man.
WELCOME ABOARD: The Waitomo News recently welcomed its newest staff member,
sales rep Sandra Catlin.
She says that experience will put
her in good stead at the Waitomo
“The way the Waitomo News pro-
duces its paper is like what we did on
the Isle of Man about 10 years ago,
but now it’s all about social media
like Facebook and Twitter which is
all rush, rush, rush.
“So this is a nice change of pace in
a more relaxed environment.
“I’m settling in well.”
Outside of work, Sandra is looking
forward to spending more time with
her grandchildren and renovating
New life Down Under
weeks ago when the
skies opened up and the
My sympathies to the
businesses and home
owners who faced more
than a simple clean-
up after water flowed
through their premises.
At the time it was all
very exciting with the
rain bucketing down as
the lightning cracked
overhead. Repairs are
now being carried out
to our own farm tracks
that could not handle
In Te Kuiti last week
I attended a workshop
hosted by Waikato and
Hamilton Tourism, fa-
cilitated by TRC tour-
ism, who are a leading
and recreation consul-
The workshop was at-
tended by representa-
tives of both Waitomo
and Otorohanga district
councils and leading
North King Country
The focus was on
what is unique about
our area and ways to
lure tourists to our
It was an enlighten-
ing afternoon with valu-
able contributions made
by all present.
We hope the result
of attending this work-
shop will be to deter-
mine where our key
focus and level of in-
vestment for tourism in
Otorohanga should lie.
It is important that
we capitalise on the
growth in tourism as
the benefits to our local
businesses are more im-
portant now than ever.
With vision, deter-
mination and passion
I am confident we can
bring more visitors to
our town and district
to experience what we
already know is special.
Nga mihi nui
Tourism vital to Oto
THUMBS UP and thank you to the kind
people for helping me in my wheelchair
when I was in King St East near the Les
Munro Centre and St Luke’s Church.
THUMBS UP to the Mokau Fishing
Club, Taranaki Coastguard, sponsors
and most of all the captains who gave
up their time and boats so our kids could
weigh-in fish for their recent ‘Take a Kid
Fishing Day’. The kids had an awesome
day so thank you for encouraging and
supporting the next generation of keen
fishermen and women. See you next
Shaina Downey and kids
EDITOR’S NOTE: To the writer of two
thumbs down re young drivers, illegal
driving and drivers who have restricted
licences carrying passengers, please
take your concerns to the police.
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