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THUMBS up to the University of Waikato from
the 20 North King Country students making use
of the daily bus service from Te Kuiti to Hamilton.
Last year Waitomo mayor Brian Hanna made a
successful approach to the university to consider
the idea of an extension of extending a pilot trans-
port programme already in place in South Waikato
to the North King Country.
The service, operated by Dale Ammon of Ammon
Motors in Te Kuiti, started on February 22 and
collects students from Te Kuiti and Otorohanga
For first year student 17-year-old Kiso Eti from
Otorohanga, studying for a Bachelor of Education
the service is “awesome”.
“Staying at home and catching the bus up to uni
is way cheaper and we don’t miss out on any study
time either as we can continue to study while we
travel, it’s awesome,” says Kiso.
Kayli Van der Heyden, also a first year student
from Otorohanga studying a Bachelor of Social
“It’s way cheaper than having to stay in the
halls of residence or renting especially for those
who don’t qualify for the student allowance and
stuff like that,” she says.
On arrival at the university each morning the
students have a dedicated space set aside for them
where they can check their emails and prepare for
the day before attending lectures.
Mr Hanna is pleased with the response.
“The response to the service was better than we
anticipated,” he says.
“Now it’s established I’m positive the uptake
of students will be greater next year as it offers
students the opportunity to remain close to their
family support base.”
Vice-chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says the
university is delighted with the positive uptake
“The initiative provides a positive platform to
further strengthen the relationship between the
university, high schools and the wider community,”
says Professor Quigley.
“The new students have been on campus as part
of the university’s orientation programme, and I
hear that they are settling in well and enjoying the
on-campus experience so far.
“The university will continue to work closely
with the schools in the North King Country to
promote the service to those who are considering
university study in 2017.
“Meantime any expressions of support from the
business communities of Te Kuiti and Otorohanga
who might be interested in partnering with the
university for the provision of scholarships or sum-
mer work placements for these students would be
welcomed,” says Professor Quigley.
Mr Ammon says initially he purchased and
outfitted a 12-seater bus with Wi-Fi capability
for the university run, but due to demand he has
upgraded to a 20-seater.
Mr Ammon says he is more than happy to be
able to provide this service to help local kids attend
“I’m all for helping kids out who want to better
themselves in our community in this way.”
The bus service is heavily subsidised by the
university and costs students $10 a week.
The bus service is still available to NKC uni-
All enquiries should be emailed to Joseph Mac-
LOVING IT: The daily service from the North King Country to the University of Waikato
is proving a hit with students like Kiso Eti from Otorohanga who continues to study while in
TOLERANCE remains the key for motorists as road-
works throughout the North King Country continue.
In its latest schedule of works the New Zealand
Transport Agency (NZTA) says work will continue on
In the past two weeks motorists have experienced
major delays with three different work sites on SH3 be-
tween the Hangatiki roundabout and Te Kuiti, with the
largest being the remediation of O’Halloran’s Straight.
NZTA spokesman Simon Brandon says contractors
have three further safety projects for SH3 the month
of March which should only cause minor disruptions.
“These include the installation of a rumble strip
between Otorohanga and Kihikihi, an upgrade to the
Puketarata Rd intersection just north of Otorohanga
and tree removal works around the Eight Mile Junction.
“On SH37 road widening work will take place along
with an ongoing survey at Stockman’s Hill and at
Hangatiki on SH3.
However, the biggest project to impact motorists is
the rehabilitation of the pavement immediately west of
the bridge outside Otorohanga Primary School on SH31.
“This project is expected to take up to three weeks
and motorists can expect minor delays as the area will
be controlled by the stop-go traffic management team,”
says Mr Brandon.
Uni bus proving a great ride
ORANGE ARMY: Major delays caused by remediation works on O’Halloran’s
Straight on SH3 north of Te Kuiti continue this week with the resealing of the road,
but expect to see more orange cones at another three sites on the state highway.
Expect delays as SH3 works continue
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