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KARAM & JOHN HADDAD
RESIDENTS of Otorohanga will be living and
shopping in their very own ‘republic’ this month.
A new ‘shop local’ initiative being run by the
Otorohanga Business Association from March
14-24, is turning the Kiwiana Capital into the
‘Republic of Otorohanga.’
While the country is in the throes of the national
flag debate and Kiwis are casting their votes in the
referendum, which begins tomorrow, Otorohanga
will be flying its own flag.
The ‘Republic of Otorohanga’ concept is the
brainchild of local businessman Eric Tait who sug-
gested it to the Otorohanga Business Association
and committee member Katrina Christison has
taken the reins and run with it.
Within the’republic’ every participating business
will be having a sale or promotion of some descrip-
tion, so locals will be rewarded for shopping in the
‘republic by receiving these discounts.
All participating businesses will have the unique
flag – designed by local business Danz Bags –
proudly displayed in their window and there
will also be 10 large ones flying from flag poles
throughout the town.
Ms Christison says: “This is another campaign
to encourage residents to shop locally and we hope
everyone gets behind it. It’s excellent
to have the support of so many busi-
nesses who can all see the benefits of
having a town-wide sale.”
The promotion will be launched in
a ceremony to establish the ‘Republic
of Otorohanga’ on Monday, March 14
at 10am at The Village Green.
At the event, mayor Max Baxter
aka ‘Prime Minister of the Republic’,
will speak before raising the flag for
the very first time. The Otorohanga
anthem will also be revealed.
Keep an eye out for the specials in
the Waitomo News during the next
two weeks to see what sales and pro-
motions are in store for the ‘Republic
Unique promotion for
the Kiwiana Capital
“VINAKA vaka levu
thank you very much.”
That’s the message
from local appeal for
Fiji organiser Sharon
Church of Te Kuiti who
has been stunned and
amazed by the over-
ity shown by local resi-
Mrs Church, who was
born in Fiji, felt com-
pelled to help her fellow
the devastation left be-
hind by Cyclone Win-
ston on February 20.
Strong winds as high
as 300km/h and flood-
ing caused severe dam-
age across the island
nation claiming 42 lives
(to date) and prompting a month-long state of disaster to be
In addition to the Government’s $2 million in aid, Mrs Church
launched her own appeal last Thursday and within days had
received pallet loads of essential items which were trucked to
Auckland yesterday free of charge by Sorensen Transport.
The donations including food, water, clothing, linen, tents
and toiletries were kindly stored at Tiffany’s Cafe in Rora St.
The much-needed goods will be transported to Fiji tomorrow
in a shipping container organised by Radio Tarana chief execu-
tive Robert Khan.
“The response has been so unreal,” says Mrs Church.
“When I came into Tiffany’s on Saturday the whole room was
just chocka full with stuff
“And then when I came back on Sunday it had doubled!
“It was just amazing. I was so shocked I nearly fell over
“All I can say is vinaka vaka levu – thank you very much for
all your kind support.”
Mrs Church says she is grateful to appeal volunteers Sarah
Rickards and Lindsay Pooley for their help, Mike and On Chan of
Tiffany’s Cafe for acting as the collection point, Peter Needham
of Sorensen Transport for organising the delivery to Auckland
and Radio Tarana for transporting the items to Fiji.
She says donated items that were not critically essential such
as glassware, cutlery and toys, are to be sold at St Joseph’s
School gala on March 11 with all the proceeds donated to the
Financial aid can be donated via the Cyclone Winston Fiji
Fund Appeal – bank account number: 01-0121-0134195-00 (for
receipts email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Huge response to appeal
for Fijian cyclone victims
SO KIND: Local appeal for Fiji organiser Sharon Church (centre) with her daughter Shyla and helpers Sarah Rickards (rear),
and Lindsay Pooley (left) greatly appreciated the community donations.
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