Home' Waitomo News : 12 April 2016 Contents 2 WAITOMO NEWS Tuesday, April 12, 2016
TE KUITI hosted another fantastic weekend
with the annual Great NZ Muster and New Zealand
Shearing Champs held from March 31-April 2.
It was a fabulous experience to travel down the
main street in a sponsored can-am vehicle driven by
Sir David Fagan with 1103 sheep following behind.
I’m pleased to say the wet weather did not deter
visitors attending with a crowd of more than 5000
people coming out to watch.
I am in awe of the hard work and dedication the
NZ Shears committee and Donna Macdonald do for
making this such a successful event.
I acknowledge the dedication of John Fagan,
his family and team for bringing the sheep into
My congratulations to Rowland Smith, the open shearing
champion for 2016 and to all the other competitors, it was in-
credible to observe you in your sport.
I also had the opportunity to attend the 50th Waitomo Caves
Sports Day along with my Youth MP Leah Bell of Otorohanga.
Again, this was another outstanding locally organised and
community attended occasion.
I reiterate that we have such amazing strength in our local
communities and I am proud that people in my Taranaki-King
Country electorate look after and support each other.
On Sunday, there is to be a Free Farmers Family Day Out
at the Otorohanga Kiwiana Leisure Park for farmers and their
families to have a day to enjoy themselves during these difficult
times. I will be there and hope to see many of you come along
for a day of fun.
I had a meeting with Peter Nation, chief executive of Fieldays
at Mystery Creek recently and it was great to hear the prepara-
tion and work being put in place for this year’s event with the
theme being ‘Stay a step ahead.’
Remember to put June 15-18 in your diaries.
It was an honour to be able to speak to the mem-
bers of Altrusa International of Te Awamutu and
to meet these like-minded ladies who actively work
hard locally to make a difference.
I have always been impressed with Altrusa in
particular their support of recognising improve-
ment in children who struggle with their reading
by rewarding them with an Altrusa Literacy Award
at the nomination of the school the child attends.
This is an invaluable programme helping to boost
confidence and affirm that the child’s hard work is
acknowledged and celebrated.
ANZAC Day will be soon upon us and this year I
will be attending the dawn service in Te Awamutu
and then the RSA parade at Raglan. This is always
a moving time of year when we give thought and thanks to the
bravery of those young men and women who lost their lives so
we could keep our freedom. I hope many of you have the oppor-
tunity to attend an ANZAC Day service.
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In My View
King Country MP
In My View
Another great weekend
Quarry consents denied
AN application for consents to reopen the Pukeatua Quarry south
of Maungatautari (near Cambridge) was turned down last week
three independent commissioners acting for Waikato Regional
Council. The consents were declined after evidence from the Rauka-
wa Charitable Trust, Parawera Marae, Ngati Koroki Kahukura and
Ngati Haua showed that the old quarry on the Arapuni-Kihikihi Rd
was an historic pa site. The panel found, on the balance of prob-
ability, the location of Hangahanga Pa is likely to be on the quarr y
site and granting the consents would “give rise to significant ad-
verse archaeological and cultural effects which cannot be avoided
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