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YOUR NEWS, YOUR VIEWS
THIRTY years after Otorohanga made global
headlines for changing its name to ‘Harrodsville’
the town’s recent change to a republic is also
FROM books for children to gift baskets for
women’s refuge, the Altrusa International Club
of Te Kuiti is no stranger to supporting the com-
And last week they received a financial boost
to aid their efforts.
The group received $3000 from King Country
Boxing Club trainer Glenn Brightwell from this
year’s Battle of the Towns boxing challenge.
Altrusa president Elaine Duder says the club
greatly appreciates the funds which will go to-
wards supporting a variety of community projects
with a particular focus this year on the Waitomo
Waipa Woman’s Refuge.
Secretary Trish Neal says Altrusa mainly fo-
cuses on literacy in schools, but after they had
a guest speaker from woman’s refuge visit them
last year the group asked themselves ‘how can
“When the women leave and go to the refuge
they leave with nothing so we wanted to provide
them with some personal items that they can have
to call their own,” she says.
“We gave them some last year which ran out
very quickly so we’ve done up a whole lot more
and we also decided to do kids packs because they
go along with their mums too.”
The packs include women’s personal items as
well as colouring books, cards and craft items.
Refuge manager Wendy Valler says the organi-
sation is extremely grateful to Altrusa for their
“ The packs are perfect for women who come
into our care with nothing, and rather than hav-
ing to ask for some personal items which can be
humiliating for some, we are able to give them
these gorgeous packs which have everything they
need,” she says.
“ The children’s packs are perfect for when we
are trying to have a conversation with mum and
the kids are around. They are filled with things to
keep little hands and minds distracted.
“We know how lucky we are working in a
community that is so supportive of the work we
do empowering whanau to become violence free.”
Other projects Altrusa Te Kuiti has either
established or supported throughout the years
include Rocket into Reading, literacy awards at
both primary and secondary school levels, pro-
viding stationery for children in need and local
preschools with books.
SUPER SUPPORT: Altrusa International Club of Te Kuiti members Jenni Templeton (left),
Elaine Duder, Michelle Jones and Trish Neal received $3000 from King Country Boxing Club
trainer Glenn Brightwell last week to help with the club’s community causes.
Funding boost for club
THUMBS UP to the ladies responsible
for placing, arranging and placing flower
arrangements on all the soldiers’ graves – in
the old and new cemeteries on ANZAC Day.
THUMBS UP – We recently had to
replace an expensive part in our new Nissan
which was purchased at Jim Wright Nissan
Otorohanga. Many thanks to the staff
especially Merv and Tony, as the warranty
has just expired two months prior. So all
credit to JWN for coming to the party and
fixing this for no cost, well done.
Bronwyn & Nigel Rutter
being hailed a great success.
Otorohanga Business Association (OBA)
committee member and campaign co-ordinator
Katrina Christison says the 10-day ‘Republic of
Otorohanga’ promotion, complete with flag and
anthem (Waitomo News, March 3) was a great
way to unify the town, showcase its Kiwiana
capital status and encourage people to shop lo-
cally while having some fun.
The campaign came about as New Zealanders
debated the pros and cons of a new national flag,
and was the brainchild of OBA member Eric Tait.
Every participating business ‘flew’ a kiwiana-
style silver fern flag in their front window and
held a sale or promotion which rewarded ‘repub-
licans’ with discounts.
“It was a marvellous way of helping the people
in our community feel good about their commu-
nity,” says OBA member Peter Burton.
‘Republican president’ (mayor) Max Baxter,
who raised the new flag in an opening ceremony
watched by 100 people on the Village Green on
March 14 says the campaign was successful on
“We achieved positive national television news
coverage for doing our own thing at a time when
the rest of New Zealand was going through the
flag referendum,” says Mr Baxter.
“ The promotion also attracted many people
from surrounding towns who wanted to see
what was happening in our republic and to score
Mrs Christison says a video on OBA’s Face-
book page of resident Sidney Roberts singing the
republic’s anthem written by local Nicki Raffills
achieved 13,283 hits.
She hopes the anthem, written to the tune of
God Defend New Zealand will find a place on the
town’s Kiwiana Walkway.
Organisers hail republic
project a great success
SAFETY improvements on SH37 – the road to
the Waitomo Caves – are underway.
Work includes road widening, installing side
barriers and new signage plus road marking.
It is being done in sections so people can
expect minor delays between the SH3 intersec-
tion and Waitomo village until the end of June.
Lucky Lotto player
TWELVE lucky Lotto players have each won
$20,805 with Lotto Second Division in Satur-
day night’s live Lotto draw.
That included one lucky punter who bought a
ticket from Paper Plus Otorohanga.
The Powerball First Division wasn’t str uck and
has rolled over to tomorrow night where the
jackpot will be $9 million.
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