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DESCENDANTS of first inland Wesleyan
mission station gathered on June 6 for a dedica-
tion service to commemorate the site of the Te
Kopua Methodist Mission.
The mission, along with a farm, was originally
established in 1841, 17km north of Otorohanga
on Cannon Rd near Tihiroa.
During its 89-year tenure the mission station
was credited with having an important influence
on Ngati Maniapoto leaders including Rewi Ma-
niapoto and Wahanui Huatare. Wahanui, later
became a principal advisor to the first Maori
King, Potatau Te Wherowhero.
Rewi was greatly influenced by missionary
teaching and the agricultural practices which
the missionaries introduced. It was at Te Kopua
that he became literate, acquired a knowledge of
scripture and became an enthusiastic advocate of
new agricultural practices.
The original monument dedicated to the mis-
sion was unveiled in 1963, but over time, had
been forgotten and deteriorated.
Late last year, Otorohanga man Jim Rogers
undertook a six month project to establish a
new monument and along with volunteers and
assistance from the business community, was
able to rebuild it at a cost $3000. (Waitomo News,
About 50 people including descendants of
former missionaries and representatives of the
Anglican and Methodist churches attended the
Mr Rogers says: “The weather was perfect for
the dedication service which started with soup
at a neighbouring farm and then a blessing from
local kaumatua Sol Nelson from Otorohanga.”
DESCENDANTS and church representatives gathered for the rededication of the Te Kopua missionary site near Tihiroa on June 6. PHOTO SUPPLIED
THUMBS UP to Gull for the cheap fuel
and competition. THUMBS DOWN to
their neighbour for matching them. Have we
been getting ripped off for years? I say yes.
THUMBS UP to the Rural Women
NZ Oparure branch members who recently
completed emergency toilet bags for
patients who arrive at Te Kuiti Hospital
And THUMBS UP also to Mark, owner
of New World Te Kuiti, who generously gave
the contents of these bags.
THUMBS UP and thank you for all the
people who have congratulated me, sent
cards and given me hugs while out walking
when I was awarded a [Waitomo district]
Lifetime Achievement award. (Waitomo
News, June 2)
It’s a dog’s life
MARY Macnaughtan’s letter to the editor and
poem (Waitomo News, June 9) has tempted me
to do something for dogs without proper hous-
ing – especially larger dogs.
Perhaps there are carpenters, handymen or
even school woodwork classes that could put
together a simple kennel for a needy dog.
It could be A-framed or square, made from
timber or tin, or made from recycled or leftover
treated timber from a building project or demol-
All dogs deserve a warm and dry place to live
in. Especially at this time of the year when it is
so cold and damp.
An advertisement seeking second-hand ken-
nels, if anyone has one to kindly donate, is in the
classified section of this issue.
Report good news
A NEW report released by the Commerce
Commission shows revenue limits placed
on electricity distribution companies are
Analysis show the revenue limits placed
on 17 companies were effective at limit-
ing excessive profits while investment in
the electricity distribution network also
North King Country distributor, The Lines
Company’s investment was $29 million –
11% above their historic average.
While six lines companies were more
than a percentage below their expected
revenue limits set by the Commerce
Commission, The Lines Company’s return
was 2.33% below the set limit.
A B+LNZ workshop to help farmers and
their advisors manage internal parasites
in sheep and beef is being held at the
Waitomo Golf Club, 68 Golf Rd, Otoro-
hanga on Friday from 10am-3pm.
Facilitated by vet Ben Hodgson, the
workshop will look at the principles
required to build an animal health
plan, minimise the effect of worms and
increase production. To register, email
Rachel Jukes (B+LNZ) rachel.jukes@
beeflambnz.com or call 07 839 0282.
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