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I JUST wanted to say a huge
thank you to the Violet Ladies for
their amazing organisation of the
recent Te Kuiti White Ribbon Gar-
I had a family member staying
from Britain and she is a keen gar-
dener. In a holiday filled with fan-
tastic experiences, the ramble day
was one of her favourites.
Not only were the gardens var-
ied and beautiful, but the own-
ers were friendly and helpful. We
also loved the range of artwork
available at many of the gardens.
My last compliment has to go to the
delicious burgers for lunch.
Well done Violet Ladies and the
Te Kuiti community!
I AM writing to express my abso-
lute disappointment in the person/
people who stole one of our legend-
ary Christmas trees from outside Te
Kuiti Bakery in Rora St on Satur-
We have had an overwhelm-
ingly positive response to the trees,
and how much they have added to
the festive feel of the town.
It is extremely disappoint-
ing someone has ruined it by help-
The trees were made by Leg-
endary Te Kuiti committee mem-
bers, who are all volunteers working
to develop our town and district.
They took hours to make and we had
to fundraise to pay for the materials.
As a committee, Legendary Te Kuiti
is working hard to help local busi-
nesses and the community build on
the great things that are happening
in our town and district.
Locals and visitors are so posi-
tive about our town and I agree, it
is looking great, but if people act in
this way it is disheartening for all
Legendary Te Kuiti
Thank you all so much
WE ask and every year . . . you our readers deliver! Once again, Christmas for some children in the Waitomo district will be brighter. Staff
at the Waitomo News including (clockwise, left rear) Mary Davis, Michelle Freebairn, Ken Emery, Sam Baggott, Rochelle Wolland, Todd Ward,
Sue Sarich (front) and Jo Meads have watched the pile of presents steadily grow as part of our annual toy appeal. And not all of the gifts
received are pictured with some already on their way to children in various local communities. Distribution is organised by Jo and Te Kuiti
Police Senior Constable Jacky Fitzgerald who ensure each year your gifts are safely delivered to children who may not receive a Christmas gift.
Managing editor Sue Sarich says: “The generosity of local people never ceases to amaze me. There are many causes which need and receive
our community’s help throughout the year, so by the time Christmas comes the spirit of giving could be exhausted. But that is never a problem
here. On behalf of the children who will receive these gifts . . . thank you!”
kau will open to two-way traffic
before the Christmas holidays.
The highway just south of the
Mokau River bridge was closed on
September 18, for four days after a
significant amount of rain caused
It was reduced to a single lane
with 24-hour stop/go in place while
further work and assessments were
NZ Transport Agency (NZTA)
contractors will remove up to two
metres of surface soil and create a
step above the slip face to further
reduce the risk of materials falling
from a height. That work was sched-
uled to start yesterday.
“Some further removal of the last
bits of loose rock is required and
once that’s completed the road will
open to two lanes about December
23,” says NZTA regional perfor-
mance manager Karen Boyt.
“Please take care when driving
through the stop/go traffic signs in
the week leading up to Christmas.
“The slip face has now been
deemed as stable for the short-term
but the slip is expected to degrade
over time and failure could occur
if no mediation measures are put
Anchors and wire mesh, which
were successful in holding back
some of the slip debris, were par-
tially dislodged in September and
will be reinstalled early next year.
The slip will continue to be moni-
tored and other solutions may be
used in the future.
SH3 will open
to two lanes
NZ Transport Agency staff say the slip site has been deemed “stable”
and will continue to be monitored. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Kapa haka photo
A PHOTOGRAPH caption in
Thursday’s Waitomo News
incorrectly described Pukenui
School student Levi Baggott
as “leading” a haka perfor-
mance. The haka was led by
kapa haka group kaiawhina
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