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Te Kuiti burglars caught
THREE youths aged between 14 -17 have
been caught by police after a recent
spate of burglaries in Te Kuiti. Two were
arrested and will appear in Youth Court
tomorrow. The third is being dealt with
by Youth Aid services.
One youth has been charged with four
burglaries and unlawfully taking prop-
erty. Te Kuiti Police Sergeant Craig
Lindstrom says a number of other youths
and adults are also being spoken to
regarding the burglaries.
“We have recovered some items of
property ranging from chainsaws to elec-
tronic equipment, but not a lot, and we
are continuing with our enquiries.
“We are pleased with the recent arrests,
but there is still a long way to go and we
would like to thank all those who have
assisted with our investigations.”
No firearms have been recovered.
Waikato No5 spot with tourists
THE Waikato region is the fifth favourite
spot for visitors – both domestic and
international – with $1.23 billion spent in
the region in the past 12 months to June
30. Numbers of visitors were up along
with the number of ‘guest nights’ spent
THE Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society would like to extend a
resounding note of thanks to everyone in the North King Country com-
munity who supported our 2016 Daffodil Day appeal.
Held on the last Friday each August, Daffodil Day is our biggest day
of the year.
The success of the event depends on countless individuals, most of them
volunteers, both on the day and in the lead up to the event.
Although we cannot mention everyone in this letter, we would especially
like to thank our volunteer area co-ordinators – Heather Loewenthal in
Otorohanga, Kaye Nelson in Piopio and Sharon Kana in Te Kuiti.
We are also extremely grateful for the support of our many volunteers,
the individuals who donated and the businesses, schools and community
groups who took part or supported Daffodil Day in various ways.
Funds are still coming in, so we don’t have a fundraising total to report
just yet, but early signs are that the community has once again shown
All proceeds from Daffodil Day will stay in our region to help those
affected by cancer in our local communities, to deliver cancer prevention
programmes and to fund cancer research.
Many thanks once again for your amazing support.
NZ Land Wars
I WOULD like to congratulate Otorohanga College’s head girl Lean
Bell and her fellow students who presented a petition to Parliament to
commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars, with a special day each year.
(Waitomo News, August 23).
The Waikato Wars began in 1863 at Koheroa. From there the British
troops moved south to Meremere. The major battle took place at Rangiriri.
Maori tried to hold up the British advance down the Waikato River.
Two battles took place near Kihikihi. The first at Rangiaowhia – a mis-
sion station. Rangiaowhia was the centre of a major agricultural region
in the Waikato. It was a Sunday at the Whare Karakia or house of prayer.
Many of the inhabitants were elderly people and children. It was not a
fortified position. It was burnt to the ground with Maori lives lost. Despite
surrendering they were burnt to death.
The second battle and final action in the Waikato was at Orakau.
Maori commander Rewi Maniapoto was defiant. The pa withstood three
assaults despite it being under garrisoned.
Many wounded Maori escaped, but were bayoneted to death by British
It is important we commemorate these wars because New Zealand
Europeans need to learn the truth about their history.
THUMBS UP o the Ngutunui Enviro
School kids. You were amazing at the Waipa
Schools Kapa Haka Festival. Congratulations
on winning the Roopu Manuitioriori award
for your group singing, yay!
Volunteer fire brigades
AT 5.05pm on August 22, brigade
members responded to reports of
a fire on a hill in Hangatiki. It was a
controlled burn and no action was
needed. Soon after at 6.22pm, they
were called to a crash in Mahoenui.
The sole occupant was uninjured.
AT 1.28pm on August 27, firefight-
ers responded when a car rolled on
Awakino Rd. The two occupants were
uninjured. Crew members rolled the
car back onto its wheels and con-
trolled traffic. Police and St John also
FIREFIGHTERS assisted St John with
a medical emergency at 1.34am on
August 31 at an Oparure Rd address.
They helped set up a helicopter
landing site so the patient could be
airlifted to Waikato Hospital.
AT 4.26pm on Friday, they helped
Piopio firefighters when a car rolled
on SH3 at Mahoenui. There were no
A STRING of four callouts kept
firefighters busy on Sunday. The first
came at 7.58am when a car crashed
into a concrete embankment on the
corner of Craig Tce and Carroll St.
There were no injuries.
The second was at 3.06pm when
they extinguished a small fire in a
bush on the Esplanade.
Eight minutes later when they were
required to wash down a diesel spill
at the Eight Mile Junction.
The final callout came at 7.11pm
when a car crashed into a bank on
SH3 south of Te Kuiti. There were no
AT 10am on August 22, crew mem-
bers were called to a rubbish fire
behind a garage on Kakamutu Rd.
THEIR next call was at 9.24pm on
August 25 to clear a slip blocking part
of a north bound lane on SH31.
BRIGADE members were required at
the scene of a car versus bike crash
at the intersection of Waitomo Caves
and Haurua Rds on August 27. St
John also attended. The quad bike
rider was taken to Waikato Hospital
AT 2.56pm on August 29, they at-
tended a crash when a car rolled on
Ouruwhero Rd. The sole occupant
was attended to by St John paramed-
ics and taken to Waikato Hospital by
ON Friday the siren sounded twice.
The first callout was a medical emer-
gency at 8.37am followed by a rub-
bish fire on Te Kuiti Rd at 5.59pm.
AT 2.58pm on August 31, brigade
members were called to contain
a mercury spill at Kawhia School’s
Units from Otorohanga, Hamilton and
a specialist hazardous material truck
from Hamilton also attended.
No major damage or injuries were
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