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STANDING UP FOR OUR COMMUNITY WHEN IT COUNTS!
Vote Nigel Chetty
5 Key initiatives to
support our people:
1. KEEP IT LOCAL – A ‘BUY LOCAL’ POLICY FOR COUNCIL:
Increase opportunities for local businesses to win Council tenders by proposing policy
which will require all tenders to be approved by Council through a Tender Committee.
Committee to engage with local business owners to better understand capability and to
assist local businesses to overcome barriers to submitting tenders.
2. YOUTH POLICY PROPOSAL: To include youth in the decision making process
at a governance level - improving lives of youth in Otorohanga & Kawhia - improving access
to technology, education, funding for youth programs (Youth Centre) and healthy living.
3. SISTER CITY PROPOSAL: To grow beyond our borders - form relationships
with international communities - leverage relationship for social and
economic (investment and tourism) benefits - to grow Otorohanga.
4. SMART TOWN INITIATIVE: To increase our global
connectivity - ultra fast broadband for the benefit of local
businesses, community, education organisations and residents.
To go beyond Free WiFi to become the ‘SMARTEST SMALL
TOWN IN NZ’.
5. THE LINES COMPANY: Propose a Partnership &
Accountability Model which will allow TLC to better engage
with our communities – improve communication,
education and transparency. Devise a long-term
strategy to increase customer control of TLC through
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By Todd Ward
OTOROHANGA physio to the stars Kara
Thomas is living the dream.
Travelling the globe, mingling with the world’s
best athletes and being a part of Kiwi history
is all in a day’s work for the 33-year-old physi-
As a member of the NZ medical team at last
month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
Ms Thomas was on call assisting Kiwi athletes as
they prepared for or recovered from their par-
The entire medical team, including doctors,
physios and massage therapists, were based in
the Olympic Village for the duration of the global
sporting event (August 5-21), as the 199-strong
Kiwi team racked up its highest medal tally of any
A vital cog in the well-oiled machine, Ms
Thomas says she was proud to have been a part
of New Zealand’s Olympic effort in which they
returned home with four gold, nine silver and
five bronze medals.
But despite the record medal tally, she says
her lasting memory will be the Brazilian people.
“Rio was amazing, but it was a city of contrasts,”
“It is a place of wealth but also extreme poverty.
“One of my most memorable highlights was
being a part of the Mangueira community social
project which is a favela [slum] in Rio.
“I went there with the women’s rugby sevens
team who showed those living there their medals,
and then they performed traditional Brazilian
martial arts, dances and songs for us.
“After that we gave them some rugby balls and
taught them some rugby skills so it was all about
giving something back to the community.
“We also donated about 1000 tickets because
most of them simply couldn’t afford to go to the
“It was an amazing experience and we probably
got more out of it than they did.”
As for the event itself, Ms Thomas says the Kiwi
athletes’ performed extremely well and everyone
remained safe despite the many health and secu-
rity concerns beforehand.
Although unable to attend most events, she was
required to be on-site at the wrestling, Tae Kwon
Do and judo competitions (in case of injury) and
witnessed first-hand the world’s best contact sport
athletes going head to head for Olympic glory.
Her highlights from NZ’s medal winning
achievements were Eliza McCartney in the
women’s pole vault (bronze), Luuka Jones in the
women’s canoe slalom (silver) and Nick Willis in
the men’s 1500m (bronze).
“Most of the events I watched were from the
medical centre because I was working,” she says.
“But there were 10 of us, so there was plenty
“ The most memorable wins for me were the
likes of Eliza McCartney and Luuka Jones because
they weren’t expected to medal. And because they
are both such lovely people it made their achieve-
ments so much more special.”
Reflecting on her time at the Olympic Vil-
lage, Ms Thomas says it was an unforgettable
“It is a special and unique environment and
you feel really proud to have contributed to the
team’s overall success,” she says.
“But what I’ll remember most is the people.
“From those who live in the favelas to the
volunteers they were all just amazing and very
“It was a laid-back place where everyone just
wanted to help.”
Having returned from Rio on August 27, her
resume now includes assisting Kiwi athletes at
the 2012 London Olympics, the 2014 Glasgow
Commonwealth Games and multiple Rowing
World Championship events.
And she doesn’t want to stop there.
Having established a great working relation-
ship with the Olympic medical team, Ms Thomas
has her sights set on supporting the Kiwi athletes
at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
and 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“Rio was amazing!”
OTOROHANGA physiotherapist Kara Thomas played a vital role in New Zealand’s record breaking medal haul at last month’s Olympic Games in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While there she assisted the Kiwi athletes perform at their best, visited the favelas (slums) and rode the wave of several
medal winning performances.
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