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Saturday April 16th
, 2.30 pm
Les Munro Centre Foyer, King Street East Te Kuiti
His Worship The Mayor Brian Hanna would like to
invite you to a plaque unveiling in recognition of
the outstanding contribution made by Les Munro
to the Waitomo District Community.
Creating a better future with vibrant
communities and thriving business.
RSVP must be received by Tuesday April 12th
Phone: 07 878 0800
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Read about Council’s plan for the coming year
Waitomo District Council has published information on the
Exceptions Annual Plan 2016/17 - including the annual budget and
work programme for the coming year. You can read about this in
the April issue of Waitomo Way - arriving in your letter box soon.
Elected Members are available at anytime via phone or email.
If you wish to discuss any feedback, your Elected Members will
be available at the Te Kuiti Railway Station Building No 3 (brick
building), between 9am - 12pm on Wednesday 18th May 2016.
Restoration of Railway Building 1 begins this month
The next stage of the Railway Building Project will commence
from the 11th April and will see the internal refurbishment of
railway building 1 and the structural linking of that building with
the Te Kuiti i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.
During the construction period the Visitor Information Centre
Service will be temporarily relocated to the former New Zealand
Post Building on Rora Street.
Council anticipates that the construction period will be 3-4
months. The immediate area around building 1 will be fenced off;
however the majority of construction work will be internal. We
want the public to be safe, so please take extra care when in the
vicinity of the Railway Plaza over the next few months.
Holiday fun at the Waitomo District Library
Primary school-aged children are invited to visit the Library
during the school holidays. Borrow two books and receive a
free activity pack filled with great crafts, puzzles and interesting
activities about farming and harvesting. Packs are available from
Monday 18th April 2016.
View our local Author book collection now on display at the
Library. We have a great range of titles available.
Becoming a Library member is easy and costs only $2.50.
Simply bring two forms of identification including proof of your
residential address when you visit the Library - 28 Taupiri Street
Te Kuiti. Open Monday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday
9.30 am to 12.30 pm.
THERE’S good news for supporters of the central
North Island’s Kaimanawa wild horses.
More than 170 applications have been received
from people offering to rehome the 100 horses
expected to be mustered by helicopters in the
Department of Conservation’s biennial cull at the
end of April.
Whole family bands are removed from the se-
lected areas and no horses are released back into
the wild. Unwanted Kaimanawas and those ruled
unsound by vets are sent to be slaughtered.
It was looking grim for the Kaimanawas a week
before the deadline when no rehoming applications
had been lodged (Waitomo News, March 24).
Kaimanawa Heritage Horses (KHH) muster
co-ordinator Simone Frewin says the organisation
is presently checking references and doing home
checks to decide who gets horses.
“We won’t know the final count of how many will
be rehomed until we are at the muster because we
won’t know until then what mix of horses is coming
into the yards,” says Ms Frewin.
“But at this stage it looks like we’ll have homes
for every horse the vet deems is sound. We’re ec-
static. I’ve been involved with the Kaimanawas for
19 years and this is the first time ever we’ve had
more applications than horses being mustered.”
She says two days before the deadline there was
only 45 applications and to receive more than 170
in such a short time is “fantastic”.
Nineteen stallions from the 2014 muster were
allocated to professional North Island horse train-
ers to compete in a new training initiative – the
‘Kaimanawa Stallion Challenge’– to promote the
potential of the once-wild horses.
Ms Frewin says the challenge was a huge suc-
cess and helped people understand Kaimanawas
are biddable, intelligent and good natured horses.
BENNEYDALE’S Art Doc Gallery, which has
introduced North King Country music lovers to a
broad range of artists over the years, is having its
last hurrah on Sunday afternoon.
Australian blues musician Isaiah B Brunt, who
recorded his latest album in New Orleans is per-
forming at Art Doc as part of his North Island tour.
He will be performing songs from the album
Just The Way That It Goes, voted best Austral-
ian blues album for 2015 by the North American
Underground Blues Network. He will be joined by
seasoned New Zealand veterans, Noel Lamberton
(Midge Marsden) on drums and Rob Patterson
(Larry Morris) on bass, a unique combination
that shapes to be a sensational blues dynamic. US
magazine The Aquarian placed Brunt’s album in
the top 10 blues CDs in its January 2016 issue.
Art Doc Gallery’s Maurice Louis says the con-
cert, which is from 2-5pm, will be followed by a jam
session which local artists are invited to join in.
Mr Louis asks people to bring a plate to share.
“That’s our winning formula.”
WELCOME HOME: More than 170 applications have been received from people offering
to rehome the 100 wild Kaimanawa horses expected to be mustered in the Department of
Conservation’s biennial cull at the end of April. FILE PIC
170 apply for horses
Final concert for Art Doc
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