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THE 2016 National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery
Creek, near Hamilton, was again a phenomenal event with
130,684 visitors through the gates – an increase from last
I am so incredibly proud to have the Southern Hemi-
sphere’s largest agri-event held in the Taranaki-King
Peter Nation and his team do an amazing job ensuring
that it is absolutely world-class.
Fieldays was attended by the Prime Minister and minis-
ters as well as many National Party MPs.
I was delighted by the announcement from Health
Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries
Minister Nathan Guy that an extra $600,000 funding has
been allocated for rural mental health in our communities.
Taranaki-King Country has also had another significant amount of
funding for the investment of upgrading our roading as part of the Gov-
ernment’s Safer Roads and Roadsides programme.
This will see six upgrades totalling $23.2 million including $3.1 million
for an upgrade to SH3 from Ohaupo to Te Awamutu; a $2 million upgrade
for SH3 between Te Awamutu and Otorohanga; a $1.5 million investment
into SH37 from SH3 to Waitomo, a $3.3 million upgrade to SH3 from SH37
to Te Kuiti, a $4.5 million upgrade from Waitetuna to Raglan and an $8.8
million upgrade to SH23 between Hamilton and Whatawhata.
(Waitomo News, June 30)
These specific pieces of highway have been identified as
having too many accidents on them and the Government is
committed to having safe roads to travel on.
I am passionate about our children receiving the best educa-
tion available and was thrilled by Education Minister Hekia
Parata’s commitment to the Teacher-Led Innovation Fund by
extending it out until June 2020 with additional funding of
$8 million which will take the total amount invested to $18
million over five years.
I am also delighted that several schools in the electorate have
taken up the opportunity in grouping together and becoming
Communities of Learning supporting each other by sharing
ideas and best practices so that it becomes common practice.
The Teacher-Led Innovation Fund is part of the Govern-
ment’s $359 million Investing in Education Success initiative.
The recent Otorohanga mid-winter annual Farmers’ Party was an ab-
solutely enjoyable evening and it was a real privilege to be invited to speak
there. It was great to see more than 200 people coming out for the night
where we had great discussion.
It was another fabulously organised community event, and I would like
to acknowledge David Bailey and his team for making it a great night out.
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IN MY VIEW
By Barabara Kuriger
Great events happening
Ranginui Water Scheme vote
RANGINUI water treatment plant is clos-
ing as a source of drinking water.
An Otorohanga District Council poll
recorded a 36% return with nine vot-
ing papers returned from the 25 eligible
voters. Of the nine votes cast, only one
opposed the closure.
School speech contests
SCHOOLS throughout the North King
Country have recently been holding their
annual speech competitions.
Results – Otorohanga South School: year
6 Daniel Moka 1, Lia Te Whare 2, Ryan
Fare 3; year 7 boys Buster Harper 1,
Cody Vincent 2, Tyler Hearnden 3; girls
Olivia Kurth 1, Dianne Bailey 2, Shaye
Lentfer 3; year 8 boys Kaiyen Tata 1,
Ethan Newton 2, Jayden Staples-McA-
loon 3; girls Savanna Dally 1, Chloe Carr
Paterson 2, Casey Sanson & Ava Ritch
Kio Kio School: Moyle Family Cup Laura
Hunt, runner-up Hayden Phillips. Drys-
dale Family Cup Alyssa Waldron, runner-
up Gareth Hill.
Piopio Primary School: year 4 Grace
Purdie 1, Jackson Alcock 2, Reanna
Haine 3; year 5 Kaitlyn McNamee &
Max Bevege 1=, Tyla Purdie 3; year 6
Emma Clapcott 1, Jada James 2, Potahi
Te Kuiti museum
FURTHER to the article in the Waitomo News
on June 21, I would like through this letter to
include how the purchase of the building actu-
ally came about.
The Te Kuiti and District Historical Society
acknowledges that it owes a debt of gratitude to
mayor Brian Hanna and the Waitomo District
Council for the society to have been able to
purchase the former Post Office building to be
used as a museum.
It is fitting that people in our district should
know that some months before the actual sale of
the old Post Office took place Mr Hanna started
negotiations for the purchase of the building for
the benefit of the community.
He personally, in his capacity as mayor and
looking for a museum for Te Kuiti, negotiated
the price with NZ Post.
The Waitomo District Council and its mayor
is to be congratulated in that it recognises that as
a council it is responsible for helping to preserve
the town and district’s history.
And in the making of this commitment along
with the historical society it is certainly doing
There is a lot of work to be done yet before we
can open a museum, but it is on the way now.
Jim O’Halloran, Chairman
Te Kuiti & District Historical Society Inc
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