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Council fund ecological community projects

The Waikato Regional Council says that applications for the Small Scale Community Initiative Fund are now open. The SSCIF supports volunteer community groups undertaking ecological restoration via animal and plant pest control. This is the second round of funding applications for the financial year, with $70,000 left to award to groups in the Waikato region. Volunteer community groups and individuals can apply for up to $5000, but must meet the assessment criteria.  The projects must directly promote, enhance or protect the environment and have a well-developed project plan.  Things that can be funded include purchasing materials including traps, bait,...

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60 years of biscuits

March is the time when Girl Guides sell their infamous biscuits, and local girls will be having stalls across the Franklin area to make sure the community doesn’t miss out on these delicious treats. This year is extra special as it marks 60 years of selling Guide Biscuits in New Zealand. GirlGuiding New Zealand says their biscuits are just as good now as they were when first sold in 1957. Chief Executive Susan Coleman says the recipe for the original Guide biscuit is still basically the same since it was developed and sold in large square tins 60 years...

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Truancy operation underway

A major police operation will see officers across Tāmaki Makaurau engaging young people not attending school or alternative education in an attempt to reduce crime. Over the next two weeks, police will be patrolling a number of locations where they know youths congregate during school hours. There is evidence to suggest that a small number of these children and teenagers are involved in criminal activity. This can range from lower level offences to very serious crimes, including burglary. Inspector David Glossop says while truancy itself is not a criminal offence, there is a correlation between truancy and youths being offenders, or victims of crime. It is also an indicator that there may be issues at home. “The majority of our young people across Auckland are in education and are thriving. This operation is about working with our partner agencies to identify those kids who are consistently not attending school and wrap support around them and their families.” “Parents and caregivers play a huge role in the future success of our tamariki and need to take responsibility for ensuring their children are actively involved in education,” says Inspector Glossop. “Police will be working closely with our partner agencies, including the Ministry of Education, and Truancy Service Providers to ensure we have a plan moving forward to try and keep these youths engaged.” “Attending school is not just the law of the...

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Have a say on Waikato’s future

It’s time to hear what the people say! Feedback is being sought on a major new plan for a more prosperous future in the Waikato. The Waikato Plan was signed off last month for public consultation in a strong display of regional unity. It followed extensive discussion between councils, government agencies, iwi and stakeholders. Submissions from all sectors of the community are now being sought to ensure an even wider range of views is taken into account. “The Waikato Plan is designed to be a catalyst for a step change in regional social and economic performance. Enabling councils, business, community funders and others to speak with one voice on key issues in discussions with the likes of central Government,” said Margaret Devlin, independent chair of the joint committee which approved the Plan. “Having the views of the wider community will help us ensure that voice best represents our region’s thinking.”  Five high-level priorities have been identified in the Plan as the most important issues and opportunities facing the region: – planning for population change (growth and decline) – connecting communities through targeted investment – partnering with iwi Maori – addressing issues around the allocation and quality of water – advancing regional economic development. The top ten actions suggested to support these priorities are: 1. Collaborate on a regional development strategy 2.  Identify the regional priorities for service and technical...

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Waiuku Golf results

Waiuku Golf Results, Tuesday Haggle, 7 March: First, Ken Letcher 44; Second, Cam Fleming 41; Hole In One, fourth Hole: Malcolm Mayor. Thursday Haggle, 9 March: First, Lex Wilcox 37; Second, Chris Murdoch 35; Third, Owen Yorke 35; Fourth, Jim Cotter 35; Two's: Kevin James, Charlie...

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Pukekohe Bowling Club results

The Centre First Year Singles were held on Saturday 11 March. Due to very wet weather this event was transferred from the Homai Club to the Pukekohe indoor bowling facility. Due to lack of entries, two games out of three were played. Gavin Slade from Pukekohe was the out-right winner, after two games were completed. Well done Gavin, a player to watch out for in the future. On the same day, starting at 1pm, the indoor facility was used to host Buckland verses Pukekohe Friendship Challenge. This was last played in 2013-14. A great afternoon of friendship and hilarity. This was won by Pukekohe, who hold the trophy until next year when a further challenge will be played.   The Club would like to wish the best of luck to their four ladies, Bev Craig, Pauline Hayward Wendy Sauri and Leeane Poulson, who travel to Dunedin to defend their Counties Centre Fours title against all other club winners from around...

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