Maramarua

Little Libraries coming to town

Prisoners at Spring Hill Corrections Facility, Hampton Downs, have built and decorated 30 ‘little libraries’ to bring books and a focus for social interchange to small communities across Waikato district’s far-flung rural areas. Local communities looking forward to installing and setting up their little libraries include Aka Aka, Kariotahi, Otaua, Port Waikato, Glen Murray,Pukekawa, Onewhero, Mangatawhiri, Mangatangi, and Maramarua, among […]

Life changing treatment needed for Caitlin

Caitlin McMurtry is an eight year old with scoliosis. Her family are working to raise funds for a treatment option in Los Angeles. Waiuku-born Caitlin McMurtry is just eight years old, and on her way to having life changing treatment which could lead to a pain-free life. In 2017, Caitlin’s mum Michelle noticed a hump in her back. After a […]

Locals awarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Pokeno’s Howard Cole (QSM) was awarded for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Howard is a founding member of the Maramarua Volunteer Rural Fire Force (MVRFF) and is currently Volunteer Rural Fire Force Controller, having served in the Force for 25 years. Under his leadership MVRFF has been active in fundraising to purchase equipment, improve facilities and meet operating […]

Serious crash Maramarua

State Highway 2 at Kopuku Road, Maramarua was closed on Sunday 26 November after a collision between two vehicles, one towing a trailer. Emergency services were called just before 2.30pm. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to hospital. One person is critical and the other has serious to moderate injuries. The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

Murder accused pair to be trialled in August 2018

The pair arrested in August over the murder of Chris Bush at Maramarua’s Red Fox Tavern in 1987, appeared in Auckland High Court on Wednesday 20 September. The two men, aged 57 and 58 are being charged with murder and aggravated robbery. Justice Graham Lang ruled that the men’s identity can remain unknown until a hearing later next month. A […]

Investigation into historical murder narrows

Police are following positive lines of enquiry as the investigation continues into the 1987 murder of Chris Bush in Maramarua. Mr Bush was shot dead 30 years ago at the Red Fox Tavern just before midnight on Saturday 24th October after two men burst into the premise while he was enjoying a drink with three other staff members. A team […]

New leads in historic Maramarua murder

Police are investigating new information and re-examining forensic evidence as the investigation continues into the 1987 murder of Chris Bush in Maramarua. As screened on tonight’s episode of Police Ten 7, police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the evening of Saturday 24th October 1987, where Chris was shot dead at the Red Fox Tavern. Chris was enjoying a drink […]


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