59 days ago

Sad really

Shemie from Nawton

I expect to be attacked for my honest view on this issue but to those who do have a differing opinion about their "wild and free ranging pet", don't waste your time trying to convince me otherwise.
So many missing, lost cats. I feel sorry for them.
Much loved, missing; usually comes home, hasn't.
The responsibility of every pet owner is to keep their charges safe, out of harms way.
If a person chooses to have a pet, safe guard it.
Spay or neuter the pet. Care for it, love it and contain it appropriately.
Law changes aren't needed, common sense is.

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Fun and festive volunteering!

Heather Moore from Volunteering Waikato

If you are a dab-hand at gift wrapping, and have a few spare hours in December, we'd love to hear from you. This is a super fun and festive role, and 100% of the donations raised come directly to help Volunteering Waikato provide our services to the community...

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The Team from Neighbourly Property

The new owners are going to love this sun-soaked brick home with double glazing and a superb design to cater for the modern family. Featuring 4 bedrooms ( master with ensuite, WIR and ranchslider to access the outdoors ) with the guest bedrooms being serviced by a full bathroom and separate toilet. The formal lounge features a visually appealing recessed ceiling and for cosiness a heatpump it works perfectly in conjunction with the entertainers lounge set off the kitchen that provides an ideal social hub with seamless access to the outdoor courtyard perfect for the upcoming BBQ season. The separate dining nook is a bonus and this also has great flow through a slider to the outdoors. An easy care 600 sqm section that is fully fenced provides a safe haven for the kids and pets. The double garaging is generous and includes reinforced loft storage (150 kg/sqm ). A location that is sought-after being in zone to preferred schooling and with the new road layout giving even easier access to large suburban retail. Outstanding value for money in a popular subdivision that offers greenspace, reserves, playground options and walking/bike trails for fun and fitness.

1 day ago

Hamilton Christian School Integration

Jamie Neighbourly Lead from Chartwell

I'm excited to let you know that state integration has been confirmed for Hamilton Christian School. This has been a long journey for the school, and will provide opportunity for lower fees, increased roll growth, and stronger support from the Ministry of Education.

The following message is from Principal Shaun Brooker:

Kia ora whānau. It is with great excitement that I let you know I received a phone call from our Labour MP Jamie Strange, to let me know the Minister of Education has now signed our integration deed.

This signals the realisation of Hamilton Christian School becoming an Integrated school from the beginning of 2020. This is the most important step in the school becoming integrated. There are now some finer details that we will work through with the Ministry of Education.

One of those details is the Attendance Dues that we will need to charge for the coming year. While we are very excited that the school will become much more affordable for families we are still required to fund two aspects of the school. One is the buildings as we can now begin some significant building projects for more classrooms and a gymnasium. The second aspect of the school which is not funded by the MoE is our special character. For each of these we need to collect funds from parents, however, in return for the MoE not paying for these the MoE allows us to support our special character as we chose.

To fund the above Hamilton Christian School will charge parents Attendance Dues and Special Character Donation. While we do not have the final amount for these the overall total for these is expected to be approximately one-third of the current costs. For your planning we expect this to be between $1800 and $2400.

Please understand that the benefits of integration go well beyond just the money side of things. We will now have access to more Ministry resources for our students including ESOL support, learning support and behaviour support. We will also be able to access a number of Ministry funded initiatives for our NCEA students particularly in areas of the trades and alternative education.

This is a fantastic day for Hamilton Christian School. Thank you for your prayers and patience through this process.

To God be the Glory.