Call goes out for Waipa memories

11 July 2017

Sharing a Waipa memory could win someone a Waipa prize pack worth more than $500.

Waipa District Council has launched a competition to draw out Waipa memories and help showcase and celebrate the district’s heritage.

The competition, which began this week, encourages Waipa residents to share three memories about the district, including their best memory and something they used to love. 

Communications manager Natalie Palmer said the competition aimed to draw out a wide range of memories and prompt a range of conversations.

“Our district is growing quickly and that’s something we need to plan for. But in doing so, let’s take on board the lessons and experiences we’ve learned from the past,” Palmer said.  

“Waipa has an incredible history and this is about remembering and celebrating our past and hopefully prompting some conversations about where to next.”

Waipa mayor Jim Mylchreest said one of his fondest memories was of jumping on a free community bus from Waikeria each Friday night heading into Te Awamutu for a “big night out”.

“It was the highlight of our week.  We went to one of the two picture theatres, saw a movie and afterwards ended up at the pie-cart in Walton Street – all for about five shillings,” he said.

“They were great times but it’s probably a good thing I don’t have a photo to share!”

The competition prize includes a family pass guided tour of Sanctuary Mountain – Maungatautari, dinner at a local restaurant, movie tickets and an Instax camera and film.  Every entry received automatically goes into the draw.

The competition is being promoted through the Council’s Facebook page. Entries are submitted via and the giveaway closes in early August.

 For more information, contact: Natalie Palmer 027 324 7602

Page reviewed: 12 Jul 2017 8:33am