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Fun At the Quiz Night

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who attended the Waiatarua quiz night. I know there were many challenges in attending—we had blocked roads, the Super Rugby quarterfinals and the weather wasn’t great, but there was still a good turnout. There was a lot of food, fun and a fair share of laughs and we even got some answers correct. I have to highlight the amazing work by Cathie and Ian who worked incredibly hard putting together such a fun event.

The 2024 Waiatarua Photographer Of The Year Winners

You would have seen some of the wonderful entries in last month’s newsletter and I’m sure you agree that they were all amazing, but there have to be some winners. I’m pleased to announce that the winners of the 2024 Waiatarua Photographer Of The Year Competition are:
Greg Lokes (Wildlife category) and
Peter Harrison (Scenery category)
Congratulations to the winners for their amazing contributions and a big thank you to everyone who took time out to enter. It was a clear demonstration of the remarkable level of talent within our community and the incredible scenery available to us.

2024 Waiatarua Indoor Bowls Tournament

We had a great gathering of people who had a fun evening to find out who are the best indoor bowlers in Waiatarua. After an incredibly competitive series of matches we ended up with the Doubles champions being Grant & Celia with Moses taking out the Singles Championship. I want to mention Desley Gash who cane along to meet everyone. It was her husband who donated a lot of the equipment that has made this activity possible.
When my wife, Maria and I moved to Waiatarua we didn’t know anyone and participating in the indoor bowls at the community hall was a nice way to meet new people and understand the community better. If you are interested in taking up indoor bowling feel free to come along to our weekly event every Thursday at 7:00pm. It’s $3 per person with all proceeds going to good causes.

Do you have the cutest pet in Waiatarua?

It’s that time of the year that the focus moves towards our furry friends as we are looking for the cutest pets in Waiatarua. Yes, it’s the 2024 Waiatarua Cutest Pets competition so whether you have a dog, a cat or something more exotic we are looking for your photos. Send them through to me at Entries close on Sunday 11th August 2024 – we will announce the finalists in next month’s newsletter.

Can you solve a murder?

On Saturday 24th August at the Waiatarua Community Hall a murder will be committed, and it’s up to our community to solve the crime. We will be hosting a murder mystery evening and whether you want to be a suspect, a witness or even the murder victim there’s a place waiting for you. Here’s what to expect:
Lucky Eddie Merino, the head trainer for the Derby & Gold Cup winner, was found dead in the tack room with heart failure caused by the drug “equimyotel”. Can you find the murderer ?
$5 per person is payable at the door on the night. If you want to attend just email me to reserve your place and let me know if you want to be a suspect or a witness. If you are a witness then you watch the proceedings while guessing who committed the murder. For those brave souls within our community we have six places available for suspects. If you are a suspect then you will be supplied with background information and will be acting out your role during the evening. By the end of the night one of you will be revealed as the murderer. Email me at or text me on 021 354 831 to reserve your place.

50 Year Celebrations

We have a date for the 50 year celebration of the opening of our community hall so open your dairies and mark out Saturday 19th October. We are looking at putting together displays in the hall highlighting our wonderful history which will include a panel of speakers followed by a community lunch. In future newsletters we will be proving more details of the celebrations. In the meantime if you have any information or photos that relate to the history of our community, do send them through to us at

Community Day – Save The Date

Time goes quick and before you know it we are looking at this year’s Waiatarua Community Day. We have set a date for our annual collection of craft stalls, gifts and food and it’s in time for everyone to buy their Christmas presents early—Saturday 2nd November. Keep an eye out in future newsletters for more information.

West Auckland Flood Recovery Update
Visit our website where you will find the latest news from AT regarding our roads. If you search under the above heading the report comes up complete with photos of each of the roads/sites that are affected.

Mark Wager, WRRA President

Wildlife winner

Greg Lokes
Greg Lokes

Scenic photo winner

Peter Harrison
Peter Harrison
Follow this link to see all the entries


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