Tamahere Market organiser Jane Manson, with Chiefs players who visited the market last year

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Tamahere Market changes scene

The first Tamahere Market of 2017 this Saturday begins a year in which the popular market will mark its 13th birthday.

The market founding organiser Jane Manson, who still holds the position today, can probably justifiably claim to have changed the market scene in the Waikato over the years.

“When we first started there was the Frankton Market and the yearly markets at Pirongia and Cambridge so we offered something entirely different,” Manson told Tamahere Forum.

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Fire permits ahead

Fire permits will be needed from Friday, January 20 as the Waikato District Council begins a restricted fire season.

Permits will be needed for all fires in the open air with the exception of barbecues, hangi, brazier-type fires and fires within a properly constructed incinerator fitted with a lid or mesh spark arrestor to stop embers escaping.

Applications for permits can be made by contacting any of the Waikato District Council offices or via the council’s website.

The expressway route from Matangi Rd (at bottom) toward Tamahere (at top) across a gully.

Expressway changes face of Tamahere

The once treed view alongside State Highway 1 close to Hamilton has rapidly given way to brown earthworks since early January as the latest section of the Waikato Expressway to effect Tamahere steps up pace.

Construction has begun of a new, two-lane Cambridge Rd off-ramp into Hamilton, east of the current SH1, opposite Cherry Lane.

The off-ramp is part of what will be something of a spaghetti junction which will eventually include an east/west bridge connecting Cherry Lane and Bollard Road with Cambridge Road and Birchwood Lane.

Water restrictions on

After a spate of warm weather, Waikato, Waipa and Hamilton councils have brought in water restrictions.

A significant increase in water consumption across the region has prompted the restrictions allowing sprinklers to be used only between 6am and 8am and 6pm and 8pm or hand-held hosing at any time.

Over the last two weeks Waikato’s water consumption rose by 6 million litres, Waipa’s by up to 190 million litres and Hamilton’s by 20 per cent.

The new-look spaghetti junction design presented to public meetings in September. The changes had already been filed with the Waikato District Council

Junction jumped public input

A large sand pile is expected to rise alongside State Highway 1, opposite Cherry Lane, from Monday as major earthworks begin in Tamahere for the Waikato Expressway.

Up to 7000 cubic metres of sand will be heaped by the road on what will eventually be a bridge abutment and part of the expressway’s Hamilton section southern interchange.

But if locals thought they had taken part in genuine consultation on the design of the large spaghetti junction about to arrive in their midst they appear to have been mistaken.

Inspiring: the cookbook that could build a swimming pool.

Divine Eats hits prime time

Tamahere School’s fundraising cookbook has scored another hit – prime time television coverage.

Divine Eats, the cookbook that aims to fund the school’s new swimming pool, made a big splash last night on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp.

For more than four minutes the cookbook made up of recipes from school families, the hardworking school mum’s that produced it and the quality of the book was beamed nationwide.

The Waikato River at the Narrows, Tamahere

Views sought on healthy rivers

An informative open day will be held locally on proposals aimed at boosting the health of the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and bacteria levels are rising in the waterways – issues that need to be tackled now to ensure the health of the rivers in the future, says the Waikato Regional Council.

“This is a great opportunity for the likes of farmers, growers, businesses and the general community to understand the detail of what’s being proposed in this ground-breaking plan,” said Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne.

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Tamahere Market organiser Jane Manson, with Chiefs players who visited the market last year

Tamahere Market changes scene

The first Tamahere Market of 2017 this Saturday begins a year in which the popular market will mark its 13th birthday.

The market founding organiser Jane Manson, who still holds the position today, can probably justifiably claim to have changed the market scene in the Waikato over the years.

“When we first started there was the Frankton Market and the yearly markets at Pirongia and Cambridge so we offered something entirely different,” Manson told Tamahere Forum.

The restoration of the Tamahere villa has proved a winner

Restored villa a winner

A Tamahere villa has won the Supreme Renovation of the Year award in the Master Builders 2016 House of the Year competition.

The renovation, including original floors and feature ceilings lovingly retained and restored, came up trumps in the renovation over $500,000 category.

It involved a 566 square metre area of work, encompassing six bedrooms, five bathrooms and two living rooms.

Local People

An artists impression of the new Pentagon child care centre

Child care centres grow

Tamahere is becoming a fruitful area for child care enterprises.

Building is underway on a new centre on Tamahere Drive, which is expected to be open mid-2017.

And an existing centre in Devine Rd is expanding.

Tim van de Molen

Tamahere man bids for Waikato seat

Tamahere man Tim van de Molen has has been selected by the National Party to contest the safe Waikato electorate at next year’s general election.

A farmer and rural banker, van de Molen became a member of the Tamahere Community Committee at its October election.

Waikato is currently held by retiring, long time National MP Lindsay Tisch with a majority of more than 16,000.

Our Patch

WEL Network is putting in four new fast chargers for electric vehicles

EV charger network expands

Waikato electric vehicle (EV) drivers can now confidently put Raglan on their list of destinations as WEL Networks expands its fast charger network.

WEL has worked with the Waikato District Council to provide the central Raglan charger, which should be operational in time for EV-driving summer holidaymakers.

The Raglan site is one of four new EV fast chargers in the Waikato that WEL is installing to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

Twiply video

Soaring views of golf course

A spectacular fly-over video of Tamahere’s Narrows Golf Course enables it to be seen as never before.

The short film by videographers Nick Hanna and Yann Roghi of Twiply Studio provides a soaring, bird’s eye view of the Riverside Golf Club’s beautiful course beside the Waikato River.

See below for the breathtaking views which suggest that if golf is not just a good walk spoiled then golfers are very lucky indeed to have crafted beautiful spots in which to play their game.

Local History

Back in the picture. Wayne Grattan addressing media following the fatal 2008 fire. (Photo: Waikato Times)

Icepak site sale disappoints

The sale this week of the former Icepak site has failed to sever links with its tragic past.

The derelict site in central Tamahere was bought by one of the architects of the tragedy that cost the life of a firefighter in 2008, former Icepak director Wayne Grattan.

Grattan, who was personally fined $30,000 for his part in the death of firefighter Derek Lovell and injury to seven others, paid $865,000 for the former coolstore site where the disaster played out eight years ago.

The sprawling Fieldays pops up on our doorstep

Mystery flows on

The National Agricultural Fieldays are three weeks away and again sparking interest in the mystery that gave their venue its name – Mystery Creek.

Explaining the mystery has become a hardy annual for writers filling publications in the lead up to the Fieldays, this year on from June 15 to 18.

Tamahere Forum has already fielded a request for an explanation of the mystery which, according to the Cambridge Museum, has grown more mysterious over the years.