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Tam Jam music returns

Tam Jam, the music festival for kids and by kids, is on again.

Following the rocking success of the inaugural Tam Jam last year in the St Stephen’s church grounds a repeat performance is planed for Saturday, February 13, from midday until 5pm.

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A concept plan of the Tamahere sports and recreation grounds (click to enlarge).

Recreation grounds underway

The long anticipated sport and recreation grounds in central Tamahere are set to emerge from former house sites and paddocks this year.

The site stretches from Wiremu Tamihana Drive to Devine Rd and is bounded by the Tamahere School grounds and community centre on one side and Regal Haulage and a private house on the other. (View the plan.)

Sprinkler use cut

The Waikato District Council has raised the water alert level from today, further restricting the use of sprinklers.

The council, along with its fellow Hamilton and Waipa authorities, said warmer weather and increasing water demand had prompted the move to help conserve water.

The change to Alert Level 2 means sprinklers and watering systems can only be used on alternate days between 6-8am and 6-8pm.

Shed fire takes car, boat

By the time fire crews showed up about noon on Tuesday, a large shed at Tamahere was too far gone to save.

The flames also engulfed the car inside the shed and a nearby boat.

Acting Senior Station Officer Alan Doherty said the four-bay garage off Elmwood Lane was blowing smoke so high you could see it from Cobham Drive, over 3.5 kilometres away.

Radio NZ's Summer The Weekend programme focuses on Tamahere Forum

Tamahere issues go national

Tamahere issues and new developments, including the new Tamahere Village development, were aired to the nation this morning.

Tamahere Forum editor Philippa Stevenson got a chance to talk about Tamahere as a guest on Radio NZ’s summer Saturday morning The Weekend programme with host Lynn Freeman.

Stevenson, along with Radio NZ Waikato reporter Andrew McRae, also talked about broader Waikato issues on the show, which was aired live from Hamilton from 8am to midday.

Fund supports reserve

The Tamahere Reserve was one of 12 community projects to get a grant from a Waikato Regional Council fund designed to sponsor projects that protect and enhance the environment.

The Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust that is voluntarily restoring the Tauwhare Rd reserve will get $5000 from the council’s Environmental Initiatives Fund.

Trust chairman Leo Koppens said the grant will fund a professionally written management plan for the 5ha reserve.

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Tam Jam music returns

Tam Jam, the music festival for kids and by kids, is on again.

Following the rocking success of the inaugural Tam Jam last year in the St Stephen’s church grounds a repeat performance is planed for Saturday, February 13, from midday until 5pm.


Cherries top Tamahere Market

It will bring up a dozen years of bringing us the goods later this year and the Tamahere Market is still going strong.

The market will start 2016 by putting a cherry on the top – lots of cherries, actually, brought in especially from the South Island along with another southern specialty – apricots.

“What more could you want?” asks veteran organiser Jane Manson before listing off a range of other tasty produce appearing at the market.

Local People

Leo Koppens (right), receives a Mayoral community award from Mayor Allan Sanson

Awards highlight community depth

Tamahere “eco-warrior” Leo Koppens’ environmental work has been recognised with a Waikato District Council Mayoral Community Award.

Koppens was one of 13 community volunteers from around the district who received awards today at a moving event that was packed with their proud families and supporters.

Matangi’s Graham Membery, chairman of the Matangi Community Committee, received an award for his many years of community work.

Colourful folk brightening the school neighbourhood

Village people on show

A distinctive mural, designed by Tamahere School students to brighten their school, has gone a step further and brightened the neighbourhood.

Paling fence people, (pictured) a sunny depiction of a row of 32 expressive and brightly attired people, went up recently on the school’s Devine Rd boundary.

Teacher Kerry Bennetts said the roadside mural, and two other artworks inside the school grounds, were the result of a challenge to senior students for ideas on how to put a bit of colour into the school grounds.

Our Patch

Garden gnomes were originally expensive, highly valued items

Gnome on the range

Just what is the cultural history of the garden gnome in New Zealand?

Fortunately, we need wonder no longer thanks to senior lecturer at Waikato University Ian Duggan who turned detective to reveal the, at times, pilloried life of the kiwi garden gnome.

And we know of Duggan’s extra-curricula studies (he’s usually a freshwater ecologist) thanks to the intrepid reporting of our sister community news website Number 8 Network.

Plant trees and win

Planted one or two trees recently? How about 10?

Show the tree-loving folk at the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park that you’ve planted 10 trees this year and you’ll be a winner.

The reward for those helping green the environment will be a free annual pass to the Sculpture Park, a gift worth $50.

Local History

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles arrive at Turangawaewae (photo: Governor General's office)

A right royal show

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were welcomed movingly on to the Turangawaewae Marae today, a spectacular event at which Tamahere was represented.

It was an historic moment. The prince was last on the Ngaruawahia marae in 1994 just before Tainui and the Crown came to the very first settlement under the Treaty of Waitangi. His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was there in 1953 at what was a significant moment of reconciliation between the Crown and the King movement.

The formal seat of the Maori King movement was ready for the 2015 occasion.

Dennis Wells backed by colleagues including Merv Neil (left), in 2009.

Coolstore blast survivor retires

Dennis Wells is a lucky man in more than one way.

The 67-year-old Hamilton fire officer has completed 40 years on the job and retired this week.

Two things make Wells lucky. Firstly, he’s always loved his job and secondly, he was one of the fire crew to survive the Icepak Coolstore explosion at Tamahere in April 2008.