The impressive Allan Turner Walkway Bridge

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Bridge connects communities

The suspension bridge across the Mangaharakeke stream, connecting Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd and Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane has been completed.

The bridge is part of the $250,000, 200m, Allan Turner Walkway, named for a Waikato District Council staff member who championed community open spaces and walkways and who died in 2012.

The public walkway will be suitable for walkers and cyclists.

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Sports grounds in play

Planning is underway for the Tamahere hub sports grounds.

At its August meeting, the Tamahere Community Committee said it was keen to get locals’ input into a concept plan for the grounds alongside Tamahere School, including on a name for the area.

The committee felt naming the area the Tamahere Sports Park was too restrictive given the potential wide use of the area and mooted the name, Tamahere Village Green.

Short squeeze on SH 1 lanes

A new road layout will be in place on State Highway 1 (SH1) between Tamahere’s Airport Road interchange and Pickering Road, from Thursday, August 21.

The NZ Transport Agency says the temporary changes stemming from continued Waikato Expressway construction will be weather dependent and may start later next week if rain is forecast.

Motorists are urged to take extra care when travelling along the new layout and to allow for short delays due to the changes.

Road works in winter

The second delivery and placement of bridge beams is expected at the Pickering Road underbridge on Monday as work on the Waikato Expressway forges ahead.

Also in Tamahere, daytime users of the State Highway 1 Tamahere Straight need to be aware that a single lane only in both direction is still in place as work on the existing median strip continues.

Meanwhile, in their latest update on the expressway, NZ Transport Agency project manager Raj Rajagopal and HEB Construction’s project manager Gary Budden explained about the environmental controls for the major project.

HEB Construction site foreman Raymond Puhara guides a 33-tonne beam into place on the Pickering Rd underbridge.

Beams in on Pickering Rd

A still, calm day was high on the wishlist of HEB Construction workers as they lifted 33-tonne beams into position on the Pickering Road underbridge on Monday.

Under a blue sky they individually lowered six 22-metre-long beams into place with the help of a 200-tonne crane. The 2.3 metre-wide beams were pre-cast in Tauranga and trucked on to the site.

The Pickering Rd underbridge is one of eight bridges to be built as part of the $230 million Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway.

One of the many crashes at the Cherry Lane intersection.

Killer corner no safer

None of the measures mooted to increase driver safety at the Cherry Lane – State Highway 1 killer corner have been done a month after many were expected to be in place.

In early May, the NZ Transport Agency detailed short and long term actions ranging from road signs to reduced speed limits but a month after NZTA’s own deadline Cherry Lane residents are still waiting.

The measures agreed with a residents’ group followed widespread calls for action on the corner prompted by concerns at the high number of serious crashes, including a fatal accident in April.

Progress good on new road

Wiremu Tamihana Drive, the new road being constructed between Airport and Devine Roads, is progressing well despite wet weather.

From later this month until late August, contractors Fulton Hogan will be widening Airport Rd at the intersection with Wiremu Tamihana Drive to allow for slip lanes, reported the Waikato District Council in its latest update.

When the road is completed in December it will bring about a number of changes, including the closure of the right hand turn from Devine Rd down the SH 1 on-ramp.

Local Events

Workouts prove popular

Fitness sessions at the Tamahere Community Centre (TCC) are into their third week with numbers growing at each session, says Dan Amosa of Inferno Tamahere.

The uptake had validated the decision of the Cambridge-based gym to offer group fitness classes in Tamahere, he said.

“If your goal is to get fit and make some positive health changes but you hate the idea of travelling to Hamilton or Cambridge, Inferno Tamahere invites everyone in the local community to stop by and give the sessions are go. The first session is free.”

Must-haves galore at market

This Saturday’s Tamahere Market is the time for organised people to start planning their Christmas shopping, according to the market’s very organised Jane Manson.

“We are almost counting down to Christmas!” says Jane. “Come along and start the ‘must have’ list for everything from table settings to the essentials for a corporate gift basket.”

For the rest of us, however, the August market will be a time to indulge in the usual festival of food ranging from popcorn to crispy chicken dumplings, the legendary mussel fritters to Kumar’s bonda and samosas.

Local People

Christine and Rex Pickering, honoured for their community contribution

Pickerings’ efforts recognised

Tamahere and St Stephen’s Church stalwarts Rex and Christine Pickering have been honoured for their long community service.

The Pickerings have been members of the St Stephen’s parish for more than 40 years and have been involved in everything from the re-building of the church after it was razed by fire to the iconic Christmas Festival.

In a surprise move, Waikato Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley made a presentation to the couple at today’s church service, which noted their contribution ranging from friendship to fundraising.

Becky Horn

Friends rally for Becky

Friends and former Tamahere School classmates of a one-time Tamahere family are rallying to their support in a time of need.

Becky Horn, and her family, twin brother Simon, older brother Jason, and parents Pam and Graeme lived in Tamahere for many years – the children attended the school and their parents were active community members.

Becky Horn is now battling a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer and friends of the family, now living in Hamilton, are fundraising to support alternative treatments.

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The impressive Allan Turner Walkway Bridge

Bridge connects communities

The suspension bridge across the Mangaharakeke stream, connecting Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd and Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane has been completed.

The bridge is part of the $250,000, 200m, Allan Turner Walkway, named for a Waikato District Council staff member who championed community open spaces and walkways and who died in 2012.

The public walkway will be suitable for walkers and cyclists.

La Cave may lose spirit

The specialty food store, La Cave, a popular destination for many Tamahere residents, has found itself the worse for wear thanks to the new Liquor Act.

Raphael Coutolleu, owner of the Riverlea Rd store which sells food and beverages from France, said stores such as his did not fit any of the categories listed in the Act.

As a result he would be forced to stop selling a number of popular, high-alcohol lines unless his customers’ signatures on a petition changed the mind of officialdom.

Local History

ForUsTheyFell

WW1 stories wanted

Waikato Museum has launched an interactive website to help uncover the untold stories of the men and women of the Waikato during World War 1.

The website ForUsTheyFell.org.nz has been developed to crowd-source information for a major exhibition, For us They Fell, to open on Anzac Day, April 25, 2015.

The exhibition, which will run until Armistice Day, November 11, 2018, is intended to commemorate the first century since World War 1.

The Narrows, Hunt to Way

When Deborah Hunt died in Cambridge in 1897, the Waikato Argus reported that “the old lady will be greatly missed as she was a favourite with everyone”.

Deborah Hunt was in her 91st year. She had been resident in Cambridge for several years but had lived at the Narrows from 1873 to 1862.

The Hunt family built The Narrows homestead (now Glenhope) in 1873. The house at 433 Airport Rd is listed on the Waipa District Council’s heritage schedule and it is registered by the Historic Places Trust. It is one of the oldest farm houses in the Waikato.

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