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Lions debate dinner

Just two days before the election, the Tamahere Lions Club will host its first dinner meeting with the apt theme of pre-election debate.

The club, which formed earlier this year and is growing fast, will hold its dinner meeting at Gails of Tamahere, Devine Rd, on Thursday, September 18 at 7pm.

Drinks will be available and dinner will cost $25.

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changes ahead

Hautapu-SH 1 junction ends

Hautapu Rd’s access to State Highway 1 closed permanently today.

The closure follows the recent re-opening of Pickering Rd, which along with Racecourse Rd will now provide access to SH 1 and Hautapu Rd.

Traffic on SH1 also now travels the first new section of the Waikato Expressway between Pencarrow Road and Duncan Road.

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

Bridge progress opens road

Pickering Rd is once again open to State Highway 1 as work on the Waikato Expressway continues.

Completion of all the concrete work for the Pickering Road underbridge meant the re-opening occurred today (Friday, August 29).

In the near future, though, access from Hautapu Rd to the state highway will be closed.

Speed cut for killer corner

The NZ Transport Agency will cut the speed limit on State Highway 1 to 80km/h past the Cherry Lane killer corner.

The SH1 speed reduction, along with the removal of the southbound passing lane, were among safety improvements investigated after widespread calls for action on the corner prompted by concerns at the high number of serious crashes, including a fatal accident in April.

NZTA Principal Safety Engineer Michelle Te Wharau said today that after community consultation it had been decided to go ahead with the most far reaching safety measures.

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.

Local Events

Lions debate dinner

Just two days before the election, the Tamahere Lions Club will host its first dinner meeting with the apt theme of pre-election debate.

The club, which formed earlier this year and is growing fast, will hold its dinner meeting at Gails of Tamahere, Devine Rd, on Thursday, September 18 at 7pm.

Drinks will be available and dinner will cost $25.

Nursery gets more helpers

The Tamahere Plant Nursery is in line for a boost in helpers after a recent event at the nursery proved popular.

The Devine Rd nursery hosted a plant identification, collection and propagation workshop on August 23 as part of the recent Hamilton City Council gully restoration seminar series. It drew around 30 people.

Many of the workshop attendees expressed an interest in the nursery’s monthly workshops, with the first since the event on this Sunday, September 7.

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.

Our Patch


Anxiety goes before move

Move Managers is now into its fourth year of helping Waikato residents who are on the move.

We’re often asked who a typical client is. The answer is there isn’t one – every client has different needs, different worries and different reasons for moving house or selling a property.

If there is one common denominator, however, it’s anxiety.

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.

Local History


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 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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