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Danger: wasps about

Wasps, the flying, yellow and black bullets of evil are everywhere.

Conditions have clearly been favouring wasps and swarms of Asian paper wasps are everywhere while the telltale signs of the in-ground nests of German wasps can be spotted if you are alert to them.

So it’s a good idea to know what wasp is what and what to do with them and their plans for world domination.

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Fibre-optic cable

Chance for fast internet

A one-off opportunity to get Tamahere and Matangi serviced by ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and give the area fast internet is in the pipeline.

The Waikato District Council says it is prepared to lobby central government for investment in UFB for the area and local district councillor Wally Hayes is urging locals to get behind the initiative.

Initially, the council has sought the views of 1400 locals in a survey designed to indicate the likely demand for faster internet speeds, and whether residents are prepared to contribute to installation costs.

Second chance on SNAs

So few Tamahere landowners have responded to a proposal to place potentially far-reaching tags on their properties that they are being given a second chance.

Last September, the Waikato District Council notified nearly 400 Tamahere residents by letter that their properties may contain significant natural areas (SNAs), a legal label that could change what happens on their land.

But the areas identified by the council may not be accurate or fit SNA criteria and landowners were urged to provide feedback. Only 76 did.

less-waste-saves

Refuse collection to change

Tamahere’s refuse and recycling collections will be changing in a few months.

On the less is more principle, the Waikato District Council is introducing measures to encourage us all to reduce, re-use and recycle more.

There is good reason. Each year Waikato communities unnecessarily dump a costly 35,000 tonnes of refuse in landfills.

Big challenges for homeless nursery

The Waikato District Council has heeded a community call for the Tamahere Plant Nursery to continue to be able to make the central recreation reserve its home.

But some very big challenges lie ahead for the non-profit, community facility before its future can be assured.

Eviction day for the nursery is a very near April 13.

An artist's impression of a bridge across a gully

Drone to survey gullies

Work on the latest section of the Waikato Expressway to impact Tamahere will soon be visible on high.

An aerial drone is scheduled to take to the air next week as part of an environmental survey of the Mangaonua, Mangaharakeke and Mangaone gully systems between Tamahere and Hillcrest.

A picture perfect rural mail box.

You’ve got mail, maybe

Does your mail box look like this?

If it doesn’t you are, most likely unintentionally but nevertheless truly, giving our hardworking rural mail delivery driver a helluver time.

It’s a wonder the mail makes it in some dilapidated, unsuitable or ill-sited boxes at all.

Local Events

Fiona Kerr Gedson with Maths Mandala

Inspired by nature

Two unique artists have come together for the first time to share new work inspired by nature with an exhibition at Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery.

Annemieke Farmilo works with raw pounamu (greenstone), glass and other natural materials; Fiona Kerr Gedson’s works are mainly crafted from pheasant, peacock and turkey feathers.

Their joint show, By Nature, is at the Pencarrow Rd gallery from Saturday, April 30.

Feijoas, just coming into season, will be at the April Tamahere Market

Market for foodies

Foodies rejoice. Next Saturday’s Tamahere Market will have even more mouthwatering morsels than usual.

Smoked mussels, fresh, Buffalo mozzerella and Hungarian smoked salamis will all make an appearance thanks to a new market stallholder.

Add these tasty treats to the wonderful fresh produce – figs, pears, beans, Jerusalem artichokes, feijoas, avocados and more – for a gourmet meal like no other.

Local People

High five. Legend Jonah Lomu meets Tamahere's Ethan Bai in a magical moment at the Rugby World Cup 2011 opening ceremony

World Cup boy aims high

The boy who stole the show at the 2011 Rugby World Cup opening ceremony – Tamahere’s Ethan Bai – is on track to make his country more proud.

When Ethan ran on to Eden Park five years ago, memorably dressed in a number 11 jersey in Canterbury colours, the 13-year-old spectacularly represented the best of rugby and New Zealand.

Now after teaming up with the late, legendary Jonah Lomu on the rugby field he’s on course to represent the country again in a different sport.

Award winning photographer Clare Gordon

Award for photographer

Tamahere photographer Clare Gordon has come up picture perfect in the Wedding Industry Awards.

At an awards ceremony in Rotorua tonight, the Newell Rd resident won the award for Outstanding Photographer for a stunning portfolio (see here).

Gordon, who has a Diploma in Photography from The Photographers Institute of NZ, says she was motivated to get the qualification because she did not have enough quality images of her two children as they have grew.

Our Patch

Asian paper wasp

Danger: wasps about

Wasps, the flying, yellow and black bullets of evil are everywhere.

Conditions have clearly been favouring wasps and swarms of Asian paper wasps are everywhere while the telltale signs of the in-ground nests of German wasps can be spotted if you are alert to them.

So it’s a good idea to know what wasp is what and what to do with them and their plans for world domination.

Two Birds Eatery

Two Birds land in Tamahere

A Waikato health food business is benefiting from consumers’ changing food philosophy and expanding into Tamahere.

Two Birds Eatery, an allergy-friendly raw and whole foods cafe in Hamilton East that opened in March 2014 has grown quickly.

The cafe in a corner of the Clyde Street shopping centre is increasingly popular with queues for tables on weekends.

Local History

Patrick Leslie, in 1877

‘Father of Tamahere’ signs in

A small, peeling plaque at the gate of a local property is one of the last remaining signs of some of the earliest European settlement of Tamahere.

The plaque is emblazoned with the word, Wartle, the name given by a pioneer Scot, Patrick Leslie, to the grand, 14 room homestead and substantial 625 ha (1544 acre) farm he established there in the late 1800s. It earned him the title ‘Father of Tamahere’.

But when archeologists went digging recently for signs of the homestead, its extensive grounds and many farm buildings they came up short.

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.