Heavy machinery is working to reconstruct the Dreadnought Culvert under SH1 north of the Newell Rd intersection

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More Newell Rd blockage to come

More disruption to traffic at the State Highway 1 – Newell Rd intersection is expected as reconstruction of the crumbling culvert under SH1 winds up.

More than $769,000 worth of repairs of the colourfully named Dreadnought Culvert began just over a week ago and is expected to finish, depending on weather, in about a week’s time.

A large amount of heavy machinery, including a crane, has been needed for the reconstruction, requiring Newell Rd to be closed off at the intersection with SH1 as it was moved in.

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Heavy machinery is working to reconstruct the Dreadnought Culvert under SH1 north of the Newell Rd intersection

More Newell Rd blockage to come

More disruption to traffic at the State Highway 1 – Newell Rd intersection is expected as reconstruction of the crumbling culvert under SH1 winds up.

More than $769,000 worth of repairs of the colourfully named Dreadnought Culvert began just over a week ago and is expected to finish, depending on weather, in about a week’s time.

A large amount of heavy machinery, including a crane, has been needed for the reconstruction, requiring Newell Rd to be closed off at the intersection with SH1 as it was moved in.

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Tamahere needs a new blueprint for its future development and how its residents want to see their more than $5 million in rates spent.
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The Tamahere Community Committee, which is spearheading a new community plan, is keen to hear residents’ views before an important March deadline.

Pile driving for the East-West bridge at Cherry Lane is expected to take up to eight weeks.

Bridge piles in early

Waikato Expressway contractors are making an early start on the piles for the bridge which will span State Highway 1 at Cherry Lane.

The thud of pile driving is now set to begin later this month as preparations for the East-West bridge get underway two months earlier than planned.

A big, blue, 100 tonne crawler crane will be assembled on the site alongside SH1 in northern Tamahere when piling is about to begin.

The interior of the Tamahere Community Plant Nursery, 284 Airport Rd.

Plant nursery in new digs

The Tamahere Community Plant Nursery volunteers have overcome daunting challenges to re-establish the nursery in a new home.

After eight months wandering in the wilderness, its thousands of plants housed at six private sites around the district, the nursery is once again operational in its own premises.

The nursery was evicted from its old home beside the Tamahere Community Centre last April after it failed to fit in with plans for the new sport and recreation grounds.

Tamahere misses UFB chance

Tamahere will have to fend for itself in the ultrafast broadband (UFB) stakes.

The Waikato District Council has confirmed eight of its towns will benefit from central government support for a UFB roll out but Tamahere is not among them.

That’s despite overwhelming support for UFB in the area, including a majority of residents happy to contribute to the roll out cost.

An artist's impression of the Tamahere Village commercial area

Cafe, bar, grocer for village

A cafe, restaurant/bar and grocer are businesses keen on being tenants of Tamahere’s commercial area.

Also interested in the Tamahere Village spot, on the corner of Devine Rd and Wiremu Tamihana Drive, are a wine cellar, skincare clinic, doctor, pharmacy, beauty spa and hairdresser.

Last June it was anticipated the complex would be reality by mid-this year but it is now scheduled to be up and running early in 2018.

Local Events

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

The Tamahere Eventide garden and restored gully -  a place visited by the Hillcrest Garden Club

Club welcomes gardeners

More keen Tamahere gardeners are being invited along to the Hillcrest Garden Club.

Some Tamahere residents already enjoy the garden visits, monthly club nights and guest speakers but more green-fingered people are welcome, said club president Diana Jones, who is from Tamahere.

“I am not aware of another garden club near Tamahere, so there may be some locals who will be interested in coming along to our meetings,” she said.

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.

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.