The trophy recognising Tamahere Forum's ANZIA win.

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Forum wins award

Tamahere Forum was last night among the winners in the annual Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs).

The website, which has served Tamahere for seven years, was named winner of the community website category from a field of five trans-Tasman finalists.

As the gala awards ceremony progressed, in Auckland’s vaulted St Matthew-in-the-City Church, it became clear that Tamahere’s website was among inspiring company.

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The trophy recognising Tamahere Forum's ANZIA win.

Forum wins award

Tamahere Forum was last night among the winners in the annual Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs).

The website, which has served Tamahere for seven years, was named winner of the community website category from a field of five trans-Tasman finalists.

As the gala awards ceremony progressed, in Auckland’s vaulted St Matthew-in-the-City Church, it became clear that Tamahere’s website was among inspiring company.

The reserve was a hive of activity

Junior eco-warriors dig in

Thirty, budding, Tamahere School eco-warriors today dug into Tamahere’s latest conservation project – the public reserve below the Allan Turner suspension bridge.

Supported by parents and teachers and guided by members of the Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust the hardworking students spent a morning planting 240 trees below the bridge and alongside the Mangaharakeke Stream.

The working bee began with briefings about the restoration and its aims of restoring a largely lost eco-system in the Waikato, and the appropriate techniques for successfully planting the native plants.

Radio NZ's Media Watch focuses on Tamahere Forum

“Something good” from tragedy

If you didn’t know it already, Tamahere Forum is a hyper-local news site.

The term was reportedly coined back in 1991 and now refers to “community-oriented news typically not provided by mainstream media outlets.”

Or so reports Radio NZ’s Media Watch programme which, this week, features Tamahere Forum as a New Zealand example of hyper-local news media, which in some countries has become big business.

Views clear in plan review

More flexibility when it comes to subdividing rural land, incentives for protecting natural areas on private land, and more community input into heritage protection.

They were some of the common views that emerged from the Waikato District Council’s recent roadshow to consult over its district plan, which touched down in Tamahere in early June.

Nearly 300 people attended the district-wide drop-in sessions, said a pleased Vishal Ramduny, council acting General Manager Strategy and Support.

Fix may cut outages

Could there be a bit of relief for Tamahere people who are too often in the dark because of power outages?

Figures from Waipa Networks show that Tamahere has more than three times as many outages as the rest of the Waipa network.

The area’s many trees have been blamed for Tamahere people experiencing, on average in the last year, a high eight hours without power compared to around three hours for the network as a whole. But a new measure may provide some relief.

Local Events

Centre meeting Aug 26

The annual meeting of the Tamahere Community Centre, that vital, much used facility at the heart of Tamahere, is being held on Wednesday, August 26 at 7.30pm.

The Centre, on Devine Road, is governed by a committee of local volunteers, whose aim is to ensure it gets maximum community usage, continues to develop more facilities and features and is well maintained for future generations to enjoy.

Locals keen to know and be involved in community activities will find the annual meeting a chance to learn more about this local asset.

Planting a gully slope

Workshop sows the seed

This year’s Hamilton Gully Restoration Seminar Series concludes this Saturday with a practical workshop at the Tamahere Community Nursery.

Led by plant experts Jan Simmons and Peter Morris, the session from 10am to 1pm at the Devine Rd nursery will cover seed collection protocols, seed types and treatment as well as demonstrations of seed sowing.

There will be opportunities for participants to prick out and pot on seedlings and to test their knowledge of native plants in plant identification exercises.

Local People

Tamahere Eventide resident Jo Mellar talks to Wintec nursing student Megen Peckham.  (Photo: Waikato Times)

Student nurse first at Eventide

A first of it’s kind nursing placement in dementia care will take place at Tamahere Eventide.

It’s hoped the new nursing placement will attract more graduates to the aged care sector and specifically, dementia care.

Tamahere Eventide Home and Retirement Village, together with the Waikato District Health Board and Wintec, have developed a unit to increase the skill level of the students.

Lisa Vanin and Jenny Jack have made the WOW finals for the second year in a row (Photo: Fairfax)

Women wow the show

The garments that two Tamahere women spent countless late nights creating will parade in front of them at this year’s World of WearableArt show.

Sisters-in-law Jenny Jack and Lisa Vanin were finalists in 2014 – along with another relative, Sacha Mail – and have made it back for 2015.

The World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards are in their 28th year and challenge designers to make “works of art to be worn on the human form”.

Our Patch

Sparrows are the most numerous in our gardens

Call for bird counters

The annual garden bird survey, a citizen science project established to monitor the population trends of common garden birds in New Zealand, is on from June 27 to July 5.

Organised by Landcare Research, it attempts to answer the question, “Are garden bird populations increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable?”

What does it take? Just an hour of your time in a comfy seat inside or out.

St Peter's student Robbie Evison in his Shortland St role.

From Shortland St to school show

Before he finished filming on television show Shortland Street, Robbie Evison already had his next role lined up – in his school’s play.

The teen is a boarder at St Peter’s School, near Cambridge, but spent 18 months playing the intelligent yet awkward Toby Reynolds in the Kiwi medical drama.

Now he’s landed two roles in the school’s production of The Wedding Singer, being staged May 1 – 7 and promising to be all big hair, ballads, romance and laughs. Win tickets to the show on Tamahere Forum.

Local History

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.

A skater at the Tamahere 'ghetto spot'.

Fire site now ‘ghetto spot’

Click, click, whirr, scrape, slide, chat and laughter – they’re some of the sounds commonly emanating from the abandoned Icepak Coolstores site on Devine Rd these days.

The concrete slabs left behind after the coolstores were removed by fire or the dismantlers were long ago colonised by enterprising skaterboarders.

The unofficial skateboard park or “ghetto spot” is a magnet for skaters from pre-teen learners to the very skilled and experienced, who occasionally showcase their thrills and spills in YouTube videos like this one.