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Hart Rd hostel fears come true

Fears that student hostels would be set up on rural residential Tamahere land zoned low density appear to have been well founded.

Hart Rd residents first raised concerns about a potentially illegal student housing complex in their quiet country cul de sac early last year when the first of eight massive, similar-style houses got underway there.

Now flatmate wanted adverts appearing on Trade Me suggest the residents’ concerns were valid.

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The Hart Rd house being advertised for student rental

Hart Rd hostel fears come true

Fears that student hostels would be set up on rural residential Tamahere land zoned low density appear to have been well founded.

Hart Rd residents first raised concerns about a potentially illegal student housing complex in their quiet country cul de sac early last year when the first of eight massive, similar-style houses got underway there.

Now flatmate wanted adverts appearing on Trade Me suggest the residents’ concerns were valid.

A digital rendition of a proposed Waikato River bridge alongside Hamilton Gardens.

Southern Links route confirmed

The layout of a $600 million roading project to the south of Hamilton, which slices through Tamahere has been confirmed and includes the locations of three new bridges.

Independent commissioners this week confirmed the route of the Southern Links project and approved resource consent applications for two new bridges over the Waikato River and one bridge across the Mangakotukutuku Gully.

The joint project by the Hamilton City Council and NZ Transport Agency has been widely condemned in Tamahere and drew stiff community opposition.

Te Awa River Ride

Push on for cycleway

Keen on cycleways? Want to see the full 70km of the Te Awa River Ride completed?

The Waipa District Council is currently seeking feedback on its cycleway spending plans, including the Te Awa River Ride, which will go through Tamahere.

The Te Awa Trust has approached the Waipa council seeking support towards the Avantidrome-to-Hamilton section of the River Ride and is encouraging locals to weigh into the discussion.

New road changes routes

Tamahere’s newest road, Wiremu Tamihana Drive, between Devine and Airport roads, is about to open and will herald several changes for drivers.

One of the key differences will be the permanent closure of the right-hand turn on to the State Highway 1 on-ramp at the end of Devine Rd.

Work is to begin on the on-ramp from Monday, November 10 and should be completed in two weeks.

A rubbish re-think

Changes could be ahead for the way rubbish and recycling collections are done in Tamahere as the Waikato District Council reviews its solid waste policy.

Among the changes being mooted are the use of pre-paid rubbish bags and new-look recycling crates, the council’s General Manager Service Delivery, Tim Harty, told this month’s Tamahere Community Committee meeting.

As well, next month’s district-wide, inorganic refuse collection may be the last of its kind. A new proposal would require residents to book in for an inorganic collection.

Expressway picks up speed

The pace of work on the Waikato Expressway is being cranked up as the weather improves.

It’s going to be a very busy summer and locals can expect to see plenty of progress and further changes in the area, say NZ Transport Agency senior project manager Raj Rajagopal and HEB Construction’s project manager Gary Budden.

After a relatively dry and productive winter they are also pleased to report that the 16km project remains on track for opening in late 2016.

Local Events

Soap of all shapes and hues is popular

November market heralds Christmas

All the Tamahere Market stallholders are gearing up for Christmas and the busiest markets of the year – just three of them left before year’s end.

Soap is a very popular item at the market at the moment and it comes in all shapes, sizes, colours, textures and smells. There are also some big ticket items including original art made out of beehives and stones ground out to hold water or a fire feature.

“It is always exciting to see the new ideas everyone has for Christmas at this coming weekend’s market,” says organiser Jane Manson.

Ramble to fund sporting chance

Tamahere features strongly in a fundraising garden ramble for the St Peter’s School athletic team.

Four of the 14 athletes selected to tour California next April are from Tamahere and four of the 15 sites on the Sunday, November 16 ramble are also in Tamahere.

Former Tamahere School pupils Harry Ewing, Matt Scott, Jonty Barry-Leach and Jessica Strick have all made the team.

Local People

Lions to use resource locally

The annual inorganic rubbish collections gets underway from Sunday, November 16 and the Tamahere Lions would like the opportunity to put useable materials to local use.

The club is offering to collect scrap metal to raise funds for a range of local projects rather than see the resource leave the district.

A volunteer team can be contacted to collect the recyclable metal from inside donors’ properties before it goes to the roadside.

acorns

School oaks spread to road

Tamahere School students have planted between 1200 and 1500 acorns in seedling trays.

Some of the acorns that grow into oak trees will be planted along the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway, likely to include the Pickering pond and the Victoria Road Interchange, which will be the gateway to Cambridge.

Tamahere principal Waveney Parker says Cambridge is known for its oak trees.

Our Patch

Privet (Ligustrum species)

Pest plant now obvious

It’s the time of year when privet blossoms, making the identification of the pest plant easier than at other times of the year.

There are two main species of privet in the Waikato, tree privet and Chinese privet. Both invade the edges of forest and waste land, and can displace trees in native forests. Privet’s leaves and berries are poisonous to people and animals, and its pollen can cause breathing problems for some people.

Waikato Regional Council is reminding people who think privet on a neighbour’s property is causing them breathing problems such as hay fever that new rules are in place covering the removal of the plant.

One of the gardens featured in the St Joseph's School garden ramble

Local gardens feature

Two Tamahere gardens will feature in a fundraising garden ramble on Sunday, November 2.

The St Joseph’s School Garden Ramble will take in 13 gardens in total spread around Hamilton and surrounding rural areas, from 10am to 4pm.

Tickets are still available for the event run by the Fairfield school, which will include two vintage themed Café Gardens for people to enjoy morning tea and pick up their pre-packed lunches.

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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