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Voters eye election candidates

What better way to get to know an election candidate than to see the whites of their eyes.

Add in the way they sit, stand, speak and generally carry themselves and you have a pretty good start on judging what sort of woman or man wants your vote.

That’s the chance a small but keen audience got in Tamahere on Tuesday night when locals got up close and personal with the two Tamahere ward candidates and five mayoral candidates in this year’s Waikato District Council election.

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Voters eye election candidates

What better way to get to know an election candidate than to see the whites of their eyes.

Add in the way they sit, stand, speak and generally carry themselves and you have a pretty good start on judging what sort of woman or man wants your vote.

That’s the chance a small but keen audience got in Tamahere on Tuesday night when locals got up close and personal with the two Tamahere ward candidates and five mayoral candidates in this year’s Waikato District Council election.

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Rip, choose, vote, post

As soon as you see your voting papers in the mail – they are due between September 16 and 21 – rip them open, make your choice of candidate, vote and post.

That simple and timely action is more likely to see your vote counted on election day October 8 than anything else you could do.

Forgetting to vote or leaving it too late are top reasons for people failing to have their say in who runs the joint.

Burglars hit Devine Rd home

Electronics and jewellery were stolen in a daylight burglary of a Devine Rd house sometime on Monday (September 12).

Tamahere resident Cholena Forsyth is appealing for anyone who may have seen suspicious activity around her home at 94 Devine Rd to come forward.

The burglary occurred between 8am and 3pm when she was at work, she said.

The latest design of spaghetti junction, centered on Cherry Lane, can be viewed at Wednesday's information day

Spaghetti junction served again

The latest design for Tamahere’s upcoming spaghetti junction – the Waikato Expressway’s Hamilton section southern interchange – is again open for public viewing.
For those who missed the first information session a month ago, the design for the complex State Highway 1 interchange centred on Cherry Lane is set to transform the local road network in northern Tamahere.
NZTA and its contractors will reveal the latest design at an information day in the Tamahere Community Centre on Wednesday, September 14 from 2.30pm to 7pm.

Meet the candidates

A public meeting to give Tamahere locals a chance to meet candidates in the upcoming local body elections is to be held on Tuesday, September 13.

The meeting, in the Tamahere Community Centre at 7.30pm, will give voters an opportunity to hear from the two people standing for the Tamahere ward as well as those vying for the Waikato district’s mayoral chains.

The evening will be hosted by the Tamahere Community Committee.

Eight weeks' worth of rubbish in Annette Taylor's jar.

Smashed the trash

Since the new era of less waste, more recycling dawned two months ago some Waikato people have gone to extraordinary lengths to reduce their trash.
The Waikato District Council has no idea how people’s efforts are going district-wide but if even some are doing as well as Gordonton woman Annette Taylor the flow to landfill will have been cut considerably.
Taylor, editor of Number8Network, says her top tip for reducing rubbish is … to get a jar.

Local Events

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Election candidates speak tonight

A public meeting to give Tamahere locals a chance to meet candidates in next month’s local body elections is on tonight (Tuesday, September 13.)
The meeting, in the Tamahere Community Centre at 7.30pm,
will give voters an opportunity to hear from the two people standing for the Tamahere ward as well as those vying for the Waikato district’s mayoral chains.
Candidates will have around seven minutes to make a presentation and then will field questions from the floor.

Samosa are back on the menu at the Tamahere Market

Spring market grows

As the weather warms the number of stalls is growing at Tamahere Market with old favourites being joined by newcomers.
At the spring market this Saturday, September 17, Kumar will make a welcome return with his tasty, Indian, vegetarian food including samosas, bonda, curries and the like.
Meanwhile spring growth means a greater variety of fresh vegetables will be at the market and in our meals.

Local People

Inspiring: the cookbook that could build a swimming pool.

Cookbook makes splash

Can a book build a swimming pool?
The inspired and hard working Tamahere women behind the impressive Divine Eats, a cookbook from the heart of Tamahere, are giving it their best shot.
The 432-page, hardback book they have created features 285 recipes, stunning photographs of food but also of so much else local that it makes for a beautifully rendered slice of Tamahere in time.

Jenny Jack is pinning her hopes on a bizarre bra at this year's WOW show

Jack supports WOW show

Tamahere’s Jenny Jack has never been more supportive of the World of WearableArt – WOW – show.

This year her entry has been accepted for the Bizarre Bra section.

A casual glance at a bunch of paper clips inspired Jack to make a bra.

Our Patch

Twiply video

Soaring views of golf course

A spectacular fly-over video of Tamahere’s Narrows Golf Course enables it to be seen as never before.

The short film by videographers Nick Hanna and Yann Roghi of Twiply Studio provides a soaring, bird’s eye view of the Riverside Golf Club’s beautiful course beside the Waikato River.

See below for the breathtaking views which suggest that if golf is not just a good walk spoiled then golfers are very lucky indeed to have crafted beautiful spots in which to play their game.

The Red Cross Book Fair will be at the Te Rapa Racecourse from August 26-28

Fair reveals book trends

The Red Cross Book Fair, the oldest book fair in the Waikato, turns 20 this year and is still going strong in the e-reader era.

In fact, notes long time co-organiser Philippa Robertson the news recently was all about people’s dwindling fascination with Kindles.

Regardless of the debate over how we read the Red Cross Book Fair, held annually each August, has only known one trend in its two decades – an ever growing number of readers eager to be matched with recycled books.

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.