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Tamahere Drive re-opens

Tamahere Drive will re-open from tomorrow under stop/go traffic management, providing local traffic with direct access from Pickering Road to SH1 via the Tamahere Interchange.

Following the re-opening of Tamahere Drive the section of road between Pickering and Pencarrow roads will be closed for reconstruction.

It’s thought Pickering to Pencarrow Road will be closed for about five weeks, advise the NZ Transport Agency and HEB Construction.

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Tamahere Drive re-opens

Tamahere Drive will re-open from tomorrow under stop/go traffic management, providing local traffic with direct access from Pickering Road to SH1 via the Tamahere Interchange.

Following the re-opening of Tamahere Drive the section of road between Pickering and Pencarrow roads will be closed for reconstruction.

It’s thought Pickering to Pencarrow Road will be closed for about five weeks, advise the NZ Transport Agency and HEB Construction.

Buzzy planes earlier to bed

The night time buzz of trainer planes is set to finish earlier in the evening with the end of daylight saving.

From Sunday, April 5, when daylight saving ends, the nightly deadline for circuit training plane flights is again 10pm.

The change is in accord with the Hamilton Airport noise management plan.

Deliberations on decade ahead

The Waikato District Council is working on budgets and plans for the community’s development over the next 10 years – the Long Term Plan 2015-25 – and is inviting residents’ input.

A public meeting will be held in Tamahere, at the Devine Rd community centre, at 7pm on Monday, March 23 to discuss the key issues.

It’s an opportunity to learn about opportunities in the community and help the council decide what should be in this important planning document that sets the district’s direction for the next decade, including how activities could be managed, delivered and funded.

Traffic on track for bridge

The local portion of the Waikato Expressway is expected to reach a major milestone this week with the switch of State Highway 1 traffic on to the newly completed Pickering Road bridge.

The switchover is expected to take place around 5.30am on Friday, March 6.

As a result there will no longer be access from SH1 to and from Pickering and Pencarrow Roads for local traffic.

Hooning drivers from as far away as Auckland have come to the Pickering Rd roundabout

Focus on Tamahere trouble spots

Hundreds of hoons gathering at Pickering Rd and the Hart Rd “ghost town” have made Tamahere a hot media topic.

A new section of the Waikato expressway project is being used for potentially dangerous burnouts and drifting races by masses of boy racers, from as far afield as Tauranga and Auckland, the Waikato Times reports, complete with dramatic photos and video of the events.

And the paper reports that a “lack of funds for a prominent Hamilton building company has stalled construction on six giant Tamahere properties.”

Overflowing rubbish bins, long grass and long unfinished houses plague Hart Rd

Anger grows over Hart Rd “pigsty”

There is growing anger among Hart Rd residents as they see there once quiet neighbourhood increasingly trashed and overrun with hostel-style occupants.

“There were 10 cars parked at 33 Hart Rd at 10am this morning,” said a long time resident today.

Already this year the long established residents have raised concerns about noise and partying from some of the large, eight or nine bedroom houses in the road they now say is like a pigsty.

Local Events

Last of the summer buying

Our trusty Tamahere Country Market is on this Saturday and promising the best from the last rays of summer.

The strawberry season may deliver a few goodies still but wholesome avocados have not missed a beat and will be in plentiful supply.

And among the arts to tempt us this month will be the interesting torso ceramics which may or may not be suitable for covering with crafted hand knitted garments – though perhaps they should be saved for real life forms.

A happy Taya Ogilvie celebrates winning the heaviest pumpkin contest. (Photo: Rob Elenor)

Pumpkin night a hit

Pumpkin Night 2015 was a hit, attracting a record crowd of locals and people from outside of Tamahere.

Pumpkin dollars flowed freely in the annual Tamahere School fundraiser as everyone from kids to grandparents lapped up the family fun.

Year six student Taya Ogilvy won the heaviest pumpkin contest with a mighty, 164kg whopper.

Local People

Leo Koppens with the tribute plaque designed by his family

Surprise for Tamahere’s Lorax

The latest feature in the Tamahere Reserve came as a surprise to the man who has spent more time there than most.

The family of Tamahere-Mangone Restoration Trust chairman Leo Koppens took advantage of his recent absence on a holiday to erect a touching tribute in the reserve to their father and his years of work to return the 4.6ha bush to health.

The macrocarpa wood plaque shows the family’s admiration for “one man’s vision” but also urges reserve visitors to “walk, enjoy, respect, share, return and reflect”.

50CC scooters, a challenge to ride for 2500km

Brothers bike for cancer

Brothers Sam and Eli Thomas figure if they are going to have a fundraising adventure they might as well make it an epic one.

So, the intrepid pair have hatched a plan to ride two 50cc scooters the length of Vietnam – more than 2500km of third world roads – in the name of prostate cancer.

The former Tamahere School pupils – Sam now 31, Eli, 27 – have named their journey the Dong Project (they haven’t lost their school boy humour) and hope to raise at least $5000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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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