Mayor Allan Sanson, third from left, with eco-warriors from Tamahere School, their teachers and Enviroschools representatives.

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School shines silver

Tamahere School today gained an Enviroschools silver award for its sustainability practices.

The step up from the previously held bronze status came after an audit of the school’s programmes from waste management to vegetable growing.

The award was bestowed on the school in a ceremony attended by Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson.

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Regal's truck wash is meant to be kept free of litter under its lease

Regal fined over decrepit truck wash

Regal Haulage’s truck wash in the Tamahere Reserve remains shut down after the company was fined $1500 by the Waikato Regional Council for breaching its resource consent.

The alarm was raised over the decrepit nature of the drainage system from the truck wash and its impact downstream by concerned local Owen Trolove in February.

The facility was closed down by the regional council, which then launched an investigation into the discharge.

A bird's eye view of the Waikato Expressway interchange at Cherry Lane

Road work to bite commuters

The impact of work on the Waikato Expressway at Tamahere (pictured) is set to bite further on drivers, especially during heavy commuter traffic on State Highway 1/Cambridge Rd.

From next Monday, March 27, northbound traffic heading into Hamilton on SH1 will be merged into one lane at the Tamahere interchange.

Speed restrictions will also begin at the interchange – the SH1 intersection with Airport and Tauwhare roads – to allow safe traffic flow.

Riverside Golf Club

Golf club debates future

The future of Tamahere’s Riverside Golf Club – eventually to be divided by the Southern Links ring road south of Hamilton – could be decided as soon as mid-year.

The NZ Transport Agency has accepted the club’s need to speed up decisions about its future after the designated route was identified three years ago but the road’s construction was not expected to begin for around 15 years or more.

“NZTA has accepted the club’s need to expedite the process,” said club president Craig Meinsmith in a letter to members.

Arson is suspected in a fire in the boarded up house in Tamahere Drive

Suspected arson in house fire

Police suspect arson in a fire that damaged an unoccupied Tamahere Drive house near the Waikato Expressway on Saturday morning.

Three fire appliances from Hamilton and Cambridge attended the scene about 5am, Northern Fire Communications officer Scott Osmond said.

Approximately 10 firefighters put the blaze out. No one was injured.

BNZ Chief Economist Tony Alexander

Debate starts on Waikato’s future

Discussions about the long term future of the Waikato district – to be captured in a 10-year plan designed to provide a blueprint for future development – have begun.
Waikato District councillors, community board and community committee members attended a workshop yesterday facilitated by BNZ Chief Economist Tony Alexander.

The district council will prepare a draft Long Term Plan 2018-28 over the next 15 months and the community will be invited to have a say on it in March/April 2018.

Easter trading gets support

All retail shops in the Waikato district will be able to open on Easter Sunday if a recommendation by a council committee gets full council approval.

The Waikato District Council Policy and Regulatory Committee today recommended that the Proposed Easter Trading Policy 2017 is adopted at the full council meeting in April.

The majority of submissions on the policy – 656 of 1268 or 51% – were in favour of shops being able to open on Easter Sunday.

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Mayor Allan Sanson, third from left, with eco-warriors from Tamahere School, their teachers and Enviroschools representatives.

School shines silver

Tamahere School today gained an Enviroschools silver award for its sustainability practices.

The step up from the previously held bronze status came after an audit of the school’s programmes from waste management to vegetable growing.

The award was bestowed on the school in a ceremony attended by Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson.

Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech is encouraging Tamahere 15-24-year-olds to get involved with environmental initiatives

Funds back youth group

A Tamahere Youth Action Group, if it gets off the ground, will receive funding of up to $1000 to support its community projects.

The Waikato District Council is urging the formation of volunteer youth action groups, including in Tamahere, to take a lead in bringing ideas for youth projects and events to their local community boards and committees.

Now, the council has received $10,000 in central government funding to support the initiative.

Local People

Pat and Denise Donnelly have created a beautiful rural garden featuring crisply cut hedges, topiary and sweeping lawns. (Photo: Sally Tagg)

Top Tamahere topiary team

With its neatly trimmed topiary, groomed lawns and pristine flower beds, you could be forgiven for imagining that a team of gardeners were at work maintaining Pat and Denise Donnelly’s large Tamahere garden. But no.

“It’s just Pat and I – team Donnelly,” says Denise. “And it’s nowhere near as labour intensive as it looks.”

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.

Our Patch

Yellow Bristle Grass is invading Tamahere

Plea to stop weed invader

A horrible weed is invading our district and local Ele Duncan makes the plea for more people to look out for it and eradicate it before it spreads further.

It’s Yellow Bristle Grass and is a prolific seeder, says Ele.

“It spreads rapidly along the roadsides, in particular, as roadside mowing spreads the seeds as do birds. The expressway through Tamahere is thick with it and it’s spreading around other roads fast.”

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.

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.