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Founders’ options for discussion

Arts advocacy organisation Creative Waikato is to host community discussion on the future options for the mothballed Founders Theatre on Wednesday, May 25.

In two sessions, to be held at The Meteor theatre, community members will have a chance to talk about the three options Hamilton City Council is considering for the theatre – refurbishment, demolition or a new theatre.

The Hamilton council has unilaterally declared the 54-year-old theatre a “regional facility” and is including Waikato and Waipa residents in a telephone survey on its future.

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Hayes bids for mayoralty

Tamahere’s three-term district councillor, Wally Hayes, has launched an all or nothing bid for the Waikato mayoralty.

First elected to represent Tamahere in 2007 and twice since re-elected unopposed, the 53-year-old will step down from the role at the October local body elections and seek only the Waikato’s top position.

Hayes, who has clashed with incumbent mayor Allan Sanson, is the second announced contender for the Waikato mayoralty.

UFB survey crucial

More locals are urged to fill out the survey that could be crucial to bringing a super cyber highway to Tamahere.

Around 120 people turned out for a meeting on an initiative that could bring ultra-fast broadband (UFB) to Tamahere and Matangi, signalling strong local interest.

But only about 250 of 1400 survey forms on the issue have been returned, prompting a call for more people to give what’s likely to be influential feedback by this Friday (May 20).

Big turn-out for UFB

Interest was strong at last night’s public meeting on an initiative that could bring ultra-fast broadband (UFB) to Tamahere and Matangi.

About 120 Tamahere and Matangi residents turned out for the meeting – a sizeable showing by the standards of public meeting attendance – and which would have given organisers a strong message.

The Waikato District Council, which called the meeting, has offered to build a case to put to central government for a subsidised roll out of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) in the area.

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Village centre deal signed

The long awaited Tamahere village centre took a big leap forward today when the Waikato District Council and developer Fosters signed an agreement.

The deal is for a “commercial hub” of boutique retail outlets to be located on the corner of Devine Road and Wiremu Tamihana Drive.

The hub stems from combined council and Tamahere community efforts over the past few years and the search for a developer began last June.

Views sought on freedom campers

The Waikato District Council plans to introduce a new, freedom camping bylaw and is calling for locals’ views.

The council is after feedback on areas it proposes that freedom camping would be restricted or prohibited.

It has already noted some locations where camping restrictions or bans would apply but is keen to know if there are other areas where freedom campers have caused problems.

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Chance for fast internet

A one-off opportunity to get Tamahere and Matangi serviced by ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and give the area fast internet is in the pipeline.

The Waikato District Council says it is prepared to lobby central government for investment in UFB for the area and local district councillor Wally Hayes is urging locals to get behind the initiative.

Initially, the council has sought the views of 1400 locals in a survey designed to indicate the likely demand for faster internet speeds, and whether residents are prepared to contribute to installation costs.

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Youth award finalists inspire

Finalists have been chosen for the inaugural Waikato District Youth Awards from 52 nominations.

The roll call of the young people making a contribution to their communities makes for inspiring reading.

The awards, in five categories for young Waikato dwellers aged between 12 and 24 years, will be announced at an event on Friday, May 27.

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Warm wrap for market

It’s likely to be wrap up warm for this Saturday’s (May 21) Tamahere Market – or get along to stock up on some winter woollies.

Warming scarves, hats and gloves will be coming to the fore amid the market’s eclectic range of unique attire now that winter proper seems finally to have arrived.

Also among the winter fashion will be what organisers promise is a “fabulous” sample of handcrafted leather bags.

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The boy who stole the show at the 2011 Rugby World Cup opening ceremony – Tamahere’s Ethan Bai – is on track to make his country more proud.

When Ethan ran on to Eden Park five years ago, memorably dressed in a number 11 jersey in Canterbury colours, the 13-year-old spectacularly represented the best of rugby and New Zealand.

Now after teaming up with the late, legendary Jonah Lomu on the rugby field he’s on course to represent the country again in a different sport.

Award winning photographer Clare Gordon

Award for photographer

Tamahere photographer Clare Gordon has come up picture perfect in the Wedding Industry Awards.

At an awards ceremony in Rotorua tonight, the Newell Rd resident won the award for Outstanding Photographer for a stunning portfolio (see here).

Gordon, who has a Diploma in Photography from The Photographers Institute of NZ, says she was motivated to get the qualification because she did not have enough quality images of her two children as they have grew.

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Founders theatre

Founders’ options for discussion

Arts advocacy organisation Creative Waikato is to host community discussion on the future options for the mothballed Founders Theatre on Wednesday, May 25.

In two sessions, to be held at The Meteor theatre, community members will have a chance to talk about the three options Hamilton City Council is considering for the theatre – refurbishment, demolition or a new theatre.

The Hamilton council has unilaterally declared the 54-year-old theatre a “regional facility” and is including Waikato and Waipa residents in a telephone survey on its future.

Founders theatre

Founders “Waikato” theatre: HCC

The future of Hamilton’s mothballed Founders Theatre has been unilaterally declared a Waikato-wide issue.

“Founders Theatre is a regional facility, and an important asset to both Hamilton and the surrounding districts,” said Hamilton City Council’s Executive Director of H3 and Events Sean Murray in a statement today.

That clearly took the Waikato District Council by surprise which, within minutes of the city’s media release, rushed out its own statement calling for wider discussion “before any single facility is treated as a regional amenity on an ad hoc basis.”

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The concrete covered Icepak site is again for sale

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The derelict, former Icepak Coolstores site in central Tamahere is again on the market.

More than two years on from the last prospective sale the abandoned, concrete covered site, now a magnet for skateboarders, is being touted to builders.

Marketing signs went up around the 2ha site on the corner of Devine and Koppens Rd last Friday promoting it for lifestyle block subdivision.

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St Stephen’s architecture shines

Tamahere’s St Stephen’s Church has won a prestigious architectural award – nearly half a century after it was built.

The church, on the corner of Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive, received an enduring architecture award in the annual Waikato / Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards announced last night.

On hand to receive the award at a ceremony at Waikato University was local George Dingle, one of the last remaining parishioners who fought hard to have the church built after its predecessor was destroyed by arson.