Tamahere Eventide resident Jo Mellar talks to Wintec nursing student Megen Peckham.  (Photo: Waikato Times)

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Student nurse first at Eventide

A first of it’s kind nursing placement in dementia care will take place at Tamahere Eventide.

It’s hoped the new nursing placement will attract more graduates to the aged care sector and specifically, dementia care.

Tamahere Eventide Home and Retirement Village, together with the Waikato District Health Board and Wintec, have developed a unit to increase the skill level of the students.

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Fix may cut outages

Could there be a bit of relief for Tamahere people who are too often in the dark because of power outages?

Figures from Waipa Networks show that Tamahere has more than three times as many outages as the rest of the Waipa network.

The area’s many trees have been blamed for Tamahere people experiencing, on average in the last year, a high eight hours without power compared to around three hours for the network as a whole. But a new measure may provide some relief.

SH1 head on crash slows traffic

A motorcyclist was left critically injured after his bike and a station wagon collided head-on on a new section of the Waikato Expressway being built south of Hamilton.

Emergency services were called to the crash on State Highway 1 at Tamahere, between Hamilton and Cambridge, about 1.20pm Wednesday.

A 65-year-old man riding a motorcycle was treated at the scene before being taken to Waikato Hospital where he was on Wednesday in a critical condition.

$3.2m sports ground on way

Tamahere’s central sports and recreational ground is set to emerge from a mix of paddocks and cleared house sites over the next three years at a cost of nearly $3.2 million.

In recent weeks the house on the corner of Devine Rd and Wiremu Tamehana Drive has been moved away and two other houses in the centre of the recreation reserve area will soon follow suit.

Initial site works for the recreation area will take place over the coming spring and summer, the Tamahere Community Committee was told at its July meeting.

Council broadband bid “solid”

The Waikato District Council (WDC) is confident it has made a solid bid for additional Government funding to expand ultra-fast broadband in its communities.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) recently announced it would spend an additional $360 million to extend its two flagship broadband initiatives – Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative – and establish a new initiative to expand mobile coverage.

More than 500 locals took part in an online survey about their broadband access and use to help the council mount its case.

Maps_Online

Map reveals district layers

A newly launched online map viewer will give Waikato residents a birds’ eye view of the district and a wealth of information on properties and services.

Maps Online, set up by the Waikato District Council, enables people to search for and view information about an area, properties, rates, roads, water, wastewater, stormwater, and layers of district plan data.

“Maps Online gives our customers access to an incredible wealth of information. Our aim is to have all the information we collect about the Waikato district available to our customers through the website,” said Tony Whittaker, the Waikato district general manager strategy and support.

Local Events

Potters, weeders needed

This month’s working session at the Tamahere Community Nursery will be held on Sunday, August 2, from 1pm.

Potting of seedlings will continue and there is also weeding to be done for those who prefer to work outdoors.

Popping cress is coming into flower so it would be good to remove this weed from potted plants before it seeds.

popkorn

Market in popping form

It may be winter and chilly but the Tamahere Market and its determined stallholders go on in fair weather and foul.

Popping up this Saturday will be a new popcorn van and brightening the market will be cyclamen in cheery colours of pink, red and purple.

If we need help rugging up the market can provide that, too. The winter woollies include Kaimai socks, merino and hand knits for children and beautiful, fine, felt scarves for the stylish.

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Tamahere Eventide resident Jo Mellar talks to Wintec nursing student Megen Peckham.  (Photo: Waikato Times)

Student nurse first at Eventide

A first of it’s kind nursing placement in dementia care will take place at Tamahere Eventide.

It’s hoped the new nursing placement will attract more graduates to the aged care sector and specifically, dementia care.

Tamahere Eventide Home and Retirement Village, together with the Waikato District Health Board and Wintec, have developed a unit to increase the skill level of the students.

Lisa Vanin and Jenny Jack have made the WOW finals for the second year in a row (Photo: Fairfax)

Women wow the show

The garments that two Tamahere women spent countless late nights creating will parade in front of them at this year’s World of WearableArt show.

Sisters-in-law Jenny Jack and Lisa Vanin were finalists in 2014 – along with another relative, Sacha Mail – and have made it back for 2015.

The World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards are in their 28th year and challenge designers to make “works of art to be worn on the human form”.

Our Patch

Sparrows are the most numerous in our gardens

Call for bird counters

The annual garden bird survey, a citizen science project established to monitor the population trends of common garden birds in New Zealand, is on from June 27 to July 5.

Organised by Landcare Research, it attempts to answer the question, “Are garden bird populations increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable?”

What does it take? Just an hour of your time in a comfy seat inside or out.

St Peter's student Robbie Evison in his Shortland St role.

From Shortland St to school show

Before he finished filming on television show Shortland Street, Robbie Evison already had his next role lined up – in his school’s play.

The teen is a boarder at St Peter’s School, near Cambridge, but spent 18 months playing the intelligent yet awkward Toby Reynolds in the Kiwi medical drama.

Now he’s landed two roles in the school’s production of The Wedding Singer, being staged May 1 – 7 and promising to be all big hair, ballads, romance and laughs. Win tickets to the show on Tamahere Forum.

Local History

Dennis Wells backed by colleagues including Merv Neil (left), in 2009.

Coolstore blast survivor retires

Dennis Wells is a lucky man in more than one way.

The 67-year-old Hamilton fire officer has completed 40 years on the job and retired this week.

Two things make Wells lucky. Firstly, he’s always loved his job and secondly, he was one of the fire crew to survive the Icepak Coolstore explosion at Tamahere in April 2008.

A skater at the Tamahere 'ghetto spot'.

Fire site now ‘ghetto spot’

Click, click, whirr, scrape, slide, chat and laughter – they’re some of the sounds commonly emanating from the abandoned Icepak Coolstores site on Devine Rd these days.

The concrete slabs left behind after the coolstores were removed by fire or the dismantlers were long ago colonised by enterprising skaterboarders.

The unofficial skateboard park or “ghetto spot” is a magnet for skaters from pre-teen learners to the very skilled and experienced, who occasionally showcase their thrills and spills in YouTube videos like this one.