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New rubbish era dawns

This week marks the last rubbish collection before Tamahere residents need to use a pre-paid sticker on all bags for them to be picked up.

The new system comes into effect on Friday, July 1, just a day after Thursday’s regular rubbish day in Tamahere.

A number of retailers have been added to the list of those stocking the pre-paid stickers, including most supermarkets that serve the area.

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New rubbish era dawns

This week marks the last rubbish collection before Tamahere residents need to use a pre-paid sticker on all bags for them to be picked up.

The new system comes into effect on Friday, July 1, just a day after Thursday’s regular rubbish day in Tamahere.

A number of retailers have been added to the list of those stocking the pre-paid stickers, including most supermarkets that serve the area.

An architect's indicative drawing of Tamahere's village centre

Village tenants sought

The search is on for tenants for Tamahere’s new commercial village centre, which could be reality by mid-next year.

An advertisement appealing for interest in a “character commercial centre in sought after Tamahere” has been posted online.

The ad suggests tenants of the development on the corner of Devine Rd and Wiremu Tamihana Drive could provide “food, professional services, boutique retail, medical and health and fitness”.

Vote Waikato

Tamahere election wide open

Who will step up for a chance to represent Tamahere on the Waikato District Council in the upcoming local body elections?

Three-term Tamahere ward councillor Wally Hayes has left the field wide open after announcing an all or nothing bid for the district’s mayoralty in the October elections.

Aspiring candidates for the ward role have from July 15 when nominations open until August 12 to get their nominations in. But what does being a councillor involve?

The Tamahere Reserve

Plan to guide reserve work

The Tamahere Reserve has reached another milestone – a professionally-written ecological restoration plan to guide its way for at least the next five years.

Prepared by Wildland Consultants and funded by the Waikato Regional Council, the 78-page plan documents the current, partly restored state of the Tauwhare Rd reserve, the issues ahead for its restorers and how they can be managed.

Significantly for a vestige of the type of forest and wetland that used to dominate the Waikato, the plan places the 4.6ha Tamahere Reserve in an ecological history dating back tens of thousands of years.

Police hit Hart Rd

A police raid on a Hart Rd property today raised alarm among neighbours.

The Armed Offenders Squad assisted with a search warrant that was executed just after 6am on the Hart Rd house.

Local speculation that the house contained a clandestine drug or methamphetamine lab was unfounded, police said.

Locals support UFB

Nearly 500 Tamahere and Matangi residents would sign up for a fibre-optic internet service if it was offered in their area.

The result comes in a survey conducted by the Waikato District Council in May billed as crucial to bringing a super cyber highway to the area.

More than 95% of survey respondents said they would definitely sign up for ultra-fast broadband (UFB) if offered with nearly 80% prepared to contribute at least $500 as a one-off contribution to get fibre-optic cable to their house.

Local Events

Mastermind Tamahere

St Stephen’s Church’s latest Community Quiz Night is on Saturday, July 2 from 7pm.

It’s a chance to get together your own team and test your knowledge prowess – other than against TV’s Mastermind competitors.

Teams can be up to six or individuals can go along and join a team on the night to meet neighbours and new friends.

Playcentre Tamahere wb

Activity central – play, market, farm

A grand re-opening of Tamahere Playcentre, the Tamahere Market and the National Agricultural Fieldays – Tamahere promises to be activity central this week.

The Tamahere Playcentre, Devine Rd, has been renovated and extended prompting a family-friendly celebration on Saturday morning (June 18)

At the same time, the Tamahere Market will be tempting us in with treats for breakfast, morning tea, and lunch as a one-stop shop or while on our way to the Fieldays.

Local People

Eco-warrior. Leo Koppens is up for Volunteer of the Year

Eco-warrior up for award

Tamahere eco-warrior Leo Koppens is up for the Volunteer of the Year Award in this year’s Volunteer Excellence Awards.

Volunteering Waikato’s annual awards recognise the effort and impact on their communities of an army of people who give of their time freely and without payment.

Koppens, who began restoring the Tamahere Reserve four years ago, was nominated by his fellow members on the Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust.

High five. Legend Jonah Lomu meets Tamahere's Ethan Bai in a magical moment at the Rugby World Cup 2011 opening ceremony

World Cup boy aims high

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.

Our Patch

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.”

Local History

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.

No joy for locals in the sale of the former Icepak site

Icepak site on market again

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.