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Tamahere man bids for Waikato seat

Tamahere man Tim van de Molen has has been selected by the National Party to contest the safe Waikato electorate at next year’s general election.

A farmer and rural banker, van de Molen became a member of the Tamahere Community Committee at its October election.

Waikato is currently held by retiring, long time National MP Lindsay Tisch with a majority of more than 16,000.

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The new-look spaghetti junction design presented to public meetings in September. The changes had already been filed with the Waikato District Council

Junction jumped public input

A large sand pile is expected to rise alongside State Highway 1, opposite Cherry Lane, from Monday as major earthworks begin in Tamahere for the Waikato Expressway.

Up to 7000 cubic metres of sand will be heaped by the road on what will eventually be a bridge abutment and part of the expressway’s Hamilton section southern interchange.

But if locals thought they had taken part in genuine consultation on the design of the large spaghetti junction about to arrive in their midst they appear to have been mistaken.

Inspiring: the cookbook that could build a swimming pool.

Divine Eats hits prime time

Tamahere School’s fundraising cookbook has scored another hit – prime time television coverage.

Divine Eats, the cookbook that aims to fund the school’s new swimming pool, made a big splash last night on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp.

For more than four minutes the cookbook made up of recipes from school families, the hardworking school mum’s that produced it and the quality of the book was beamed nationwide.

The Waikato River at the Narrows, Tamahere

Views sought on healthy rivers

An informative open day will be held locally on proposals aimed at boosting the health of the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and bacteria levels are rising in the waterways – issues that need to be tackled now to ensure the health of the rivers in the future, says the Waikato Regional Council.

“This is a great opportunity for the likes of farmers, growers, businesses and the general community to understand the detail of what’s being proposed in this ground-breaking plan,” said Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne.

A house between Blenheim and Kaikoura, which is right on the Kekerengu fault line, was demolished by the shakes.

Quake wakes up Tamahere

Homes in Tamahere rocked and rolled, lights swayed, blinds banged, floors tipped alarmingly just after midnight Monday morning as a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit near Hamner Springs in the South Island.

The biggest earthquake to hit New Zealand since a M7.8 in Dusky Sound in 2009 and bigger than the devastating February 2011 Christchurch quake was felt from Auckland to Southland.

Sadly, it brought death and devastation again to people and places in the South Island and our unfortunately sited capital, Wellington, to a halt.

Waikato District Councillors, from back left, Frank McInally, Lisa Thomson, Rob McGuire, Jacqui Church, Aksel Bech, Noel Smith, Bronwyn Main, Eugene Patterson, Shelley Lynch, Jan Sedgwick, Dynes Fulton, Mayor Allan Sanson, Janet Gibb and Stephanie Henderson.

New council sworn in

The new Waikato District Council was sworn in at a ceremony in Ngaruawahia last night.

Chief Executive Gavin Ion presided at a ceremony attended by family members to swear in re-elected Mayor Allan Sanson and the 13 councillors who will represent the district’s 69,900 residents across 10 wards for the next three years.

Seven councillors were re-elected and are joined on council by six new comers for the Tamahere, Awaroa ki Tuakau, Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Onewhero-Te Akau, and Raglan wards.

Boat ramp: good or bad?

The Narrows Reserve boat ramp has been more like a rubbish dump than community asset at times.

Even when tidy some boat owners have found it virtually impossible to use it for its main purpose – launching boats.

But now there’s a chance to let the Waikato District Council know what’s good and bad about the Narrows Lane ramp.

Local Events

The restoration of the Tamahere villa has proved a winner

Restored villa a winner

A Tamahere villa has won the Supreme Renovation of the Year award in the Master Builders 2016 House of the Year competition.

The renovation, including original floors and feature ceilings lovingly retained and restored, came up trumps in the renovation over $500,000 category.

It involved a 566 square metre area of work, encompassing six bedrooms, five bathrooms and two living rooms.

Hungarian stuffed bread is a newcomer to Tamahere Market

Market’s earthy start

The Tamahere Market this Saturday is set to have an earthy feel from the second visitors step through the gate.

Starting from where all good things begin – the soil – a new stallholder will be selling compost at the market’s front gate so buyers can pull up in their cars and load it directly on board.

From one digging in to another, this month’s market will also offer opportunities to dig into the coin purse or the pantry to support fundraising efforts by locals.

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Tim van de Molen

Tamahere man bids for Waikato seat

Tamahere man Tim van de Molen has has been selected by the National Party to contest the safe Waikato electorate at next year’s general election.

A farmer and rural banker, van de Molen became a member of the Tamahere Community Committee at its October election.

Waikato is currently held by retiring, long time National MP Lindsay Tisch with a majority of more than 16,000.

Tamahere School pupils dressed as their favourite book character

Book it for kids

Tamahere School librarian Theresa Kewish has issued 16,000 books this year and believes everyone can read for pleasure.

The key is to find the right book or series and hook for a particular child.

It is a personalised journey finding the genre, author or style of book to fit a particular taste.

Our Patch

WEL Network is putting in four new fast chargers for electric vehicles

EV charger network expands

Waikato electric vehicle (EV) drivers can now confidently put Raglan on their list of destinations as WEL Networks expands its fast charger network.

WEL has worked with the Waikato District Council to provide the central Raglan charger, which should be operational in time for EV-driving summer holidaymakers.

The Raglan site is one of four new EV fast chargers in the Waikato that WEL is installing to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

Twiply video

Soaring views of golf course

A spectacular fly-over video of Tamahere’s Narrows Golf Course enables it to be seen as never before.

The short film by videographers Nick Hanna and Yann Roghi of Twiply Studio provides a soaring, bird’s eye view of the Riverside Golf Club’s beautiful course beside the Waikato River.

See below for the breathtaking views which suggest that if golf is not just a good walk spoiled then golfers are very lucky indeed to have crafted beautiful spots in which to play their game.

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.