The geocachers with the trash hauled out of the Tamahere Reserve on Anzac Day

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Gamers in reserve clean up

Piles of rubbish have been removed from the Tamahere Reserve thanks to a group of outdoor game enthusiasts who dedicated their Anzac Day to the clean up job.

Reserve restoration trust members have been hauling out bags of rubbish from bottles to tyres since they began work in the Tauwhare Rd reserve over three years ago.

But on-going dumping of household to commercial waste on a near weekly basis continues to add to the unsightly refuse built up over years.

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The geocachers with the trash hauled out of the Tamahere Reserve on Anzac Day

Gamers in reserve clean up

Piles of rubbish have been removed from the Tamahere Reserve thanks to a group of outdoor game enthusiasts who dedicated their Anzac Day to the clean up job.

Reserve restoration trust members have been hauling out bags of rubbish from bottles to tyres since they began work in the Tauwhare Rd reserve over three years ago.

But on-going dumping of household to commercial waste on a near weekly basis continues to add to the unsightly refuse built up over years.

Pencarrow Rd re-opens

Pencarrow Rd is set to re-open on April 20, allowing local traffic to access State Highway 1 at the Tamahere intersection.

Along with Pencarrow Rd’s re-opening a new cycleway/footpath will also be completed and open along Tamahere Drive, said the NZ Transport Agency and HEB Construction.

And landscape planting has begun, starting at Pickering Road and moving southwards as the new expressway work progresses.

Some dog rules change

The Waikato is an area of animal lovers with 13,615 dogs registered across the district.

At times dogs and other animals can cause problems: last month the council animal control team responded to 255 calls.

Earlier this year the council also canvassed community views on a draft dog control policy and bylaw and received 221 submissions that it’s now acted on.

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.

Open fire season on

An open fire season starts from Wednesday, April 1 in the Waikato district.

That means permits are no longer required across the district unless the fire is within a Department of Conservation area or within a one kilometre safety margin around such an area.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Gordon Bailey says it’s important for people lighting fires, as well as landowners, to be aware they are responsible for ensuring the fire is safe, controllable and monitored to ensure it doesn’t spread.

Tamahere Drive re-opens

Tamahere Drive will re-open from tomorrow under stop/go traffic management, providing local traffic with direct access from Pickering Road to SH1 via the Tamahere Interchange.

Following the re-opening of Tamahere Drive the section of road between Pickering and Pencarrow roads will be closed for reconstruction.

It’s thought Pickering to Pencarrow Road will be closed for about five weeks, advise the NZ Transport Agency and HEB Construction.

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NZW100

Pilgrimages of respect

ANZAC COVE, Turkey, 2001 – the first year of the 21st century – the year I attended the commemoration of the 1915 Anzac landings on the harsh Gallipoli Peninsula, as many are today, 100 years on.

Poppies grow wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula. I picked a rich red bunch of the Anzac symbol and let the wind carry them on to the craggy banks above the waves of Anzac Cove, I reported in the NZ Herald.

Mine was one of many private tributes paid by the “children of the Anzacs.” They have made the April 25 trek to Gallipoli an official pilgrimage.

NZW100

Anzac spirit in community: Mayor

As we commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing we’re reminded of the commitment made by thousands of men and women who served, and continue to serve, our country.

The events of April 25 not only shaped a day of everlasting significance for all New Zealanders, but it also helped cultivate an Anzac spirit founded on courage, camaraderie and commitment.

I believe this Anzac spirit lives on in our community today.

Local People

Darcy Perry paints a tiny Turkish soldier for the Sir Peter Jackson World War 1 Great War Exhibition. (Photo: Peter Drury, Waikato Times)

Perry swaps blues for Anzac hues

Tamahere’s Darcy Perry, best known for singing the blues, has this year been more interested in painting Anzac battle hues.

The keen war gamer, his mates in the Tamahere Officers Club and his daughters have spent months wielding delicate paint brushes as part of film maker Sir Peter Jackson’s The Great War Exhibition in Wellington.

More than a hundred war gamers nationwide painted 5000 miniature soldiers for the 10 metre diorama, which depicts the most significant battle fought by New Zealanders on the Gallipoli Pensinsula, the Battle of Chunuk Bair.

Kavita Parshotam - science backing thousand year old practices.

Meditation teachers gather

American researchers recently released results from pilot studies looking at the effectiveness of meditation as a therapy for mild cognitive impairment, migraine headaches, pain and anxiety.

“We’re coming to recognize that meditation changes people’s brains,” said Rebecca Erwin Wells M.D., an assistant professor of neurology at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

None of this surprises Kavita Parshotam who has been practicing meditation for over 20 years, and teaches yoga and meditation in Tamahere.

Our Patch

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.

Police hunt tactics justified: IPCA

A night of tense drama in Tamahere when Police helicopters flew overhead, residents were warned to stay in their homes and wanted criminals ran through properties has had a sequel.

Police were justified in firing a warning shot and setting their dogs on two men who fled after a police chase near Hamilton, according to a report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

The report found the Waikato officers were “responding to a complex situation that required various tactics” to arrest two wanted men who ran from police after their car crashed on State Highway 1 at Tamahere on February 28, 2013.

Local History

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.

ForUsTheyFell

WW1 stories wanted

Waikato Museum has launched an interactive website to help uncover the untold stories of the men and women of the Waikato during World War 1.

The website ForUsTheyFell.org.nz has been developed to crowd-source information for a major exhibition, For us They Fell, to open on Anzac Day, April 25, 2015.

The exhibition, which will run until Armistice Day, November 11, 2018, is intended to commemorate the first century since World War 1.

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