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All in for Hallows Eve?

Halloween trick or treaters are promising to be out and about in Tamahere again this Halloween, Friday, October 31.

Realising that not everyone wants to take part in the occasion Newell Rd resident Angie Millar hit on a scheme for revealing who is happy to be in, and who is not.

Angie did a mailbox drop around the streets where her trick or treaters will be door knocking with a handy sign for the Halloween times.

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A rubbish re-think

Changes could be ahead for the way rubbish and recycling collections are done in Tamahere as the Waikato District Council reviews its solid waste policy.

Among the changes being mooted are the use of pre-paid rubbish bags and new-look recycling crates, the council’s General Manager Service Delivery, Tim Harty, told this month’s Tamahere Community Committee meeting.

As well, next month’s district-wide, inorganic refuse collection may be the last of its kind. A new proposal would require residents to book in for an inorganic collection.

Expressway picks up speed

The pace of work on the Waikato Expressway is being cranked up as the weather improves.

It’s going to be a very busy summer and locals can expect to see plenty of progress and further changes in the area, say NZ Transport Agency senior project manager Raj Rajagopal and HEB Construction’s project manager Gary Budden.

After a relatively dry and productive winter they are also pleased to report that the 16km project remains on track for opening in late 2016.

Killer corner work to begin

Work to bring changes to State Highway 1 and improve safety at the killer Cherry Lane intersection are set to begin on Sunday, October 19.

The long awaited changes, including reducing the SH1 speed limit to 80km/hour between Annebrook and Bollard roads, come after widespread calls for action prompted by concerns at the high number of serious crashes at the corner, including a fatal accident in April.

In a letter to Tamahere locals, Fulton Hogan said the work would be carried out at night between October 19 and 23, weather permitting.

Locals given sporting chance

What should be included in Tamahere’s new recreation reserve and where, and how should it look?

Tamahere residents are invited to share their ideas and views on the new sports and recreation park at a community drop-in session on Monday, October 13 from 2.30-6.30pm at the Tamahere Community Centre.

The Waikato District Council’s project team will be on hand to outline a draft concept plan for the proposed reserve alongside Tamahere School and get locals’ thoughts.

Waikato – open for business

The Waikato District Council has launched what it describes as an online prospectus – Open Waikato – a website designed for would-be investors, district newcomers and visitors.

“This is a fantastic resource for people who want to invest, live or visit the Waikato as it provides economic data, fact sheets on our towns and video case studies of businesses establishing themselves in the district,” said Mayor Allan Sanson.

The Waikato is simply New Zealand’s best business and lifestyle location, the council claims on Open Waikato’s economic overview page.

Trainer planes fly later

Daylight saving begins on Sunday, September 28 and with it comes a change to the time to which aircraft on circuit training flights can operate at the Hamilton Airport.

The Hamilton Airport Community Liaison Group advises that from September 28 the training craft will be able to fly 30 minutes later until 10.30pm.

The change has no effect on other aircraft – they may fly in and out of the airport after 10.30pm.

Local Events

If you are happy to take part in Halloween you can show it.

All in for Hallows Eve?

Halloween trick or treaters are promising to be out and about in Tamahere again this Halloween, Friday, October 31.

Realising that not everyone wants to take part in the occasion Newell Rd resident Angie Millar hit on a scheme for revealing who is happy to be in, and who is not.

Angie did a mailbox drop around the streets where her trick or treaters will be door knocking with a handy sign for the Halloween times.

Group goes gully tripping

A field trip to two restored gullies is planned for the Tamahere Community Nursery group on Sunday, November 2.

The Devine Rd nursery will be closed for the trip, firstly to Mangaiti Gully to see the amazing restoration of a council reserve achieved by a dedicated community group.

The second gully is privately owned and has been transformed by one man into a landscaped park complete with boardwalks and bridges.

Local People

acorns

School oaks spread to road

Tamahere School students have planted between 1200 and 1500 acorns in seedling trays.

Some of the acorns that grow into oak trees will be planted along the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway, likely to include the Pickering pond and the Victoria Road Interchange, which will be the gateway to Cambridge.

Tamahere principal Waveney Parker says Cambridge is known for its oak trees.

Christine and Rex Pickering, honoured for their community contribution

Pickerings’ efforts recognised

Tamahere and St Stephen’s Church stalwarts Rex and Christine Pickering have been honoured for their long community service.

The Pickerings have been members of the St Stephen’s parish for more than 40 years and have been involved in everything from the re-building of the church after it was razed by fire to the iconic Christmas Festival.

In a surprise move, Waikato Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley made a presentation to the couple at today’s church service, which noted their contribution ranging from friendship to fundraising.

Our Patch

One of the gardens featured in the St Joseph's School garden ramble

Local gardens feature

Two Tamahere gardens will feature in a fundraising garden ramble on Sunday, November 2.

The St Joseph’s School Garden Ramble will take in 13 gardens in total spread around Hamilton and surrounding rural areas, from 10am to 4pm.

Tickets are still available for the event run by the Fairfield school, which will include two vintage themed Café Gardens for people to enjoy morning tea and pick up their pre-packed lunches.

Annual collection ahead

It’s time to dig out the unwanted goods for this year’s inorganic rubbish collection.

The Waikato District Council will collect inorganic refuse such as unwanted furniture, lawnmowers, carpet, televisions or appliances.

In Tamahere, the refuse needs to be on the roadside from Sunday, November 16.

Local History

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.

The Narrows, Hunt to Way

When Deborah Hunt died in Cambridge in 1897, the Waikato Argus reported that “the old lady will be greatly missed as she was a favourite with everyone”.

Deborah Hunt was in her 91st year. She had been resident in Cambridge for several years but had lived at the Narrows from 1873 to 1862.

The Hunt family built The Narrows homestead (now Glenhope) in 1873. The house at 433 Airport Rd is listed on the Waipa District Council’s heritage schedule and it is registered by the Historic Places Trust. It is one of the oldest farm houses in the Waikato.

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