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Tam Jam to entertain

The inaugural Tam Jam, a concert-cum-picnic featuring local Tamahere talent, is set to blast off from midday on June 1.

The Queen’s Birthday event is the brainchild of local blues musician and music teacher Darcy Perry who said the idea started out as a concert and grew from there.

“A gig for the kids by the kids provides an opportunity for children in the community to share their talents with friends and family and have a fun day out,” Perry told Tamahere Forum.

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Duncan Rd access to SH1 will close from Thursday

Duncan Rd-SH1 crossroad to close

UPDATE: Access from Duncan Rd to State Highway 1 will close permanently from Wednesday, May 6 – brought forward from Thursday.

At the same time, SH1 traffic will be switched onto the new expressway between Duncan Road and just south of the Cambridge Northern expressway interchange. (Not over Thursday/Friday as notified earlier.)

The NZ Transport Agency and HEB Construction recommends that in future Duncan Road residents use Pencarrow Road and the existing Tamahere Interchange to access SH1.

Crash cuts power – again

A vehicle striking a power pole in Hautapu Rd today cut power in parts of Tamahere and beyond for the second time within a week.

Emergency services were called to the crash on Hautapu Rd, Tamahere, about 7am.

Northern Fire Communications shift manager Paul Radden said one man was trapped in a ute after it struck a power pole.

Rare failure causes power outage

About 400 Tamahere households were hit by a power outage just on dinner time last night with around 130 without power for up to six hours.

Waipa Networks said the lengthy power outage was caused by a failure of isolation equipment in a cabinet in Birchwood Lane.

The Networks customer service manager Kerry Watson said the failure of the particular piece of equipment was uncommon and an explanation was being sought from its supplier.

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.

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TamJam2015Poster

Tam Jam to entertain

The inaugural Tam Jam, a concert-cum-picnic featuring local Tamahere talent, is set to blast off from midday on June 1.

The Queen’s Birthday event is the brainchild of local blues musician and music teacher Darcy Perry who said the idea started out as a concert and grew from there.

“A gig for the kids by the kids provides an opportunity for children in the community to share their talents with friends and family and have a fun day out,” Perry told Tamahere Forum.

Lions club charters

The Tamahere Lions Club has gone from a branch club to a fully chartered club in just under a year.

The club will officially be chartered on Saturday, May 23 at an evening event at Gails of Tamahere.

It is chartering with 31 members but is keen for more members, says member Sue McCowan.

Local People

Eli and Sam Thomas in traditional Vietnamese robes, on their fundraising journey

Epic trip, epic challenges

Tamahere Brothers Sam and Eli Thomas are well into their epic Vietnamese journey and fundraising effort for prostate cancer.

The pair set out last Monday (April 27) on two 50cc scooters to ride the length of Vietnam – more than 2500km of third world roads.

The challenges came quickly. “0 meters, first breakdown of the day and it’s not even 6am, oil dipstick snapped and dropped into crankcase. Aka half the motor had to come off now,” they posted on their Facebook page.

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.

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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