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Market saves best till last

The last Tamahere Market of the year this Saturday is beautifully timed for Christmas present buying.

It is also one of the best places to buy NZ-made gifts and goodies for Christmas parties and get-togethers.

The list of unique or rare gift ideas that can be found at the market is long and includes calendars printed by Bron Alexander, screen printed tea towels nobody else will have, and ceramic angels with undies on!

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Wiremu Tamihana, retrospectively named New Zealander of the Year 1863

New link road to open

Wiremu Tamihana Drive, the new road between Devine and Airport roads, will be open from Monday, December 15.

Named in honour of the Ngati Haua chief and peacemaker who is Tamahere’s first person of historic significance, the road will be blessed by Ngati Haua to ensure the safe passage of people who use it.

After months of rough roads and stop/go controls the welcome opening of Wiremu Tamihana Drive means there will no longer be access to Airport Road from Newell Road and vice versa.

Talk rubbish, recycling

The Waikato District Council is reviewing its rubbish and recycling services prompted by a community wish to reduce waste to land fill while encouraging recycling.

Last week more than 20,000 letters were mailed to district residents seeking feedback on proposed rubbish kerbside collections and recycling options.

The Council Service Delivery General Manager, Tim Harty, said the aim of the exercise was to align rubbish collection and recycling with the community-developed Waste Management Plan of “working towards zero waste for the Waikato district”.

The Hart Rd house being advertised for student rental and "short term stays"

Yes, we have no Hart Rd hostel

The rent is going down for flatmates, including “short term stays”, in the Hart Rd house that locals fear will become an illegal hostel.

In the first week on the market advertiser ‘Lipglossed’ sought $250 a week for every room in the nine-bedroom house but that’s now dropped to $200 for ‘professional singles’ or students.

Despite covenants on the property title prohibiting it being used as student accommodation the Waikato District Council says it can do nothing.

The Hart Rd house being advertised for student rental and "short term stays"

Hart Rd hostel fears come true

Fears that student hostels would be set up on rural residential Tamahere land zoned low density appear to have been well founded.

Hart Rd residents first raised concerns about a potentially illegal student housing complex in their quiet country cul de sac early last year when the first of eight massive, similar-style houses got underway there.

Now flatmate wanted adverts appearing on Trade Me suggest the residents’ concerns were valid.

A digital rendition of a proposed Waikato River bridge alongside Hamilton Gardens.

Southern Links route confirmed

The layout of a $600 million roading project to the south of Hamilton, which slices through Tamahere has been confirmed and includes the locations of three new bridges.

Independent commissioners this week confirmed the route of the Southern Links project and approved resource consent applications for two new bridges over the Waikato River and one bridge across the Mangakotukutuku Gully.

The joint project by the Hamilton City Council and NZ Transport Agency has been widely condemned in Tamahere and drew stiff community opposition.

Te Awa River Ride

Push on for cycleway

Keen on cycleways? Want to see the full 70km of the Te Awa River Ride completed?

The Waipa District Council is currently seeking feedback on its cycleway spending plans, including the Te Awa River Ride, which will go through Tamahere.

The Te Awa Trust has approached the Waipa council seeking support towards the Avantidrome-to-Hamilton section of the River Ride and is encouraging locals to weigh into the discussion.

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Cheeky angels

Market saves best till last

The last Tamahere Market of the year this Saturday is beautifully timed for Christmas present buying.

It is also one of the best places to buy NZ-made gifts and goodies for Christmas parties and get-togethers.

The list of unique or rare gift ideas that can be found at the market is long and includes calendars printed by Bron Alexander, screen printed tea towels nobody else will have, and ceramic angels with undies on!

You get to play ladies (and gentlemen) at a suitably decorated table.

Festival treats “best value”

When Sarah Bouquett sailed to New Zealand from England in the late 1800s, she brought her Christmas cake recipe with her.

Sarah was 23, a young bride, and she and her wheelwright husband came from Cornwall to settle in the South Island.

Sarah’s recipe had been treasured by subsequent generations of her family, and she would probably be delighted that it’s still being made and admired in the 21st century. At present it’s in the capable hands of her great-granddaughter, Glenda Matthews, who bakes if for the annual fundraising Christmas Festival at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Tamahere. (Recipe included.)

Local People

Rev Ellen Bernstein, the new Vicar at St Stephen's Tamahere

Vicar’s hyper text path to Tamahere

From the language of computers to the word of God, the new Vicar of St Stephen’s Tamahere has taken a modern day path to an old calling.

The Reverend Ellen Bernstein will be welcomed as St Stephen’s Vicar with a service at the church on Thursday, December 11 at 7pm.

“St Stephen’s is a very special parish and I feel extraordinarily blessed to be called to this place,” said Rev Ellen of her seven year journey to her first appointment as a vicar.

Lions to use resource locally

The annual inorganic rubbish collections gets underway from Sunday, November 16 and the Tamahere Lions would like the opportunity to put useable materials to local use.

The club is offering to collect scrap metal to raise funds for a range of local projects rather than see the resource leave the district.

A volunteer team can be contacted to collect the recyclable metal from inside donors’ properties before it goes to the roadside.

Our Patch

Privet (Ligustrum species)

Pest plant now obvious

It’s the time of year when privet blossoms, making the identification of the pest plant easier than at other times of the year.

There are two main species of privet in the Waikato, tree privet and Chinese privet. Both invade the edges of forest and waste land, and can displace trees in native forests. Privet’s leaves and berries are poisonous to people and animals, and its pollen can cause breathing problems for some people.

Waikato Regional Council is reminding people who think privet on a neighbour’s property is causing them breathing problems such as hay fever that new rules are in place covering the removal of the plant.

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.

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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