The impressive Allan Turner Walkway Bridge

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Turner walkway to open

The Allan Turner Walkway, with its impressive suspension bridge, will be officially opened on Saturday, October 4.

Tamahere and Matangi residents are invited to attend the ceremony on site at the end of Woodcock Rd at 10am.

The suspension bridge across the Mangaharakeke stream connects Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd and Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane.

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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.

changes ahead

Hautapu-SH 1 junction ends

Hautapu Rd’s access to State Highway 1 closed permanently today.

The closure follows the recent re-opening of Pickering Rd, which along with Racecourse Rd will now provide access to SH 1 and Hautapu Rd.

Traffic on SH1 also now travels the first new section of the Waikato Expressway between Pencarrow Road and Duncan Road.

HEB Construction site foreman Raymond Puhara guides a 33-tonne beam into place on the Pickering Rd underbridge.

Bridge progress opens road

Pickering Rd is once again open to State Highway 1 as work on the Waikato Expressway continues.

Completion of all the concrete work for the Pickering Road underbridge meant the re-opening occurred today (Friday, August 29).

In the near future, though, access from Hautapu Rd to the state highway will be closed.

Speed cut for killer corner

The NZ Transport Agency will cut the speed limit on State Highway 1 to 80km/h past the Cherry Lane killer corner.

The SH1 speed reduction, along with the removal of the southbound passing lane, were among safety improvements investigated after widespread calls for action on the corner prompted by concerns at the high number of serious crashes, including a fatal accident in April.

NZTA Principal Safety Engineer Michelle Te Wharau said today that after community consultation it had been decided to go ahead with the most far reaching safety measures.

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The impressive Allan Turner Walkway Bridge

Turner walkway to open

The Allan Turner Walkway, with its impressive suspension bridge, will be officially opened on Saturday, October 4.

Tamahere and Matangi residents are invited to attend the ceremony on site at the end of Woodcock Rd at 10am.

The suspension bridge across the Mangaharakeke stream connects Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd and Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane.

Seedlings a priority

Much needed seedlings will be potted at the Tamahere Community Nursery’s monthly gathering on Sunday, October 5.

The seedlings are high on the work agenda as planting stocks have essentially been depleted, says organiser Jan Simmons of Tamahere Gully Care/Ecosourced Waikato

The working session will start at 1.30pm at the Devine Rd nursery where a shade house with storage racks also needs to be set up to cater for the new seedlings.

Local People

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.

Becky Horn

Friends rally for Becky

Friends and former Tamahere School classmates of a one-time Tamahere family are rallying to their support in a time of need.

Becky Horn, and her family, twin brother Simon, older brother Jason, and parents Pam and Graeme lived in Tamahere for many years – the children attended the school and their parents were active community members.

Becky Horn is now battling a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer and friends of the family, now living in Hamilton, are fundraising to support alternative treatments.

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Packing up after final move

Dealing with a deceased estate can be time consuming, complex, emotionally challenging and – let’s face it – hard work. Often there are time pressures to get the property to market.

Move Managers is frequently called on to help to distribute furniture and personal items to family throughout the country or overseas, to sort, sell and donate other items and to prepare properties for sale.

The company, now into its fourth year of helping Waikato residents who are on the move, is credited with achieving excellent results quickly – often realising sales which offset costs such as home or garden maintenance, cleaning and rubbish removal.

Do right by weeds

Spring’s a time for getting back into the garden to clear away unwanted weeds and prepare properties for the joys of summer.

But it’s also a time when those unwanted weeds can end up being dumped in inappropriate places, raising the risks of weeds spreading and causing a headache for other property owners.

“We appeal to Waikato people to make sure they do the right thing when they’re dumping weeds cleared away in spring,” says Waikato Regional Council biosecurity team leader Wendy Mead.

Local History


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 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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