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Election nominations open

Nominations for candidates wanting to stand in this year’s Waikato district elections have opened.

Would-be leaders and those passionate about the district are urged to step up and give local politics a go to have a say in the community’s future.

To encourage people to put their names forward the council is holding a candidate information evening at 6pm tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19, in the council chambers in Ngaruawahia.

Aksel Jepson is the first to put his hat in the ring for election 2016

First hat in ring

The first candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for the Tamahere ward on the Waikato District Council in the upcoming October local body elections.

Tamahere resident Aksel Jepsen, a Tamahere School board of trustees member, announced his candidacy by launching a website and placing advertisements on Tamahere Forum.

Other candidates have from July 15 to August 12 to get their nominations in for the vacancy left by three-term councillor Wally Hayes who is standing for the mayoralty only.

Mainstream Green duo Tracey Cameron and Nicola Turner (Photo: Viv Posselt)

Less waste challenge, help

The new era of less waste starts today with double the recycling bins and direct payment for rubbish bags.

Today, July 1, also marks the start of Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness of the problems and amount of single-use, disposable plastic in our lives. The challenge is to do something about it.

Local sustainability education duo Tracey Cameron and Nicola Turner of Mainstream Green are offering events and workshops this month to coincide with Plastic Free July.

Recycling guide

New rubbish era dawns

This week marks the last rubbish collection before Tamahere residents need to use a pre-paid sticker on all bags for them to be picked up.

The new system comes into effect on Friday, July 1, just a day after Thursday’s regular rubbish day in Tamahere.

A number of retailers have been added to the list of those stocking the pre-paid stickers, including most supermarkets that serve the area.

An architect's indicative drawing of Tamahere's village centre

Village tenants sought

The search is on for tenants for Tamahere’s new commercial village centre, which could be reality by mid-next year.

An advertisement appealing for interest in a “character commercial centre in sought after Tamahere” has been posted online.

The ad suggests tenants of the development on the corner of Devine Rd and Wiremu Tamihana Drive could provide “food, professional services, boutique retail, medical and health and fitness”.

Vote Waikato

Tamahere election wide open

Who will step up for a chance to represent Tamahere on the Waikato District Council in the upcoming local body elections?

Three-term Tamahere ward councillor Wally Hayes has left the field wide open after announcing an all or nothing bid for the district’s mayoralty in the October elections.

Aspiring candidates for the ward role have from July 15 when nominations open until August 12 to get their nominations in. But what does being a councillor involve?

Local Events

The nourish bowl at Narrows Landing

Thin review for Narrows

The new-look Narrows Landing cafe, now run by the folk at the popular Two Birds Eatery, could have been more impressive, says a reviewer.

Fairfax reviewer Kelsey Wilkie gave the Airport Rd eatery a score of 3.5 out of 5 on a recent visit.

The nourish bowl was less than impressive, the smoky beans failed to knock her socks off, Wilkie wrote in a short review.

Truck on down to the July 16 Tamahere Market

Fritters make market comeback

Hot and moreish mussel fritters are back on the menu at the Tamahere Market this Saturday, July 16.

The popular mussel morsels have been absent from the market recently but are making a welcome return to coincide with a new initiative for market organisers.

A hot coffee also goes down well with market treats like fritters but there are new plans for those takeaway coffee cups.

Local People

Tamahere's Rocco Pienaar with his beloved Kombi

Long sought Kombi on show

Rocco Pienaar spent about about seven years searching for the Kombi van he wanted.

He found it.

It was in South Africa and not for sale but the Tamahere local didn’t let that stop him.

A proud Rex Pickering (Photo: Mark Taylor, Waikato Times)

Tamahere, rugby stalwart dies

Rex Pickering, a Tamahere community and rugby stalwart, died yesterday (Tuesday, July 5) in Cambridge, aged 79.

Pickering and wife Christine were honoured for their more than 40 years of community service and dedication to the St Stephen’s parish two years ago, in August 2014.

Pickering, who in life was Waikato’s oldest living All Black, had a lifetime dedication to rugby, representing Waikato at provincial level and the All Blacks for over a decade.

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City co to maintain district parks

A Christchurch City Council-owned company is to maintain the Waikato district’s open spaces – parks, gardens, cemeteries and playgrounds – from next month under a $4 million annual contract.

City Care, owned by the commercial and investment arm of the Christchurch City Council, was awarded a 10 year contract that the district council says will improve services.

The 17-year-old company, which already works for councils throughout the country including Matamata-Piako, Tauranga and Whakatane, will make a positive difference in the Waikato, according to the district council General Manager Service Delivery, Tim Harty.

Kate Meads has run her waste free workshops throughout NZ

Waste tips for parents

The nationally renowned ‘Nappy Lady’, Kate Meads, is to run two waste free parenting workshops later this month – part of the Waikato district’s moves to more recycling, less waste.

At Meads’ workshops parents and parents-to-be receive tips on what they can do to reduce their home’s waste output as well as introducing them to waste free alternatives to expensive disposable products.

“Cloth nappies are part of what we promote through our education but the workshop is about so much more than nappies,” said Meads who has run the 2 1/2 hour workshop in 35 districts throughout New Zealand.

Local History

Back in the picture. Wayne Grattan addressing media following the fatal 2008 fire. (Photo: Waikato Times)

Icepak site sale disappoints

The sale this week of the former Icepak site has failed to sever links with its tragic past.

The derelict site in central Tamahere was bought by one of the architects of the tragedy that cost the life of a firefighter in 2008, former Icepak director Wayne Grattan.

Grattan, who was personally fined $30,000 for his part in the death of firefighter Derek Lovell and injury to seven others, paid $865,000 for the former coolstore site where the disaster played out eight years ago.

The sprawling Fieldays pops up on our doorstep

Mystery flows on

The National Agricultural Fieldays are three weeks away and again sparking interest in the mystery that gave their venue its name – Mystery Creek.

Explaining the mystery has become a hardy annual for writers filling publications in the lead up to the Fieldays, this year on from June 15 to 18.

Tamahere Forum has already fielded a request for an explanation of the mystery which, according to the Cambridge Museum, has grown more mysterious over the years.