50CC scooters, a challenge to ride for 2500km

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Brothers bike for cancer

Brothers Sam and Eli Thomas figure if they are going to have a fundraising adventure they might as well make it an epic one.

So, the intrepid pair have hatched a plan to ride two 50cc scooters the length of Vietnam – more than 2500km of third world roads – in the name of prostate cancer.

The former Tamahere School pupils – Sam now 31, Eli, 27 – have named their journey the Dong Project (they haven’t lost their school boy humour) and hope to raise at least $5000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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Water use rules tighten

The hot, dry weather and high water demand has prompted the Waikato District and Hamilton City Councils to further restrict water use.

The greater restriction – Alert Level 2 – means sprinklers and watering systems can only be used on alternate days (e.g. even street numbers on even days; odd street numbers on odd days) between 6am and 8am and 6pm and 8pm.

The change is effective from today.

Parties, noise dismay neighbours

Hart Rd residents are seeing some of their worst fears realised.

“We and our neighbours have had to ring the council on numerous occasions to ask noise control people to come out and control the noise levels at Hart Rd,” one long time resident told Tamahere Forum recently.

“Today and tonight was just way out of control,” she said of a recent Saturday. “It was like the whole street must have been having a party.”

Dogged views wanted

There are nearly 14,000 dogs in the Waikato district and changes are afoot for where they can and can’t go, and how they are treated.

The Waikato District Council is seeking locals’ views on proposed changes to the Dog Control Policy and Bylaw, which covers areas where dogs are prohibited or restricted, exercise areas for them, their classification and the requirement for some to be neutered.

The bylaw also takes in the issuing of infringement notices, impounding and disposal of dogs, and education programmes and fees.

Fire permits now needed

A restricted fire season is on in rural areas of Waikato district from Saturday, January 10, with permits required for all open-air fires.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Gordon Bailey said dry conditions had prompted the introduction of the fire restrictions.

Applications for fire permits can be made by contacting Waikato District Council on 0800 492 452 or by downloading an application form online here.

Sprinkler use restricted

It’s gettin’ dry.

The Waikato District Council has introduced water restrictions – locals are advised to use their sprinklers only between 6-8am and 6-8pm. Hand-held hoses can be used at any time.

The Waikato council, along with Hamilton City and Waipa District councils, have announced the region is on Water Alert Level 1 from today.

Trust members toasting a milestone, from left, Russell Gibbs, John Sheat and Leo Koppens

Reserve workers toast milestone

Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust members marked the end of another year of voluntary work recently with a toast to a new environment-preserving feature in the Tamahere Reserve.

Trust volunteers have built an all-weather track that now runs the length of the 4.6ha Tauwhare Rd reserve, including past a stand of majestic kahikatea trees.

The track includes a platform built to allow reserve visitors to walk close to the trees and appreciate the view while protecting the roots of the trees from being trampled.

Local Events

Relaxed market starts the year

The pressure of Christmas has passed, most if not all of us have managed a couple of sleep-ins and are feeling relaxed. Just like the first Tamahere Market of the year.

“January’s market always feels much more relaxed and is a pleasure to stroll around,” says market organiser Jane Manson.

The first market of 2015 on Saturday, January 17 will see the return of stunning crafts including beautiful and very affordable silk scarves and paperwork made using natural dyes.

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!

Local People

50CC scooters, a challenge to ride for 2500km

Brothers bike for cancer

Brothers Sam and Eli Thomas figure if they are going to have a fundraising adventure they might as well make it an epic one.

So, the intrepid pair have hatched a plan to ride two 50cc scooters the length of Vietnam – more than 2500km of third world roads – in the name of prostate cancer.

The former Tamahere School pupils – Sam now 31, Eli, 27 – have named their journey the Dong Project (they haven’t lost their school boy humour) and hope to raise at least $5000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Jessica Strick, reflecting on lessons of the Holocaust for New Zealand

Student reflects on holocaust

Tamahere student Jessica Strick will tomorrow be awarded top honours as the winner of an inaugural essay competition reflecting on the Holocaust.

Strick won the Paul Seideman Essay Competition from students across New Zealand and will receive her prize in a ceremony at Parliament marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

After receiving her prize Jessica, a year 11 student at St Peters School, Cambridge, will read her 500-word essay aloud.

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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