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Aksel’s new name for new job

Oct 19th, 2016 | By
Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech will be sworn into office with a new name

Tamahere got a new councillor at the recent local body election but now the novelty has gone a step further.
The erstwhile Aksel Jepsen has a freshly minted surname.
From now on he will be Aksel Bech, the new surname previously his middle name and drawn from his mother’s maiden name.

Community enthusiasm high

Oct 17th, 2016 | By
Tamahere Community Committee

Enthusiasm is so great for the Tamahere Community Committee that its membership has risen by two.

Fourteen people were nominated for the 12 positions on the committee at tonight’s election meeting, chaired by Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion.

But rather than douse the eagerness and turn away keen locals the meeting decided to increase the representative group’s numbers.

WDC focus on sustainable growth

Oct 17th, 2016 | By

Waikato District Council has met its financial targets for the past year, and is focused on managing rapid growth in ways that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

The council has just published its Annual Report and Summary here online after adopting the Annual Report on October 3, shortly before the local body elections.

“We’ve set rates and debt levels that balance affordability with the need to provide for our growing community,” said Mayor Allan Sanson in a statement.

Trainer read horses, people

Oct 15th, 2016 | By
John Butcher won more than 300 races as a driver

John Butcher will be partly remembered for the horses he owned and trained: Susan Blue, Shanandoah, Val Averil, Gay Reel, Ponty, Lorator, Prince Polka, Tobias, Desiree, Mathias, Josias, Abdias, Onias, Sophanias, Count Isa, Smooth Performer, Tooraloo – to name but a few.

Others would probably recount his wins as a driver – 305 at least, although no one is quite sure of the real total.

Alternatively, perhaps, the measure lies in the 717 winners he turned out as a trainer in his own right or in partnership with his son David, an achievement that led to his election to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.

Vintners Lane house gutted

Oct 13th, 2016 | By
Nothing was salvageable from the Vintners Lane house.

An elderly woman holidaying with family in New Zealand went to feed the chickens at her daughter’s Tamahere home, unaware a fire had ignited inside.

The ferocious fire gutted the family home of 12 years in Vintners Lane, Tamahere, on Wednesday evening.

Fire crews were forced to pump water from the neighbour’s swimming pool to douse the flames that ripped through the 20 by 10 metre home.

Chance to shape Tamahere

Oct 10th, 2016 | By
The style of the Tamahere's new commercial area will be considered by the new community committee

Wait there’s more – one more election before all of Tamahere’s community representatives are in place for another three years.

The election of the Tamahere Community Committee will take place next Monday, October 17 at 7.30pm in the Tamahere Community Centre.

The committee represents an opportunity for locals to shape Tamahere at a time when it is growing and changing at a rapid rate.

Market delivers meal bag

Oct 10th, 2016 | By
It's easy to fill our baskets with tasty food at the Tamahere Market

It’s a cinch to leave the Tamahere Market with a week’s worth of tasty meals in our baskets.

This Saturday’s market will be no exception with pasta, meats, fish, fresh vegetables, fruit and, of course, avocados ready to tumble from the stalls into our eager hands.

Then there are the immediate treats – pastries, cakes, coffee – that we all enjoy at the market or soon after.

New councillor’s job list grows

Oct 9th, 2016 | By
Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech will be sworn into office with a new name

Tamahere’s new councillor found the list of what he hopes to achieve for Tamahere growing over the election campaign.
Political newcomer Aksel Jepsen, 51, won the two-way election for the Waikato District Council’s Tamahere ward at the weekend by 196 votes, on preliminary results.
Jepsen, who will succeed three-term councillor Wally Hayes, polled highest with 815 votes to his rival Donna Nichols’ 619 votes on election night.

Art under a big sky

Oct 8th, 2016 | By
Oyster catchers among the sea spray by Liz Turnbull

The latest exhibition at Inspirit Gallery is Under A Big Sky, a solo exhibition by Katikati artist Liz Turnbull.
The works in the exhibition, which started today and runs until November 8, draw comparison with Monet and Turner, both of whom have influenced Turnbull’s art.
After very successful exhibitions at the New Zealand Artshow and the Christchurch Artshow, Turnbull has gained a loyal following.

Easter Sunday: shop or not

Oct 6th, 2016 | By

Do you want shops to open on Easter Sunday?

That’s the question the Waikato District Council is asking after a legislation change allowed it to develop a policy that would allow shops to open on Easter Sunday, a day most shops have traditionally shut.

At the moment shops can only open on Easter Sunday if they meet strict criteria but that would change under the new policy.