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Brothers bike for cancer

Jan 26th, 2015 | By
50CC scooters, a challenge to ride for 2500km

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.

Student reflects on holocaust

Jan 26th, 2015 | By
Jessica Strick, reflecting on lessons of the Holocaust for New Zealand

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.

War veteran trumps tragedy

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
Neva in 2010 when the Mangonui boardwalk was named after her

A woman whose life was the stuff of movies died in Tamahere last week aged 94.

War veteran, author, and historian Neva Clarke McKenna, who lived her last few years at Tamahere Eventide Home, was one of the first New Zealand women to serve overseas in World War 2 and experienced some of the worst war delivers.

Tragedy, including the loss of two much loved fiancees and being raped at knifepoint by soldiers (retold in the 1995 Gaylene Preston documentary War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us), was not allowed to define her life which she lived well and creatively.

Water use rules tighten

Jan 17th, 2015 | By

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.

Nurse on Ebola mission

Jan 14th, 2015 | By
Tamahere nurse Robby Berghan off to Sierra Leone to help with the Ebola outbreak

A Tamahere nurse is set to do her bit to help combat the Ebola virus.

Waikato Hospital emergency department nurse Robby Berghan will head to Sierra Leone later this month on a seven week deployment with the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Sierra Leone is one of the West African nations hardest hit by the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Parties, noise dismay neighbours

Jan 13th, 2015 | By

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.”

Relaxed market starts the year

Jan 12th, 2015 | By

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.

Dogged views wanted

Jan 10th, 2015 | By

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

Jan 7th, 2015 | By

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

Jan 7th, 2015 | By

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.

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