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Pond set to feature

Jul 1st, 2015 | By
The Pickering Rd pond will be surrounded by 10,000 plants.

The Pickering Road pond, created as part of the Waikato Expressway, is set to become a local environmental feature.

Eventually it will be surrounded by 10,000 plants and is already being used by birds and frogs, which have returned as pond insects provide a food source.

Rare native bats, too, have been found to be living in the area.

Potters needed as plants go

Jun 29th, 2015 | By
Volunteers wanted to help plant the Mangaharakeke Streambank

The Tamahere Community Plant Nursery has provided more than 4000 plants this year for the restoration of gullies, riverbanks and reserves.

Stocks of good sized plants are now depleted, although more should be ready later in the year, prompting a call for willing potters.

“Any help volunteers can give with potting at the nursery this coming Sunday afternoon would be much appreciated,” said the Devine Rd nursery’s organiser Jan Simmons.

Call to pot plant pinching pair

Jun 25th, 2015 | By

Thieves have been spotted stripping plants from the new landscaping on Wiremu Tamehana Drive in a brazen daylight robbery.

Yesterday afternoon, alert Tamahere School parents saw two women, thought to be in their early 20s, loading filched plants into a car parked in one of the road’s parking bays.

When approached by a local the two sped off in a car that was said to be loaded with plants.

Village builder wanted

Jun 22nd, 2015 | By
A concept plan of the proposed Tamahere village centre

A move is underway to spark interest in the development of a central Tamahere retail precinct.

The area zoned for the development by the Waikato District Council, which owns the land, is on the corner of Devine Rd and Wiremu Tamihana Drive and has been dubbed Tamahere Village.

The zoning provides for “a cluster of retail and commercial service convenience stores predominantly servicing the local community’s day to day retail requirements.”

New view from bridge

Jun 21st, 2015 | By
Volunteers wanted to help plant the Mangaharakeke Streambank

The view from the Allan Turner suspension bridge has changed in recent weeks as a short stretch of walkway has been built below it along the Mangaharakeke Stream bank.

The bridge, opened last October, spans the Mangaharakeke Stream from Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd to Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane and has proved to be a popular walking and biking route for people in both communities.

Now, the start of another link between the two communities has been forged with the completion of a 250m stretch of walkway, which one day may reach 1.5km from the bridge to Bilsthorpe Lane in Matangi.

Call for bird counters

Jun 19th, 2015 | By
Sparrows are the most numerous in our gardens

The annual garden bird survey, a citizen science project established to monitor the population trends of common garden birds in New Zealand, is on from June 27 to July 5.

Organised by Landcare Research, it attempts to answer the question, “Are garden bird populations increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable?”

What does it take? Just an hour of your time in a comfy seat inside or out.

Hayes champions water CCO

Jun 16th, 2015 | By
Tamahere Wally Hayes, chairman of the Infrastructure committee

The Waikato District Council wants to form a ratepayer-owned, council controlled organisation (CCO) for future water management along with the Waipa District and Hamilton City Councils.

In May, independent consultants recommended the three councils form a not-for-profit CCO to manage water and wastewater across the sub-region, a move predicted to save ratepayers of the three Councils $468 million over 28 years.

Waikato district would save $28 million over 10 years, and would get huge benefits from improved drinking water quality and environmental compliance, said the report whose recommendations have been championed by Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes.

Hot food on market day

Jun 14th, 2015 | By
Yum. Crusty loaves for tasty toppings

It’s bound to be a chilly Tamahere Market this Saturday but there will be plenty of hot food on hand to warm us up.

Great, hot dumplings, mussel fritters and delicious pancakes will feature at the June 20 market to be eaten on the spot or taken home for later.

Combos that do work well for a leisurely after-market lunch are market chutneys and jams or cheeses and salami on crusty Volare bread.

Tamahere Forum in award finals

Jun 9th, 2015 | By

Tamahere Forum is a finalist in this year’s Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs), which recognise those excelling in delivering accessible, innovative, informative and safe online resources.

The 22 finalists in six categories of the 2015 ANZIAs were announced today by the organisers, the governing bodies of the internet in both countries, Internet NZ and auDA or the .au Domain Administration.

Tamahere Forum is one of five finalists in the Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award for Community Websites, which carries a prize of $AU2500.

Bid for better broadband

Jun 5th, 2015 | By

The Waikato District Council is preparing a bid for additional Government funding to expand ultrafast broadband in its communities.

It’s seeking information from Waikato residents about their broadband access and use to help mount the case.

A short, online survey is open here via Tamahere Forum until June 19 for residents and community groups.