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Smashed the trash

Aug 29th, 2016 | By
Eight weeks' worth of rubbish in Annette Taylor's jar.

Since the new era of less waste, more recycling dawned two months ago some Waikato people have gone to extraordinary lengths to reduce their trash.
The Waikato District Council has no idea how people’s efforts are going district-wide but if even some are doing as well as Gordonton woman Annette Taylor the flow to landfill will have been cut considerably.
Taylor, editor of Number8Network, says her top tip for reducing rubbish is … to get a jar.



Playcentre has big year

Aug 28th, 2016 | By
Pre-schoolers enjoying a session at the Tamahere Playcentre

The Tamahere Playcentre has had a busy year, including extending and renovating its building.
The extension, which has doubled the Devine Rd centre’s indoor play area will be just one of the topics reported on at the upcoming annual meeting on Thursday, September 15.
The meeting, to be held at Two Birds Eatery, in the Clyde St shopping centre, Hamilton East, will start at 7.30pm.



Skill school for easy riders

Aug 26th, 2016 | By
Lining up to learn

Motorbike riders can take to the track for skill training sessions subsidised by the NZ Transport Agency, Waikato and Waipa district councils and Hamilton City Council in the next few months.
The courses are designed to reflect that at some point a rider, either through their fault or someone else’s, will find they need skills to stay upright, says Mihi Bennett-Smith, Hamilton City Council road safety coordinator.
“These skills are much more than simply riding the bike,” he said.



Avocado back on market menu

Aug 15th, 2016 | By
Avocados will back at the Tamahere Market

The great avocado scarcity is over and avo lovers will be able to stock up at this Saturday’s Tamahere Market.

Market day, which forecasters predict will be sunny, will also be the place to pick up other super and tasty foods like broccoli and limes.

Or if you like your produce already made into something delicious then it’ll be time to check out the mouthwatering offerings at Pasta Mia.



Election contest for Tamahere

Aug 13th, 2016 | By
Tamahere central

Tamahere is to have a contested election for the next councillor to represent the ward on the Waikato District Council for the first time in nine years.

Local man Aksel Jepsen declared his candidacy in early July and when nominations closed yesterday he was joined by Donna Nichols, a one-time Waikato District Council staff member.

The last time Tamahere voters had a choice of candidate was in 2007 when Wally Hayes defeated Andrew Gibson for the seat he has held, uncontested, ever since.



Crime hits school again

Aug 12th, 2016 | By

A recent burglary at the Tamahere Community Centre and other suspicious activity around the school has prompted a call to keen-eyed locals.

Tamahere School caretaker Allan Wickens asks that anyone around the school area, especially at night, look out for suspicious activity and report it to police.

In recent weeks two large gas bottles were stolen from the community centre and a school air conditioning unit was tampered with.



Spaghetti junction on show

Aug 8th, 2016 | By
The latest design of spaghetti junction, centered on Cherry Lane, can be viewed at Wednesday's information day

The latest design for Tamahere’s upcoming spaghetti junction – the Waikato Expressway’s Hamilton section southern interchange – is open for public viewing on Wednesday.

The complex State Highway 1 interchange centred on Cherry Lane is set to transform the local road network in northern Tamahere and property access for many who live there.

NZTA and its contractors will reveal the latest design at an information day in the Tamahere Community Centre on Wednesday, August 10 from 2.30pm to 7pm.



Fair reveals book trends

Aug 7th, 2016 | By
The Red Cross Book Fair will be at the Te Rapa Racecourse from August 26-28

The Red Cross Book Fair, the oldest book fair in the Waikato, turns 20 this year and is still going strong in the e-reader era.

In fact, notes long time co-organiser Philippa Robertson the news recently was all about people’s dwindling fascination with Kindles.

Regardless of the debate over how we read the Red Cross Book Fair, held annually each August, has only known one trend in its two decades – an ever growing number of readers eager to be matched with recycled books.



Councils fight anti-democracy bill

Jul 31st, 2016 | By
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt has dubbed the bill the "Crushing of Local Government Democracy and Seizing Control of Their Assets Bill".

Councils around the country, including in the Waikato, are lining up to fight a central government bill they say will take the local out of local government.

The Waikato Regional Council is calling for changes to the new local government bill to help ensure the sound management of water and protect local democracy, a call echoed by councils around the country.

In the south, where he has been backed by neighbouring mayors, forthright Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt has dubbed the bill the “Crushing of Local Government Democracy and Seizing Control of Their Assets Bill”.



Super keen for super highway: survey

Jul 29th, 2016 | By
Fibre-optic cable

So keen are Tamahere and Matangi residents for fast internet that 27% of those responding to a recent survey on the topic were prepared to pay more than $1000 to bring it to their door.

Six per cent of respondents were prepared to pay whatever it cost to connect their home or business to the super highway.

Those are some of the findings in the full report of the survey, done in May, that the Waikato District Council has now posted on its website.