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Gates open at exhibition

Mar 30th, 2015 | By
Bruce Young  with a tui and palm frond gate

Push the latch, open the gate and you are somewhere else. The gate is a threshold to another world, either real or imaginary – Peter Parkinson

While installing a new creative gate for Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery the discussion between artist Bruce Young and gallery owner Jenny Scown turned to the prospect of other people wanting one and the idea for the gallery’s latest exhibition was born.

Gates for a Landscape, a unique range of sculpted, steel gates, plus other sculptures by Young, opens on April 19 at the Pencarrow Rd gallery.

Open fire season on

Mar 30th, 2015 | By

An open fire season starts from Wednesday, April 1 in the Waikato district.

That means permits are no longer required across the district unless the fire is within a Department of Conservation area or within a one kilometre safety margin around such an area.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Gordon Bailey says it’s important for people lighting fires, as well as landowners, to be aware they are responsible for ensuring the fire is safe, controllable and monitored to ensure it doesn’t spread.

Rivers’ future in the balance

Mar 25th, 2015 | By
Healthy rivers logo

Waikato people have a chance to have their say on the future of the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Since early last year, a Collaborative Stakeholder Group (CSG) has been working on policy to help restore and protect the health of the rivers.

The idea is to reduce sediment, bacteria and nutrients entering water bodies, including groundwater, in the Waikato and Waipa river catchments, an area of 1.1 million hectares.

Tamahere Drive re-opens

Mar 22nd, 2015 | By

Tamahere Drive will re-open from tomorrow under stop/go traffic management, providing local traffic with direct access from Pickering Road to SH1 via the Tamahere Interchange.

Following the re-opening of Tamahere Drive the section of road between Pickering and Pencarrow roads will be closed for reconstruction.

It’s thought Pickering to Pencarrow Road will be closed for about five weeks, advise the NZ Transport Agency and HEB Construction.

Buzzy planes earlier to bed

Mar 21st, 2015 | By

The night time buzz of trainer planes is set to finish earlier in the evening with the end of daylight saving.

From Sunday, April 5, when daylight saving ends, the nightly deadline for circuit training plane flights is again 10pm.

The change is in accord with the Hamilton Airport noise management plan.

Deliberations on decade ahead

Mar 17th, 2015 | By

The Waikato District Council is working on budgets and plans for the community’s development over the next 10 years – the Long Term Plan 2015-25 – and is inviting residents’ input.

A public meeting will be held in Tamahere, at the Devine Rd community centre, at 7pm on Monday, March 23 to discuss the key issues.

It’s an opportunity to learn about opportunities in the community and help the council decide what should be in this important planning document that sets the district’s direction for the next decade, including how activities could be managed, delivered and funded.

Last of the summer buying

Mar 17th, 2015 | By

Our trusty Tamahere Country Market is on this Saturday and promising the best from the last rays of summer.

The strawberry season may deliver a few goodies still but wholesome avocados have not missed a beat and will be in plentiful supply.

And among the arts to tempt us this month will be the interesting torso ceramics which may or may not be suitable for covering with crafted hand knitted garments – though perhaps they should be saved for real life forms.

Surprise for Tamahere’s Lorax

Mar 17th, 2015 | By
Leo Koppens with the tribute plaque designed by his family

The latest feature in the Tamahere Reserve came as a surprise to the man who has spent more time there than most.

The family of Tamahere-Mangone Restoration Trust chairman Leo Koppens took advantage of his recent absence on a holiday to erect a touching tribute in the reserve to their father and his years of work to return the 4.6ha bush to health.

The macrocarpa wood plaque shows the family’s admiration for “one man’s vision” but also urges reserve visitors to “walk, enjoy, respect, share, return and reflect”.

Pumpkin night a hit

Mar 15th, 2015 | By
A happy Taya Ogilvie celebrates winning the heaviest pumpkin contest. (Photo: Rob Elenor)

Pumpkin Night 2015 was a hit, attracting a record crowd of locals and people from outside of Tamahere.

Pumpkin dollars flowed freely in the annual Tamahere School fundraiser as everyone from kids to grandparents lapped up the family fun.

Year six student Taya Ogilvy won the heaviest pumpkin contest with a mighty, 164kg whopper.

Pumpkin night packs punch

Mar 8th, 2015 | By
Pumpkin Night Picture

Tamahere School’s popular annual fundraising event – Pumpkin Night – is on this Saturday and promising all the fun and keen competition of previous years.

Who will get the heaviest pumpkin? What talented performers will be revealed?

It’s all on in the school grounds from 3-7pm – stalls, auctions, rides, entertainment and just loads of family fun.

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