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Tamahere man bids for Waikato seat

Dec 5th, 2016 | By
Tim van de Molen

Tamahere man Tim van de Molen has has been selected by the National Party to contest the safe Waikato electorate at next year’s general election.

A farmer and rural banker, van de Molen became a member of the Tamahere Community Committee at its October election.

Waikato is currently held by retiring, long time National MP Lindsay Tisch with a majority of more than 16,000.

Junction jumped public input

Dec 3rd, 2016 | By
The new-look spaghetti junction design presented to public meetings in September. The changes had already been filed with the Waikato District Council

A large sand pile is expected to rise alongside State Highway 1, opposite Cherry Lane, from Monday as major earthworks begin in Tamahere for the Waikato Expressway.

Up to 7000 cubic metres of sand will be heaped by the road on what will eventually be a bridge abutment and part of the expressway’s Hamilton section southern interchange.

But if locals thought they had taken part in genuine consultation on the design of the large spaghetti junction about to arrive in their midst they appear to have been mistaken.

EV charger network expands

Dec 2nd, 2016 | By
WEL Network is putting in four new fast chargers for electric vehicles

Waikato electric vehicle (EV) drivers can now confidently put Raglan on their list of destinations as WEL Networks expands its fast charger network.

WEL has worked with the Waikato District Council to provide the central Raglan charger, which should be operational in time for EV-driving summer holidaymakers.

The Raglan site is one of four new EV fast chargers in the Waikato that WEL is installing to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

Restored villa a winner

Nov 30th, 2016 | By
The restoration of the Tamahere villa has proved a winner

A Tamahere villa has won the Supreme Renovation of the Year award in the Master Builders 2016 House of the Year competition.

The renovation, including original floors and feature ceilings lovingly retained and restored, came up trumps in the renovation over $500,000 category.

It involved a 566 square metre area of work, encompassing six bedrooms, five bathrooms and two living rooms.

Divine Eats hits prime time

Nov 29th, 2016 | By
Inspiring: the cookbook that could build a swimming pool.

Tamahere School’s fundraising cookbook has scored another hit – prime time television coverage.

Divine Eats, the cookbook that aims to fund the school’s new swimming pool, made a big splash last night on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp.

For more than four minutes the cookbook made up of recipes from school families, the hardworking school mum’s that produced it and the quality of the book was beamed nationwide.

Views sought on healthy rivers

Nov 18th, 2016 | By
The Waikato River at the Narrows, Tamahere

An informative open day will be held locally on proposals aimed at boosting the health of the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and bacteria levels are rising in the waterways – issues that need to be tackled now to ensure the health of the rivers in the future, says the Waikato Regional Council.

“This is a great opportunity for the likes of farmers, growers, businesses and the general community to understand the detail of what’s being proposed in this ground-breaking plan,” said Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne.

Book it for kids

Nov 17th, 2016 | By
Tamahere School pupils dressed as their favourite book character

Tamahere School librarian Theresa Kewish has issued 16,000 books this year and believes everyone can read for pleasure.

The key is to find the right book or series and hook for a particular child.

It is a personalised journey finding the genre, author or style of book to fit a particular taste.

Quake wakes up Tamahere

Nov 14th, 2016 | By
A house between Blenheim and Kaikoura, which is right on the Kekerengu fault line, was demolished by the shakes.

Homes in Tamahere rocked and rolled, lights swayed, blinds banged, floors tipped alarmingly just after midnight Monday morning as a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit near Hamner Springs in the South Island.

The biggest earthquake to hit New Zealand since a M7.8 in Dusky Sound in 2009 and bigger than the devastating February 2011 Christchurch quake was felt from Auckland to Southland.

Sadly, it brought death and devastation again to people and places in the South Island and our unfortunately sited capital, Wellington, to a halt.

Market’s earthy start

Nov 13th, 2016 | By
Hungarian stuffed bread is a newcomer to Tamahere Market

The Tamahere Market this Saturday is set to have an earthy feel from the second visitors step through the gate.

Starting from where all good things begin – the soil – a new stallholder will be selling compost at the market’s front gate so buyers can pull up in their cars and load it directly on board.

From one digging in to another, this month’s market will also offer opportunities to dig into the coin purse or the pantry to support fundraising efforts by locals.

Social call for local business

Nov 7th, 2016 | By

Tamahere has a significant number of home-based businesses, which more than likely means more than a few of us make and take business calls in our PJs.

Along with the short commute, that might be one of the advantages of working from home but as many have found it can also have a social downside.

That’s prompted local Maxine Yearsley to put the call out to Tamahere people who work from home who’d like to meet some of their business neighbours.