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Bridge connects communities

Aug 18th, 2014 | By
The impressive Allan Turner Walkway Bridge

The suspension bridge across the Mangaharakeke stream, connecting Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd and Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane has been completed.

The bridge is part of the $250,000, 200m, Allan Turner Walkway, named for a Waikato District Council staff member who championed community open spaces and walkways and who died in 2012.

The public walkway will be suitable for walkers and cyclists.

Sports grounds in play

Aug 17th, 2014 | By

Planning is underway for the Tamahere hub sports grounds.

At its August meeting, the Tamahere Community Committee said it was keen to get locals’ input into a concept plan for the grounds alongside Tamahere School, including on a name for the area.

The committee felt naming the area the Tamahere Sports Park was too restrictive given the potential wide use of the area and mooted the name, Tamahere Village Green.

Short squeeze on SH 1 lanes

Aug 15th, 2014 | By

A new road layout will be in place on State Highway 1 (SH1) between Tamahere’s Airport Road interchange and Pickering Road, from Thursday, August 21.

The NZ Transport Agency says the temporary changes stemming from continued Waikato Expressway construction will be weather dependent and may start later next week if rain is forecast.

Motorists are urged to take extra care when travelling along the new layout and to allow for short delays due to the changes.

Workouts prove popular

Aug 12th, 2014 | By

Fitness sessions at the Tamahere Community Centre (TCC) are into their third week with numbers growing at each session, says Dan Amosa of Inferno Tamahere.

The uptake had validated the decision of the Cambridge-based gym to offer group fitness classes in Tamahere, he said.

“If your goal is to get fit and make some positive health changes but you hate the idea of travelling to Hamilton or Cambridge, Inferno Tamahere invites everyone in the local community to stop by and give the sessions are go. The first session is free.”

Must-haves galore at market

Aug 10th, 2014 | By

This Saturday’s Tamahere Market is the time for organised people to start planning their Christmas shopping, according to the market’s very organised Jane Manson.

“We are almost counting down to Christmas!” says Jane. “Come along and start the ‘must have’ list for everything from table settings to the essentials for a corporate gift basket.”

For the rest of us, however, the August market will be a time to indulge in the usual festival of food ranging from popcorn to crispy chicken dumplings, the legendary mussel fritters to Kumar’s bonda and samosas.

La Cave may lose spirit

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

The specialty food store, La Cave, a popular destination for many Tamahere residents, has found itself the worse for wear thanks to the new Liquor Act.

Raphael Coutolleu, owner of the Riverlea Rd store which sells food and beverages from France, said stores such as his did not fit any of the categories listed in the Act.

As a result he would be forced to stop selling a number of popular, high-alcohol lines unless his customers’ signatures on a petition changed the mind of officialdom.

Pickerings’ efforts recognised

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By
Christine and Rex Pickering, honoured for their community contribution

Tamahere and St Stephen’s Church stalwarts Rex and Christine Pickering have been honoured for their long community service.

The Pickerings have been members of the St Stephen’s parish for more than 40 years and have been involved in everything from the re-building of the church after it was razed by fire to the iconic Christmas Festival.

In a surprise move, Waikato Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley made a presentation to the couple at today’s church service, which noted their contribution ranging from friendship to fundraising.

Festival needs fresh legs

Aug 1st, 2014 | By
The Christmas Festival is in need of some helpers

Santa is in need of more helpers.

The event that puts the Santa or Christmas spirit in Tamahere more than anything else is the iconic, 27-year-old Tamahere Christmas Festival.

But an appeal for more locals with art and craft skills to help keep the event running has so far drawn only a limited response.

A meeting will be held at 1.30pm on Wednesday, August 6 in the St Stephen’s Church Hall for those interested in a role in the festival.

Road works in winter

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

The second delivery and placement of bridge beams is expected at the Pickering Road underbridge on Monday as work on the Waikato Expressway forges ahead.

Also in Tamahere, daytime users of the State Highway 1 Tamahere Straight need to be aware that a single lane only in both direction is still in place as work on the existing median strip continues.

Meanwhile, in their latest update on the expressway, NZ Transport Agency project manager Raj Rajagopal and HEB Construction’s project manager Gary Budden explained about the environmental controls for the major project.

Friends rally for Becky

Jul 31st, 2014 | By
Becky Horn

Friends and former Tamahere School classmates of a one-time Tamahere family are rallying to their support in a time of need.

Becky Horn, and her family, twin brother Simon, older brother Jason, and parents Pam and Graeme lived in Tamahere for many years – the children attended the school and their parents were active community members.

Becky Horn is now battling a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer and friends of the family, now living in Hamilton, are fundraising to support alternative treatments.

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