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Gamers in reserve clean up

Apr 26th, 2015 | By
The geocachers with the trash hauled out of the Tamahere Reserve on Anzac Day

Piles of rubbish have been removed from the Tamahere Reserve thanks to a group of outdoor game enthusiasts who dedicated their Anzac Day to the clean up job.

Reserve restoration trust members have been hauling out bags of rubbish from bottles to tyres since they began work in the Tauwhare Rd reserve over three years ago.

But on-going dumping of household to commercial waste on a near weekly basis continues to add to the unsightly refuse built up over years.

Pilgrimages of respect

Apr 25th, 2015 | By

ANZAC COVE, Turkey, 2001 – the first year of the 21st century – the year I attended the commemoration of the 1915 Anzac landings on the harsh Gallipoli Peninsula, as many are today, 100 years on.

Poppies grow wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula. I picked a rich red bunch of the Anzac symbol and let the wind carry them on to the craggy banks above the waves of Anzac Cove, I reported in the NZ Herald.

Mine was one of many private tributes paid by the “children of the Anzacs.” They have made the April 25 trek to Gallipoli an official pilgrimage.

Perry swaps blues for Anzac hues

Apr 22nd, 2015 | By
Darcy Perry paints a tiny Turkish soldier for the Sir Peter Jackson World War 1 Great War Exhibition. (Photo: Peter Drury, Waikato Times)

Tamahere’s Darcy Perry, best known for singing the blues, has this year been more interested in painting Anzac battle hues.

The keen war gamer, his mates in the Tamahere Officers Club and his daughters have spent months wielding delicate paint brushes as part of film maker Sir Peter Jackson’s The Great War Exhibition in Wellington.

More than a hundred war gamers nationwide painted 5000 miniature soldiers for the 10 metre diorama, which depicts the most significant battle fought by New Zealanders on the Gallipoli Pensinsula, the Battle of Chunuk Bair.

Meditation teachers gather

Apr 21st, 2015 | By
Kavita Parshotam - science backing thousand year old practices.

American researchers recently released results from pilot studies looking at the effectiveness of meditation as a therapy for mild cognitive impairment, migraine headaches, pain and anxiety.

“We’re coming to recognize that meditation changes people’s brains,” said Rebecca Erwin Wells M.D., an assistant professor of neurology at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

None of this surprises Kavita Parshotam who has been practicing meditation for over 20 years, and teaches yoga and meditation in Tamahere.

Anzac spirit in community: Mayor

Apr 17th, 2015 | By

As we commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing we’re reminded of the commitment made by thousands of men and women who served, and continue to serve, our country.

The events of April 25 not only shaped a day of everlasting significance for all New Zealanders, but it also helped cultivate an Anzac spirit founded on courage, camaraderie and commitment.

I believe this Anzac spirit lives on in our community today.

From Shortland St to school show

Apr 17th, 2015 | By
St Peter's student Robbie Evison in his Shortland St role.

Before he finished filming on television show Shortland Street, Robbie Evison already had his next role lined up – in his school’s play.

The teen is a boarder at St Peter’s School, near Cambridge, but spent 18 months playing the intelligent yet awkward Toby Reynolds in the Kiwi medical drama.

Now he’s landed two roles in the school’s production of The Wedding Singer, being staged May 1 – 7 and promising to be all big hair, ballads, romance and laughs. Win tickets to the show on Tamahere Forum.

Journalist named year’s travel writer

Apr 16th, 2015 | By
Venetia Sherson pictured in the Life & Leisure story that won her travel writer of the year.

Tamahere journalist Venetia Sherson has been named Travel Writer of the Year in the annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards.

Multi-award winning Sherson, a former Waikato Times editor, won for her story Counting Sheep, published in NZ Life and Leisure magazine.

Judge Sarah Burrell, from London, described Sherson as “a writer in possession of that rare talent: a distinctive style.”

Police hunt tactics justified: IPCA

Apr 16th, 2015 | By

A night of tense drama in Tamahere when Police helicopters flew overhead, residents were warned to stay in their homes and wanted criminals ran through properties has had a sequel.

Police were justified in firing a warning shot and setting their dogs on two men who fled after a police chase near Hamilton, according to a report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

The report found the Waikato officers were “responding to a complex situation that required various tactics” to arrest two wanted men who ran from police after their car crashed on State Highway 1 at Tamahere on February 28, 2013.

Pencarrow Rd re-opens

Apr 15th, 2015 | By

Pencarrow Rd is set to re-open on April 20, allowing local traffic to access State Highway 1 at the Tamahere intersection.

Along with Pencarrow Rd’s re-opening a new cycleway/footpath will also be completed and open along Tamahere Drive, said the NZ Transport Agency and HEB Construction.

And landscape planting has begun, starting at Pickering Road and moving southwards as the new expressway work progresses.

Some dog rules change

Apr 13th, 2015 | By

The Waikato is an area of animal lovers with 13,615 dogs registered across the district.

At times dogs and other animals can cause problems: last month the council animal control team responded to 255 calls.

Earlier this year the council also canvassed community views on a draft dog control policy and bylaw and received 221 submissions that it’s now acted on.

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