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Focus on Tamahere trouble spots

Feb 28th, 2015 | By
Hooning drivers from as far away as Auckland have come to the Pickering Rd roundabout

Hundreds of hoons gathering at Pickering Rd and the Hart Rd “ghost town” have made Tamahere a hot media topic.

A new section of the Waikato expressway project is being used for potentially dangerous burnouts and drifting races by masses of boy racers, from as far afield as Tauranga and Auckland, the Waikato Times reports, complete with dramatic photos and video of the events.

And the paper reports that a “lack of funds for a prominent Hamilton building company has stalled construction on six giant Tamahere properties.”

Bowling season starts

Feb 22nd, 2015 | By

Indoor bowls starts again for another season next Monday, March 2.

The games, in the Tamahere Community Centre, will continue every Monday night until October.

“It is a game that is easy to learn and suitable for all ages and abilities,” says Tamahere Indoor Bowling Club secretary Jan Simmons.

Anger grows over Hart Rd “pigsty”

Feb 19th, 2015 | By
Overflowing rubbish bins, long grass and long unfinished houses plague Hart Rd

There is growing anger among Hart Rd residents as they see there once quiet neighbourhood increasingly trashed and overrun with hostel-style occupants.

“There were 10 cars parked at 33 Hart Rd at 10am this morning,” said a long time resident today.

Already this year the long established residents have raised concerns about noise and partying from some of the large, eight or nine bedroom houses in the road they now say is like a pigsty.

Donkey wanted for star role

Feb 19th, 2015 | By

A donkey. A donkey. My church for a donkey, Reverend Ellen Bernstein said (more or less).

The vicar of St Stephen’s Church is desperately (kinda) seeking a donkey for a star appearance in an upcoming church service.

Anyone with a donkey who would be happy for it to clip clop up the aisle at St Stephen’s Church, Tamahere will be, err, blessed.

Crafty date awaits

Feb 19th, 2015 | By
Angels crafted from pine cones - some of the work of the Thursday craft group

Got a way with a glue gun, a sewing needle or a paint brush and have some time to spare on Thursday mornings?

A craft group meets every Thursday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the St Stephen’s Church hall to fashion the fabulous Christmas decorations and more that are sold at the annual, fundraising Christmas Festival.

Nearly a dozen women gather already and they’d welcome more to swell their numbers.

Plum time for market

Feb 16th, 2015 | By
Delicious Louisa plums will be at Saturday's market

It’ll be a plum time to visit the Tamahere Market on Saturday – delicious, local, Louisa plums will make their appearance along with Otago greengage plums and peaches.

Adding to the feast of fresh delights will be local sweetcorn and Katikati avocados.

Team all that, along with salami, smoked fish and cheese, with loaves of tasty bread from Volare or other specialist bakers and memorable market day meals are assured.

Cricket artistry on local wicket

Feb 15th, 2015 | By
At the crease

Tamahere has scored a cricket themed art exhibition which celebrates the ICC World Cup Cricket on now around the country.

Inspirit Gallery, in Pencarrow Rd, is the home of former New Zealand and Northern Districts cricketer Chris Kuggeleijn whose son Scott is also a talented cricketer.

Naturally, the pair’s wife and mother, Jenny Scown, the gallery’s director, has been inspired to stage an exhibition, fittingly titled Clean Bowled, which reflects her and other artists’ passion for the sport.

SH1-Tamahere Dr access closed

Feb 12th, 2015 | By

There will be no access to Tamahere Drive from State Highway 1 at its southern end from Monday, February 16 as work on the Waikato Expressway continues.

The only access to Tamahere Drive for about a month will be from its northern end at the Airport Rd intersection.

The closure will allow HEB Construction to rework road levels on Tamahere Drive

Boy racers rile locals

Feb 11th, 2015 | By

Boy racers have held large, noisy gatherings on the new Pickering Rd roundabout for the last three Friday nights.

At least a hundred cars turned up last Friday with drivers doings wheelies around and over the roundabout and even in the nearby duck pond, killing the ducks, said a local resident.

Locals have called the Police but are urging more people concerned about the intimidating antics to also contact authorities with their concerns.

Artist at the gate

Feb 7th, 2015 | By
Artists at work: Waikato Times Arts Reporter Mike Mather and photographer Mike Scott get shots of Bruce Young with his Frond and Tui gates featuring in Gates For A Landscape exhibition opening on April 19 at Inspirit Gallery(Photo: Jenny Scown)

In art, the term “medium” refers to the substance the artist uses to create his or her artwork. For example, the medium Michelangelo used to create David was marble, while Pablo Picasso’s Girl Before a Mirror was rendered in oil paint on canvas.

Bruce Young’s current medium of choice is farm gates.

“It’s like a canvas for a painter,” the former Waikato Museum exhibitions officer says. “Its just another way and a means for me to explore ideas.”

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