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Tamahere Market changes scene

Jan 16th, 2017 | By
Tamahere Market organiser Jane Manson, with Chiefs players who visited the market last year

The first Tamahere Market of 2017 this Saturday begins a year in which the popular market will mark its 13th birthday.

The market founding organiser Jane Manson, who still holds the position today, can probably justifiably claim to have changed the market scene in the Waikato over the years.

“When we first started there was the Frankton Market and the yearly markets at Pirongia and Cambridge so we offered something entirely different,” Manson told Tamahere Forum.

Fire permits ahead

Jan 12th, 2017 | By

Fire permits will be needed from Friday, January 20 as the Waikato District Council begins a restricted fire season.

Permits will be needed for all fires in the open air with the exception of barbecues, hangi, brazier-type fires and fires within a properly constructed incinerator fitted with a lid or mesh spark arrestor to stop embers escaping.

Applications for permits can be made by contacting any of the Waikato District Council offices or via the council’s website.

Expressway changes face of Tamahere

Jan 11th, 2017 | By
The expressway route from Matangi Rd (at bottom) toward Tamahere (at top) across a gully.

The once treed view alongside State Highway 1 close to Hamilton has rapidly given way to brown earthworks since early January as the latest section of the Waikato Expressway to effect Tamahere steps up pace.

Construction has begun of a new, two-lane Cambridge Rd off-ramp into Hamilton, east of the current SH1, opposite Cherry Lane.

The off-ramp is part of what will be something of a spaghetti junction which will eventually include an east/west bridge connecting Cherry Lane and Bollard Road with Cambridge Road and Birchwood Lane.

Water restrictions on

Dec 12th, 2016 | By

After a spate of warm weather, Waikato, Waipa and Hamilton councils have brought in water restrictions.

A significant increase in water consumption across the region has prompted the restrictions allowing sprinklers to be used only between 6am and 8am and 6pm and 8pm or hand-held hosing at any time.

Over the last two weeks Waikato’s water consumption rose by 6 million litres, Waipa’s by up to 190 million litres and Hamilton’s by 20 per cent.

Child care centres grow

Dec 7th, 2016 | By
An artists impression of the new Pentagon child care centre

Tamahere is becoming a fruitful area for child care enterprises.

Building is underway on a new centre on Tamahere Drive, which is expected to be open mid-2017.

And an existing centre in Devine Rd is expanding.

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.