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Market saves best till last

Dec 15th, 2014 | By
Cheeky angels

The last Tamahere Market of the year this Saturday is beautifully timed for Christmas present buying.

It is also one of the best places to buy NZ-made gifts and goodies for Christmas parties and get-togethers.

The list of unique or rare gift ideas that can be found at the market is long and includes calendars printed by Bron Alexander, screen printed tea towels nobody else will have, and ceramic angels with undies on!



Festival treats “best value”

Dec 13th, 2014 | By
You get to play ladies (and gentlemen) at a suitably decorated table.

When Sarah Bouquett sailed to New Zealand from England in the late 1800s, she brought her Christmas cake recipe with her.

Sarah was 23, a young bride, and she and her wheelwright husband came from Cornwall to settle in the South Island.

Sarah’s recipe had been treasured by subsequent generations of her family, and she would probably be delighted that it’s still being made and admired in the 21st century. At present it’s in the capable hands of her great-granddaughter, Glenda Matthews, who bakes if for the annual fundraising Christmas Festival at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Tamahere. (Recipe included.)



New link road to open

Dec 10th, 2014 | By
Wiremu Tamihana, retrospectively named New Zealander of the Year 1863

Wiremu Tamihana Drive, the new road between Devine and Airport roads, will be open from Monday, December 15.

Named in honour of the Ngati Haua chief and peacemaker who is Tamahere’s first person of historic significance, the road will be blessed by Ngati Haua to ensure the safe passage of people who use it.

After months of rough roads and stop/go controls the welcome opening of Wiremu Tamihana Drive means there will no longer be access to Airport Road from Newell Road and vice versa.



Talk rubbish, recycling

Dec 10th, 2014 | By

The Waikato District Council is reviewing its rubbish and recycling services prompted by a community wish to reduce waste to land fill while encouraging recycling.

Last week more than 20,000 letters were mailed to district residents seeking feedback on proposed rubbish kerbside collections and recycling options.

The Council Service Delivery General Manager, Tim Harty, said the aim of the exercise was to align rubbish collection and recycling with the community-developed Waste Management Plan of “working towards zero waste for the Waikato district”.



Festival takes the Christmas cake

Dec 8th, 2014 | By
Carol singing

Christmas in Tamahere is unfolding in special spirit and style centred on the month-long St Stephen’s Christmas Festival.

The 28-year-old fundraising festival with its beautiful displays of nativity scenes, Christmas decorations and festive refreshments is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm through to Christmas Eve.

Saturday’s Twilight Market may have been wildly popular and packed with happy shoppers but year in year out it’s the Christmas Festival with its genteel charm that takes the Christmas cake. See the slideshow for hints of Festival fare.



Vicar’s hyper text path to Tamahere

Dec 8th, 2014 | By
Rev Ellen Bernstein, the new Vicar at St Stephen's Tamahere

From the language of computers to the word of God, the new Vicar of St Stephen’s Tamahere has taken a modern day path to an old calling.

The Reverend Ellen Bernstein will be welcomed as St Stephen’s Vicar with a service at the church on Thursday, December 11 at 7pm.

“St Stephen’s is a very special parish and I feel extraordinarily blessed to be called to this place,” said Rev Ellen of her seven year journey to her first appointment as a vicar.



Hart of Christmas lights up again

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
Clive Hart’s ornate Christmas lights from last year, which will light up again this Saturday (Photo: Waikato Times)

Chiefs players and the addition of an extra charity will start an annual Christmas light display in Tamahere.

Te Awa Lane resident Clive Hart has covered his home in lights for the past seven years, and he’ll switch on for the eighth this Saturday.

Chiefs players and their families will be along to enjoy the Christmas glow, Hart said, and he’s also taken on a second charity.



Christmas spirit at twilight market

Dec 1st, 2014 | By
Star paua

The year’s bonus market – this Saturday’s Tamahere Twilight Market – is one for everything that is Christmas.

The stalls will be groaning with gift possibilities, bakers’ delights, and decorations extraordinaire.

The market also coincides with the first day of the Christmas Festival hosted from Saturday, December 6 until Christmas Eve by the very good folk of St Stephen’s Church who decorate their church and hall to inspire.



Stocks to pot

Dec 1st, 2014 | By

The last Sunday working session for the year will be held this coming Sunday, December 7 at the Tamahere Community Nursery starting at 1.30pm.

“We had an inspirational field trip in November to three gully sites in Hamilton but as a consequence lots of seedlings need to be potted on to build up plants stocks for next year,” says Jan Simmons of Tamahere Gully Care.

“This is a busy time of year with pre-Christmas functions but if you can make it to the nursery on Sunday we would love to see you there.



Yes, we have no Hart Rd hostel

Nov 28th, 2014 | By
The Hart Rd house being advertised for student rental and "short term stays"

The rent is going down for flatmates, including “short term stays”, in the Hart Rd house that locals fear will become an illegal hostel.

In the first week on the market advertiser ‘Lipglossed’ sought $250 a week for every room in the nine-bedroom house but that’s now dropped to $200 for ‘professional singles’ or students.

Despite covenants on the property title prohibiting it being used as student accommodation the Waikato District Council says it can do nothing.



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