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Long sought Kombi on show

Jul 21st, 2016 | By
Tamahere's Rocco Pienaar with his beloved Kombi

Rocco Pienaar spent about about seven years searching for the Kombi van he wanted.

He found it.

It was in South Africa and not for sale but the Tamahere local didn’t let that stop him.

Election nominations open

Jul 18th, 2016 | By
Vote Waikato

Nominations for candidates wanting to stand in this year’s Waikato district elections have opened.

Would-be leaders and those passionate about the district are urged to step up and give local politics a go to have a say in the community’s future.

To encourage people to put their names forward the council is holding a candidate information evening at 6pm tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19, in the council chambers in Ngaruawahia.

City co to maintain district parks

Jul 14th, 2016 | By
city care

A Christchurch City Council-owned company is to maintain the Waikato district’s open spaces – parks, gardens, cemeteries and playgrounds – from next month under a $4 million annual contract.

City Care, owned by the commercial and investment arm of the Christchurch City Council, was awarded a 10 year contract that the district council says will improve services.

The 17-year-old company, which already works for councils throughout the country including Matamata-Piako, Tauranga and Whakatane, will make a positive difference in the Waikato, according to the district council General Manager Service Delivery, Tim Harty.

Thin review for Narrows

Jul 13th, 2016 | By
The nourish bowl at Narrows Landing

The new-look Narrows Landing cafe, now run by the folk at the popular Two Birds Eatery, could have been more impressive, says a reviewer.

Fairfax reviewer Kelsey Wilkie gave the Airport Rd eatery a score of 3.5 out of 5 on a recent visit.

The nourish bowl was less than impressive, the smoky beans failed to knock her socks off, Wilkie wrote in a short review.

Waste tips for parents

Jul 13th, 2016 | By
Kate Meads has run her waste free workshops throughout NZ

The nationally renowned ‘Nappy Lady’, Kate Meads, is to run two waste free parenting workshops later this month – part of the Waikato district’s moves to more recycling, less waste.

At Meads’ workshops parents and parents-to-be receive tips on what they can do to reduce their home’s waste output as well as introducing them to waste free alternatives to expensive disposable products.

“Cloth nappies are part of what we promote through our education but the workshop is about so much more than nappies,” said Meads who has run the 2 1/2 hour workshop in 35 districts throughout New Zealand.

Fritters make market comeback

Jul 11th, 2016 | By
Truck on down to the July 16 Tamahere Market

Hot and moreish mussel fritters are back on the menu at the Tamahere Market this Saturday, July 16.

The popular mussel morsels have been absent from the market recently but are making a welcome return to coincide with a new initiative for market organisers.

A hot coffee also goes down well with market treats like fritters but there are new plans for those takeaway coffee cups.

Tamahere, rugby stalwart dies

Jul 6th, 2016 | By
A proud Rex Pickering (Photo: Mark Taylor, Waikato Times)

Rex Pickering, a Tamahere community and rugby stalwart, died yesterday (Tuesday, July 5) in Cambridge, aged 79.

Pickering and wife Christine were honoured for their more than 40 years of community service and dedication to the St Stephen’s parish two years ago, in August 2014.

Pickering, who in life was Waikato’s oldest living All Black, had a lifetime dedication to rugby, representing Waikato at provincial level and the All Blacks for over a decade.

First hat in ring

Jul 3rd, 2016 | By
Aksel Jepson is the first to put his hat in the ring for election 2016

The first candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for the Tamahere ward on the Waikato District Council in the upcoming October local body elections.

Tamahere resident Aksel Jepsen, a Tamahere School board of trustees member, announced his candidacy by launching a website and placing advertisements on Tamahere Forum.

Other candidates have from July 15 to August 12 to get their nominations in for the vacancy left by three-term councillor Wally Hayes who is standing for the mayoralty only.

Less waste challenge, help

Jul 1st, 2016 | By
Mainstream Green duo Tracey Cameron and Nicola Turner (Photo: Viv Posselt)

The new era of less waste starts today with double the recycling bins and direct payment for rubbish bags.

Today, July 1, also marks the start of Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness of the problems and amount of single-use, disposable plastic in our lives. The challenge is to do something about it.

Local sustainability education duo Tracey Cameron and Nicola Turner of Mainstream Green are offering events and workshops this month to coincide with Plastic Free July.

Thomas, Blackwing soar high

Jun 29th, 2016 | By
Thomas Giltrap and his bantam rooster Blackwing are a winning combination

Tamahere’s Thomas Giltrap has won a national award for poultry with his black bantam, Blackwing.

A Tamahere School student, Thomas, 10, travelled to New Plymouth for the National Poultry Show earlier this month.

He went to be a steward but came home with the New Zealand Championship for Best in Breed with the black Australorp​ bantam rooster Blackwing​.