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Beams in on Pickering Rd

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
HEB Construction site foreman Raymond Puhara guides a 33-tonne beam into place on the Pickering Rd underbridge.

A still, calm day was high on the wishlist of HEB Construction workers as they lifted 33-tonne beams into position on the Pickering Road underbridge on Monday.

Under a blue sky they individually lowered six 22-metre-long beams into place with the help of a 200-tonne crane. The 2.3 metre-wide beams were pre-cast in Tauranga and trucked on to the site.

The Pickering Rd underbridge is one of eight bridges to be built as part of the $230 million Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway.

Early chance to see hub plans

Jul 28th, 2014 | By

Plans for the central Tamahere sports grounds and village hub are to be presented at this month’s Tamahere Community Committee meeting.

The Waikato District Council presentation of draft concepts for the communal area will be made at the beginning of the meeting on August 4, which will start at the earlier time of 6.30pm. The meeting is open to the public.

It will be an early chance for locals to see proposals for the sport, recreation and village hub area adjacent to Tamahere School and bounded by Devine Rd and the new Wiremu Tamihana Drive.

Plants hot, must pot

Jul 27th, 2014 | By

Plants from the Tamahere Community Nursery have been in hot demand so the pressure is on volunteers to build up stocks.

“The demand for plants this year has been amazing and there is now only a limited supply of plants left for planting this year,” said the nursery’s Jan Simmons.

The monthly working session at the Devine Rd nursery this Sunday, August 3, at 1.30 pm, will focus on potting on seedlings for next year’s stock of plants for gully restoration.

Killer corner no safer

Jul 25th, 2014 | By
One of the many crashes at the Cherry Lane intersection.

None of the measures mooted to increase driver safety at the Cherry Lane – State Highway 1 killer corner have been done a month after many were expected to be in place.

In early May, the NZ Transport Agency detailed short and long term actions ranging from road signs to reduced speed limits but a month after NZTA’s own deadline Cherry Lane residents are still waiting.

The measures agreed with a residents’ group followed widespread calls for action on the corner prompted by concerns at the high number of serious crashes, including a fatal accident in April.

Call for arty, crafty

Jul 20th, 2014 | By
Put your best foot forward for the Tamahere Christmas Festival

Locals with art and craft skills are being sought to contribute to one of Tamahere’s iconic events – the 27-year-old Tamahere Christmas Festival.

Time has taken a toll on the dedicated band which has created the festival and everything that goes into it and new recruits are needed.

A meeting is being held at 7pm on Thursday, July 24 in the St Stephen’s Church to canvas interest.

Lions close on projects

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

The Tamahere Lions Club is growing rapidly with five new members signing up at its first full meeting this week.

That brings club membership to 20, enabling it to start deciding what projects it will work on in the community, says club president Russell Gibbs.

“The response from the community has been amazing,” he said. “This is better than we all expected and is very pleasing.”

Designed to light the way

Jul 17th, 2014 | By
Disc light

Inspirit Gallery is preparing for its first lighting and design exhibition.

The exhibition, which will run from August 5 will feature the work of Ross Mackay, a colleague of the renowned designer David Trubridge in Hawkes Bay.

Mackay, who has been involved with art and design since 1990, joined Trubridge and William Jameson to form design incubator Cicada Studios in 2001.

Progress good on new road

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

Wiremu Tamihana Drive, the new road being constructed between Airport and Devine Roads, is progressing well despite wet weather.

From later this month until late August, contractors Fulton Hogan will be widening Airport Rd at the intersection with Wiremu Tamihana Drive to allow for slip lanes, reported the Waikato District Council in its latest update.

When the road is completed in December it will bring about a number of changes, including the closure of the right hand turn from Devine Rd down the SH 1 on-ramp.

Santa needs some helpers

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
The Christmas Festival is in need of some helpers

Tamahere Market organisers are looking ahead – to this Saturday’s monthly market, and to the end-of-year Christmas Festival.

“A new vendor is bringing smoked mussels from Thames to Saturday’s market and we want to put on a good show for them so we are hoping for fine weather,” says market organiser Jane Manson.

Also looking for some fresh muscle is the 27-year-old Tamahere Christmas Festival; so a meeting is planned for Thursday, July 24 to canvas interest.

Church in need of vicar

Jul 12th, 2014 | By

St Stephen’s Church is actively looking for a new vicar following the departure of the Rev Sandy Neal.

The full-time position has been advertised by the Anglican Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki with applications closing this Friday, July 18.

The new Vicar at St Stephen’s will be blessed by a welcoming, inclusive church family full of potential to respond to those in need, reads the advertisement.

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