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Water thieves to be plugged

Nov 27th, 2015 | By

The Waikato District Council and two other local bodies have formed an action group to stop water thieves.

Trucks illegally taking water have been caught on camera and the photos circulated to the three councils – Waikato and Waipa districts and Hamilton city.

In one incident some Waipa residents had no water after rogue water takers drained the network in one street.

Neighbours roll out barrow

Nov 23rd, 2015 | By
Daryl Smith and Maureen Trainor present restorating trust chairman Leo Koppens with a new wheelbarrow

The Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust is celebrating the kindness of neighbours.

Back in February it was just the opposite.

Then the volunteer group restoring the Tamahere Reserve was bemoaning the vileness of thieves who had made off with one of its two trusty wheelbarrows.

Vet Jack Foster celebrated

Nov 20th, 2015 | By

Matangi is celebrating local identity Jack Foster with the opening of a reserve in his name on Saturday, November 28.

The Jack Foster Reserve, alongside Matangi School, will be officially opened at a community event at 11am.

Jack Foster was Matangi’s veterinarian for 45 years and was described at his funeral in 2009 as New Zealand’s James Herriot of All Creatures Great and Small fame.

Market a pre-Xmas must

Nov 15th, 2015 | By
Signs of the times: Tamahere markets and the Christmas Festival make the season

Nothing says Christmas is looming like the fact that there are just three Tamahere Market days before the big day.

The first of the three is this coming Saturday, November 21, where the taste temptations will include the area’s bountiful crop of strawberries. Yummm.

Among the popular art pieces will be the Bron Alexander calendars – an item that sells like hot cakes.

Playcentre calls for building funds

Nov 14th, 2015 | By
Playcentre Tamahere wb

The Tamahere Playcentre has taken to the Givealittle fundraising website to raise money to upgrade its building.

The money raised will help make the building warmer and the bathroom safer and more accessible for the children, the Devine Rd Playcentre says in its pitch.

“Tamahere Playcentre has not had any substantial work done to its building for over 10 years. We need facilities that meet the needs of our wonderful families and reflect our commitment to creating the best learning environment for our children.”

Hayes out as water champion

Nov 11th, 2015 | By
Cr Wally Hayes

Embattled Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes will not have a seat on the new joint council water governance group.

Hayes, who had a seat on the multi-council group before it was disbanded in May, is under fire from Waikato Mayor Allan Sanson after sources said he was accused of leaking a confidential report into the mayor’s use of the “wanker” profanity in a council meeting to the media.

Hayes denies the allegation.

Mayor swears to roll Hayes

Nov 10th, 2015 | By
Tamahere Councillor Wally Hayes at Monday's meeting (Photo: Waikato Times)

Waikato Mayor Allan Sanson swears to strip Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes of his committee chairmanship after alleging a relationship breakdown.

Sanson fingered Hayes for leaking a confidential report into his conduct at an Infrastructure Committee meeting to the media, according to council sources.

But at Monday’s full council meeting Sanson denied publication of the story around his use of the salty expletive “wanker” had anything to do with his motion.

A right royal show

Nov 8th, 2015 | By
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles arrive at Turangawaewae (photo: Governor General's office)

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were welcomed movingly on to the Turangawaewae Marae today, a spectacular event at which Tamahere was represented.

It was an historic moment. The prince was last on the Ngaruawahia marae in 1994 just before Tainui and the Crown came to the very first settlement under the Treaty of Waitangi. His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was there in 1953 at what was a significant moment of reconciliation between the Crown and the King movement.

The formal seat of the Maori King movement was ready for the 2015 occasion.

Nursery needs new home

Nov 3rd, 2015 | By

The Tamahere Community Plant Nursery is in need of a new home.

Several months of searching has failed to find new premises for the volunteer organisation whose present home will disappear with the development of sports and recreational grounds in central Tamahere.

Nursery members are now appealing for anyone who knows of sheds and grounds that could be their new digs to contact them.

Inorganic rubbish collection soon

Nov 1st, 2015 | By

This year’s inorganic rubbish collection will begin in Tamahere on Monday, November 16.

That means getting a pile of inorganic items of no more than two metres long by one metre wide at the roadside on Sunday, November 15.

Items that can be put out include unwanted furniture, lawnmowers, carpet, televisions or household appliances.