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Tamahere election wide open

Jun 20th, 2016 | By
Vote Waikato

Who will step up for a chance to represent Tamahere on the Waikato District Council in the upcoming local body elections?

Three-term Tamahere ward councillor Wally Hayes has left the field wide open after announcing an all or nothing bid for the district’s mayoralty in the October elections.

Aspiring candidates for the ward role have from July 15 when nominations open until August 12 to get their nominations in. But what does being a councillor involve?

Plan to guide reserve work

Jun 19th, 2016 | By
The Tamahere Reserve

The Tamahere Reserve has reached another milestone – a professionally-written ecological restoration plan to guide its way for at least the next five years.

Prepared by Wildland Consultants and funded by the Waikato Regional Council, the 78-page plan documents the current, partly restored state of the Tauwhare Rd reserve, the issues ahead for its restorers and how they can be managed.

Significantly for a vestige of the type of forest and wetland that used to dominate the Waikato, the plan places the 4.6ha Tamahere Reserve in an ecological history dating back tens of thousands of years.

Mastermind Tamahere

Jun 18th, 2016 | By

St Stephen’s Church’s latest Community Quiz Night is on Saturday, July 2 from 7pm.

It’s a chance to get together your own team and test your knowledge prowess – other than against TV’s Mastermind competitors.

Teams can be up to six or individuals can go along and join a team on the night to meet neighbours and new friends.

Activity central – play, market, farm

Jun 13th, 2016 | By
Playcentre Tamahere wb

A grand re-opening of Tamahere Playcentre, the Tamahere Market and the National Agricultural Fieldays – Tamahere promises to be activity central this week.

The Tamahere Playcentre, Devine Rd, has been renovated and extended prompting a family-friendly celebration on Saturday morning (June 18)

At the same time, the Tamahere Market will be tempting us in with treats for breakfast, morning tea, and lunch as a one-stop shop or while on our way to the Fieldays.

Police hit Hart Rd

Jun 10th, 2016 | By

A police raid on a Hart Rd property today raised alarm among neighbours.

The Armed Offenders Squad assisted with a search warrant that was executed just after 6am on the Hart Rd house.

Local speculation that the house contained a clandestine drug or methamphetamine lab was unfounded, police said.

Locals support UFB

Jun 7th, 2016 | By

Nearly 500 Tamahere and Matangi residents would sign up for a fibre-optic internet service if it was offered in their area.

The result comes in a survey conducted by the Waikato District Council in May billed as crucial to bringing a super cyber highway to the area.

More than 95% of survey respondents said they would definitely sign up for ultra-fast broadband (UFB) if offered with nearly 80% prepared to contribute at least $500 as a one-off contribution to get fibre-optic cable to their house.

Eco-warrior up for award

Jun 7th, 2016 | By
Eco-warrior. Leo Koppens is up for Volunteer of the Year

Tamahere eco-warrior Leo Koppens is up for the Volunteer of the Year Award in this year’s Volunteer Excellence Awards.

Volunteering Waikato’s annual awards recognise the effort and impact on their communities of an army of people who give of their time freely and without payment.

Koppens, who began restoring the Tamahere Reserve four years ago, was nominated by his fellow members on the Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust.

Rubbish talk at meeting

Jun 7th, 2016 | By

The low-down on changes to rubbish and recycling services will be given at June’s Tamahere Community Committee meeting.

Locals interested in the changes, which start on July 1, are invited to find about them first hand by attend the committee’s meeting on Monday, June 13, 7.30pm in the Tamahere Community Centre.

The Waikato District Council’s Less Waste Saves More project team, will give be giving a presentation to the committee.

Icepak site sale disappoints

Jun 3rd, 2016 | By
Back in the picture. Wayne Grattan addressing media following the fatal 2008 fire. (Photo: Waikato Times)

The sale this week of the former Icepak site has failed to sever links with its tragic past.

The derelict site in central Tamahere was bought by one of the architects of the tragedy that cost the life of a firefighter in 2008, former Icepak director Wayne Grattan.

Grattan, who was personally fined $30,000 for his part in the death of firefighter Derek Lovell and injury to seven others, paid $865,000 for the former coolstore site where the disaster played out eight years ago.

Council offers more online

May 31st, 2016 | By

The Waikato District Council has expanded its online services for ratepayers and prospective property owners.

A new Apply for it button on the council’s website home page allows ratepayers to apply online to pay property and water rates by direct debit, and prospective property owners to apply online for a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) report.

The latest button completes a quartet of online forms and services designed to reduce paperwork and make things faster and more efficient for those dealing with the council.