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Founders’ options for discussion

May 23rd, 2016 | By
Founders theatre

Arts advocacy organisation Creative Waikato is to host community discussion on the future options for the mothballed Founders Theatre on Wednesday, May 25.

In two sessions, to be held at The Meteor theatre, community members will have a chance to talk about the three options Hamilton City Council is considering for the theatre – refurbishment, demolition or a new theatre.

The Hamilton council has unilaterally declared the 54-year-old theatre a “regional facility” and is including Waikato and Waipa residents in a telephone survey on its future.



Youth award finalists inspire

May 20th, 2016 | By
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Finalists have been chosen for the inaugural Waikato District Youth Awards from 52 nominations.

The roll call of the young people making a contribution to their communities makes for inspiring reading.

The awards, in five categories for young Waikato dwellers aged between 12 and 24 years, will be announced at an event on Friday, May 27.



Hayes bids for mayoralty

May 16th, 2016 | By
Wally Hayes

Tamahere’s three-term district councillor, Wally Hayes, has launched an all or nothing bid for the Waikato mayoralty.

First elected to represent Tamahere in 2007 and twice since re-elected unopposed, the 53-year-old will step down from the role at the October local body elections and seek only the Waikato’s top position.

Hayes, who has clashed with incumbent mayor Allan Sanson, is the second announced contender for the Waikato mayoralty.



Warm wrap for market

May 16th, 2016 | By
Tamahere Country Market

It’s likely to be wrap up warm for this Saturday’s (May 21) Tamahere Market – or get along to stock up on some winter woollies.

Warming scarves, hats and gloves will be coming to the fore amid the market’s eclectic range of unique attire now that winter proper seems finally to have arrived.

Also among the winter fashion will be what organisers promise is a “fabulous” sample of handcrafted leather bags.



UFB survey crucial

May 15th, 2016 | By

More locals are urged to fill out the survey that could be crucial to bringing a super cyber highway to Tamahere.

Around 120 people turned out for a meeting on an initiative that could bring ultra-fast broadband (UFB) to Tamahere and Matangi, signalling strong local interest.

But only about 250 of 1400 survey forms on the issue have been returned, prompting a call for more people to give what’s likely to be influential feedback by this Friday (May 20).



SNA brief at open day

May 14th, 2016 | By

The Waikato District Council is to hold an open day to brief the nearly 400 Tamahere landowners who may have the legal label of SNA – significant natural area – placed on their properties.

To be held on Thursday, May 26 from 3pm to 7pm in the Tamahere Community Centre, the drop-in session will allow locals to ask any questions they may have regarding the potential SNA designation.

The information day is being held at the urging of the Tamahere Community Committee, which has been concerned about a lack of consultation over the potentially far-reaching land tags.



Founders “Waikato” theatre: HCC

May 6th, 2016 | By
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The future of Hamilton’s mothballed Founders Theatre has been unilaterally declared a Waikato-wide issue.

“Founders Theatre is a regional facility, and an important asset to both Hamilton and the surrounding districts,” said Hamilton City Council’s Executive Director of H3 and Events Sean Murray in a statement today.

That clearly took the Waikato District Council by surprise which, within minutes of the city’s media release, rushed out its own statement calling for wider discussion “before any single facility is treated as a regional amenity on an ad hoc basis.”



Big turn-out for UFB

May 6th, 2016 | By

Interest was strong at last night’s public meeting on an initiative that could bring ultra-fast broadband (UFB) to Tamahere and Matangi.

About 120 Tamahere and Matangi residents turned out for the meeting – a sizeable showing by the standards of public meeting attendance – and which would have given organisers a strong message.

The Waikato District Council, which called the meeting, has offered to build a case to put to central government for a subsidised roll out of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) in the area.



Meeting to get UFB rolling

May 3rd, 2016 | By
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A public meeting to gauge support for ultra-fast broadband in Tamahere is on this Thursday, May 5 at the Tamahere Community Centre from 7.30pm.

The Waikato District Council says it is prepared to lobby central government for investment in UFB for the area and Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes is urging locals to get behind the initiative.

He says it’s a one-off opportunity to get Tamahere and Matangi serviced by ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and give the area fast internet at an affordable price.



Village centre deal signed

May 2nd, 2016 | By
Tamahere village centre

The long awaited Tamahere village centre took a big leap forward today when the Waikato District Council and developer Fosters signed an agreement.

The deal is for a “commercial hub” of boutique retail outlets to be located on the corner of Devine Road and Wiremu Tamihana Drive.

The hub stems from combined council and Tamahere community efforts over the past few years and the search for a developer began last June.