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Danger: wasps about

Apr 27th, 2016 | By
Asian paper wasp

Wasps, the flying, yellow and black bullets of evil are everywhere.

Conditions have clearly been favouring wasps and swarms of Asian paper wasps are everywhere while the telltale signs of the in-ground nests of German wasps can be spotted if you are alert to them.

So it’s a good idea to know what wasp is what and what to do with them and their plans for world domination.

Inspired by nature

Apr 25th, 2016 | By
Fiona Kerr Gedson with Maths Mandala

Two unique artists have come together for the first time to share new work inspired by nature with an exhibition at Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery.

Annemieke Farmilo works with raw pounamu (greenstone), glass and other natural materials; Fiona Kerr Gedson’s works are mainly crafted from pheasant, peacock and turkey feathers.

Their joint show, By Nature, is at the Pencarrow Rd gallery from Saturday, April 30.

Chance for fast internet

Apr 22nd, 2016 | By
Fibre-optic cable

A one-off opportunity to get Tamahere and Matangi serviced by ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and give the area fast internet is in the pipeline.

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

Initially, the council has sought the views of 1400 locals in a survey designed to indicate the likely demand for faster internet speeds, and whether residents are prepared to contribute to installation costs.

‘Father of Tamahere’ signs in

Apr 17th, 2016 | By
Patrick Leslie, in 1877

A small, peeling plaque at the gate of a local property is one of the last remaining signs of some of the earliest European settlement of Tamahere.

The plaque is emblazoned with the word, Wartle, the name given by a pioneer Scot, Patrick Leslie, to the grand, 14 room homestead and substantial 625 ha (1544 acre) farm he established there in the late 1800s. It earned him the title ‘Father of Tamahere’.

But when archeologists went digging recently for signs of the homestead, its extensive grounds and many farm buildings they came up short.

Two Birds land in Tamahere

Apr 16th, 2016 | By
Two Birds Eatery

A Waikato health food business is benefiting from consumers’ changing food philosophy and expanding into Tamahere.

Two Birds Eatery, an allergy-friendly raw and whole foods cafe in Hamilton East that opened in March 2014 has grown quickly.

The cafe in a corner of the Clyde Street shopping centre is increasingly popular with queues for tables on weekends.

Market for foodies

Apr 10th, 2016 | By
Feijoas, just coming into season, will be at the April Tamahere Market

Foodies rejoice. Next Saturday’s Tamahere Market will have even more mouthwatering morsels than usual.

Smoked mussels, fresh, Buffalo mozzerella and Hungarian smoked salamis will all make an appearance thanks to a new market stallholder.

Add these tasty treats to the wonderful fresh produce – figs, pears, beans, Jerusalem artichokes, feijoas, avocados and more – for a gourmet meal like no other.

World Cup boy aims high

Apr 9th, 2016 | By
High five. Legend Jonah Lomu meets Tamahere's Ethan Bai in a magical moment at the Rugby World Cup 2011 opening ceremony

The boy who stole the show at the 2011 Rugby World Cup opening ceremony – Tamahere’s Ethan Bai – is on track to make his country more proud.

When Ethan ran on to Eden Park five years ago, memorably dressed in a number 11 jersey in Canterbury colours, the 13-year-old spectacularly represented the best of rugby and New Zealand.

Now after teaming up with the late, legendary Jonah Lomu on the rugby field he’s on course to represent the country again in a different sport.

Awards to praise young

Apr 6th, 2016 | By

Nominations are open for the inaugural Waikato District Youth Awards.

The awards, in five categories for young Waikato dwellers aged between 12 and 24 years, are designed to recognise people who have contributed significantly to their community.

Organised by the Waikato District Council and funded by the Ministry for Youth Development they aim is to recognise and celebrate young people, said Waikato District Council Youth Engagement Advisor Shannon Kelly.

Second chance on SNAs

Apr 4th, 2016 | By

So few Tamahere landowners have responded to a proposal to place potentially far-reaching tags on their properties that they are being given a second chance.

Last September, the Waikato District Council notified nearly 400 Tamahere residents by letter that their properties may contain significant natural areas (SNAs), a legal label that could change what happens on their land.

But the areas identified by the council may not be accurate or fit SNA criteria and landowners were urged to provide feedback. Only 76 did.

Refuse collection to change

Apr 1st, 2016 | By

Tamahere’s refuse and recycling collections will be changing in a few months.

On the less is more principle, the Waikato District Council is introducing measures to encourage us all to reduce, re-use and recycle more.

There is good reason. Each year Waikato communities unnecessarily dump a costly 35,000 tonnes of refuse in landfills.