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Market plants on cue

The Labour weekend Tamahere Market will be right on cue with plants for those gardens that are now demanding our attention.

Heirloom tomato plants, dahlia tubers and calla lilies will be just some of the vegetation ready for planting.

While we’re waiting for the bounty of our gardens, though, Saturday’s market will also be stocked with a large range of new season vegetables.

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Property values rise

Waikato district property values have risen by an average of 33.7% in the past three years and upcoming valuation notices will reflect that.

Waikato property owners can expect to receive their three-yearly Quotable Value (QV) property revaluation in the next week or two, with notices expected to start landing in letter boxes from around October 20.

The revaluations will have an impact on rates.

Question over library access

The Waikato District Council is reviewing the arrangement that gives Tamahere residents access to Hamilton city’s libraries.

Every year the council pays more than $300,000 for residents to access such library services and it wants feedback on whether the arrangement should continue.

The council wants views on whether residents use neighbouring councils’ libraries or if they’d prefer another option.

Locals keen for “awesome” park

Tamahere people have strongly indicated they are keen for “awesomeness” in their long awaited sports and recreation grounds.

A significant majority of locals who responded to a survey on whether they wanted a basic or enhanced level of facilities, including a bigger playground and high-spec walkway, have opted for the top line option.

The enhanced grounds come at a cost of an estimated additional $38 on annual rates.

Search, rescue exercise at school

Tamahere School is to be used as a training ground of a different kind this weekend.

New Zealand Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) will be using the school grounds and surrounding neighbourhood for a suburban search training exercise on Saturday (October 14).

Locals should not be alarmed if they see police cars and a lot of fluoro-clad people in and around the school and community, said Waveney Parker, a member of Hamilton LandSAR and Tamahere School principal.

SH1 speed up or not?

The NZ Transport Agency is calling for feedback on a proposal to introduce a 110km/h speed limit on the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway.

The SH1 expressway between the Cambridge Southern and Tamahere interchanges along with the SH2 Tauranga Eastern Link Rd are the first roads being considered for the 110km/h speed limit.

Nationwide, the speed limit will only rise to 110km/hr on roads which can support higher travel speeds without compromising safety.

School locked down after gun sighted

A gun scare put Tamahere School in lock down this afternoon for just under an hour.

Police were called to the school after senior students reportedly saw a stranger behind the school grounds wearing a balaclava and carrying what appeared to be a shotgun.

The lock down began around 1.20pm was lifted around 2.10pm after police inspected the school grounds and the area where the stranger was spotted and did not find anything.

Local Events

Market plants on cue

The Labour weekend Tamahere Market will be right on cue with plants for those gardens that are now demanding our attention.

Heirloom tomato plants, dahlia tubers and calla lilies will be just some of the vegetation ready for planting.

While we’re waiting for the bounty of our gardens, though, Saturday’s market will also be stocked with a large range of new season vegetables.

Clean up crew nabs litter

Tamahere School’s eco warriors have continued to wage war on litter around the school block.

Just before they headed off on holiday and in recognition of Clean Up New Zealand week a clean up crew took to the streets for an end of term tidy up.

They filled three quarters of a large wheelie bin with recyclable objects and the same again with waste.

Local People

Obituary: Christine Pickering

Christine Pickering lived a life of service to her family, her community, her church, and to many New Zealanders she did not know, and would never meet.

Hers was a way of living that many today would see as quaintly old-fashioned and out-of-step with the neo-liberal zeitgeist of the “individual before others” so prevalent in modern society.

Her community work should probably not be measured in money, but it is true that Christine helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars over more than four decades for a range of charities.

Obituary: Sue Pickering

Tamahere’s Sue Pickering was a Francophile of the first order – she had a lifelong love affair with the republic, and spoke the language with such fluent ease even native French speakers were often confused into trying to pin down her dialect to a part of France.

Sue grew up in Auckland near One Tree Hill with her sister Mary and brother Jim. She went to St Cuthbert’s and then on to Auckland University, where she studied English and French.

Our Patch

Beware computer scams

A rising number of people have reported random calls from someone with a foreign accent, typically Indian or American, telling them they’ve got a security or other kind of issue with their computer.

This is obviously a scam and it’s worth knowing how it works.

It starts with that call, sometimes bounced through a NZ landline number, and the suggestion that there’s a problem with your computer.

A fair bumper crop of books

The 21st annual Red Cross book fair promises to be bigger and better when it starts next Friday.

There will be more than 60,000 books at the venue, the Te Rapa Racecourse, off Garnett Ave, Hamilton, from Sept 8 to 10.

They will range over fiction, romance, war, history, drama and non-fiction and will also include a large range of children’s books.

Local History

Dig finds kumara gardens

Archaeologists working on the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway have uncovered further evidence of Maori settlement at Tamahere.

In 2015, before excavations began for the Southern Interchange at Tamahere, archaeologists investigated large areas of known archaeological sites on the deer farm opposite Cherry Lane and found evidence of large scale pre-European kumara gardening.

In pre-European times, tangata whenua located deposits of course sand to mix with topsoil to improve the drainage and growing conditions for kumara.

High cost in Te Awa Hilton repossession

A finance company found out the hard way that repossessing a Tamahere mansion isn’t as simple as it sounds.

The large home, nicknamed the Te Awa Hilton, was repossessed by FM Custodians Ltd in August 2015, while the occupiers – Robert (Rocky) Hoani Clifford Cribb and Karen Lynne Stevens – were in Europe.

Cribb and Stevens failed to give FM Custodians an address to shift their house full of furniture to, so FM Custodians packed it up into five containers and stored it with a local removal company.