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Bridge pile driving restarts

Waikato Expressway pile driving will restart from Thursday for the bridge to span State Highway 1 at Cherry Lane.

Six piles will be driven 35 to 40 metres into the ground at the western abutment to complete piling at the East/West Link Bridge.

This will take about three weeks to complete bringing increased noise and vibration for nearby residents. (See piling video)

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Bridge pile driving restarts

Waikato Expressway pile driving will restart from Thursday for the bridge to span State Highway 1 at Cherry Lane.

Six piles will be driven 35 to 40 metres into the ground at the western abutment to complete piling at the East/West Link Bridge.

This will take about three weeks to complete bringing increased noise and vibration for nearby residents. (See piling video)

Easter shopping cracked open

All retail shops in the Waikato district will be able to open on Easter Sunday this year.

The Waikato District Council adopted the Easter Trading Policy 2017 at yesterday’s Council meeting, after a recommendation from its Policy and Regulatory Committee last month.

Submissions on the policy were evenly split but the council decision means individual business owners can make their own choice about whether they open or not.

Forum future hinges on red button

Tamahere Forum has teamed with journalism support platform PressPatron in a bid to ensure the community website’s long term future.

PressPatron, an entrepreneurial venture designed to support the future of journalism, allows reader-supporters to make contributions to their favourite journalism websites in a few simple steps.

Tamahere Forum founder Philippa Stevenson, an award-winning journalist, has edited the local news website largely voluntarily for nine years.

Regal fined over decrepit truck wash

Regal Haulage’s truck wash in the Tamahere Reserve remains shut down after the company was fined $1500 by the Waikato Regional Council for breaching its resource consent.

The alarm was raised over the decrepit nature of the drainage system from the truck wash and its impact downstream by concerned local Owen Trolove in February.

The facility was closed down by the regional council, which then launched an investigation into the discharge.

Road work to bite commuters

The impact of work on the Waikato Expressway at Tamahere (pictured) is set to bite further on drivers, especially during heavy commuter traffic on State Highway 1/Cambridge Rd.

From next Monday, March 27, northbound traffic heading into Hamilton on SH1 will be merged into one lane at the Tamahere interchange.

Speed restrictions will also begin at the interchange – the SH1 intersection with Airport and Tauwhare roads – to allow safe traffic flow.

Golf club debates future

The future of Tamahere’s Riverside Golf Club – eventually to be divided by the Southern Links ring road south of Hamilton – could be decided as soon as mid-year.

The NZ Transport Agency has accepted the club’s need to speed up decisions about its future after the designated route was identified three years ago but the road’s construction was not expected to begin for around 15 years or more.

“NZTA has accepted the club’s need to expedite the process,” said club president Craig Meinsmith in a letter to members.

Local Events

Matangi poppy tree blossoms

A poppy tree has blossomed in Matangi in time for Anzac Day thanks to a local team of enthusiastic knitters.

One tree in a Waikato-wide project to decorate trees throughout the district, Matangi’s poppy tree provides a place to remember the devastation of war and all those affected by it.

Locals are welcome to attach a poppy or message of their own.

Yarn bombing for Anzac Day

A Matangi group is among groups across the Waikato that are decorating trees with red, knitted poppies in a district-wide ‘yarn bombing’ to commemorate ANZAC Day.

The Matangi knitters are set to decorate their tree on Wednesday, April 12, joining others from Port Waikato to Raglan who have been enthusiastically knitting for the past month.

The first of many trees ‘blossomed’ in Garden Place, Huntly, today.

Local People

Tamahere Green stands for Waikato

Tamahere resident Philppa Stevenson has been selected by the Green Party to contest the Waikato electorate seat at this year’s general election.
The award-winning journalist and former agricultural editor of the Waikato Times and NZ Herald, has lived in the Waikato all her life, the last 28 years in Tamahere.
“I love the Waikato. I am thrilled and humbled to be selected to stand for a region that is such a vital part of New Zealand,” Stevenson said.

Top Tamahere topiary team

With its neatly trimmed topiary, groomed lawns and pristine flower beds, you could be forgiven for imagining that a team of gardeners were at work maintaining Pat and Denise Donnelly’s large Tamahere garden. But no.

“It’s just Pat and I – team Donnelly,” says Denise. “And it’s nowhere near as labour intensive as it looks.”

Our Patch

Tree Church open to view

An open day at the unique Tree Church in Ohaupo this month will be the Ohaupo community’s first fundraising effort for a proposed $1.2 million sport and recreation centre.

The captivating Tree Church garden (pictured), a labour of love for owner Barry Cox, will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 22.

Food, coffee and live music will add to the occasion in the internationally renowned garden, for which tickets are available on Eventfinder and at the Te Awamutu i-Site.

Open fire season returns

Fire permits will no longer be required for fires in the open air from Wednesday, April 5.

The Waikato District Council made the move to an open fire season because of recent rain, after restrictions were introduced in late January.

The exceptions to the open season are those areas within a 1km margin of any Department of Conservation area, where fire permits are required year-round.

Local History

Icepak site sale disappoints

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.

Mystery flows on

The National Agricultural Fieldays are three weeks away and again sparking interest in the mystery that gave their venue its name – Mystery Creek.

Explaining the mystery has become a hardy annual for writers filling publications in the lead up to the Fieldays, this year on from June 15 to 18.

Tamahere Forum has already fielded a request for an explanation of the mystery which, according to the Cambridge Museum, has grown more mysterious over the years.