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Warm welcome at market

A warm welcome is assured at this Saturday’s Tamahere Market whatever the weather.

The mid-winter market has stocked up on seasonal clothing – hats, scarves, merino, socks – and will also have great hot food to keep the chill at bay.

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Plan submissions start on July 18

The time to make submissions on the proposed Waikato district plan will start on July 18.

The formal submission process follows a long period of community consultation, resulting in some key changes between the current operative plan and the proposed plan.

Waikato District Council Chief Executive Gavin Ion says the district plan is an important document as it tells the community how the district’s land can be used, developed and subdivided.

SH1 switch ahead

The question of when SH1 drivers will travel along what is now a great swathe of sand beside the main road through Tamahere has been answered.

By November, SH1 traffic will divert from the current road onto the new section, which will travel under the partially built East West Link Bridge to reconnect with the existing highway near the Hamilton billboard at the top of the gully.

When traffic is switched onto the new lanes, the old highway northwest of Cherry Lane will be closed.

Meeting scheduled on intersection

Proposed changes to the Newell Rd-Cambridge Rd intersection are to be discussed at a public meeting in the Tamahere Community Centre.

The changes under consideration could restrict the way drivers enter and exit the intersection.

The NZ Transport Agency and the Waikato District Council propose making some changes as part of the work for the Waikato Expressway, which is to be finished by 2020.

Oh rubbish!

We pay good money for every single item we later consign to the rubbish or recycling bin, often fast and with very little thought.

Sometimes we will have used a product for as little as a few minutes, for example, the ubiquitous and problematic plastic shopping bag, which can have a life as short as 12 minutes – from supermarket check-out to our home.

Each of us in the Waikato district generate 750kg of waste every year and it has been growing year on year, according to a recent report assessing the district’s waste.

Feedback wanted on rubbish, recycling

The Waikato District Council is seeking feedback on its draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP).

The plan intends to focus on the avoidance, reduction and minimisation of waste, and to make use of opportunities created from resource recovery.

Targets include increasing the diversion of per capita kerbside material by 10 per cent and reducing per capita kerbside rubbish to landfill by 5 per cent.

New retirement village for Tamahere

Tamahere is in line for its second retirement village with the Sanderson Group on the point of buying a 10ha block bounded by Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive.

The Tauranga headquartered company proposes to build 130 freestanding houses along with assisted living apartments, rest home, hospital and dementia care facility for around 290 people starting early next year.

Brendon Russo, Sanderson’s assistant general manager, said the company, which this month briefed the Tamahere Community Committee on its plans, was currently applying for resource consents and doing other due diligence before finalising the land purchase.

Local Events

Warm welcome at market

A warm welcome is assured at this Saturday’s Tamahere Market whatever the weather.

The mid-winter market has stocked up on seasonal clothing – hats, scarves, merino, socks – and will also have great hot food to keep the chill at bay.

Nature reserve gets kid-friendly billing

The Tamahere Reserve has featured in a magazine promoting outdoor adventures for kids.

Outdoor Kid is a free bi-monthly magazine and website designed to spread the word about kid-friendly walks throughout New Zealand.

The Tamahere Reserve figures in the June/July magazine and on the website among the top five kid-friendly adventures less than an hour from Hamilton.

Local People

Fisher awarded ONZM

When long time Tamahere man Dallas Fisher received an “official-looking” letter in the post, his wife thought it was a parking fine he hadn’t paid.

It was important – but it wasn’t a parking fine.

Fisher, who chairs the Tamahere Community Committee, has been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Oakley made CNZM

It all began with a lunchtime presentation called “Have You Heard of the Internet”.

It was 1995. The presentation featured a mock website on skin conditions.

Afterwards, audience member and Tamahere resident Dr Amanda Oakley approached the presenters.

Our Patch

Recycle computers and more

If you’ve got some old computer equipment to get rid of I can recommend Dave from RecycleIT in Frankton.

It doesn’t matter whether or not it’s working. He will reuse, recycle and/or strip computer equipment for parts, and in some cases will even do pick-ups from your address.

The caveat to that is CRT monitors and TV screens, the big old clunky ones.

Bike trail link to start

Work is set to start on the final piece of the Te Awa River Ride shared path, between Cambridge and Hamilton, later this year.

Funding has been confirmed for the NZ Transport Agency to build the first section of the 20km path, which is the last link in providing a continuous cycling and walking route from Karapiro to Ngaruawahia.

“We’re delighted to be able to begin work on Te Awa – Cambridge to Hamilton which will provide a safe cycling alternative for our communities,” said the Transport Agency

Local History

Principal reflects on fire

Today, like April 5, 2008, was a stunningly beautiful, warm, Waikato day with blue sky overhead and crunchy, autumn leaves underfoot.

Then the neighbourhood blew up, transformed in nanoseconds into a frightening, confusing nightmare of noise, chaos, roaring flames and a huge, black mushroom cloud funnelling high into the sky.

Ten years on, Tamahere School principal Waveney Parker has recalled the school community’s many courageous roles that afternoon, and in the weeks ahead.

Suffering and superheroes: fire anniversary

The 10th anniversary of the fatal Icepak Tamahere fire has prompted another publication to look back a decade to April 5, 2008.

Raewyn Koppens describes the day she thought she’d died as an experience coloured with suffering and superheroes, reports the Waikato Times.

The light of a warm Saturday afternoon turned to darkness, and through a smokey haze, figures began to appear.