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Grant takes boardwalk further

Boardwalks in the Tamahere Reserve are set to be extended thanks to a grant from a Waikato community trust.

News of the $13,000 grant from the Waikato District Community Wellbeing Trust has given a welcome boost to the group restoring the Tauwhare Rd reserve.

“We’re delighted to have received the funding which will mean we can build 100m of boardwalk,” said Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust spokesman Leo Koppens.

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Candidates on screen

Where do the Waikato’s four election candidates stand on health and the people of the region, and how knowledgeable are they of the electorate’s history?

NZ Herald Local Focus canvassed the candidates’ views on that and more when it interviewed them recently.

The video interviews of the candidates, including Tamahere locals Philippa Stevenson (Green Party) and Tim van de Molen (National Party), are now online.

Meet the candidates

Four candidates are standing for election in the Waikato electorate that encompasses Tamahere and Matangi, two of them locals.

Journalist Philippa Stevenson, editor of Tamahere Forum, is standing for the Green Party and former farmer and rural banker Tim van de Molen is the National Party candidate.

They are joined by Morrinsville farmer Stu Husband for NZ First and South Auckland lawyer Brooke Loader for Labour.

Meet the policy

Advanced voting has opened in the general election but for those still agonising over the decision on who to vote for help is at hand.

A number of organisations have stepped up to produce useful tools to help people navigate the welter of policies offered by political parties.

We’ve gathered the best of them here to help Tamahere and Matangi locals make an informed choice.

Fibre-optic cable

Fast internet a click closer

Tamahere and Matangi are finally to be included in the government provision of ultrafast broadband but coverage details and timing are yet to be confirmed.

The Waikato District Council today welcomed the Government’s announcement that another six of the district’s towns would get fast internet, along with mobile coverage for three more locations through the Rural Broadband initiative.

Tamahere Councillor Aksel Bech said there were two reasons to be delighted at the “good news”.

Deadline looms on sport grounds

The deadline is just days away for submissions on the proposed sport and recreation facilities for Tamahere and locals are urged to have their say.

Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech said whatever is decided now will not be changed or re-done for decades.

“We are a fast growing community that has previously not really had many facilities,” he said.

Views wanted on sport facilities

Tamahere locals are being canvassed for their views on the number and kind of sport and recreation facilities they want at the stalled, central Tamahere recreation reserve.

The reserve, bounded by the Tamahere School and community centre grounds, Wiremu Tamihana Drive and Airport Rd, has seen very little progress in the past year.

Now the Waikato District Council has proposed two options, one with facilities that will come at no extra cost, and one with more facilities that would require a small, annual charge on rates.

Local Events

Grant takes boardwalk further

Boardwalks in the Tamahere Reserve are set to be extended thanks to a grant from a Waikato community trust.

News of the $13,000 grant from the Waikato District Community Wellbeing Trust has given a welcome boost to the group restoring the Tauwhare Rd reserve.

“We’re delighted to have received the funding which will mean we can build 100m of boardwalk,” said Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust spokesman Leo Koppens.

Centre calls community

Tamahere Community Centre Committee will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, October 19, 7.30pm at the Devine Rd centre.

The centre is a community building on community land and governed by a committee of local volunteers whose aim is to ensure the centre gets maximum community use.

“We are in need of new members due to current members retiring and this is a great opportunity to become involved in your local community,” said committee secretary Paula Dunton.

Local People

Youth group swings into action

The Tamahere youth action group’s labours are likely to bear fruit for many years to come.

In its first outing, the new group planted 22 fruit trees along the boundary of the Tamahere School and the recreation reserve today.

Joined by Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech the group planted pear, apple, plum, mandarin and feijoa trees.

BNZ bank staff boost reserves

The restoration of Tamahere nature reserves got a boost today when some Hamilton bank staff swapped their offices for the outdoors.

Six staff from the BNZ Hamilton branch downed office tools and picked up gardening tools to join Tamahere conservationist Leo Koppens in two local reserves – the Tamahere Reserve on Tauwhare Rd, and the Allan Turner Reserve, on Woodcock Rd.

Their big day out was part of Closed for Good, the BNZ’s annual day of volunteering.

Our Patch

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.

Group gets youth action

Three Waikato teenagers arrived back at school this week after the trip of a lifetime to China – the result of joining a Waikato District youth action group.

After joining the Te Kauwhata and Onewhero Youth Action Group to develop their leadership skills, Marina Wihongi, from Meremere, Caleb Monk and Tuene Henderson, both of Onewhero, were encouraged by the Waikato District Council’s Youth Engagement Advisor Shannon Kelly to apply for a New Zealand China Friendship Society scholarship.

The $2000 scholarships allowed the trio to experience and learn about another culture first-hand.

Local History

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.

Camera on Cambridge

The Cambridge Camera Club is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month with an exhibition of historical Cambridge photographs.

The display will feature at the Cambridge Library from July 24 to 28.

On Tuesday, July 25, 7pm, Jennie Gainsford of the the Cambridge Historical Society will give a talk entitled Moments in Time, Snapshots of Days Gone By.