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Sustainability & hope

This isn’t the column I wanted to write.

I was back on my bike, back on the road again. Last year I cycled from Cape Reinga to my home in the Waikato. I was continuing the journey this year, heading for Wellington.

When I left home, the coronavirus – Covid-19 – had barely a toehold here. But that changed rapidly as I pedaled slowly along, everyday further from home.

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Waikato crisis support in operation

Freephone 0800 800 405  

That’s the freephone number to call if you live in the Waikato region and you or your whānau need help getting food, groceries or other household goods and services.

A newly formed Covid-19 emergency operations centre formed by the Waikato district and Hamilton city councils will collect information from you to provide the support you need throughout the lockdown period. 

Hit & run evidence wanted

The family of a young Tamahere man, seriously injured in a recent hit and run incident, are appealing for help in solving the crime.

On Tuesday, March 24, pedestrian Dion McFetridge , 21, was hit on Tamahere Drive by a speeding car and was left lying badly injured in the centre of the road.

There are several witnesses to the incident and a description of the vehicle but not its licence plate number.

Mayors eye $10M kickstart

The Waikato Mayoral Forum has work underway to identify more than $10 million of “shovel-ready” projects to stimulate the Waikato economy.

Forum chair, Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson, said the projects sought should be ready to go within six months of the lockdown end in order to contribute to a substantial stimulus of the local economy and create jobs.

Waikato mayors talk recovery

Waikato political leaders will meet on Monday, March 30, via teleconference to discuss Covid-19 and its significant economic and social impacts on the region.

They will focus specifically on how Waikato authorities can come together to kick start an economic recovery.

Fear and greed repeated lead to broke

Money lessons for the times

The quickest way to lose money right now is to move investments into cash, writes financial adviser Janet Natta.

At present, the financial markets have fallen sharply in a very short space of time.  Financial markets hate uncertainty and we are living in very uncertain times.

Rubbish, water all go

Rubbish collections and other essential services will continue in the Waikato district but the council offices and sites are now closed to the public.

As of today, Tuesday, March 24, Covid-19 Alert Level 3 is in place, requiring public venues to close and for businesses and organisations to enforce alternative ways of working to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

From midnight tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, Alert Level 4 will be in place which instructs people to stay at home.

Local Events

Tamahere rises to crisis

It’s a time to reach out to fellow New Zealanders in whatever way we can and Tamahere people are doing that.

Inspirational, cheery and joke signs have sprung up around the area and Teddy bears are popping out of mailboxes and sitting in windows as locals look to lift our spirits while we all endure pandemic lockdown.

Tamahere Country e-Market

Support NZ; buy local

We may be confined to our homes but we still need to buy necessities, the odd treat and probably a birthday present or two.

With the economy tanking it’s time to think strategically and buy New Zealand-made whenever we can. Even better Waikato-made.

The Tamahere Country Market stallholders who make our monthly market such a vibrant and happy outing are now just a click away here online.

Our Patch

Sustainability & hope

This isn’t the column I wanted to write.

I was back on my bike, back on the road again. Last year I cycled from Cape Reinga to my home in the Waikato. I was continuing the journey this year, heading for Wellington.

When I left home, the coronavirus – Covid-19 – had barely a toehold here. But that changed rapidly as I pedaled slowly along, everyday further from home.

Easter Eggs Benny

Enticing Easter treat

Easter, a time when religious and cultural traditions are observed around the world, is also a time of moveable feasts of traditional foods.

Hot Cross buns, a favourite with New Zealanders, are supposed to be eaten only on Good Friday, never at any other time of the year. But popularity can overcome tradition. This sweet treat is versatile:

Local People

Gateside Cafe

Fear, uncertainty? We’re up for it

“‘Focus on the things you can control’: how to cope with radical uncertainty” – that was definitely a headline I was going to click four days into this crazy new world of Lockdown NZ.

I was rewarded with a bit of practical psychology that reinforced the conclusion I had already come to about how to cope with the “new” normal. Keep busy. Keep busy no matter what.

The day the world changed

The day the world changed our far flung family got together on a WhatsApp group and traded thoughts, photos and the usual friendly ribbing.

In Vancouver, Katikati, Mt Maunganui, Hamilton and Tamahere spirits lifted for mums and dads, cousins, nieces and nephews, kids, grandkids and grandparents. Gosh that was only yesterday!

Local History

Tamahere legacy lives on

Today is a day Tamahere can reflect on other tough times – the 12th anniversary of the Icepak fire that claimed the life of firefighter Derek Lovell.

The lives of seven other firefighters were changed forever, too, in central Tamahere on a sunny April 5 much like today. Seriously injured were Merv Neil, Alvan Walker, Brian Halford, Cameron Grylls, David Beanland, Adrian Brown and Dennis Wells.

That day, also, brave and selfless locals went to the aid of the seriously injured firefighters.

Tamihana, a NZ great

Tamahere’s preeminent historical figure, Ngati Haua rangatira Wiremu Tamihana, has again been hailed as one of New Zealand’s greatest figures.

Yesterday, to mark the reprinting of the seminal, 2002 biography by Dame Evelyn Stokes, Wiremu Tamihana Rangatira, historian Vincent O’Malley gave a public lecture at Waikato University.

To a large audience that included many Ngati Haua, O’Malley said the evidence Tamihana was one of the most outstanding people in NZ history was overwhelming.