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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.

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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.

Camex fined for Tamahere pollution

A Cambridge company has been convicted and fined $19,125 for sediment discharges into a Tamahere stream.

The Waikato Regional Council prosecuted Cambridge Excavators Limited (Camex) under the Resource Management Act.

It involved two separate incidents that occurred in November 2016 when a large sediment retention pond used during development of the Tamahere Recreation Reserve was being decommissioned.

Closure, changes proposed at Newell Rd

Changes to the Newell Rd-Cambridge Rd intersection are under consideration that could restrict the way drivers enter and exit it.

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.

A consultation meeting for locals is to be scheduled shortly but meantime discussion documents on the proposal are available on Tamahere Forum.

Fast internet work to start

Ultra fast broadband is set to be delivered to Tamahere and Matangi with work scheduled to start next month.

Ultrafast Fibre, the company bringing fast broadband to the area under the government’s broadband scheme, said today work was scheduled to start in May.

Under the rollout scheme, the capital cost of installing the fibre road by road is underwritten by the government allowing individual customers to simply sign up with broadband service providers at no more cost than their urban counterparts.

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.

Village shops get concrete progress

Concrete is set to be poured for the floors of the first two buildings of the Tamahere Village commercial hub this week.

Tony McLauchlan of contractor Foster Develop expects this first stage of the village, including the adjoining Piazza and Recreation Reserve, to be finished by this November.

The entire commercial hub comprises four blocks.

Local Events

ANZAC services near and far

ANZAC services will be held in eight townships across the Waikato district on Wednesday, April 25 as well as in nearby Cambridge and Hamilton.

In Cambridge, the Dawn Service will be held outside the Cambridge Town Hall, at 6am, and the Civic Commemorative Services will be held inside the Town Hall at 9am, followed by placing of wreaths at the cenotaph.

Hamilton’s ANZAC services take place at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park on Memorial Drive, the dawn service at 6am, the civic ceremony at 10am.

Views wanted on council representation

The Waikato District Council is reviewing its representation arrangements in the lead up to the local government elections next year.

Local interest groups, community boards and committees are being invited to give their views at a workshop on April 23, 6-8pm at the Tamahere Community Centre.

An initial proposal on representation is expected to be adopted by the council in June followed by formal consultation.

Local People

Young team help extend boardwalk

Work is underway on a major, 100m extension of the Tamahere Reserve’s network of boardwalks.

Funded by a $13,000 grant from the Waikato District Community Wellbeing Trust, the hard work of lugging tonnes of timber on site is being done by local youngsters.

The group, pictured, are transporting the timber by hand and on wheelbarrows in the challenging terrain for the boardwalk.

Cookbook maker named ‘local hero’

Tamahere’s Angie Millar, the architect of the successful fundraising Divine Eats cookbook has been awarded a ‘local hero’ award in the annual Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards.

Millar was one of 12 Waikato people to receive a local hero award tonight at the first of 16 regional ceremonies to be held across New Zealand recognising the achievements of 350 Kiwis.

Millar was inspired to put forward the idea of a cookbook to help raise funds for a new swimming pool for Tamahere School in 2015 after seeing a 1992 cookbook, which was also a school fundraiser.

Our Patch

Band to reprise wartime concert

Tomatoes that were kitchen garden favourites a century ago are helping pay for the Cambridge Brass Band to play at the centenary of the wartime liberation of Cambridge’s sister city Le Quesnoy in France.

The French town has invited the band to the centennial celebration of the event to reprise a concert given by the New Zealand Army Band the day after Kiwi troops liberated the town without any civilian casualties on November 4, 1918.

To help raise money for the trip, the Cambridge band’s tuba player, retired Waikato University geochemistry professor Chris Hendy, has been growing and marketing heirloom tomatoes from 130 heritage plants.

Keep credit cards safe online

Things are tough online now – a business can get hacked and lose millions of customers’ details to hackers.

Unfortunately those details sometimes include credit cards.

There is also an underground industry of stolen credit card details, often funding illicit “deal” websites like G2A (a computer game re-seller) or other seedier sites.

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.