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Free, leafy spot for Waitangi Day

The spectacularly leafy and peaceful arboretum and sculpture park near Tauwhare is opening free of charge on Waitangi Day.

It follows well-attended, free-entry days on Boxing Day and Anniversary weekend as owners John and Dorothy Wakeling share the park again and gauge interest in saving it from permanent closure.

The couple believe they have almost singlehandedly created a valuable community asset from a wasteland and are keen for the park and the biodiversity that it nurtures to be secured for future generations.

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Icepak subdivision declined

A bid to subdivide the former Icepak Coolstores site into a precedent setting number of residential blocks has been declined.

In a decision released yesterday, Waikato District Council Hearing Commissioner David Hill said the application to subdivide the 2.1ha block into six lots, all less than the 5,000 square metres provided in the district plan, could not be justified.

The application, which came almost 10 years after the Devine Rd site was razed by an explosion and fire that killed a fireman, was made by former Icepak managing director Wayne Grattan.

Chance for comment closing

The chance to give feedback on the Waikato’s draft district plan ends this month.

Workshops were held around the Waikato district late last year, including in Tamahere, as part of the Waikato District Council’s consultation on the draft plan.

The open days in November and December were well attended with more than 520 people turning out to discuss the draft plan options and give feedback on a wide range of matters.

Club debates golf course future

Riverside Golf Club members are to discuss a proposal to sell one of the club’s two courses to make way for the Southern Links roading project.

The Tamahere club has two golf courses – Narrows and Lochiel. The plan is for the Narrows course to be sold and to redevelop the 18-hole Lochiel course and clubhouse facilities.

Club president Craig Meinsmith​ said the club has been in discussions with the New Zealand Transport Agency for some time over the future of the Narrows course, which has a highway designation running through it.

Water use prompts cuts

Restrictions on the use of garden sprinklers are now in place after significant increase in water consumption across the region triggered a water alert.

Waikato District, Hamilton City and Waipa District are now all on Water Alert Level 1, which means sprinklers should only be used between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm each day.

A handheld hose can be used at any time.

Pool of community spirit opens

Tamahere School now boasts a stunning, modern pool complex that is testimony to community spirit and culinary inspiration.

The $600,000 Vela Pool Complex, named for a major donor to the project, officially opened today only three years after the building project was conceived.

The splashy, two-pool facility replaces a humble, 75-year-old single pool so shallow that senior students would scrape their hands on the bottom as they swam.

Maps show fast internet area

Ultrafast Fibre, the company bringing fast broadband to Tamahere and Matangi, has released maps of the area it will serve with fibre.

Tamahere Councillor Aksel Bech said the release of the detail was exciting progress.

“We now know that the area within the yellow line on the map will get fibre under the government’s ultra fast broadband 2+ initiative and that it must be completed by the end of 2019,” Bech said.

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Free, leafy spot for Waitangi Day

The spectacularly leafy and peaceful arboretum and sculpture park near Tauwhare is opening free of charge on Waitangi Day.

It follows well-attended, free-entry days on Boxing Day and Anniversary weekend as owners John and Dorothy Wakeling share the park again and gauge interest in saving it from permanent closure.

The couple believe they have almost singlehandedly created a valuable community asset from a wasteland and are keen for the park and the biodiversity that it nurtures to be secured for future generations.

Music comes to local meadow

Music in the Meadow, a fundraising concert featuring New Zealand music royalty The Lady Killers, is being held locally on Sunday, February 11.

The event, which will raise funds for Hamilton Boys’ High School rowing teams, will be on from 1pm to 6pm at 259 Raynes Rd.

Main act, The Lady Killers, feature the powerful, belt-em-out vocals of Suzanne Lynch, Tina Cross and Jackie Clarke.

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

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.

Applications open for funds

Applications open in December and January for a range of Waikato District Council funds to support community projects and events in the district.

The funds support creative and performing arts, heritage, conservation and a range of other community projects and events.

The following three funds close in February in the first round of applications for the year:

Local History

Hole scores golf course

The Narrows golf course has scored a giant hole in one … on one of it’s fairways.

Normally, it’s golfers who go for the rarity but thanks to a late November deluge it was the course itself that sunk the big time.

The giant crater (pictured) appeared at the Narrows Course’s 11th fairway on Wednesday, November 29 after a huge amount of rain, Riverside’s administration manager Kat Grinter told Tamahere Forum.

Dig finds kumara gardens

Archaeologists working on the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway have uncovered further evidence of Maori settlement at Tamahere.

In 2015, before excavations began for the Southern Interchange at Tamahere, archaeologists investigated large areas of known archaeological sites on the deer farm opposite Cherry Lane and found evidence of large scale pre-European kumara gardening.

In pre-European times, tangata whenua located deposits of course sand to mix with topsoil to improve the drainage and growing conditions for kumara.