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SH1 goes middle of the road

State Highway 1 through Tamahere central is festooned with orange cones as tarsealing of the former median strip is carried out between the Airport Rd turn off and Bollard Rd.

This will allow traffic to be shifted from the road proper while trees are felled, phone and electricity cables are relocated, and the connection to the expressway constructed.

Some of the many cones will be replaced with permanent ‘SafeHits’.

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SH1 goes middle of the road

State Highway 1 through Tamahere central is festooned with orange cones as tarsealing of the former median strip is carried out between the Airport Rd turn off and Bollard Rd.

This will allow traffic to be shifted from the road proper while trees are felled, phone and electricity cables are relocated, and the connection to the expressway constructed.

Some of the many cones will be replaced with permanent ‘SafeHits’.

Inorganic collection on its way

The annual inorganic refuse collection is on in Tamahere from May 22 to 27.

It will again be a case of putting refuse and recyling at the kerb the day before the week of the collection – Sunday, May 21.

Only properties that have refuse and recycling picked up weekly are entitled to the kerbside inorganic collection.

Support for Tamahere ANZAC Day

A proposal to commemorate Anzac Day locally, in Tamahere, in years to come is gaining support.

The Tamahere Lions Club and Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech are two who have backed the idea after it was raised here last week.

The proponents of the idea, St Stephen’s Tamahere Vicar Ellen Bernstein and Waikato Green Party candidate and Tamahere resident Philippa Stevenson, are delighted.

ANZAC Day in Tamahere?

Is it time for the Tamahere community to commemorate ANZAC Day in Tamahere?

Tamahere men who fought and died in World War I number 27, as recorded on the roll of honour displayed in the Tamahere Community Centre (pictured). Twenty-one served in World War II.

The question of whether Tamahere could hold a dedicated ANZAC commemoration service arose in a chance conversation on this year’s ANZAC Day between two locals who are now seeking more views.

Bridge pile driving restarts

Waikato Expressway pile driving will restart from Thursday for the bridge to span State Highway 1 at Cherry Lane.

Six piles will be driven 35 to 40 metres into the ground at the western abutment to complete piling at the East/West Link Bridge.

This will take about three weeks to complete bringing increased noise and vibration for nearby residents. (See piling video)

Easter shopping cracked open

All retail shops in the Waikato district will be able to open on Easter Sunday this year.

The Waikato District Council adopted the Easter Trading Policy 2017 at yesterday’s Council meeting, after a recommendation from its Policy and Regulatory Committee last month.

Submissions on the policy were evenly split but the council decision means individual business owners can make their own choice about whether they open or not.

Local Events

Plant it on Arbor Day

New Zealanders are being challenged to plant a native tree on Arbor Day (June 5) to set a record for the most trees ever planted on one day in New Zealand.

The challenge comes from Trees That Count, an ambitious new programme which aims to increase native tree planting in New Zealand – to help restore and enhance the environment, encourage biodiversity in cities, clean air and waterways and make a tangible difference to climate change.

Tamahere locals also have the option of supporting the Tamahere Reserve, the area’s premier native tree restoration project.

Market for NZ-made goodies

Tamahere Market, where we get NZ made, produced, created or home grown goodies is on this Saturday, May 20.

The weather forecast is for sunny but brisk autumn weather so the advice is to wrap up warmly to go looking for more warmth among the fine woollies, recycled fashion, pies, pastries and coffee cups.

The market is renowned for its wide range of produce, craft, art, plants and awesomely creative stall holders.

Local People

Staying off the beaten track

A Matangi couple have launched a website to take holidaymakers off the beaten track and into rural accommodation.

The premise is simple. There’s a wealth of beautiful spots on private land in New Zealand, and land owners could share this with holidaymakers for a fee.

“Not everyone wants to holiday with a thousand other people at one of the hot spots,” said founder Michele Connell.

Tamahere Green stands for Waikato

Tamahere resident Philppa Stevenson has been selected by the Green Party to contest the Waikato electorate seat at this year’s general election.
The award-winning journalist and former agricultural editor of the Waikato Times and NZ Herald, has lived in the Waikato all her life, the last 28 years in Tamahere.
“I love the Waikato. I am thrilled and humbled to be selected to stand for a region that is such a vital part of New Zealand,” Stevenson said.

Our Patch

Tree Church open to view

An open day at the unique Tree Church in Ohaupo this month will be the Ohaupo community’s first fundraising effort for a proposed $1.2 million sport and recreation centre.

The captivating Tree Church garden (pictured), a labour of love for owner Barry Cox, will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 22.

Food, coffee and live music will add to the occasion in the internationally renowned garden, for which tickets are available on Eventfinder and at the Te Awamutu i-Site.

Open fire season returns

Fire permits will no longer be required for fires in the open air from Wednesday, April 5.

The Waikato District Council made the move to an open fire season because of recent rain, after restrictions were introduced in late January.

The exceptions to the open season are those areas within a 1km margin of any Department of Conservation area, where fire permits are required year-round.

Local History

Icepak site sale disappoints

The sale this week of the former Icepak site has failed to sever links with its tragic past.

The derelict site in central Tamahere was bought by one of the architects of the tragedy that cost the life of a firefighter in 2008, former Icepak director Wayne Grattan.

Grattan, who was personally fined $30,000 for his part in the death of firefighter Derek Lovell and injury to seven others, paid $865,000 for the former coolstore site where the disaster played out eight years ago.

Mystery flows on

The National Agricultural Fieldays are three weeks away and again sparking interest in the mystery that gave their venue its name – Mystery Creek.

Explaining the mystery has become a hardy annual for writers filling publications in the lead up to the Fieldays, this year on from June 15 to 18.

Tamahere Forum has already fielded a request for an explanation of the mystery which, according to the Cambridge Museum, has grown more mysterious over the years.