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Pastime for yacht restoration

Inside a corrugated iron shed deep in Tamahere, a 132-year-old kauri lady sits cradled by a boat stand.

Tamahere is not the oddest place this 45ft yacht has lived.

Thirty years ago, she was moored next to a Christchurch tavern before being sabotaged and sunk.

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Kerb cock-up proves pricey

Nearly 700 metres of freshly laid concrete kerb on Birchwood Lane has been ripped up at a cost to ratepayers of around $40,000 after it was put in at the wrong height.

Locals were aghast to see the new kerb being ripped up last week within days of it being completed on the 340m stretch of road linking Birchwood Lane to Devine Rd.

The error will add at least another 11% to the cost of the project.

NZTA deceives over safety: TCC

Tamahere’s representatives have slammed the NZ Transport Agency for deceiving it over promises to deliver safe pedestrian and cycle ways across a community severed by the Waikato Expressway.

The Tamahere Community Committee believes NZTA and its expressway contractors have been stringing it along with insincere consultation for more than a decade.

Hamilton library access returns

Ten months after Waikato district book lovers were outraged at losing access to the Hamilton libraries the city council has welcomed rural readers back.

From Monday, July 1, 23,000 people in the Waikato district, including those in Tamahere and Matangi, can once again borrow books freely from their closest city libraries.

Hamilton City Council re-approved shared library services with the Waikato District Council at a meeting this week.

Sanderson sells villages

Sanderson Group, which is developing a new retirement village in Tamahere, has sold the bulk of its villages to major operator Arvida for $180 million.

Group chairman Fraser Sanderson told the NZ Herald that his son, Nathan, 30, who was starting out on his own, would continue to develop the Tamahere Country Club.

Tamahere students at UN

Four students from Tamahere’s Montessori School have represented New Zealand at a United Nations meeting in Italy.

The 10- and 11-year-old students, Avera Ngawaka, Aengus Moore, Aidan Smith and Husain Mehdi, took part in the Montessori Model United Nations – an international conference hosted at the UN Rome headquarters in May.

The four Kiwi primary school pupils were called on to represent UN member, Turkey, at the event.

Tamahere School

Tamahere library example to all

New Zealand’s education watchdog has hailed the success of a Tamahere School reading programme to educators nationwide.

The Education Review Office (ERO) has featured the school’s innovative library-based programme for Year 5 to 8 students as a top example of effectiveness in keeping children engaged and achieving in reading.

This week the school said it was proud to see the ERO celebrate its reading success “and our wonderful librarian, Mrs Theresa Kewish.”

Local Events

Sun shines on park opening

Tamahere’s central playground and skatepark shone under blue skies and bright sunshine as it was officially opened today.

In a ceremony led by Ngati Haua kaumatua Sonny Karena the park on Wiremu Tamihana Dr was blessed, ribbons were cut and then the area circumnavigated by a happy crowd of children, adults and community leaders.

The group then gathered in front of an assembly of Tamahere School students whose kapa haka roopu impressed.

Election info for wannabe candidates

Would you consider standing for a seat in local government?

The Waikato District Council will host two candidate information evenings in mid-July to give those who are considering putting their hands up at the October elections the chance to see what would be involved.

“If you are thinking about standing as Mayor, a Councillor or Community Board member we encourage you to come along.”

Local People

Pastime for yacht restoration

Inside a corrugated iron shed deep in Tamahere, a 132-year-old kauri lady sits cradled by a boat stand.

Tamahere is not the oddest place this 45ft yacht has lived.

Thirty years ago, she was moored next to a Christchurch tavern before being sabotaged and sunk.

Retirement? Baloney & bananas

Don’t mention the ‘R’ word to Generation ‘U’ (unretired).

The population of New Zealanders reaching retirement age will double in the next 15 years as hundreds of thousands of ‘baby boomers” officially cross the line. But increasing numbers are choosing not to leave their posts, writes Tamahere’s Venetia Sherson …

Our Patch

Children have fun playing sports and don’t need to satisfy adults’ ambitions

Playing sports has clear social, physical and mental health benefits for children. But evidence shows that youth sports in Western societies have become increasingly controlled and regulated by adults, which takes the fun out for many children.

Participation rates by adolescents have been declining and recent statistics released by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) show a 60% surge in sports injuries for children in the 10 to 14 age group over the past decade in New Zealand.

Warmer home grants open

The Government’s Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme is now offering grants for insulation and heaters to low income, owner-occupied homes.

The grants cover two‐thirds of the cost of installing insulation. Grants for approved heaters (efficient heat pumps, wood burners and pellet burners) are capped at a maximum of $2500.

To be eligible for a grant:

Local History

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.

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Matangi’s historic Armistice Day

Armistice Day, November 11, will be a particularly historic day in Matangi this year.

For more than a hundred years, locals have called for a Roll of Honour for those from the Matangi district who served in the armed forces during World War 1. One hundred and four years later, that day has finally arrived.

At 11am on Sunday November 11, the Roll of Honour will be placed in the Matangi Hall, 480 Tauwhare Rd.