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Locals angry at losing to cars

The high toll the Waikato Expressway is taking on the Tamahere community was made crystal clear at a public meeting last night.

More than a hundred people turned out for the biggest public meeting in living memory to express their disgust and frustration at the sacrifice expected of the community for the sake of the big State Highway 1 roading project.

Speaker after speaker identified the dangers to locals – children and adults – of simply trying to get around their own patch by foot or cycle in an area where speeding cars were the priority.

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Locals angry at losing to cars

The high toll the Waikato Expressway is taking on the Tamahere community was made crystal clear at a public meeting last night.

More than a hundred people turned out for the biggest public meeting in living memory to express their disgust and frustration at the sacrifice expected of the community for the sake of the big State Highway 1 roading project.

Speaker after speaker identified the dangers to locals – children and adults – of simply trying to get around their own patch by foot or cycle in an area where speeding cars were the priority.

Locals urged to take stand

The Tamahere community is urged to attend a public meeting on Thursday, September 12, 7.30pm, in the Tamahere Community Centre to back demands for safe pathways around the community.

Action has been building to back calls for safe pedestrian and cycle ways for Tamahere as its two halves become cut by an ever wider and busier State Highway 1.

Call to action on paths

Action is building on the call for safe pedestrian and cycle ways for Tamahere as its two halves become cut by an ever wider and busier State Highway 1.

A petition has been launched and a public meeting is scheduled for September 12, 7.30pm, in the Tamahere Community Centre to back demands for safe pathways around the community.

The meeting has been organised by the Tamahere Community Committee (TCC), which recently fired a broadside at NZTA and expressway contractors for reneging on promises to provide safe connectivity.

Bech elected unopposed

Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech has been elected unopposed to the Waikato District Council seat he first won in 2016.

But for one other ward, elsewhere in the district hotly contested elections are in the pipeline, including for the Eureka ward.

There incumbent Rob McGuire is being challenged by Elizabeth Goodwin while it’s a three-way competition for mayor.

Rates notices in mail

The Waikato district’s general rate has risen 5.19% this year and ratepayers will see what that means in notices in the mail next week.

Individual rate increases will vary depending on ratepayers’ property type, value, location and the services that are available to them.

Rates notices will also include targeted rates that apply to the property, and a number of them have risen.

Candidate nominations open

Nominations have opened for local body elections, including those for the Waikato District and Waikato Regional councils.

It’s time to consider whether you think you can make a difference in your community.

Waikato District Council Chief Executive Gavin Ion urged prospective candidates to get their nominations in now.

Local Events

Sculptures set for park

A unique combination of sculpture and seating is set to make the central Tamahere Park a must visit.

Renowned Tamahere sculptor Marti Wong has so far created three one-of-a-kind park seats thanks to the generous sponsorship of other residents.

So far, a steam punk-themed bench seat has been completed along with one titled huia feather and another depicting Mt Pirongia.

Mum and daughter star

Grace Raynel’s moving poem about her late mum, her guiding light, made her the supreme winner of the Waikato District Libraries 2019 Matariki competition.

Grace, from Ngaruawahia, said the competition was fun to do.

“I’m really happy that my work [see below] was appreciated. I worked on it and am pleased it paid off.”

Local People

In donkey doo-doo on Silk Rd

“It was during the fourth roadside squat, this time in a fetid ditch next to a donkey paddock, as the sun scorched the back of my neck that I thought “this was not what I had in mind.””

But that was the reality for Tamahere journalist Isobel Ewing this week, as she relates on her blog, as she cycles the ancient Silk Road, an ancient trading route that stretches from China to the Mediterranean.

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.

Our Patch

Toe toe the line on pampas

Here in our fertile lush region everything grows like a weed, including the weeds.

As you would expect in a warm temperate part of the world, we have a huge variety of pest plants.

There are the classic creepers and stranglers like jasmine, honeysuckle and convolvulus that choke the plants that we’re trying to grow, and the dreaded privet trees with their ghastly flowers making us ill.

A climate for change

The people have spoken. A June Ipsos poll found that climate change was an issue of personal importance to 79 per cent of Kiwis (up from 72 per cent a year ago).

Fully 69 per cent of us have become more concerned over the past few years (up from 60 per cent).

More than two-thirds of Kiwis are prepared to act to reduce climate change impacts. Yet, surprisingly, only about half know what steps they should take. Here are a few suggestions.

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.