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We really don’t know how lucky we are

Tamahere Forum’s Philippa Stevenson reports in from the Solomon Islands.  Fred Dagg was right, she says. We don’t know how lucky we are. Well, I didn’t anyway. Oh, I thought I did. But there is nothing like a month in a developing nation to challenge that notion. I’ve been in the Solomon Islands since September

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Philippa Stevenson

We really don’t know how lucky we are

Tamahere Forum’s Philippa Stevenson reports in from the Solomon Islands.  Fred Dagg was right, she says. We don’t know how lucky we are. Well, I didn’t anyway. Oh, I thought I did. But there is nothing like a month in a developing nation to challenge that notion. I’ve been in the Solomon Islands since September

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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.

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Pet peeves of a computer techi

Computer guy Matt Bentley shares some useful fundamentals about computers. So listen up! This is going to be essentially a gripes article. Hey, everyone gets one right? In every single profession there’s stuff that most non-experts get wrong. I wouldn’t have the faintest clue about all the things I’m getting wrong about my car, or

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Library access decision disappoints

Hamilton City Council’s rejection of a proposal which would have resumed library access for Waikato District Council residents is disappointing, says Waikato District Council ward councillor and deputy mayor Dynes Fulton. At a closed session last Thursday, HCC turned down a $250,000 offer from WDC to re-establish library service and said it would initiate wider

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Tamahere playground

No playground blow-out, says Council

  The Tamahere Recreation Reserve and Piazza project has not had a cost blow-out, says the Waikato District Council. The council has been moved to counter a media report that the budget for Tamahere Park has blown its budget with a $1.6m cost that was around four times the original plan. But the reported figures

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Speed limits on Tamahere roads in the spotlight

Locals are being urged to have their say on the speeds traffic can travel on the area’s roads, which have been found to be high-risk or that have been affected by rapid residential growth. Feedback can be given by making submissions on a Waikato District Council by-law. Submissions are open now and close on November

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Local Events

Community centre AGM

The Tamahere Community Centre annual meeting (AGM) is on 7.30pm, Thursday, October 25.

Now is the time to consider getting involved in the community and lending a hand with this valuable community facility.

New committee members are welcome to join the committee where there are a number of roles available, including committee secretary.

Matangi plants

Plant sale on soon!

    The Matangi Garden Club is holding its annual, very popular, plant sale again. There will be trees, shurbs, vegetable and flower plants as well as produce, cakes, raffles and scrumptious morning teas. The event takes place on Saturday 13 October, 9am to 12 mid-day, in the Matangi Hall, 479 Tauwhare Rd, Matangi Village. Eftpos is available.

Local People

Forum editor volunteers abroad

Tamahere Forum editor Philippa Stevenson heads to the Solomon Islands early next month to put her journalism skills to use as a Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) volunteer.

Stevenson, who founded and has run Tamahere Forum for 10 years, will spend six months in the Solomons’ capital Honiara as a newsroom and editorial adviser for a small, independent newspaper publisher.

The former NZ Herald and Waikato Times journalist said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to volunteer with VSA.

Fisher awarded ONZM

When long time Tamahere man Dallas Fisher received an “official-looking” letter in the post, his wife thought it was a parking fine he hadn’t paid.

It was important – but it wasn’t a parking fine.

Fisher, who chairs the Tamahere Community Committee, has been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Our Patch

Old footy boots wanted

Hillcrest High School boys and girls Premier Futsal teams are heading to Vanuatu next Thursday (27 September) – and they’re after old football or futsal boots. They are hoping people might like to donate the boots – both children and adults sizes – as the team is visiting a local school while on tour. Also

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Dump on dumpers

Last year fly tippers prompted 746 calls to the Waikato District Council – more than two every day.

The illegal dumping of rubbish is such a big and costly problem in the district the council has moved to make it easier for people to report on it.

The council has added a Facebook Group to the methods people can use to dump on dodgy dumpers.

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.