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Time for a ball

Fancy having a ball?

Tamahere School welcomes all good time lovers to a Golden Night – a ball to be held on Saturday, June 22 at the Cambridge Raceway.

A fundraising event as well, proceeds from the ball will be put toward an upgrade of the school’s junior school playground.

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Reserve re-opened

Tamahere Reserve has re-opened to the public after work was completed on a number of trees.

The reserve, which is on Tauwhare Rd, is claimed to be a long-tailed bat habitat so extra precautions were taken when completing the work.

The reserve was closed in late March so the work could be done.

Burnout crowds anger locals

The Pickering Rd roundabout continues to attract crowds of boy racers for burnouts, riling residents who have been weathering the events for four years.

Local Maureen du Toit​ is the latest local to speak out about the noisy gatherings that began in 2015 with construction of the large roundabout as part of the Waikato Expressway.

Expressway delays fibre rollout

A delay is likely in the roll out of the ultrafast broadband network in the Cherry Lane and Bollard Road areas.

The hold up comes because of work restrictions placed on contractors Ultra Fast Fibre from the Waikato Expressway construction in the same area.

“The latest we now expect to be able to connect anyone in this area is from 1st September,” said Mike Ryan of UFF.

Online tool to aid submissions

The Waikato District Council has launched a new online map tool to help locals find out whether changes requested to zoning and other district plan features will have an impact on their land.

Earlier the council called for further submissions on nearly a thousand submissions that it received following notification of its Proposed Waikato District Plan (Stage 1) in July last year.

The map tool can be found online.

Dep mayor Fulton to step down

Waikato District Deputy Mayor Dynes Fulton is stepping down from the council after 15 years.

Fulton, who is Hukanui-Waerenga ward councillor, has served five terms and will not be seeking re-election at this year’s local body elections, he told Number 8 Network.

“This is an appropriate time in my life now to do other things,” he said.

Plea for people before bats

People’s safety is being put at risk in order to protect old trees that native bats may or may not roost in, a Tamahere resident says.

John Simmons believes about 30 trees in the Tamahere Reserve are leaning perilously over the bordering Tauwhare Rd.

“I’ve been looking at these trees for some time and they are getting pretty hazardous,” he said.

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Time for a ball

Fancy having a ball?

Tamahere School welcomes all good time lovers to a Golden Night – a ball to be held on Saturday, June 22 at the Cambridge Raceway.

A fundraising event as well, proceeds from the ball will be put toward an upgrade of the school’s junior school playground.

Market perfect for catch-ups

Tamahere Country Market – this Saturday, May 18, in the St Stephen’s Church grounds, corner of Tamahere Drive and Airport Rd.

The market is the perfect place to meet for a coffee or Devonshire Tea.

It’s also the spot to buy a New Zealand made, produced or created gift or to just treat yourself to anything from a croissant to skin care.

Local People

Book makes case for tolerance

Tamahere author Nicky Webber has made a strong plea for tolerance in her first book No Ordinary Man.

Webber, a former journalist, tells the story of Mick Thompson, a young, World War II soldier who is forced by the times and intolerance to hide his true nature.

A brave soldier who fought in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Italy and gained the rank of sargeant, Thompson was also a cross dresser.

Book tells of women’s courage

Tamahere writer Venetia Sherson and friend and co-author Denise Irvine recently launched their book, Stand By Me.

It is the story of Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women’s Refuge and courageous women – those who survive domestic violence, and those who help them get their lives back on track.

Te Whakaruruhau is New Zealand’s largest women’s refuge and has helped thousands of women and children during its more than 30-year history.

Our Patch

Antivirus protection: who to trust

The things we do! The other day I was on the phone to Norton (also known as Symantec), an antivirus company, for a full 50 minutes.

Every step of the way they tested our patience; they checked things that had already been checked, did things that didn’t need to be done. They were – of course – running out of some call center in India for maybe 50c an hour, so I used my limited compassion and let them waste both my and the clients time.

But enough’s enough.

More pleas to stop weed

A renewed plea for locals to help eradicate a horrible weed that is invading the area has been made.

In early 2017, local Ele Duncan urged residents to be on the look out for Yellow Bristle Grass and now the Tamahere Community Committee has joined the call.

It is becoming an invasive problem for farmers and is in Tamahere verges where the Waikato District Council does not spray, TCC said at its recent meeting.

Local History

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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.

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.