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Tamahere Four Square opens

Tamahere’s long awaited Four Square store will open tomorrow (Tuesday, March 19) with a blessing around dawn.

The grocery store, the first to open in Tamahere’s new and much anticipated shopping precinct, is large, bright and more supermarket than local dairy.

The shop was designed to provide locals’ main grocery shopping experience in a convenient location, said operator Jassie Parmar.

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Retirement village confirmed

Sanderson Group, which plans a new retirement village in Tamahere, is set to take possession of the 10ha site from April 1.

Signs announcing the arrival of its Tamahere Country Club are already up on the block bounded by Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive.

Construction will start with water treatment and sewerage plants, a traffic bund along Airport Rd or SH21 and the first show homes.

Call for Tamahere priorities

The next phase of consultation between Tamahere and the Waikato District Council has begun on locals’ priorities for their area.

Tamahere people have until April 8 to express their views online and at a community meeting later this month.

The council is now calling for Tamahere’s top three priorities on issues such as a footbridge across Airport Rd, a zero waste initiative at the new shopping centre, and the re-zoning of some land from rural to village.

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 cross-boundary discussion with WDC.

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 – dubbed “Monopoly money” by one councillor – are supplier quotes and cost estimates, not actual costs, the council said in a statement.

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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.

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Flowers for free from Women’s Institute

Be on the lookout for free bunches of flowers to take home next week – posies are being left at public places throughout the country by members of Women’s Institute. The Lonely Bouquet Initiative is spreading the word that the WI is alive and kicking and looking to recruit new members, says Sarajane Crookes, president

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Local Events

Tamahere Four Square opens

Tamahere’s long awaited Four Square store will open tomorrow (Tuesday, March 19) with a blessing around dawn.

The grocery store, the first to open in Tamahere’s new and much anticipated shopping precinct, is large, bright and more supermarket than local dairy.

The shop was designed to provide locals’ main grocery shopping experience in a convenient location, said operator Jassie Parmar.

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.

Local People

Tamahere volunteer back home

Tamahere Forum editor Philippa Stevenson has returned home after six months volunteering in the Solomon Islands.

Stevenson, a journalist who founded Tamahere Forum in 2008, was based in Honiara from last September until this month with Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) on an assignment to educate Solomon Island journalists.

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We really don’t know how lucky we are

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 11, my very own 9/11 reality check.

I’m volunteering with NZ’s VSA (Volunteer Service Abroad), working in a small media company in Honiara.

Our Patch

Desktops vs laptops – a guide

What to buy – a desktop or laptop? Computer guy Matt Bentley looks closely at both options on offer in this modern, plugged in world.

The answer is complex and nuanced, but sometimes obvious. The obvious part is, do I want to move my computer around? Do I want to use it in multiple rooms, or on vacation?

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Pet peeves of a computer tech

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 even about the cereal I eat in the mornings. So, don’t take it personally, but listen up, you might learn something useful.

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.