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Computer privacy tips

There are multiple ways you can lose your privacy online. Computer guy Matt Bentley takes a look. The ways to lose privacy include through the operating system, web browsers, search engines, email providers, through pirated software and malware, or your phone. Let’s look at each of these in turn. By default, Windows 10 sends a

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Computer privacy tips

There are multiple ways you can lose your privacy online. Computer guy Matt Bentley takes a look. The ways to lose privacy include through the operating system, web browsers, search engines, email providers, through pirated software and malware, or your phone. Let’s look at each of these in turn. By default, Windows 10 sends a

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Submissions on district plan close soon

Want to have input into what you can do with your land? The Waikato District Council is seeking submissions on its Proposed Waikato District Plan but time is running out. Submissions have been open since July 18 and close at 5pm on Tuesday 9 October 2018. The Proposed Waikato District Plan (Stage 1) establishes the

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First store by Christmas

Tamahere Fine Foods, the first store in Tamahere’s new shopping centre, is expected to open before Christmas.

Owners Satish and Jassie Parmar say the opening date is dependent on obtaining the building consent.

In the meantime, the couple, who have a decade of grocery experience, are putting the finishing touches to two years of planning for the store.

Applications open for grants

Funding applications are now open for two of the Waikato District Council’s grant funds.

The two funds, which support a range of heritage and community projects, are the council’s Heritage Project Fund and its Discretionary Grants Fund.

The grants enable community groups to meet local needs and aspirations, said the council’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Whittaker.

Grumpy readers claim cards

Disgruntled Tamahere and Matangi readers are going letter in hand to claim their last year of access to Hamilton city libraries.

Southern Waikato district residents who are regular users of Hamilton libraries have until September 30 to get a last 12 months of access after the Waikato District Council cut its funding of the long running arrangement.

The end of the deal has prompted a storm of protest, a line of grumpy district patrons at Hamilton libraries, and a petition (included) but little response from the district council.

Cheap deal not on the books

The Waikato District Council wanted a cheaper deal for access to Hamilton city libraries, a move that axed the long running deal and caused an outcry.

District Council chief executive Gavin Ion told Tamahere Forum the Hamilton City Council didn’t agree with the proposed fee cut “so the negotiations ended unsuccessfully.”

But one city councillor maintains the district has ditched a good deal which was being subsidised by the city.

Local Events

Bliss at the market

Bliss Bakery and Pete’s Nutbutter sound like a perfect combo for food lovers at this Saturday’s Tamahere Market.

Bliss Bakery is a new artisan, gluten-free bakery appearing at Tamahere’s popular monthly market this Saturday, September 15.

Pete’s NutButter (peanut butter) is back by popular demand after make an appearance in August.

Centre involvement calls

The Tamahere Community Centre annual meeting (AGM) is coming up in late October.

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

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.