Rep body open to new voices


The 10 locals who have served on the Tamahere Community Committee for the last three years have held their last meeting.

Membership of the committee, which serves as the voice of Tamahere, is once again open to residents of Tamahere who have an interest in steering the ward over a new three-year term.

An election for the committee will be held at a public meeting on Monday, November 18 at 7.30pm in the Tamahere Community Centre.

The Tamahere Community Committee’s role is to represent the views of the community to the Waikato District Council and support Tamahere ward councillor Wally Hayes.

It considers the impact of a wide variety of issues on Tamahere from proposed roads and property developments to plans designed to enhance the services and facilities available to residents. It provides feedback to the district council as well as other bodies, including the NZ Transport Agency.

The outgoing committee members are Dallas Fisher (chair), Sue Robertson (deputy chair), Maggie Wilcock and Rowena Edge (jointly secretary), Arnold Koppens, Jane Manson, Leo Koppens, John West, Joy Wright, and Charles Fletcher. To read more about the committee and what it does click here.

Throughout the year, the committee meets monthly, on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Tamahere Community Centre.

For more information on the committee click here to read detail of its operation and decisions, as well as to get the contact details of the outgoing members. Contact any of them to learn more about what is involved in serving on the committee. All eligible voting residents of the Tamahere ward are eligible to serve on the committee.

At the public meeting on Monday, November 18, at 7.30pm, in the Tamahere Community Centre, nominations for the committee will be taken from the floor. It will be chaired by Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion.

Road names wanted

Feel a significant, local, historic event needs a lasting memorial in Tamahere?

Consider that you or your kin have made a substantial contribution to the area that should be recognised?

Road names are often a way to cement a place in the history books and the Waikato District Council is keen to have a pool of names to call on that have the community seal of approval for future roads.

The council put in a request at the November meeting of the Tamahere Community Committee for a list of preferred road names for Tamahere. In turn, the committee decided to call on residents for suggestions.

A number of Tamahere roads already have historic significance, mostly honouring early settlers. Check the list here on the Cambridge Museum website to see how roads like Hooker, Pencarrow and Pickering got their names.

Once an approved list of names is in place, subdivision developers are invited to choose from the list, though they can request other names but these must be run by the community committee.

The council guidelines for choosing road names stipulates that they not duplicate existing names throughout the Waikato, are brief, usually one word and around 12 to 15 characters long, and that historical factors, natural features and outstanding events or people be considered.

Email your road name suggestions to Tamahere Forum and we’ll pass them on to the in-coming committee. Click here to email Tamahere Forum.

Committee in full

The full minutes of meetings of the Tamahere Community Committee are available here on the Waikato District Council website.

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