Peacemaker Wiremu Tamihana, the Ngati Haua chief who is Tamahere’s first person of historic significance, is to have his name sealed in local memory.
The new road linking Devine and Airport Roads is to be named Wiremu Tamihana Drive, further marking the kingmaker’s historic contributions locally. A signboard already features on Bruntwood Rd.
Waikato District Council Tamahere ward councillor Wally Hayes said the road name was unanimously approved by the Infrastructure committee at its recent meeting.
And work on the road is ahead of schedule, the Tamahere Community Committee heard at its June meeting.
Three quarters of the earthworks had been finished, metal will be going on shortly and the Devine Rd intersection will begin later this month, a Fulton Hogan representative told the committee.
An important first aid addition is now available in the community.
A defibrillator has been placed at the Tamahere Community Centre entrance beside the mirror. It will only be available when the hall is open.
When the defib box is opened voiced instructions will talk the user through exactly what to do, so no experience is required to use it.
Hayes in space
Cr Hayes is to be the Waikato district’s representative on a new pan-region committee tipped to have far reaching influence over the Waikato’s future development.
The Waikato Mayoral Forum, made up of 11 Waikato mayors and the chair of the regional council, has set up a joint committee overseeing a new regional spatial plan to identify challenges, opportunities and a future direction for the Waikato.
Cr Hayes will sit on the spatial plan joint committee along with representatives from the other 11 councils, five, non-local government representatives and an independent chair.
“We want to work closely with a wide range of organizations, groups and individuals – including the business sector and other stakeholders – on shaping Waikato’s future,” said Waikato Mayoral Forum chair Allan Sanson.
The Tamahere Community Committee meeting minutes are here on the Waikato District Council website.
The committee meets monthly at 7.30pm on the first Monday of the month in the Tamahere Community Centre.