Chance to shape Tamahere

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Wait there’s more – one more election before all of Tamahere’s community representatives are in place for another three years.

The style of Tamahere's new commercial area will be considered by the new community committee
The style of the Tamahere’s new commercial area will be considered by the new community committee
The election of the Tamahere Community Committee will take place next Monday, October 17 at 7.30pm in the Tamahere Community Centre.

The committee represents an opportunity for locals to shape Tamahere at a time when it is growing and changing at a rapid rate.

In the Waikato district, local community committees like Tamahere’s are designed to ensure that residents within a ward have have a voice to represent the views of the community to the Waikato District Council. As well, the committee supports the ward councillor.

The Tamahere Community Committee meets monthly at 7.30pm on the first Monday of the month in the community centre.

Additional meetings are held when local developments and events demand.

Community committees are not a vehicle for fighting local issues but can provide the council with the feelings of the community on any issues or concerns at an early stage, which hopefully influences council’s decisions. Committee members can, however, make submissions on their own behalf as private individuals.

Over the years, Tamahere has had a number of committees that have taken the views of residents to the council. All of these have highlighted one aspect that is important to the community: rural life-style. The retention of the Tamahere rural life-style has been one of the key focuses of all the committees.

The rapid growth of the area means this rural aspect is becoming harder and harder to maintain. Alongside this are growing concerns about road safety, connectivity and the impact of the Waikato Expressway, the shape and form of the sports and recreational grounds in central Tamahere, the commercial development in the same area, paths and cycleways, the provision of ultra fast broadband and the possibility that Hamilton City will make a move to wrest Tamahere away from the Waikato district.

Many of the current committee have served for several years. It’s unclear how many will be standing for re-election. Nominations are made and the election is held on the night.

The election of committee members will be overseen by Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion.

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