Committee members farewelled


The Tamahere Community Committee farewelled some longstanding members last year and held a social function to mark the occasion as well as welcome new members.

Ro Edge and Dallas Fisher have been farwelled by the Tamahere Community Committee

Leaving the committee were chair of 12 years Dallas Fisher and Ro Edge, who also served on the committee for a dozen years.

Shelley Howse and Connie Short also left the committee after 6 years.

“Those who left the committee last year have all played a big role and will continue to assist where they can,” said new chair Sue Robertson.

“Each committee term is a three year period so it is a significant commitment and new members always say they are very surprised at the number and breadth of issues the committee becomes involved in.

“A very important part of the committee’s role is advocating for Tamahere in future Waikato District plans and financial allocations,” she said.

“Over the years progress sometimes seems very slow but patience and persistence usually gets there in the end. Relationships are built with the council and other organisations as well as within the committee and these are all important.”

Fisher and Edge were presented with individual citations.

Fisher’s noted his 20 years of service to Tamahere beginning before he joined the community committee when he was on the hall committee that lobbied, planned and fund raised for the new community centre.

Fisher had also been very active at the Tamahere School community including putting down now legendary hangi and running Men’s Night fundraisers, along with chairing the School Trust Board.

“Dallas is a tireless worker with enormous commitment to improving communities and outcomes. He has seen many milestone projects achieved in Tamahere and will no doubt be involved in many more,” the citation continued.

“Dallas’s knowledge of the Tamahere district, the people, the complex issues surrounding the area, and Tamahere’s place in the wider Waikato region has provided great insights for decisions and future of the community.”

Edge’s citation noted a similar record of two decades of service to Tamahere, including as secretary of the community committee and as a member of subcommittees for the development of Tamahere Park and the shopping precinct.

The committee has taken a break in January and will reconvene in February to follow up its major tasks, which currently are the safe connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists east and west of the SH1 expressway and north and south of Airport Road as well as within the school, park and commercial hub.

The committee meets on the first Monday of the month (other than January) in the Devine Rd community centre. It’s meetings are open to the public.

For more on the committee see here.

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