Tamihana tour inspires

Tamahere’s most notable historic figure, Wiremu Tamihana, left big shoes to fill as around 50 locals learnt today on a unique tour of Waikato sites significant in his life.

In what could be precedent setting tourism, the hopes, words and deeds of the remarkable 19th century rangatira were revealed as still relevant today.

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ANZAC day in iso

It was pocket-size ANZAC dawn services in Tamahere today, and around New Zealand.

In Koppens Rd members of four bubbles gathered around a letterbox-turned-memorial to join, from afar, the national service broadcast from the Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington.

In Rosebanks Dr, where wreaths adorned letterboxes, a trumpeter played the Last Post.

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Fear, uncertainty? We’re up for it

“‘Focus on the things you can control’: how to cope with radical uncertainty” – that was definitely a headline I was going to click four days into this crazy new world of Lockdown NZ.

I was rewarded with a bit of practical psychology that reinforced the conclusion I had already come to about how to cope with the “new” normal. Keep busy. Keep busy no matter what.

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Tamahere rises to crisis

It’s a time to reach out to fellow New Zealanders in whatever way we can and Tamahere people are doing that.

Inspirational, cheery and joke signs have sprung up around the area and Teddy bears are popping out of mailboxes and sitting in windows as locals look to lift our spirits while we all endure pandemic lockdown.

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The day the world changed

The day the world changed our far flung family got together on a WhatsApp group and traded thoughts, photos and the usual friendly ribbing.

In Vancouver, Katikati, Mt Maunganui, Hamilton and Tamahere spirits lifted for mums and dads, cousins, nieces and nephews, kids, grandkids and grandparents. Gosh that was only yesterday!

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Life with coronavirus

The impacts of the highly infectious novel coronavirus Covid-19 are spreading throughout our local community and New Zealand.

We will all know people whose health is at risk or whose jobs and incomes, businesses, life or travel plans have been affected.

We will all need to be alert to ways we can support our family, friends and communities in the days, weeks and months ahead. Here’s a start for what we can do in Tamahere.

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Food choices that lie

Our nearest supermarket has reorganized its stock and now has a healthy food aisle.

Under the psychology of supermarket layout this health food corral is right next to the fruit and vegetable section’s airy spaces, which are designed to lull shoppers into a relaxed if not mindless state in order to part them from more of their money.

But if the fruit and vegetables and corralled items are designated healthy what does that say for the rest of the supermarket stock? Less healthy? Not healthy? Junk food?

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