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Tamihana, a NZ great

May 28th, 2019 | By

Tamahere’s preeminent historical figure, Ngati Haua rangatira Wiremu Tamihana, has again been hailed as one of New Zealand’s greatest figures.

Yesterday, to mark the reprinting of the seminal, 2002 biography by Dame Evelyn Stokes, Wiremu Tamihana Rangatira, historian Vincent O’Malley gave a public lecture at Waikato University.

To a large audience that included many Ngati Haua, O’Malley said the evidence Tamihana was one of the most outstanding people in NZ history was overwhelming.



Trust unhappy signs must go

May 28th, 2019 | By

The Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust is frustrated the Waikato District Council has forced them to take down their three advertising signs.

A council bylaw has cut off the eco-group’s sole regular source of income.

Two of the signs have been at the entrance to the Tamahere Reserve for the past two years. Another one – an Acorn Timber sign – has been there for seven years.



Arts, crafts at market

May 27th, 2019 | By

The latest Best Artisan Market is on Saturday morning, June 8, in the Tamahere Community Centre.

Sponsored by the Tamahere Lions, the market from 9am to 1pm, will have more than 70 mostly indoor stalls.

The Lions will also be collecting good quality toys, books and clothes for Kids in Need Waikato, and fundraising to build the Tamahere community barbecue for the recreation area adjacent to the hall.



Hobbiton art at gallery

May 27th, 2019 | By

Tamahere’s Inspirit gallery will feature a magical exhibition of contemporary impressionist paintings of Hobbiton through the eyes of a highly regarded international artist in June.

Artist Kristen Olson Stone’s art is in the collection of former USA president Barack Obama and wife Michelle – just one of a long list of her achievements in the art world.

A visit to Hobbiton inspired Olson Stone, who is currently Auckland based, and she has created a beautiful collection of impressionist paintings of Hobbiton.



Time for a ball

May 20th, 2019 | By

Fancy having a ball?

Tamahere School welcomes all good time lovers to a Golden Night – a ball to be held on Saturday, June 22 at the Cambridge Raceway.

A fundraising event as well, proceeds from the ball will be put toward an upgrade of the school’s junior school playground.



Antivirus protection: who to trust

May 19th, 2019 | By

The things we do! The other day I was on the phone to Norton (also known as Symantec), an antivirus company, for a full 50 minutes.

Every step of the way they tested our patience; they checked things that had already been checked, did things that didn’t need to be done. They were – of course – running out of some call center in India for maybe 50c an hour, so I used my limited compassion and let them waste both my and the clients time.

But enough’s enough.



Reserve re-opened

May 17th, 2019 | By

Tamahere Reserve has re-opened to the public after work was completed on a number of trees.

The reserve, which is on Tauwhare Rd, is claimed to be a long-tailed bat habitat so extra precautions were taken when completing the work.

The reserve was closed in late March so the work could be done.



Market perfect for catch-ups

May 13th, 2019 | By

Tamahere Country Market – this Saturday, May 18, in the St Stephen’s Church grounds, corner of Tamahere Drive and Airport Rd.

The market is the perfect place to meet for a coffee or Devonshire Tea.

It’s also the spot to buy a New Zealand made, produced or created gift or to just treat yourself to anything from a croissant to skin care.



Burnout crowds anger locals

May 11th, 2019 | By

The Pickering Rd roundabout continues to attract crowds of boy racers for burnouts, riling residents who have been weathering the events for four years.

Local Maureen du Toit​ is the latest local to speak out about the noisy gatherings that began in 2015 with construction of the large roundabout as part of the Waikato Expressway.



Expressway delays fibre rollout

May 10th, 2019 | By

A delay is likely in the roll out of the ultrafast broadband network in the Cherry Lane and Bollard Road areas.

The hold up comes because of work restrictions placed on contractors Ultra Fast Fibre from the Waikato Expressway construction in the same area.

“The latest we now expect to be able to connect anyone in this area is from 1st September,” said Mike Ryan of UFF.