Local History

Local historic places in line for fund

Mar 15th, 2014 | By

The Waikato District Council’s Heritage Assistance Fund, designed to conserve, restore and protect valued district heritage, is available to Tamahere residents.

The fund is available only for privately owned heritage items that are listed in the 2013 district plan, which includes several historic places or homes in Tamahere.

On the list and open to applications from the fund are Tamahere School’s historic school building, the Martyn Homestead in Pencarrow Rd, Maori Gardens in Hooker Rd, the Hanatoria Pa Homestead in Ringer Rd, and the site of the peace accord signing on the corner of Bruntwood and Tauwhare Roads.



Historic steam roller rolls back

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

A heavyweight piece of Tamahere history is rolling back to the area.

The Aveling-Porter steam roller and scarifier bought by the Tamahere Roads Board in 1923 for an extensive road upgrading programme was, when last heard of, being restored by a Christchurch steam engine enthusiast.

Ninety-one-years later it is returning to Tamahere thanks to an interesting chain of events.



Our Wiremu Tamihana NZer of the Year

Nov 13th, 2013 | By

Tamahere’s first person of historic significance, Wiremu Tamihana, has been chosen as New Zealander of the year … 1863.

The belated recognition of the farsighted Ngati Haua peacemaker, labeled by some as a rebel in his day, comes as the NZ Herald celebrates 150 years of publication.

In a commemorative magazine in today’s NZ Herald, the paper, which has chosen a New Zealander of the Year for many years, uses hindsight to name people it thought should have been rightfully recognised in their day over the last 150 years.



Going, going …

Nov 3rd, 2013 | By

The last Icepak coolstore is shrinking in size daily as work continues to dismantle and relocate it.

In the last couple of weeks the sole survivor of the 2008 fire has shrunk by two thirds as panels have been removed from a cool room at one end of the building and the steel trussed verandah dismantled with the help of a crane at the other.

With just one cool room to go, and at the rate of work so far, the building could be expected to be gone entirely within a week.



Coolstore dismantling underway

Oct 14th, 2013 | By

Work to dismantle the last coolstore on the disused Devine Rd Icepak site is into its second week.

The coolstore, the only survivor of the fatal 2008 fire, got a wash down in September and serious efforts to dismantle and remove it began last week.

It is to be relocated to Icepak’s Waharoa site clearing the way for the former commercial zone to return to residential status like the surrounding Tamahere properties.



Landmark of tragedy to go

Sep 9th, 2013 | By

The remaining Icepak coolstore, the only survivor of the devastating 2008 fire, is being prepared for removal.

This week, contractors were on the Devine Rd site washing down the coolstore, which in recent months has been covered in graffiti, before an expected shift to Waharoa.

The coolstore has not been in use since June 2010 after a deal struck between Icepak and the Waikato District Council allowed it to continue to operate for a period following the fatal fire in return for Icepak relinquishing claims to commercial use of the site.



Manor’s time runs out

Aug 22nd, 2013 | By

Work to dismantle Tamahere’s historic Mellow Manor will start today after efforts to relocate the building failed.

NZ Transport Agency had been in urgent discussions with a couple who proposed moving the manor to another site 800m away.

The manor property, at the intersection of Pickering Rd and State Highway 1, was purchased by the agency in April as one of 92 full and partial properties required to build the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway.



Manor’s last chance to move

Aug 17th, 2013 | By

Tamahere’s historic Mellow Manor may have secured an eleventh-hour reprieve with a couple expressing an interest in buying and relocating the building.

The NZ Transport Agency sought urgent talks with prospective buyers after earlier discussions to save the manor fell over.

The manor property, at the intersection of Pickering Rd and State Highway 1, was purchased by the agency in April as one of 92 full and partial properties required to build the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway.



Settlement addresses injustice

May 24th, 2013 | By

Celebration was the order of the day when Ngati Haua and Crown representatives signed a deed of settlement over historic grievances today at the Te Iti o Haua Marae, Tauwhare.

Attended by King Tuheitia and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson, the day was recorded in print and on film by the AlJazeera television network, which provided an interesting international perspective of the event and New Zealand’s treaty settlement process.

Many Ngati Haua, King Tuheitia and Minister Finlayson, who is also Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, also visited the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park for the re-dedication of ‘Absolute Divide’, an artwork which portrays the original boundary line, drawn in 1864 following the land wars, that separated the Waikato and Matamata/Piako districts.



Historic day for Ngati Haua

May 19th, 2013 | By

Ngati Haua will sign a deed of settlement with the Crown at the Te Iti o Haua Marae, Tauwhare, on Friday, May 24, which will acknowledge the Crown’s breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi dating back to 1863.

To be attended by King Tuheitia and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson, the ceremony will start at 7am with the raising of the king’s flag.

Tamahere’s earliest person of note is Wiremu Tamihana, a chief of Ngati Haua, known as the Maori Kingmaker and revered as a peacemaker.