Local History

WW1 stories wanted

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

Waikato Museum has launched an interactive website to help uncover the untold stories of the men and women of the Waikato during World War 1.

The website ForUsTheyFell.org.nz has been developed to crowd-source information for a major exhibition, For us They Fell, to open on Anzac Day, April 25, 2015.

The exhibition, which will run until Armistice Day, November 11, 2018, is intended to commemorate the first century since World War 1.

The Narrows, Hunt to Way

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

When Deborah Hunt died in Cambridge in 1897, the Waikato Argus reported that “the old lady will be greatly missed as she was a favourite with everyone”.

Deborah Hunt was in her 91st year. She had been resident in Cambridge for several years but had lived at the Narrows from 1873 to 1862.

The Hunt family built The Narrows homestead (now Glenhope) in 1873. The house at 433 Airport Rd is listed on the Waipa District Council’s heritage schedule and it is registered by the Historic Places Trust. It is one of the oldest farm houses in the Waikato.

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.