Local History

Glad tidings on mystery couple

May 12th, 2013 | By

Mystery couple Arthur and Glad whose 1920 wedding photo, apparently taken at Tamahere, puzzled a British woman when she found it in her family’s papers in London has been solved.

“The couple are Christopher Arthur Teague and Gladys Teague (nee Crahart) on their wedding day on 26 October, 1920, in Palmerston North,” emailed their daughter-in-law, June Teague, this week.

“They arrived from Cornwall, England and after their marriage they farmed on Woodcock’s Road, Tamahere,” June wrote, finally establishing there was a Tamahere connection, and solving the months old mystery.

Five years on from Icepak fire

Mar 31st, 2013 | By

Five years ago the Icepak coolstores at Tamahere exploded, killing a fireman, injuring seven others and scarring a community. Philippa Stevenson, a Tamahere resident and journalist, reflects on the tragedy and asks whether it could happen again.

Tamahere Model Country School’s annual Pumpkin Night, held a week ago, was a delight.

As one Pumpkin Night follows another it feels like nothing changes.

But some things certainly need to change. Because Pumpkin Night five years ago ended before it began with a black mushroom cloud blasting and boiled into the sky, taking a life and changing the course of many others forever.

Corporate manslaughter calls grow

Mar 31st, 2013 | By

Growing calls for a corporate manslaughter charge in the wake of the CTV building collapse in Christchurch and the Pike River mine disaster coincide with the fifth anniversary of the fatal Tamahere fire – where a plea was also made for stiffer law.

This week, Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson said he may pursue a law change allowing corporate manslaughter charges in cases like the CTV building collapse in the second earthquake in February 2011, in which 115 people died.

The move was welcomed by Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little, who has a member’s Bill in Parliament’s ballot that creates a crime of corporate manslaughter.

Fonterra fire case settled

Mar 31st, 2013 | By

Dairy giant Fonterra has settled a claim against companies in the Icepak coolstore group for the loss of $25 million of cheese in the 2008 Tamahere fire that claimed the life of a firefighter.

The case was settled last October in a confidential out-of-court settlement.

In January 2011, Fonterra was given permission to sue the owners of the Tamahere coolstore, Icepak Group Ltd.

Roller back on the road

Feb 23rd, 2013 | By

A substantial piece of Tamahere history has been brought to light in a South Island workshop.

In 1923, the Tamahere Roads Board became the proud owners of an Aveling-Porter steam roller and scarifier, shipped from England and transported by rail to the Hamilton railway station.

The new machine, (the roller rolls, the scarifier breaks up the surface of a road) was demonstrated to the proud members of the roads board in front of the Lye family farm in Newstead, and was soon hard at work on Tauwhare Rd.

Wedding couple remain mystery

Feb 20th, 2013 | By

The mystery of the couple who married at Tamahere some time last century and whose wedding photo was posted to England persists.

The post seeking information about “Arthur and Glad” drew one interesting response but did not resolve the mystery.

“I’ve had a scan through my list of marriages at St Stephen’s, Tamahere between 1883 and 1967 – though the clothing in the photo looks 1920s-30s to me – and there’s only one groom called Arthur,” emailed local, Marg Forde.

Who are Arthur and Glad?

Feb 8th, 2013 | By

Can anyone help identify a mystery couple who seem to have connections to Tamahere and whose wedding photo has turned up half a world away?

Claire Ivison, who lives in London, has sent the accompanying photo of ‘Arthur and Glad’, apparently taken on their wedding day and sent from Tamahere but she has no idea how they are connected to her family.

“I found the photo and label among some old family items. The address seems to be Tamahere but I cannot find Arthur and Glad on my family tree.”

School creates million dollar buzz

Nov 30th, 2012 | By

The seemingly ever circling, small aircraft above Tamahere are a frequent reminder of the CTC Aviation, pilot training school at nearby Hamilton Airport.

Perhaps not surprising then to learn that currently CTC has 190 cadets in training (hailing from 15 countries), and has trained more than 1250 cadets (from 28 nations) in its eight years.

All that buzzing overhead has, according to a study, contributed more than $280 million to the Waikato economy.

Church lifts roof

Nov 8th, 2012 | By

St Stephen’s Church Tamahere is sporting a gleaming new roof.

The old cracked and leaking Decramastic tile roof came down this week and was replaced in just four days with longrun roofing by The Roofing Specialists – no easy task with a 60deg roof pitch and under a baking sun.

The old roof had been in place since the church was built in 1972 on the ashes of the original 1882 church.

Newell left farming legacy

Sep 11th, 2012 | By

William Newell, after whom Newell Rd is named, was a farmer who contributed significantly to the development of the agricultural industry.

Newell’s farming career began in Epsom as a young man newly arrived from County Down, Ireland where he was born around 1863.