Local History

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.

Icepak investigator honoured

Jun 1st, 2012 | By

The Labour Department expert who investigated the Icepak fire at Tamahere has been honoured.

Keith Stewart, one of the department’s leading health and safety experts, has been given a lifetime achievement award for his 35 years of dedication to workplace health and safety in New Zealand.

He was honoured for his contribution and commitment to health and safety at this year’s Workplace Health and Safety Awards gala dinner in Auckland on Thursday.

More deaths without gas controls warns industry

May 7th, 2012 | By

More regulation is needed to prevent a recurrence of the Tamahere Icepak tragedy, says a leader in the refrigeration industry.

“We need more regulation to prevent similar tragedies,” says Rob Morgan, chair of the Climate Control Companies Association. “What is in place is little known and insufficient.

“There is licensing for many trades, including plumbers, roofers and electricians; the person who fills up your gas bottle at the petrol station needs to be an approved HSNO filler, but anyone can install flammable refrigerants into a large system.”

Lovell last coolstore blast victim hopes coroner

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By

Just two weeks short of the fourth anniversary of the tragic Icepak Coolstores explosion Hamilton Coroner Peter Ryan has released his findings on the death at Tamahere of senior firefighter Derek Lovell.

Derek Lovell, 49, died of traumatic injuries from an explosion on April 5, 2008 at the Devine Rd coolstore facility when he and seven other firefighters responded to a fire alarm triggered by a major leak of highly flammable LPG refrigerant.

Following an inquest held over three-days in September 2011 the Coroner made a number of recommendations designed to prevent further deaths occurring in similar circumstances.

Riverlea owners lie in Tamahere

Feb 21st, 2012 | By

Tamahere’s historic cemetery contains the graves of The Rev Joseph Clark and his wife, Ethel Mary Ball Clark, long-term owners of Riverlea, the historic homestead that still stands in the suburb that took its name.

Joseph Clark, born in 1853, and Ethel Clark, born in 1856, were married in Auckland in 1902. Ethel bought Riverlea on October 9, 1913.

Historic hall on the move

Jan 20th, 2012 | By

Tamahere’s 90-year-old hall is on the move.

Members of the Taupiri Marae have been preparing the hall to shift to Taupiri all week after they acquired the one-time war memorial hall for just $1.

The Waikato District Council had previously tried to sell the hall, including listing it on Trade Me but got no takers.

Landmark tale rolls up

Oct 12th, 2011 | By

The Waikato Times has re-told the story of the landmark Roller on a stick, the 1968 Silver Shadow that is a very distinctive sign of Riverlea Wreckers and Tamahere.

The Rolls Royce has been up on its pole for 20 or 25 years, the idea courtesy of Riverlea’s owner Bryce Lovegrove.

Gas fears spread to UK

Oct 7th, 2011 | By

Concerns have been raised by British refrigeration engineers over the flammable nature of next-generation refrigerants like the one that caused the fatal 2008 explosion at Tamahere.

RAC, the UK Refrigeration and Air Conditioning magazine, reported that industry concerns were growing over a surge in the use of flammable refrigerants and a lack of controls over who could buy them.

“It follows an inquest in New Zealand which heard that the refrigeration industry there does not have enough skilled staff to deal with the imminent growth of flammable hydrocarbons.”

World monitors Tamahere event

Sep 14th, 2011 | By

Tamahere was put on the world map by the 2008 Icepak tragedy and the aftermath continues to attract global interest.

“A Coronial Inquest into the world’s most severe incident involving hydrocarbon refrigerants in New Zealand has been held recently,” reports hydrocarbons21.com.