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District ‘rule book’ up for re-write

Nov 10th, 2017 | By

Consultation is underway on the draft Waikato District Plan – the ‘rule book’ that manages the way land is used, developed and subdivided in the Waikato district.

It’s an important time for residents to give feedback because the plan governs how we live, work and play across the district but there can be different rules depending on where we live and what we want for our area.

The plan roadshow will be in Tamahere, 2pm to 7pm on Wednesday, December 6 in the Tamahere Community Centre.

Waikato property values rise fast

Oct 27th, 2017 | By

The Waikato district is one of the New Zealand’s fastest growing areas, new property valuations show.

The total rateable value of the Waikato district’s 31,271 properties is now $27.69 billion with the land value of those properties now valued at $17.12 billion.

Waikato District Council reported last week that district property values had risen by an average of 33.7% overall in the past three years.

Fined Regal vacates reserve

Oct 23rd, 2017 | By

Regal Haulage will this week permanently vacate the Tamahere Reserve, closing the truck wash which earned it $1500 in fines from the Waikato Regional Council earlier this year.

The regional council closed down the rubbish-strewn Tauwhare Rd site temporarily in February after local resident Owen Trolove raised concerns it was polluting the Mangaone Stream.

In March, after an investigation the company was found to have breached both its consent and an already issued abatement notice – two infringments each earning a fine of $750.

Property values rise

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

Waikato district property values have risen by an average of 33.7% in the past three years and upcoming valuation notices will reflect that.

Waikato property owners can expect to receive their three-yearly Quotable Value (QV) property revaluation in the next week or two, with notices expected to start landing in letter boxes from around October 20.

The revaluations will have an impact on rates.

Question over library access

Oct 11th, 2017 | By

The Waikato District Council is reviewing the arrangement that gives Tamahere residents access to Hamilton city’s libraries.

Every year the council pays more than $300,000 for residents to access such library services and it wants feedback on whether the arrangement should continue.

The council wants views on whether residents use neighbouring councils’ libraries or if they’d prefer another option.

Locals keen for “awesome” park

Oct 10th, 2017 | By

Tamahere people have strongly indicated they are keen for “awesomeness” in their long awaited sports and recreation grounds.

A significant majority of locals who responded to a survey on whether they wanted a basic or enhanced level of facilities, including a bigger playground and high-spec walkway, have opted for the top line option.

The enhanced grounds come at a cost of an estimated additional $38 on annual rates.

Search, rescue exercise at school

Oct 9th, 2017 | By

Tamahere School is to be used as a training ground of a different kind this weekend.

New Zealand Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) will be using the school grounds and surrounding neighbourhood for a suburban search training exercise on Saturday (October 14).

Locals should not be alarmed if they see police cars and a lot of fluoro-clad people in and around the school and community, said Waveney Parker, a member of Hamilton LandSAR and Tamahere School principal.

SH1 speed up or not?

Oct 1st, 2017 | By

The NZ Transport Agency is calling for feedback on a proposal to introduce a 110km/h speed limit on the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway.

The SH1 expressway between the Cambridge Southern and Tamahere interchanges along with the SH2 Tauranga Eastern Link Rd are the first roads being considered for the 110km/h speed limit.

Nationwide, the speed limit will only rise to 110km/hr on roads which can support higher travel speeds without compromising safety.

School locked down after gun sighted

Sep 26th, 2017 | By

A gun scare put Tamahere School in lock down this afternoon for just under an hour.

Police were called to the school after senior students reportedly saw a stranger behind the school grounds wearing a balaclava and carrying what appeared to be a shotgun.

The lock down began around 1.20pm was lifted around 2.10pm after police inspected the school grounds and the area where the stranger was spotted and did not find anything.

Candidates on screen

Sep 18th, 2017 | By

Where do the Waikato’s four election candidates stand on health and the people of the region, and how knowledgeable are they of the electorate’s history?

NZ Herald Local Focus canvassed the candidates’ views on that and more when it interviewed them recently.

The video interviews of the candidates, including Tamahere locals Philippa Stevenson (Green Party) and Tim van de Molen (National Party), are now online.