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We really don’t know how lucky we are

Oct 30th, 2018 | By
Philippa Stevenson

Tamahere Forum’s Philippa Stevenson reports in from the Solomon Islands.  Fred Dagg was right, she says. We don’t know how lucky we are. Well, I didn’t anyway. Oh, I thought I did. But there is nothing like a month in a developing nation to challenge that notion. I’ve been in the Solomon Islands since September

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Matangi’s historic Armistice Day

Oct 23rd, 2018 | By
Anzac Day gordonton

Armistice Day, November 11, will be a particularly historic day in Matangi this year. For more than a hundred years, locals have called for a Roll of Honour for those from the Matangi district who served in the armed forces during World War 1. One hundred and four years later, that day has finally arrived.

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Pet peeves of a computer techi

Oct 23rd, 2018 | By
computer

Computer guy Matt Bentley shares some useful fundamentals about computers. So listen up! This is going to be essentially a gripes article. Hey, everyone gets one right? In every single profession there’s stuff that most non-experts get wrong. I wouldn’t have the faintest clue about all the things I’m getting wrong about my car, or

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Library access decision disappoints

Oct 18th, 2018 | By

Hamilton City Council’s rejection of a proposal which would have resumed library access for Waikato District Council residents is disappointing, says Waikato District Council ward councillor and deputy mayor Dynes Fulton. At a closed session last Thursday, HCC turned down a $250,000 offer from WDC to re-establish library service and said it would initiate wider

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No playground blow-out, says Council

Oct 16th, 2018 | By
Tamahere playground

  The Tamahere Recreation Reserve and Piazza project has not had a cost blow-out, says the Waikato District Council. The council has been moved to counter a media report that the budget for Tamahere Park has blown its budget with a $1.6m cost that was around four times the original plan. But the reported figures

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Speed limits on Tamahere roads in the spotlight

Oct 15th, 2018 | By
road

Locals are being urged to have their say on the speeds traffic can travel on the area’s roads, which have been found to be high-risk or that have been affected by rapid residential growth. Feedback can be given by making submissions on a Waikato District Council by-law. Submissions are open now and close on November

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Flowers for free from Women’s Institute

Sep 30th, 2018 | By
Flower

Be on the lookout for free bunches of flowers to take home next week – posies are being left at public places throughout the country by members of Women’s Institute. The Lonely Bouquet Initiative is spreading the word that the WI is alive and kicking and looking to recruit new members, says Sarajane Crookes, president

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Have your say at Council workshop

Sep 28th, 2018 | By
WDC

Waikato District Council is visiting more towns in the district to hear further from its community. The first round of workshops in the north of the Waikato district had nearly 200 in attendance, Waikato District Council general manager community growth Clive Morgan said. “It was fantastic to see so many from our communities come to

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Linesmen battle it out

Sep 28th, 2018 | By

A Tamahere local is one of three WEL Networks’ linesmen ready to battle it out against the best in the industry at a national competiton in Christchurch. The Connexis Annual Connection Competition is a highlight on the energy industry calendar and features three days of intense competition with cable jointer and line mechanic teams from

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Computer privacy tips

Sep 22nd, 2018 | By
computer

There are multiple ways you can lose your privacy online. Computer guy Matt Bentley takes a look. The ways to lose privacy include through the operating system, web browsers, search engines, email providers, through pirated software and malware, or your phone. Let’s look at each of these in turn. By default, Windows 10 sends a

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