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New retirement village for Tamahere

Apr 19th, 2018 | By

Tamahere is in line for its second retirement village with the Sanderson Group on the point of buying a 10ha block bounded by Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive.

The Tauranga headquartered company proposes to build 130 freestanding houses along with assisted living apartments, rest home, hospital and dementia care facility for around 290 people starting early next year.

Brendon Russo, Sanderson’s assistant general manager, said the company, which this month briefed the Tamahere Community Committee on its plans, was currently applying for resource consents and doing other due diligence before finalising the land purchase.



Camex fined for Tamahere pollution

Apr 18th, 2018 | By

A Cambridge company has been convicted and fined $19,125 for sediment discharges into a Tamahere stream.

The Waikato Regional Council prosecuted Cambridge Excavators Limited (Camex) under the Resource Management Act.

It involved two separate incidents that occurred in November 2016 when a large sediment retention pond used during development of the Tamahere Recreation Reserve was being decommissioned.



Closure, changes proposed at Newell Rd

Apr 16th, 2018 | By

Changes to the Newell Rd-Cambridge Rd intersection are under consideration that could restrict the way drivers enter and exit it.

The NZ Transport Agency and the Waikato District Council propose making some changes as part of the work for the Waikato Expressway, which is to be finished by 2020.

A consultation meeting for locals is to be scheduled shortly but meantime discussion documents on the proposal are available on Tamahere Forum.



Fast internet work to start

Apr 10th, 2018 | By

Ultra fast broadband is set to be delivered to Tamahere and Matangi with work scheduled to start next month.

Ultrafast Fibre, the company bringing fast broadband to the area under the government’s broadband scheme, said today work was scheduled to start in May.

Under the rollout scheme, the capital cost of installing the fibre road by road is underwritten by the government allowing individual customers to simply sign up with broadband service providers at no more cost than their urban counterparts.



Principal reflects on fire

Apr 5th, 2018 | By

Today, like April 5, 2008, was a stunningly beautiful, warm, Waikato day with blue sky overhead and crunchy, autumn leaves underfoot.

Then the neighbourhood blew up, transformed in nanoseconds into a frightening, confusing nightmare of noise, chaos, roaring flames and a huge, black mushroom cloud funnelling high into the sky.

Ten years on, Tamahere School principal Waveney Parker has recalled the school community’s many courageous roles that afternoon, and in the weeks ahead.



Village shops get concrete progress

Apr 3rd, 2018 | By

Concrete is set to be poured for the floors of the first two buildings of the Tamahere Village commercial hub this week.

Tony McLauchlan of contractor Foster Develop expects this first stage of the village, including the adjoining Piazza and Recreation Reserve, to be finished by this November.

The entire commercial hub comprises four blocks.



Suffering and superheroes: fire anniversary

Mar 31st, 2018 | By

The 10th anniversary of the fatal Icepak Tamahere fire has prompted another publication to look back a decade to April 5, 2008.

Raewyn Koppens describes the day she thought she’d died as an experience coloured with suffering and superheroes, reports the Waikato Times.

The light of a warm Saturday afternoon turned to darkness, and through a smokey haze, figures began to appear.



Motorsport dream gone in fire

Mar 13th, 2018 | By

A bag of tools, a car jack and some parts are all that’s left of Terry Mead’s fledgling motorsport dream.

He’d grabbed them from his workshop on Thursday morning to go to Paeroa and get car parts.

By the end of the day, his workshop, at a row of Raynes Road commercial units was engulfed in an inferno. He’d only been there for four weeks.



Major loss in huge blasts, fire

Mar 9th, 2018 | By

Explosions and a massive plume of black smoke signalled a major fire at the Raynes Rd premises of Penguin Pools last night.

Fire and Emergency arrived at the scene, near Hamilton Airport, at 7.07pm and battled throughout the night to control the fire. The building housed swimming pools and hay bales.

Tamahere local Rory Forde was on site working for agricultural company, Finch Contracting, and his quick actions saved a tractor from the inferno.



WDC hosts rates discussion

Mar 2nd, 2018 | By

The Waikato District Council will host a public information session on its Long Term Plan in Tamahere on Thursday, March 15, 6pm to 7.30pm

The plan proposes a general rate rise of 6.24% for 2018/19, dropping to 4.8% then 3.73% over the next two years, and 3% in the following years.

The session at the Tamahere Community Centre is designed to discuss with locals the issues being raised in the plan, and to answer any questions.