Airport hotel becomes isolation facility

Jet Park Hotel at the Hamilton Airport is to be an isolation facility until at least January 2021.

Its popular Propeller restaurant will also be out of bounds to the public for the next six months as the hotel does its bit “to keep Kiwis safe,>according to the hotel’s website.

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Call for safe walkways in Tamahere goes to government

The need for walking and cycling routes in Tamahere that are safe from State Highway 1 traffic has been put directly to the government.

Earlier this month, Tamahere Community Committee (TCC) member James Yearsley put the case for an underpass from Devine Rd under the SH1 on-ramp to Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee.

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Winter work ahead for delayed expressway

Work on the Waikato Expressway, including at Tamahere, may need to continue through winter – if weather allows – to make up for time lost during the Covid-19 lockdown.

In a recent progress update, NZTA said at the expressway’s Southern Interchange at Tamahere, the new link road is under construction from Birchwood Lane. Check out the explanatory graphic.

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Playgrounds, libraries, facilities re-opening

The Tamahere skate park and play ground will be (officially) open from Saturday, May 16 as Waikato district facilities slowly open again under Covid-19 lockdown alert level 2 conditions.

The Waikato District council said this week playgrounds will be sanitised and signage installed to remind people to keep 2 metres away from others they don’t know.

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Community news outlets “courageous”

Just days after lamenting that New Zealand’s mainstream media was in an “existential crisis” a leading media commentator has praised the courage of community news outlets during the pandemic lockdown, including those serving Tamahere.

“Thousands will no longer refer to the community newspaper that appears in their letterbox as “the local rag”, wrote Dr Gavin Ellis, who last month was the expert media witness to the Parliamentary Epidemic Response Select Committee chaired by Simon Bridges.

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