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SH1 goes middle of the road

May 17th, 2017 | By

State Highway 1 through Tamahere central is festooned with orange cones as tarsealing of the former median strip is carried out between the Airport Rd turn off and Bollard Rd.

This will allow traffic to be shifted from the road proper while trees are felled, phone and electricity cables are relocated, and the connection to the expressway constructed.

Some of the many cones will be replaced with permanent ‘SafeHits’.

Inorganic collection on its way

May 16th, 2017 | By

The annual inorganic refuse collection is on in Tamahere from May 22 to 27.

It will again be a case of putting refuse and recyling at the kerb the day before the week of the collection – Sunday, May 21.

Only properties that have refuse and recycling picked up weekly are entitled to the kerbside inorganic collection.

Support for Tamahere ANZAC Day

May 8th, 2017 | By

A proposal to commemorate Anzac Day locally, in Tamahere, in years to come is gaining support.

The Tamahere Lions Club and Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech are two who have backed the idea after it was raised here last week.

The proponents of the idea, St Stephen’s Tamahere Vicar Ellen Bernstein and Waikato Green Party candidate and Tamahere resident Philippa Stevenson, are delighted.

ANZAC Day in Tamahere?

Apr 28th, 2017 | By

Is it time for the Tamahere community to commemorate ANZAC Day in Tamahere?

Tamahere men who fought and died in World War I number 27, as recorded on the roll of honour displayed in the Tamahere Community Centre (pictured). Twenty-one served in World War II.

The question of whether Tamahere could hold a dedicated ANZAC commemoration service arose in a chance conversation on this year’s ANZAC Day between two locals who are now seeking more views.

Bridge pile driving restarts

Apr 24th, 2017 | By

Waikato Expressway pile driving will restart from Thursday for the bridge to span State Highway 1 at Cherry Lane.

Six piles will be driven 35 to 40 metres into the ground at the western abutment to complete piling at the East/West Link Bridge.

This will take about three weeks to complete bringing increased noise and vibration for nearby residents. (See piling video)

Easter shopping cracked open

Apr 11th, 2017 | By

All retail shops in the Waikato district will be able to open on Easter Sunday this year.

The Waikato District Council adopted the Easter Trading Policy 2017 at yesterday’s Council meeting, after a recommendation from its Policy and Regulatory Committee last month.

Submissions on the policy were evenly split but the council decision means individual business owners can make their own choice about whether they open or not.

Forum future hinges on red button

Apr 9th, 2017 | By

Tamahere Forum has teamed with journalism support platform PressPatron in a bid to ensure the community website’s long term future.

PressPatron, an entrepreneurial venture designed to support the future of journalism, allows reader-supporters to make contributions to their favourite journalism websites in a few simple steps.

Tamahere Forum founder Philippa Stevenson, an award-winning journalist, has edited the local news website largely voluntarily for nine years.

Regal fined over decrepit truck wash

Mar 21st, 2017 | By

Regal Haulage’s truck wash in the Tamahere Reserve remains shut down after the company was fined $1500 by the Waikato Regional Council for breaching its resource consent.

The alarm was raised over the decrepit nature of the drainage system from the truck wash and its impact downstream by concerned local Owen Trolove in February.

The facility was closed down by the regional council, which then launched an investigation into the discharge.

Road work to bite commuters

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

The impact of work on the Waikato Expressway at Tamahere (pictured) is set to bite further on drivers, especially during heavy commuter traffic on State Highway 1/Cambridge Rd.

From next Monday, March 27, northbound traffic heading into Hamilton on SH1 will be merged into one lane at the Tamahere interchange.

Speed restrictions will also begin at the interchange – the SH1 intersection with Airport and Tauwhare roads – to allow safe traffic flow.

Golf club debates future

Mar 19th, 2017 | By

The future of Tamahere’s Riverside Golf Club – eventually to be divided by the Southern Links ring road south of Hamilton – could be decided as soon as mid-year.

The NZ Transport Agency has accepted the club’s need to speed up decisions about its future after the designated route was identified three years ago but the road’s construction was not expected to begin for around 15 years or more.

“NZTA has accepted the club’s need to expedite the process,” said club president Craig Meinsmith in a letter to members.