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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.



Rabbit killer to be released

Feb 27th, 2018 | By

The Waikato Regional Council will release a rabbit-killing virus to reduce the significant environmental and agricultural impacts of the pest in some parts of the region.

By the end of April it’s expected the new rabbit haemorrhagic virus disease strain will be released at sites in Hamilton, Cambridge, Pauanui, Whangamata, Thames, Matarangi, Taupō, Kuratau and Kinloch.

“The virus is specific to rabbits,” said Biosecurity pest animals team leader Brett Bailey.



Council proposes rate rise

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By

The Waikato District Council will meet next Wednesday, February 28 to approve a consultation document for its draft 10-year plan, which proposes a rate rise of 6.24% from July.

The increase will reduce in successive years to 4.8% in 2019/20, 3.73% in 2020/21 and 3% for the following years.

In addition there will be increases in targeted rates for localised services such as water supply and refuse collections, so overall rates rises may be significant for some communities.



Appeal over Icepak site

Feb 20th, 2018 | By

An appeal has been lodged on the decision to decline a precedent-setting residential subdivision on the the former Icepak Coolstores site.

The site owner, former Icepak director Wayne Grattan, is appealing the resource consent decision by an independent commissioner on grounds including that undue weight was put on the precedent-setting nature of the subdivision.

Waikato District Council Hearing Commissioner David Hill said in January that the application to subdivide the 2.1ha Devine Rd block into six lots could not be justified.



Icepak subdivision declined

Jan 12th, 2018 | By

A bid to subdivide the former Icepak Coolstores site into a precedent setting number of residential blocks has been declined.

In a decision released yesterday, Waikato District Council Hearing Commissioner David Hill said the application to subdivide the 2.1ha block into six lots, all less than the 5,000 square metres provided in the district plan, could not be justified.

The application, which came almost 10 years after the Devine Rd site was razed by an explosion and fire that killed a fireman, was made by former Icepak managing director Wayne Grattan.