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WDC launches cadet scheme

Jul 24th, 2017 | By

The Waikato District Council has moved to create employment opportunities for civil engineering students in partnership with Wintec.

The two organisations will launch a cadetship programme next year which will aim to support and develop students through a programme of on-the-job work packages and specific training.

The council will recruit cadets from Wintec year one and two students this year to launch the scheme for the 2018 study year.



Talk sparks action on ethical funds

Jul 23rd, 2017 | By

A few bankers, KiwiSaver providers and investment advisers could expect ‘please explain’ phone calls Monday morning in the wake of today’s ethical investment discussion in Tamahere.

Specialist ethical investment adviser Janet Natta, of Tamahere, surprised many in the audience with the revelation that their savings or investments were unlikely to be in ethical funds.

It is a common misconception that investment funds are covered by regulations that rule out “sin stocks” such as tobacco, armaments and gambling, Natta told the Green Party-hosted event in the St Stephen’s Tamahere hall.



Build consent applications go online

Jul 21st, 2017 | By

Submitting a building consent application to the Waikato District Council should now be easier and quicker.

Consents can now be submitted electronically and their progress tracked online.

The council will accept consent applications that are emailed with a file share link, for example Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or saved on a USB stick.



Eat your cake and donate it too

Jul 19th, 2017 | By

Thinking well ahead Tamahere Lions are appealing for people to get in the Christmas spirit early and plan their Christmas cake purchases.

This year the club is working with the Salvation Army to enable people to buy cakes and donate them to brighten a needy family’s Christmas.

It would be a double act of generosity as $5 from the $18 price of the Ernest Adams cakes also goes toward community projects.



Investing for good: a how-to

Jul 17th, 2017 | By

Increasingly people with savings, whether in a bank account or the share market, want their money to do good for the environment and society as well as themselves.

Tamahere woman Janet Natta, an Authorised Financial Adviser, is one of New Zealand’s few experts in ethical investment – the tricky business of navigating what is a good investment and what is investing for good.

Natta will demystify ethical or socially responsible investment at an afternoon event in Tamahere on Sunday, July 23.



Camera on Cambridge

Jul 16th, 2017 | By

The Cambridge Camera Club is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month with an exhibition of historical Cambridge photographs.

The display will feature at the Cambridge Library from July 24 to 28.

On Tuesday, July 25, 7pm, Jennie Gainsford of the the Cambridge Historical Society will give a talk entitled Moments in Time, Snapshots of Days Gone By.



Hart Rd saga in court

Jul 7th, 2017 | By

The long running saga of the controversial, hostel-style Hart Rd houses is having a sequel in a mortgage fraud case in the Auckland High Court.

The Serious Fraud Office has accused property developer Kang (Thomas) Huang and Yan (Jenny) Zhang of being involved in a ring that fraudulently obtained at least $50 million to buy 76 properties around Auckland and Hamilton.

The husband and wife duo, otherwise known as Gang Wang and Kang Xu, were behind the now defunct company LV Park, which developed the Hart Rd houses in Tamahere.



Right to home abandoned: author

Jul 2nd, 2017 | By

Author and social commentator Gordon McLauchlan brought his acute wit and humour to Tamahere today, enthralling his audience with a life’s worth of observations.

Over his lifetime, he’d seen some dramatic and desirable advances in human rights from campaigns against homophobia, racism and patronising anti-feminism, he told an audience of around 45 in the St Stephen’s Tamahere hall.

“But in that same time I’ve also seen the abandonment of the human right for people to have a decent home and an adequate income,” McLauchlan said.



Taylor takes rubbish prize

Jul 1st, 2017 | By

It’s Plastic Free July and we can think of no better example of rubbish reduction than Annette Taylor of our sister site Number 8 Network.

“I might well put out a rubbish bag this week, the first in over a year,” writes Annette, editor of Number 8 Network.

“When Waikato District Council introduced changes to its collection a friend [that would be me: Tamahere Forum Ed] challenged us to a little friendly rubbish rivalry – who could produce the least amount of trash.



Koppens picked to free kokako

Jun 29th, 2017 | By

Tamahere’s Leo Koppens got up close with a kokako this week when he was picked to release the rare bird on to Mount Pirongia.

Kōkako once had a strong presence on Pirongia but due to constant pest threats the last birds of a diminishing population were removed in the 1990s to try to ensure their survival.

Now, they are being brought back to the mountain by the Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society, which has created a 1000 hectare, predator controlled area on the mountain.