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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.

Pumpkin Night packs fun

Mar 4th, 2018 | By

Pumpkin Night, the most popular family night of the Tamahere year, is on this Saturday, March 10, 3-8pm.

The night is filled with fun for kids and adults alike with food stalls, rides and other activities for kids, big pumpkin and other competitions, and entertainment.

The Trenwith Boys, a talented, local and popular family band, will be setting the music scene.

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.

Expressway open day models junction

Feb 26th, 2018 | By

The Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway is to hold an open day this Saturday, March 3 from 10am to 2pm.

A new scale model of the Southern Interchange at Tamahere will be on display in the Ryburn Rd Project Visitor Centre along with timelapse videos showing how bridges and embankments are being built.

Visitors will also be able to take a free, 30-minute bus tour of the work site or watch the project’s survey drones photographing the site from the air.

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.

Welcome awaits bowlers

Feb 21st, 2018 | By

The indoor bowls season is about to get underway in the Tamahere Community Centre.

It starts on Monday, March 5 and will continue on most Monday nights until early October.

Indoor bowls is a game that is easy to learn and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Equipment is provided as is coaching for beginners.

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.

Free, leafy spot for Waitangi Day

Feb 5th, 2018 | By

The spectacularly leafy and peaceful arboretum and sculpture park near Tauwhare is opening free of charge on Waitangi Day.

It follows well-attended, free-entry days on Boxing Day and Anniversary weekend as owners John and Dorothy Wakeling share the park again and gauge interest in saving it from permanent closure.

The couple believe they have almost singlehandedly created a valuable community asset from a wasteland and are keen for the park and the biodiversity that it nurtures to be secured for future generations.

Music comes to local meadow

Feb 4th, 2018 | By

Music in the Meadow, a fundraising concert featuring New Zealand music royalty The Lady Killers, is being held locally on Sunday, February 11.

The event, which will raise funds for Hamilton Boys’ High School rowing teams, will be on from 1pm to 6pm at 259 Raynes Rd.

Main act, The Lady Killers, feature the powerful, belt-em-out vocals of Suzanne Lynch, Tina Cross and Jackie Clarke.