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ANZAC services near and far

Apr 17th, 2018 | By

ANZAC services will be held in eight townships across the Waikato district on Wednesday, April 25 as well as in nearby Cambridge and Hamilton.

In Cambridge, the Dawn Service will be held outside the Cambridge Town Hall, at 6am, and the Civic Commemorative Services will be held inside the Town Hall at 9am, followed by placing of wreaths at the cenotaph.

Hamilton’s ANZAC services take place at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park on Memorial Drive, the dawn service at 6am, the civic ceremony at 10am.



Closure, changes proposed at Newell Rd

Apr 16th, 2018 | By

Changes to the Newell Rd-Cambridge Rd intersection are under consideration that could restrict the way drivers enter and exit it.

The NZ Transport Agency and the Waikato District Council propose making some changes as part of the work for the Waikato Expressway, which is to be finished by 2020.

A consultation meeting for locals is to be scheduled shortly but meantime discussion documents on the proposal are available on Tamahere Forum.



Views wanted on council representation

Apr 16th, 2018 | By

The Waikato District Council is reviewing its representation arrangements in the lead up to the local government elections next year.

Local interest groups, community boards and committees are being invited to give their views at a workshop on April 23, 6-8pm at the Tamahere Community Centre.

An initial proposal on representation is expected to be adopted by the council in June followed by formal consultation.



Market place for feijoas

Apr 15th, 2018 | By

The Tamahere Market this Saturday will be the place to get your feijoa rations – if you haven’t got your own personal supply of the fruit or the overflow from friends.

The evergreen monthly treat of fresh and cooked food, arts, crafts and all manner of novelty items is on from 8am till 1pm in the grounds of St Stephen’s Tamahere.

Children can be transformed – the resident face painter will be there – and marketgoers can also help transform other lives by donating to the Foundation for the Blind via the fundraising effort of the guys with their Italian Minis.



Fast internet work to start

Apr 10th, 2018 | By

Ultra fast broadband is set to be delivered to Tamahere and Matangi with work scheduled to start next month.

Ultrafast Fibre, the company bringing fast broadband to the area under the government’s broadband scheme, said today work was scheduled to start in May.

Under the rollout scheme, the capital cost of installing the fibre road by road is underwritten by the government allowing individual customers to simply sign up with broadband service providers at no more cost than their urban counterparts.



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.



Icepak fire 10 years on

Mar 24th, 2018 | By

As the 10th anniversary of the fatal Icepak Tamahere fire draws near news publications are looking back on the April 5, 2008 event.

In a feature story, the NZ Herald has checked on the surviving firefighters to find their memories of the day and where they are now.

Merv Neil says the blast felt like a big kick up the backside. As he struggled to his feet he was engulfed in an orange ball of flame. Shielding himself, he briefly looked up to see an enormous cloud of smoke in the sky.



Band to reprise wartime concert

Mar 23rd, 2018 | By

Tomatoes that were kitchen garden favourites a century ago are helping pay for the Cambridge Brass Band to play at the centenary of the wartime liberation of Cambridge’s sister city Le Quesnoy in France.

The French town has invited the band to the centennial celebration of the event to reprise a concert given by the New Zealand Army Band the day after Kiwi troops liberated the town without any civilian casualties on November 4, 1918.

To help raise money for the trip, the Cambridge band’s tuba player, retired Waikato University geochemistry professor Chris Hendy, has been growing and marketing heirloom tomatoes from 130 heritage plants.