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Dig finds kumara gardens

Sep 30th, 2017 | By

Archaeologists working on the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway have uncovered further evidence of Maori settlement at Tamahere.

In 2015, before excavations began for the Southern Interchange at Tamahere, archaeologists investigated large areas of known archaeological sites on the deer farm opposite Cherry Lane and found evidence of large scale pre-European kumara gardening.

In pre-European times, tangata whenua located deposits of course sand to mix with topsoil to improve the drainage and growing conditions for kumara.



Obituary: Sue Pickering

Sep 29th, 2017 | By

Tamahere’s Sue Pickering was a Francophile of the first order – she had a lifelong love affair with the republic, and spoke the language with such fluent ease even native French speakers were often confused into trying to pin down her dialect to a part of France.

Sue grew up in Auckland near One Tree Hill with her sister Mary and brother Jim. She went to St Cuthbert’s and then on to Auckland University, where she studied English and French.



School locked down after gun sighted

Sep 26th, 2017 | By

A gun scare put Tamahere School in lock down this afternoon for just under an hour.

Police were called to the school after senior students reportedly saw a stranger behind the school grounds wearing a balaclava and carrying what appeared to be a shotgun.

The lock down began around 1.20pm was lifted around 2.10pm after police inspected the school grounds and the area where the stranger was spotted and did not find anything.



Beware computer scams

Sep 24th, 2017 | By

A rising number of people have reported random calls from someone with a foreign accent, typically Indian or American, telling them they’ve got a security or other kind of issue with their computer.

This is obviously a scam and it’s worth knowing how it works.

It starts with that call, sometimes bounced through a NZ landline number, and the suggestion that there’s a problem with your computer.



Grant takes boardwalk further

Sep 19th, 2017 | By

Boardwalks in the Tamahere Reserve are set to be extended thanks to a grant from a Waikato community trust.

News of the $13,000 grant from the Waikato District Community Wellbeing Trust has given a welcome boost to the group restoring the Tauwhare Rd reserve.

“We’re delighted to have received the funding which will mean we can build 100m of boardwalk,” said Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust spokesman Leo Koppens.



Candidates on screen

Sep 18th, 2017 | By

Where do the Waikato’s four election candidates stand on health and the people of the region, and how knowledgeable are they of the electorate’s history?

NZ Herald Local Focus canvassed the candidates’ views on that and more when it interviewed them recently.

The video interviews of the candidates, including Tamahere locals Philippa Stevenson (Green Party) and Tim van de Molen (National Party), are now online.



Centre calls community

Sep 17th, 2017 | By

Tamahere Community Centre Committee will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, October 19, 7.30pm at the Devine Rd centre.

The centre is a community building on community land and governed by a committee of local volunteers whose aim is to ensure the centre gets maximum community use.

“We are in need of new members due to current members retiring and this is a great opportunity to become involved in your local community,” said committee secretary Paula Dunton.



Meet the candidates

Sep 12th, 2017 | By

Four candidates are standing for election in the Waikato electorate that encompasses Tamahere and Matangi, two of them locals.

Journalist Philippa Stevenson, editor of Tamahere Forum, is standing for the Green Party and former farmer and rural banker Tim van de Molen is the National Party candidate.

They are joined by Morrinsville farmer Stu Husband for NZ First and South Auckland lawyer Brooke Loader for Labour.



Meet the policy

Sep 12th, 2017 | By

Advanced voting has opened in the general election but for those still agonising over the decision on who to vote for help is at hand.

A number of organisations have stepped up to produce useful tools to help people navigate the welter of policies offered by political parties.

We’ve gathered the best of them here to help Tamahere and Matangi locals make an informed choice.



Avos smash market

Sep 11th, 2017 | By

Avocados are making a welcome return to the Tamahere Market this Saturday, September 16.

But take note keen avocado on toast smashers and guacamole makers: stock up while you can.

“The avo season has been difficult due to low pollination so we are please to have them available,” said market organiser Jane Manson.