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Forum editor volunteers abroad

Aug 28th, 2018 | By

Tamahere Forum editor Philippa Stevenson heads to the Solomon Islands early next month to put her journalism skills to use as a Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) volunteer.

Stevenson, who founded and has run Tamahere Forum for 10 years, will spend six months in the Solomons’ capital Honiara as a newsroom and editorial adviser for a small, independent newspaper publisher.

The former NZ Herald and Waikato Times journalist said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to volunteer with VSA.



Dump on dumpers

Aug 26th, 2018 | By

Last year fly tippers prompted 746 calls to the Waikato District Council – more than two every day.

The illegal dumping of rubbish is such a big and costly problem in the district the council has moved to make it easier for people to report on it.

The council has added a Facebook Group to the methods people can use to dump on dodgy dumpers.



Grumpy readers claim cards

Aug 24th, 2018 | By

Disgruntled Tamahere and Matangi readers are going letter in hand to claim their last year of access to Hamilton city libraries.

Southern Waikato district residents who are regular users of Hamilton libraries have until September 30 to get a last 12 months of access after the Waikato District Council cut its funding of the long running arrangement.

The end of the deal has prompted a storm of protest, a line of grumpy district patrons at Hamilton libraries, and a petition (included) but little response from the district council.



Win10 – repair guy’s dream

Aug 20th, 2018 | By

By now you’ve probably had some experience with or know someone who has had some experience with Windows 10.

Microsoft skipped 9, heading straight from Windows 8 to 10, which makes me think, how does Bill Gates tell time? Does he ever get up at 9am or is that just not an option?

It’s probably good that they skipped the 9, mind you, because that might’ve meant they would’ve had to put more time into developing their ideas, instead of giving me something that I have to fix.



Cheap deal not on the books

Aug 15th, 2018 | By

The Waikato District Council wanted a cheaper deal for access to Hamilton city libraries, a move that axed the long running deal and caused an outcry.

District Council chief executive Gavin Ion told Tamahere Forum the Hamilton City Council didn’t agree with the proposed fee cut “so the negotiations ended unsuccessfully.”

But one city councillor maintains the district has ditched a good deal which was being subsidised by the city.



Library cut “short term”

Aug 15th, 2018 | By

It botched the message and is actively working toward greater access to libraries not less, says one Waikato district councillor on the library debacle.

Waikato District Council councillor Dynes Fulton told Number8Network recent changes to access to Hamilton city libraries for Waikato district residents are a short-term move.

“This is all part of a process of council working towards developing a Waikato regional library facility for all,” said the Hukanui-Waerenga councillor who is also deputy mayor.



Cr replies to library “passion”

Aug 12th, 2018 | By

Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech has responded to the “very passionate and plentiful” outpouring following the Waikato District Council’s axing of resident’s access to the Hamilton city libraries.

In a lengthy reply to comments on this and other stories, and on social media, Bech wrote that “clearly the arrangement giving access to Hamilton’s libraries for the southern part of WDC (Tamahere and Matangi particularly) is dearly valued by many.”

“This was never in doubt and many, including myself, hold the view that as WDC ratepayers we actually need more and better access to library services locally.



Swing bridge closed

Aug 12th, 2018 | By

The Allan Turner Memorial Bridge has been temporarily closed after allegedly being tampered with.

The swing bridge, a popular walkway between Woodcock Rd, Tamahere and Fuchsia Lane, Matangi, was closed today after a contractor reported it appeared someone had tampered with some of the bridge’s bolts.



A market for peanuts

Aug 12th, 2018 | By

If peanut butter is a must this Saturday’s Tamahere Market will be the place to get a fix.

Each month the market held in St Stephen’s Tamahere church grounds has a huge range of clever craft and mouthwatering produce.



Size matters – for books but not votes

Aug 9th, 2018 | By

Size matters, according to Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion.

One of the reasons for controversially ending the council’s contract paying for district residents’ access to the Hamilton city libraries “is that it only benefits a small percentage of our residents,” he said in a statement today.

What percentage is too small to warrant the expense of allowing Waikato residents who are miles from a district library the ability to use one on their doorstep? He doesn’t say.