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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.



Hamilton library access to end

Aug 6th, 2018 | By

Tamahere and Matangi book lovers who use the Hamilton city libraries will have to pay to continue to do so in 12 months’ time.

An overwhelming majority of district residents wanted continued access to nearby town libraries under a long-running Waikato district council-funded scheme but access to the Hamilton libraries alone is to be axed.

Access to libraries in the Waipa, Matamata-Piako and Hauraki district will remain free for neighbouring Waikato residents.



Waste busters wanted

Aug 6th, 2018 | By

Got a clever idea to reduce or eliminate rubbish, recycling or waste?

There is no such place as “away”. As in throwing trash away.

But there are many ways to meet zero waste and there are plans for the Tamahere community to become a leader in the field.



New vicar installed

Aug 4th, 2018 | By

St Stephen’s new vicar Rev Sue Burns has been officially installed at the Tamahere Drive church.

Rev Burns, appointed in May, is well known in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki as its Ministry Educator from 1999 to 2008.

Since 2008 she served the national church as Dean of Anglican Studies at St Johns Theological College, Auckland, teaching pastoral studies, approaches to conflict and worship ideas.



Farewell to Lochiel

Aug 3rd, 2018 | By

Riverside Golf Club is preparing to farewell play on its Lochiel course for at least two years after striking a deal with NZTA for its Narrows Course as part of the Southern Links roading project.

The club, whose 800 plus members will play on the Narrows while Lochiel is redeveloped, has negotiated a multi-million dollar deal with NZTA for the Narrows, which has a highway designation running through it.

The settlement is understood to be enough to totally redevelop Lochiel.