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Online tool to aid submissions

May 6th, 2019 | By

The Waikato District Council has launched a new online map tool to help locals find out whether changes requested to zoning and other district plan features will have an impact on their land.

Earlier the council called for further submissions on nearly a thousand submissions that it received following notification of its Proposed Waikato District Plan (Stage 1) in July last year.

The map tool can be found online.



Dep mayor Fulton to step down

May 1st, 2019 | By

Waikato District Deputy Mayor Dynes Fulton is stepping down from the council after 15 years.

Fulton, who is Hukanui-Waerenga ward councillor, has served five terms and will not be seeking re-election at this year’s local body elections, he told Number 8 Network.

“This is an appropriate time in my life now to do other things,” he said.



Book makes case for tolerance

Apr 22nd, 2019 | By

Tamahere author Nicky Webber has made a strong plea for tolerance in her first book No Ordinary Man.

Webber, a former journalist, tells the story of Mick Thompson, a young, World War II soldier who is forced by the times and intolerance to hide his true nature.

A brave soldier who fought in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Italy and gained the rank of sargeant, Thompson was also a cross dresser.



Windows 10 for better or worse

Apr 22nd, 2019 | By

Windows 7 is expiring in January 2020; the only option is to upgrade to Windows 10, if you want to stay on that platform.

So what’s in a name? What’s better/worse about Windows 10?



Dirty Dog runs again

Apr 17th, 2019 | By

The Dirty Dog Challenge, an event where dogs and their owners navigate a mud-filled obstacle course, is on again.

Organised by the Waikato District and Hamilton City councils for the second year, the event is held over two distances, 2.5km or 6km.

The challenge, at the Ngaruawahia Christian Youth Camp on Saturday, June 15, is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes.



Book tells of women’s courage

Apr 11th, 2019 | By

Tamahere writer Venetia Sherson and friend and co-author Denise Irvine recently launched their book, Stand By Me.

It is the story of Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women’s Refuge and courageous women – those who survive domestic violence, and those who help them get their lives back on track.

Te Whakaruruhau is New Zealand’s largest women’s refuge and has helped thousands of women and children during its more than 30-year history.



Plea for people before bats

Apr 10th, 2019 | By

People’s safety is being put at risk in order to protect old trees that native bats may or may not roost in, a Tamahere resident says.

John Simmons believes about 30 trees in the Tamahere Reserve are leaning perilously over the bordering Tauwhare Rd.

“I’ve been looking at these trees for some time and they are getting pretty hazardous,” he said.



Reserve volunteers, DoC clash

Apr 7th, 2019 | By

The Tamahere Reserve, partially restored through thousands of hours of volunteer toil, has become ground zero in a stoush between environmentalists and the Department of Conservation.

At the heart of the increasingly bitter dispute – which has triggered countless meetings and threats of legal action – is the country’s native nocturnal flyer, the long-tailed bat.

For the past eight years, Bill Hodgson and volunteers have been restoring the Tamahere Reserve, on Tauwhare Rd.



Easter artisan market

Apr 7th, 2019 | By

The Tamahere Lions Best Artisan Market this Saturday, April 13, promises to be an Easter Extravaganza.

The market, from 9am to 1pm at the Devine Rd Tamahere Community Centre, will have more than 70 indoor and some outdoor stalls.

They will be offering gifts, crafts, food, clothes, leather goods, jewellery, canvas, photography, sweets, candles, produce, perfumes, furniture and more.



Road speeds lowered

Apr 4th, 2019 | By

Drivers should be prepared to lower their speed on many Tamahere and Matangi roads from this month as well as elsewhere around the Waikato.

Lower speed numbers will be going up on many speed limit signs around the district progressively over this month. Check the list for your road.

The new speed limits will come into force once the signage change is completed, estimated to be by late in the month.