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Market plants on cue

Oct 16th, 2017 | By

The Labour weekend Tamahere Market will be right on cue with plants for those gardens that are now demanding our attention.

Heirloom tomato plants, dahlia tubers and calla lilies will be just some of the vegetation ready for planting.

While we’re waiting for the bounty of our gardens, though, Saturday’s market will also be stocked with a large range of new season vegetables.

Property values rise

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

Waikato district property values have risen by an average of 33.7% in the past three years and upcoming valuation notices will reflect that.

Waikato property owners can expect to receive their three-yearly Quotable Value (QV) property revaluation in the next week or two, with notices expected to start landing in letter boxes from around October 20.

The revaluations will have an impact on rates.

Obituary: Christine Pickering

Oct 12th, 2017 | By

Christine Pickering lived a life of service to her family, her community, her church, and to many New Zealanders she did not know, and would never meet.

Hers was a way of living that many today would see as quaintly old-fashioned and out-of-step with the neo-liberal zeitgeist of the “individual before others” so prevalent in modern society.

Her community work should probably not be measured in money, but it is true that Christine helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars over more than four decades for a range of charities.

Question over library access

Oct 11th, 2017 | By

The Waikato District Council is reviewing the arrangement that gives Tamahere residents access to Hamilton city’s libraries.

Every year the council pays more than $300,000 for residents to access such library services and it wants feedback on whether the arrangement should continue.

The council wants views on whether residents use neighbouring councils’ libraries or if they’d prefer another option.

Locals keen for “awesome” park

Oct 10th, 2017 | By

Tamahere people have strongly indicated they are keen for “awesomeness” in their long awaited sports and recreation grounds.

A significant majority of locals who responded to a survey on whether they wanted a basic or enhanced level of facilities, including a bigger playground and high-spec walkway, have opted for the top line option.

The enhanced grounds come at a cost of an estimated additional $38 on annual rates.

Search, rescue exercise at school

Oct 9th, 2017 | By

Tamahere School is to be used as a training ground of a different kind this weekend.

New Zealand Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) will be using the school grounds and surrounding neighbourhood for a suburban search training exercise on Saturday (October 14).

Locals should not be alarmed if they see police cars and a lot of fluoro-clad people in and around the school and community, said Waveney Parker, a member of Hamilton LandSAR and Tamahere School principal.

Clean up crew nabs litter

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

Tamahere School’s eco warriors have continued to wage war on litter around the school block.

Just before they headed off on holiday and in recognition of Clean Up New Zealand week a clean up crew took to the streets for an end of term tidy up.

They filled three quarters of a large wheelie bin with recyclable objects and the same again with waste.

SH1 speed up or not?

Oct 1st, 2017 | By

The NZ Transport Agency is calling for feedback on a proposal to introduce a 110km/h speed limit on the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway.

The SH1 expressway between the Cambridge Southern and Tamahere interchanges along with the SH2 Tauranga Eastern Link Rd are the first roads being considered for the 110km/h speed limit.

Nationwide, the speed limit will only rise to 110km/hr on roads which can support higher travel speeds without compromising safety.

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.