ANZAC day in iso

It was pocket-size ANZAC dawn services in Tamahere today, and around New Zealand.

In Koppens Rd members of four bubbles gathered around a letterbox-turned-memorial to join, from afar, the national service broadcast from the Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington.

In Rosebanks Dr, where wreaths adorned letterboxes, a trumpeter played the Last Post.

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Underpass in design

Design work is underway for an underpass of Airport Rd/SH21 as part of the Te Awa biking-walking path through Tamahere.

The NZ Transport Agency is funding the underpass (pictured), proposed for near Wiremu Tamihana Drive, as part of its section of the Te Awa Cambridge to Hamilton shared path.

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Anzac Day: stand at dawn

The New Zealand Defence Force and the RSA are encouraging everyone to take part in a unique Dawn Service this Anzac Day – standing together as a nation this Saturday, while in our bubbles.

The #StandAtDawn campaign was born of the cancellation of traditional Anzac Day services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It calls for Kiwis worldwide to stand at their letterbox, front door, balcony, or essential place.

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Tamahere projects in economy stimulus pitch

Waikato mayors say their councils and partners have “turned over every possible stone” in a bid to secure government money to help rebuild the Waikato economy following Covid-19.

Projects submitted for the Government economic stimulus package include the Te Awa Cycleway that runs through Tamahere, and a new four-lane bridge over the Waikato River at the Narrows along with associated roading – the long planned Southern Links Project.

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Pumpkins trump pandemic

Pandemic lockdown meant Tamahere School’s annual Pumpkin Festival had to be shelved but that didn’t stop intense pumpkin growing rivalry.

In a post on the school’s website, Principal Waveney Parker noted the frustrations of remote learning and commended all those who had enthusiastically taken part in the biggest pumpkin contest.

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Hot for soup

Hurray! Soup weather has arrived. For me, Monday’s lunch is also Wednesday night’s dinner. I simply double the recipe then freeze it in meal-lot quantities. A good soup is a meal in one bowl, nutritious and easy to eat.

Soup is as old as the history of cooking. It was an economical way of using cereals (roasted and ground into a paste), animal bones and vegetable trimmings.

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WDC ceo takes pay cut

The Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion has taken a 20% pay cut for the next six months.

Ion made the decision within hours of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement today that she and other government ministers, as well as central government ministry and department chief executives, will take a 20% pay cut for the next six months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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