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Expressway delays fibre rollout

May 10th, 2019 | By

A delay is likely in the roll out of the ultrafast broadband network in the Cherry Lane and Bollard Road areas.

The hold up comes because of work restrictions placed on contractors Ultra Fast Fibre from the Waikato Expressway construction in the same area.

“The latest we now expect to be able to connect anyone in this area is from 1st September,” said Mike Ryan of UFF.



More pleas to stop weed

May 9th, 2019 | By

A renewed plea for locals to help eradicate a horrible weed that is invading the area has been made.

In early 2017, local Ele Duncan urged residents to be on the look out for Yellow Bristle Grass and now the Tamahere Community Committee has joined the call.

It is becoming an invasive problem for farmers and is in Tamahere verges where the Waikato District Council does not spray, TCC said at its recent meeting.



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.