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Tree Church open to view

Apr 5th, 2017 | By

An open day at the unique Tree Church in Ohaupo this month will be the Ohaupo community’s first fundraising effort for a proposed $1.2 million sport and recreation centre.

The captivating Tree Church garden (pictured), a labour of love for owner Barry Cox, will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 22.

Food, coffee and live music will add to the occasion in the internationally renowned garden, for which tickets are available on Eventfinder and at the Te Awamutu i-Site.

Open fire season returns

Mar 31st, 2017 | By

Fire permits will no longer be required for fires in the open air from Wednesday, April 5.

The Waikato District Council made the move to an open fire season because of recent rain, after restrictions were introduced in late January.

The exceptions to the open season are those areas within a 1km margin of any Department of Conservation area, where fire permits are required year-round.

Plea to stop weed invader

Mar 7th, 2017 | By

A horrible weed is invading our district and local Ele Duncan makes the plea for more people to look out for it and eradicate it before it spreads further.

It’s Yellow Bristle Grass and is a prolific seeder, says Ele.

“It spreads rapidly along the roadsides, in particular, as roadside mowing spreads the seeds as do birds. The expressway through Tamahere is thick with it and it’s spreading around other roads fast.”

Club welcomes gardeners

Feb 14th, 2017 | By

More keen Tamahere gardeners are being invited along to the Hillcrest Garden Club.

Some Tamahere residents already enjoy the garden visits, monthly club nights and guest speakers but more green-fingered people are welcome, said club president Diana Jones, who is from Tamahere.

“I am not aware of another garden club near Tamahere, so there may be some locals who will be interested in coming along to our meetings,” she said.

EV charger network expands

Dec 2nd, 2016 | By

Waikato electric vehicle (EV) drivers can now confidently put Raglan on their list of destinations as WEL Networks expands its fast charger network.

WEL has worked with the Waikato District Council to provide the central Raglan charger, which should be operational in time for EV-driving summer holidaymakers.

The Raglan site is one of four new EV fast chargers in the Waikato that WEL is installing to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

Soaring views of golf course

Sep 2nd, 2016 | By

A spectacular fly-over video of Tamahere’s Narrows Golf Course enables it to be seen as never before.

The short film by videographers Nick Hanna and Yann Roghi of Twiply Studio provides a soaring, bird’s eye view of the Riverside Golf Club’s beautiful course beside the Waikato River.

See below for the breathtaking views which suggest that if golf is not just a good walk spoiled then golfers are very lucky indeed to have crafted beautiful spots in which to play their game.

Fair reveals book trends

Aug 7th, 2016 | By

The Red Cross Book Fair, the oldest book fair in the Waikato, turns 20 this year and is still going strong in the e-reader era.

In fact, notes long time co-organiser Philippa Robertson the news recently was all about people’s dwindling fascination with Kindles.

Regardless of the debate over how we read the Red Cross Book Fair, held annually each August, has only known one trend in its two decades – an ever growing number of readers eager to be matched with recycled books.

City co to maintain district parks

Jul 14th, 2016 | By

A Christchurch City Council-owned company is to maintain the Waikato district’s open spaces – parks, gardens, cemeteries and playgrounds – from next month under a $4 million annual contract.

City Care, owned by the commercial and investment arm of the Christchurch City Council, was awarded a 10 year contract that the district council says will improve services.

The 17-year-old company, which already works for councils throughout the country including Matamata-Piako, Tauranga and Whakatane, will make a positive difference in the Waikato, according to the district council General Manager Service Delivery, Tim Harty.

Waste tips for parents

Jul 13th, 2016 | By

The nationally renowned ‘Nappy Lady’, Kate Meads, is to run two waste free parenting workshops later this month – part of the Waikato district’s moves to more recycling, less waste.

At Meads’ workshops parents and parents-to-be receive tips on what they can do to reduce their home’s waste output as well as introducing them to waste free alternatives to expensive disposable products.

“Cloth nappies are part of what we promote through our education but the workshop is about so much more than nappies,” said Meads who has run the 2 1/2 hour workshop in 35 districts throughout New Zealand.

Founders’ options for discussion

May 23rd, 2016 | By
Founders theatre

Arts advocacy organisation Creative Waikato is to host community discussion on the future options for the mothballed Founders Theatre on Wednesday, May 25.

In two sessions, to be held at The Meteor theatre, community members will have a chance to talk about the three options Hamilton City Council is considering for the theatre – refurbishment, demolition or a new theatre.

The Hamilton council has unilaterally declared the 54-year-old theatre a “regional facility” and is including Waikato and Waipa residents in a telephone survey on its future.