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From Shortland St to school show

Apr 17th, 2015 | By

Before he finished filming on television show Shortland Street, Robbie Evison already had his next role lined up – in his school’s play.

The teen is a boarder at St Peter’s School, near Cambridge, but spent 18 months playing the intelligent yet awkward Toby Reynolds in the Kiwi medical drama.

Now he’s landed two roles in the school’s production of The Wedding Singer, being staged May 1 – 7 and promising to be all big hair, ballads, romance and laughs. Win tickets to the show on Tamahere Forum.

Police hunt tactics justified: IPCA

Apr 16th, 2015 | By

A night of tense drama in Tamahere when Police helicopters flew overhead, residents were warned to stay in their homes and wanted criminals ran through properties has had a sequel.

Police were justified in firing a warning shot and setting their dogs on two men who fled after a police chase near Hamilton, according to a report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

The report found the Waikato officers were “responding to a complex situation that required various tactics” to arrest two wanted men who ran from police after their car crashed on State Highway 1 at Tamahere on February 28, 2013.

Rivers’ future in the balance

Mar 25th, 2015 | By

Waikato people have a chance to have their say on the future of the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Since early last year, a Collaborative Stakeholder Group (CSG) has been working on policy to help restore and protect the health of the rivers.

The idea is to reduce sediment, bacteria and nutrients entering water bodies, including groundwater, in the Waikato and Waipa river catchments, an area of 1.1 million hectares.

Pest plant now obvious

Nov 19th, 2014 | By

It’s the time of year when privet blossoms, making the identification of the pest plant easier than at other times of the year.

There are two main species of privet in the Waikato, tree privet and Chinese privet. Both invade the edges of forest and waste land, and can displace trees in native forests. Privet’s leaves and berries are poisonous to people and animals, and its pollen can cause breathing problems for some people.

Waikato Regional Council is reminding people who think privet on a neighbour’s property is causing them breathing problems such as hay fever that new rules are in place covering the removal of the plant.

Local gardens feature

Oct 22nd, 2014 | By

Two Tamahere gardens will feature in a fundraising garden ramble on Sunday, November 2.

The St Joseph’s School Garden Ramble will take in 13 gardens in total spread around Hamilton and surrounding rural areas, from 10am to 4pm.

Tickets are still available for the event run by the Fairfield school, which will include two vintage themed Café Gardens for people to enjoy morning tea and pick up their pre-packed lunches.

Annual collection ahead

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

It’s time to dig out the unwanted goods for this year’s inorganic rubbish collection.

The Waikato District Council will collect inorganic refuse such as unwanted furniture, lawnmowers, carpet, televisions or appliances.

In Tamahere, the refuse needs to be on the roadside from Sunday, November 16.

Packing up after final move

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

Dealing with a deceased estate can be time consuming, complex, emotionally challenging and – let’s face it – hard work. Often there are time pressures to get the property to market.

Move Managers is frequently called on to help to distribute furniture and personal items to family throughout the country or overseas, to sort, sell and donate other items and to prepare properties for sale.

The company, now into its fourth year of helping Waikato residents who are on the move, is credited with achieving excellent results quickly – often realising sales which offset costs such as home or garden maintenance, cleaning and rubbish removal.

Do right by weeds

Sep 17th, 2014 | By

Spring’s a time for getting back into the garden to clear away unwanted weeds and prepare properties for the joys of summer.

But it’s also a time when those unwanted weeds can end up being dumped in inappropriate places, raising the risks of weeds spreading and causing a headache for other property owners.

“We appeal to Waikato people to make sure they do the right thing when they’re dumping weeds cleared away in spring,” says Waikato Regional Council biosecurity team leader Wendy Mead.

Gone, home to follow

Sep 16th, 2014 | By

Move Managers has had several clients they haven’t met.

The company, now into its fourth year of helping Waikato residents who are on the move, has also had other clients its only briefly encountered before they’ve dashed to the airport for business trips, transfers or long planned holidays.

While there is no typical client, as I said here, they all have anxiety in common and being a high functioning professional doesn’t make you exempt.

Sing out for bellbird

Sep 16th, 2014 | By

A male bellbird has been spotted feeding in trees in a Hamilton gully, sparking a call from Hamilton Halo project partners for residents to report sightings.

Bellbirds or korimako are endemic to New Zealand but until recently had been virtually unseen in Hamilton.

A member of the public contacted Hamilton City Council last week after hearing what he thought was a bellbird’s distinctive song in AJ Seeley Gully at Claudelands.