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Gnome on the range

Oct 30th, 2015 | By

Just what is the cultural history of the garden gnome in New Zealand?

Fortunately, we need wonder no longer thanks to senior lecturer at Waikato University Ian Duggan who turned detective to reveal the, at times, pilloried life of the kiwi garden gnome.

And we know of Duggan’s extra-curricula studies (he’s usually a freshwater ecologist) thanks to the intrepid reporting of our sister community news website Number 8 Network.

Plant trees and win

Oct 7th, 2015 | By

Planted one or two trees recently? How about 10?

Show the tree-loving folk at the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park that you’ve planted 10 trees this year and you’ll be a winner.

The reward for those helping green the environment will be a free annual pass to the Sculpture Park, a gift worth $50.

Skate rink on doorstep

Sep 2nd, 2015 | By

The Hamilton Inline Hockey Club, handily located to Tamahere, has hosted a few birthday parties for Tamahere children in recent months.

The interest has prompted the club to spread the word about other activities at its purpose-built, indoor rink at the Eastlink Sport Centre, on Old Farm Road, Hillcrest.

“Every Friday night the club hosts a public skate session called Skate Night,” said Sandra Kivell of the club.

Call for bird counters

Jun 19th, 2015 | By

The annual garden bird survey, a citizen science project established to monitor the population trends of common garden birds in New Zealand, is on from June 27 to July 5.

Organised by Landcare Research, it attempts to answer the question, “Are garden bird populations increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable?”

What does it take? Just an hour of your time in a comfy seat inside or out.

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.