Our Patch

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.

Anxiety goes before move

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

Move Managers is now into its fourth year of helping Waikato residents who are on the move.

We’re often asked who a typical client is. The answer is there isn’t one – every client has different needs, different worries and different reasons for moving house or selling a property.

If there is one common denominator, however, it’s anxiety.

Bridge connects communities

Aug 18th, 2014 | By

The suspension bridge across the Mangaharakeke stream, connecting Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd and Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane has been completed.

The bridge is part of the $535,000, 200m, Allan Turner Walkway, named for a Waikato District Council staff member who championed community open spaces and walkways and who died in 2012.

The public walkway will be suitable for walkers and cyclists.

La Cave may lose spirit

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

The specialty food store, La Cave, a popular destination for many Tamahere residents, has found itself the worse for wear thanks to the new Liquor Act.

Raphael Coutolleu, owner of the Riverlea Rd store which sells food and beverages from France, said stores such as his did not fit any of the categories listed in the Act.

As a result he would be forced to stop selling a number of popular, high-alcohol lines unless his customers’ signatures on a petition changed the mind of officialdom.

Gimme shelter

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

Running a shelter for dogs is addictive, says Cherie Baker.

Cherie takes in canines from all over the North Island and they arrive at her Gordonton property in all stages of health. “It can be pretty sad. But it’s nice when they become healthy again.”

She started the shelter two years ago after helping foster a few dogs, reports Tamahere Forum‘s sister community website Number 8 Network.

Secret Tamahere close up

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

An eagle eye, patience and skilful camera work have revealed a secret and stunningly beautiful side of Tamahere.

Wildlife photographer Bryce McQuillan spent weeks exploring the Tamahere Reserve to uncover and record a bountiful and beautiful collection of inhabitants – animal and plant – that most of us would overlook.

Restoration of the reserve is Tamahere’s major environmental project and McQuillan’s photography shows what a vibrant and precious ecosystem is already flourishing there.