Fun biking group grows

A weekly biking group that started with just four Tamahere residents has blossomed and become something of an addiction for up to 30 regulars.

Named for the day of the ride, the Tamahere Friday Cycling group started by locals Gail and Mark Blackwell now regularly fields at least 20 cyclists for the weekly 30km ride.

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Punnet ready for business

Tamahere’s popular Punnet Eatery is coming to the aid of espresso coffee lovers and anyone hankering for other than a home cooked meal.

From Tuesday (April 28), the Newell Rd cafe is offering contactless, drive-through service for cafe coffee and food using its own app and orders of meals from its website.

Other nearby cafes, restaurants and businesses are also back in business.

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ANZAC day in iso

It was pocket-size ANZAC dawn services in Tamahere today, and around New Zealand.

In Koppens Rd members of four bubbles gathered around a letterbox-turned-memorial to join, from afar, the national service broadcast from the Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington.

In Rosebanks Dr, where wreaths adorned letterboxes, a trumpeter played the Last Post.

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Anzac Day: stand at dawn

The New Zealand Defence Force and the RSA are encouraging everyone to take part in a unique Dawn Service this Anzac Day – standing together as a nation this Saturday, while in our bubbles.

The #StandAtDawn campaign was born of the cancellation of traditional Anzac Day services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It calls for Kiwis worldwide to stand at their letterbox, front door, balcony, or essential place.

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Pumpkins trump pandemic

Pandemic lockdown meant Tamahere School’s annual Pumpkin Festival had to be shelved but that didn’t stop intense pumpkin growing rivalry.

In a post on the school’s website, Principal Waveney Parker noted the frustrations of remote learning and commended all those who had enthusiastically taken part in the biggest pumpkin contest.

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