Local People

World Cup boy aims high

Apr 9th, 2016 | By

The boy who stole the show at the 2011 Rugby World Cup opening ceremony – Tamahere’s Ethan Bai – is on track to make his country more proud.

When Ethan ran on to Eden Park five years ago, memorably dressed in a number 11 jersey in Canterbury colours, the 13-year-old spectacularly represented the best of rugby and New Zealand.

Now after teaming up with the late, legendary Jonah Lomu on the rugby field he’s on course to represent the country again in a different sport.



Award for photographer

Apr 1st, 2016 | By

Tamahere photographer Clare Gordon has come up picture perfect in the Wedding Industry Awards.

At an awards ceremony in Rotorua tonight, the Newell Rd resident won the award for Outstanding Photographer for a stunning portfolio (see here).

Gordon, who has a Diploma in Photography from The Photographers Institute of NZ, says she was motivated to get the qualification because she did not have enough quality images of her two children as they have grew.



Feeling down on the farm

Mar 30th, 2016 | By

Farmers across the country are experiencing challenging times as plummeting returns knock the rural industries and their support sectors.

A Tamahere couple know well the toll hard times can take on individuals both mentally and physically and are speaking out about their experiences.

Ken and Sue Ballantyne, who moved to Tamahere in 2013 after a lifetime farming in the King Country, recently talked candidly to The Nutters Club host Mike King about depression, managing bi-polar disorder and life on the farm.



Lions bowling along

Feb 10th, 2016 | By

Lawn bowls are on the agenda for Tamahere Lions next week as the club mixes pleasure with business.

The club, which welcomes new members, has a regular business meeting on the first Thursday of each month at Punnet Café in Newell Road.

It also has a social event each month, on the third Thursday of the month, and on February 18 it will be bowls in Cambridge.



Awards highlight community depth

Dec 16th, 2015 | By

Tamahere “eco-warrior” Leo Koppens’ environmental work has been recognised with a Waikato District Council Mayoral Community Award.

Koppens was one of 13 community volunteers from around the district who received awards today at a moving event that was packed with their proud families and supporters.

Matangi’s Graham Membery, chairman of the Matangi Community Committee, received an award for his many years of community work.



Village people on show

Oct 4th, 2015 | By

A distinctive mural, designed by Tamahere School students to brighten their school, has gone a step further and brightened the neighbourhood.

Paling fence people, (pictured) a sunny depiction of a row of 32 expressive and brightly attired people, went up recently on the school’s Devine Rd boundary.

Teacher Kerry Bennetts said the roadside mural, and two other artworks inside the school grounds, were the result of a challenge to senior students for ideas on how to put a bit of colour into the school grounds.



Here be dragons

Sep 28th, 2015 | By

Among the dragons, legendary sea monsters, bull headed monsters, flying panthers and unicorns the shining, grey and grumpy-looking walrus seemed downright plain.

Not that you could call any of the mythological beasts created by Tamahere steel sculptor Marti Wong truly plain. Grey walrus perhaps only seems so by comparison to his more fanciful companions.

Others can decide where walrus stands – or hangs – among his memorable mates when Wong’s first exhibition in four years kicks off at Hamilton’s Soul Gallery this week.



Westy’s romance, rugby, music remembered

Sep 5th, 2015 | By

The foyer of the Founders Theatre slowly filled up. Folk arrived in dribs and drabs, mostly people in their 70s, jazz enthusiasts who had never forgotten a night exactly a half century before on that very spot. Fifty years, almost to the minute, since Louis Armstrong played Hamilton, remnants of his audience gathered again to celebrate the anniversary.

It would have been foolish to attempt a literal reenactment of the Armstrong gig, but live music was a necessity. Looking for talent, I had reached out to Hamilton’s Jazz Society. Its most senior member, John West, had responded with gusto.



Student nurse first at Eventide

Jul 28th, 2015 | By

A first of it’s kind nursing placement in dementia care will take place at Tamahere Eventide.

It’s hoped the new nursing placement will attract more graduates to the aged care sector and specifically, dementia care.

Tamahere Eventide Home and Retirement Village, together with the Waikato District Health Board and Wintec, have developed a unit to increase the skill level of the students.



Women wow the show

Jul 24th, 2015 | By

The garments that two Tamahere women spent countless late nights creating will parade in front of them at this year’s World of WearableArt show.

Sisters-in-law Jenny Jack and Lisa Vanin were finalists in 2014 – along with another relative, Sacha Mail – and have made it back for 2015.

The World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards are in their 28th year and challenge designers to make “works of art to be worn on the human form”.