Local People

Book it for kids

Nov 17th, 2016 | By

Tamahere School librarian Theresa Kewish has issued 16,000 books this year and believes everyone can read for pleasure.

The key is to find the right book or series and hook for a particular child.

It is a personalised journey finding the genre, author or style of book to fit a particular taste.

Social call for local business

Nov 7th, 2016 | By

Tamahere has a significant number of home-based businesses, which more than likely means more than a few of us make and take business calls in our PJs.

Along with the short commute, that might be one of the advantages of working from home but as many have found it can also have a social downside.

That’s prompted local Maxine Yearsley to put the call out to Tamahere people who work from home who’d like to meet some of their business neighbours.

Trainer read horses, people

Oct 15th, 2016 | By

John Butcher will be partly remembered for the horses he owned and trained: Susan Blue, Shanandoah, Val Averil, Gay Reel, Ponty, Lorator, Prince Polka, Tobias, Desiree, Mathias, Josias, Abdias, Onias, Sophanias, Count Isa, Smooth Performer, Tooraloo – to name but a few.

Others would probably recount his wins as a driver – 305 at least, although no one is quite sure of the real total.

Alternatively, perhaps, the measure lies in the 717 winners he turned out as a trainer in his own right or in partnership with his son David, an achievement that led to his election to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.

Cookbook makes splash

Sep 9th, 2016 | By

Can a book build a swimming pool?
The inspired and hard working Tamahere women behind the impressive Divine Eats, a cookbook from the heart of Tamahere, are giving it their best shot.
The 432-page, hardback book they have created features 285 recipes, stunning photographs of food but also of so much else local that it makes for a beautifully rendered slice of Tamahere in time.

Jack supports WOW show

Sep 4th, 2016 | By

Tamahere’s Jenny Jack has never been more supportive of the World of WearableArt – WOW – show.

This year her entry has been accepted for the Bizarre Bra section.

A casual glance at a bunch of paper clips inspired Jack to make a bra.

Long sought Kombi on show

Jul 21st, 2016 | By

Rocco Pienaar spent about about seven years searching for the Kombi van he wanted.

He found it.

It was in South Africa and not for sale but the Tamahere local didn’t let that stop him.

Tamahere, rugby stalwart dies

Jul 6th, 2016 | By

Rex Pickering, a Tamahere community and rugby stalwart, died yesterday (Tuesday, July 5) in Cambridge, aged 79.

Pickering and wife Christine were honoured for their more than 40 years of community service and dedication to the St Stephen’s parish two years ago, in August 2014.

Pickering, who in life was Waikato’s oldest living All Black, had a lifetime dedication to rugby, representing Waikato at provincial level and the All Blacks for over a decade.

Thomas, Blackwing soar high

Jun 29th, 2016 | By

Tamahere’s Thomas Giltrap has won a national award for poultry with his black bantam, Blackwing.

A Tamahere School student, Thomas, 10, travelled to New Plymouth for the National Poultry Show earlier this month.

He went to be a steward but came home with the New Zealand Championship for Best in Breed with the black Australorp​ bantam rooster Blackwing​.

Eco-warrior up for award

Jun 7th, 2016 | By

Tamahere eco-warrior Leo Koppens is up for the Volunteer of the Year Award in this year’s Volunteer Excellence Awards.

Volunteering Waikato’s annual awards recognise the effort and impact on their communities of an army of people who give of their time freely and without payment.

Koppens, who began restoring the Tamahere Reserve four years ago, was nominated by his fellow members on the Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust.

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.