Local People

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”.

Thanks Mandy

May 20th, 2015 | By

Dedicated Tamahere supporter and fundraiser Mandy Elliot received a unique community thank you in a recent ceremony.

Elliot, who with her family has moved to Canada after 23 years in Tamahere, was awarded the first Tamahere Community award for community contribution.

Her contributions ranged across the Tamahere playcentre, school, community centre, and Christmas festival.

Epic trip, epic challenges

May 4th, 2015 | By

Tamahere Brothers Sam and Eli Thomas are well into their epic Vietnamese journey and fundraising effort for prostate cancer.

The pair set out last Monday (April 27) on two 50cc scooters to ride the length of Vietnam – more than 2500km of third world roads.

The challenges came quickly. “0 meters, first breakdown of the day and it’s not even 6am, oil dipstick snapped and dropped into crankcase. Aka half the motor had to come off now,” they posted on their Facebook page.

Perry swaps blues for Anzac hues

Apr 22nd, 2015 | By

Tamahere’s Darcy Perry, best known for singing the blues, has this year been more interested in painting Anzac battle hues.

The keen war gamer, his mates in the Tamahere Officers Club and his daughters have spent months wielding delicate paint brushes as part of film maker Sir Peter Jackson’s The Great War Exhibition in Wellington.

More than a hundred war gamers nationwide painted 5000 miniature soldiers for the 10 metre diorama, which depicts the most significant battle fought by New Zealanders on the Gallipoli Pensinsula, the Battle of Chunuk Bair.

Meditation teachers gather

Apr 21st, 2015 | By

American researchers recently released results from pilot studies looking at the effectiveness of meditation as a therapy for mild cognitive impairment, migraine headaches, pain and anxiety.

“We’re coming to recognize that meditation changes people’s brains,” said Rebecca Erwin Wells M.D., an assistant professor of neurology at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

None of this surprises Kavita Parshotam who has been practicing meditation for over 20 years, and teaches yoga and meditation in Tamahere.