Local People

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.

Journalist named year’s travel writer

Apr 16th, 2015 | By

Tamahere journalist Venetia Sherson has been named Travel Writer of the Year in the annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards.

Multi-award winning Sherson, a former Waikato Times editor, won for her story Counting Sheep, published in NZ Life and Leisure magazine.

Judge Sarah Burrell, from London, described Sherson as “a writer in possession of that rare talent: a distinctive style.”

Surprise for Tamahere’s Lorax

Mar 17th, 2015 | By

The latest feature in the Tamahere Reserve came as a surprise to the man who has spent more time there than most.

The family of Tamahere-Mangone Restoration Trust chairman Leo Koppens took advantage of his recent absence on a holiday to erect a touching tribute in the reserve to their father and his years of work to return the 4.6ha bush to health.

The macrocarpa wood plaque shows the family’s admiration for “one man’s vision” but also urges reserve visitors to “walk, enjoy, respect, share, return and reflect”.

Brothers bike for cancer

Jan 26th, 2015 | By

Brothers Sam and Eli Thomas figure if they are going to have a fundraising adventure they might as well make it an epic one.

So, the intrepid pair have hatched a plan to ride two 50cc scooters the length of Vietnam – more than 2500km of third world roads – in the name of prostate cancer.

The former Tamahere School pupils – Sam now 31, Eli, 27 – have named their journey the Dong Project (they haven’t lost their school boy humour) and hope to raise at least $5000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Student reflects on holocaust

Jan 26th, 2015 | By

Tamahere student Jessica Strick will tomorrow be awarded top honours as the winner of an inaugural essay competition reflecting on the Holocaust.

Strick won the Paul Seideman Essay Competition from students across New Zealand and will receive her prize in a ceremony at Parliament marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

After receiving her prize Jessica, a year 11 student at St Peters School, Cambridge, will read her 500-word essay aloud.

War veteran trumps tragedy

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

A woman whose life was the stuff of movies died in Tamahere last week aged 94.

War veteran, author, and historian Neva Clarke McKenna, who lived her last few years at Tamahere Eventide Home, was one of the first New Zealand women to serve overseas in World War 2 and experienced some of the worst war delivers.

Tragedy, including the loss of two much loved fiancees and being raped at knifepoint by soldiers (retold in the 1995 Gaylene Preston documentary War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us), was not allowed to define her life which she lived well and creatively.

Nurse on Ebola mission

Jan 14th, 2015 | By

A Tamahere nurse is set to do her bit to help combat the Ebola virus.

Waikato Hospital emergency department nurse Robby Berghan will head to Sierra Leone later this month on a seven week deployment with the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Sierra Leone is one of the West African nations hardest hit by the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Good cake, good wish

Dec 20th, 2014 | By

This is the story of how Lillian Scott’s trusty Christmas cake from the 1920s has ended up in hundreds of Waikato households.

Lillian Scott was from Gisborne, she raised five daughters, passed on her Christmas cake recipe to them, and now it’s being made at Hamilton’s Sugar Plum Cake Company by the owners, Tamahere’s Raewyn Koppens and her partner Rosita General.

Koppens is Lillian Scott’s grand-daughter, the cake is a longtime family favourite, and this is the second Christmas that it’s been made commercially at Sugar Plum.