Local People

Vicar’s hyper text path to Tamahere

Dec 8th, 2014 | By

From the language of computers to the word of God, the new Vicar of St Stephen’s Tamahere has taken a modern day path to an old calling.

The Reverend Ellen Bernstein will be welcomed as St Stephen’s Vicar with a service at the church on Thursday, December 11 at 7pm.

“St Stephen’s is a very special parish and I feel extraordinarily blessed to be called to this place,” said Rev Ellen of her seven year journey to her first appointment as a vicar.

Lions to use resource locally

Nov 7th, 2014 | By

The annual inorganic rubbish collections gets underway from Sunday, November 16 and the Tamahere Lions would like the opportunity to put useable materials to local use.

The club is offering to collect scrap metal to raise funds for a range of local projects rather than see the resource leave the district.

A volunteer team can be contacted to collect the recyclable metal from inside donors’ properties before it goes to the roadside.

School oaks spread to road

Oct 1st, 2014 | By

Tamahere School students have planted between 1200 and 1500 acorns in seedling trays.

Some of the acorns that grow into oak trees will be planted along the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway, likely to include the Pickering pond and the Victoria Road Interchange, which will be the gateway to Cambridge.

Tamahere principal Waveney Parker says Cambridge is known for its oak trees.

Pickerings’ efforts recognised

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By

Tamahere and St Stephen’s Church stalwarts Rex and Christine Pickering have been honoured for their long community service.

The Pickerings have been members of the St Stephen’s parish for more than 40 years and have been involved in everything from the re-building of the church after it was razed by fire to the iconic Christmas Festival.

In a surprise move, Waikato Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley made a presentation to the couple at today’s church service, which noted their contribution ranging from friendship to fundraising.

Friends rally for Becky

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

Friends and former Tamahere School classmates of a one-time Tamahere family are rallying to their support in a time of need.

Becky Horn, and her family, twin brother Simon, older brother Jason, and parents Pam and Graeme lived in Tamahere for many years – the children attended the school and their parents were active community members.

Becky Horn is now battling a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer and friends of the family, now living in Hamilton, are fundraising to support alternative treatments.

Wife part of husband’s crimes

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

The wife of a former Tamahere accountant, convicted of stealing millions of dollars from a wealthy family to fund a lavish lifestyle, played a role in her husband’s crimes.

Susan Lesley Soffe, whose husband Gary William Soffe stole $4.1 million from his client, has been serving home detention and doing community service after she pleaded guilty to receiving more than $3 million in stolen money.

She also pleaded guilty to laundering $855,000 and trying to claim a domestic purposes benefit when her husband went to jail.

Church in need of vicar

Jul 12th, 2014 | By

St Stephen’s Church is actively looking for a new vicar following the departure of the Rev Sandy Neal.

The full-time position has been advertised by the Anglican Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki with applications closing this Friday, July 18.

The new Vicar at St Stephen’s will be blessed by a welcoming, inclusive church family full of potential to respond to those in need, reads the advertisement.

School farewells librarian

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

Tamahere School has farewelled longtime librarian Trish Houchen.

“Trish has been our school librarian for 22 years, working quietly in the background, supporting our staff and students,” said Principal Waveney Parker in an online tribute.

“Over the years Trish has worked hard to create a wonderful library for us all to enjoy, developing a vibrant and exciting place to learn and enjoy reading and books. Trish’s dedication and efficiency has helped to achieve one of the best school libraries in the area with over 7000 quality books in our collection.”

Bishop in boots for market

Jun 21st, 2014 | By

The Anglican Bishop of Waikato, the Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, was in boots ‘n’ all for this month’s Tamahere Market.

Bishop Hartley, installed as the seventh Anglican Bishop of Waikato in February, the first woman to hold the office, was about early and went prepared for any market day weather by wearing gumboots.

Her early start meant she could conduct the short prayer service held in St Stephen’s Church before each market.

Hands-on community man

Jun 21st, 2014 | By

Wally Pollock was a son of pioneer stock, and it showed.

His parents, Alex and Allene Pollock, farmed west of Whangarei at Mangakahia. His father also contracted, hauling logs from the bush with bullock teams. People seemed to help each other much more then, and it rubbed off on Wally.

He was a family man in the widest sense, one son and one daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, countless cousins, nieces and nephews. Rugby teams, racing people, the Waikato community – they were “extended family” to Wally.