Book tells of women’s courage

Tamahere writer Venetia Sherson and friend and co-author Denise Irvine recently launched their book, Stand By Me.

It is the story of Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women’s Refuge and courageous women – those who survive domestic violence, and those who help them get their lives back on track.

Te Whakaruruhau is New Zealand’s largest women’s refuge and has helped thousands of women and children during its more than 30-year history.

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Divine Eats sets records

I was given Divine Eats for Christmas and ever since I’ve been enjoying a culinary treat that’s become world famous in the Waikato.

Divine Eats, a fundraising cookbook for Tamahere School, was compiled to help pay for a new swimming pool and it’s more than delivering on this, writes Denise Irvine, an award winning food writer.

Divine Eats takes fundraising recipe collections to a new level, with Cuisine magazine naming it among its top six cookbooks for 2016.

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Doc ends delivery run

On a good run, it took Alastair Haslam 12 minutes to get from his Tamahere home to his work at Waikato Hospital.

He’s done that trip in emergencies at all hours, the master of instant transition from family man to obstetrician, and probably a difficult birth awaiting his attention. Haslam borrows a quote he likes, the source unknown, to describe the effect of his quick exit. “The obstetrician is the empty place at the dinner table, and the draught of the back door opening and closing as you go out to the car.”

Yesterday, Haslam did things differently: he exited Waikato Hospital, retiring from his life’s work as an obstetrician and gynaecologist.

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