Pool of community spirit opens

Tamahere School now boasts a stunning, modern pool complex that is testimony to community spirit and culinary inspiration.

The $600,000 Vela Pool Complex, named for a major donor to the project, officially opened today only three years after the building project was conceived.

The splashy, two-pool facility replaces a humble, 75-year-old single pool so shallow that senior students would scrape their hands on the bottom as they swam.

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Cookbook maker named ‘local hero’

Tamahere’s Angie Millar, the architect of the successful fundraising Divine Eats cookbook has been awarded a ‘local hero’ award in the annual Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards.

Millar was one of 12 Waikato people to receive a local hero award tonight at the first of 16 regional ceremonies to be held across New Zealand recognising the achievements of 350 Kiwis.

Millar was inspired to put forward the idea of a cookbook to help raise funds for a new swimming pool for Tamahere School in 2015 after seeing a 1992 cookbook, which was also a school fundraiser.

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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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Divine Eats hits prime time

Tamahere School’s fundraising cookbook has scored another hit – prime time television coverage.

Divine Eats, the cookbook that aims to fund the school’s new swimming pool, made a big splash last night on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp.

For more than four minutes the cookbook made up of recipes from school families, the hardworking school mum’s that produced it and the quality of the book was beamed nationwide.

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Crunch time for PM at Tamahere

It was crunch time when Prime Minister John Key visited Tamahere School on Thursday.
Faced with a feast of dishes from the school’s fundraising cookbook, Divine Eats, to which he had contributed, all the PM’s schedule would allow time for was a quick bite of ginger crunch.
But it was a celebratory time for the school, including three students chosen to greet Key.

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Cookbook makes splash

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.

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