Lions numbers grow

The Tamahere Lions Club was officially launched today with numbers already swelling.

Lions District Governor Richard Norris inducted 15 people at a gathering at Punnet Cafe to form the core of the local branch, up from the 10 who kicked the idea off.

Following the induction Norris installed the new club officers, President Russell Gibbs, and a daughter and dad team of Secretary Haley McMahon and Treasurer Gary McMahon.

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Family works berry well

Haley McMahon is just back in Hamilton after living in Australia for a while. For her first dinner home there was an abundance of strawberries: in a salad, with a chocolate and coffee bean dip, even a strawberry and blueberry tart.

“I hadn’t had strawberries for a long time, ” she says. “I was very excited.”

Haley was well placed to enjoy these summer treats. Her parents, Gary and Pam McMahon, own The Straw Berry Farm, on Newell Rd, Tamahere, and their summer season is in full swing.

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New Tamahere store proves popular

A corner store-cum-delicatessen, The Country Providore, has finished its first week of trading on Tamahere’s Newell Rd.

The store, which also stocks homeware and gifts alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, gourmet meats and cheese as well as a range of meal treats and essentials, is the brainchild of The Strawberry Farm’s Pam and Gary McMahon.

On the same site as The Strawberry Farm, the couple also brought Tamahere the popular Punnet Cafe whose next door neighbour is now the stylish Country Providore managed by daughter Emma McMahon.

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