Working bee greens streambank

A community working bee today planted hundreds of trees and shrubs in the growing reserve beneath the Allan Turner swing bridge.

The popular nature spot alongside the Mangaharakeke Stream under the bridge that links Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd to Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane has been transformed since 2014.

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Talk sparks action on ethical funds

A few bankers, KiwiSaver providers and investment advisers could expect ‘please explain’ phone calls Monday morning in the wake of today’s ethical investment discussion in Tamahere.

Specialist ethical investment adviser Janet Natta, of Tamahere, surprised many in the audience with the revelation that their savings or investments were unlikely to be in ethical funds.

It is a common misconception that investment funds are covered by regulations that rule out “sin stocks” such as tobacco, armaments and gambling, Natta told the Green Party-hosted event in the St Stephen’s Tamahere hall.

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Investing for good: a how-to

Increasingly people with savings, whether in a bank account or the share market, want their money to do good for the environment and society as well as themselves.

Tamahere woman Janet Natta, an Authorised Financial Adviser, is one of New Zealand’s few experts in ethical investment – the tricky business of navigating what is a good investment and what is investing for good.

Natta will demystify ethical or socially responsible investment at an afternoon event in Tamahere on Sunday, July 23.

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Right to home abandoned: author

Author and social commentator Gordon McLauchlan brought his acute wit and humour to Tamahere today, enthralling his audience with a life’s worth of observations.

Over his lifetime, he’d seen some dramatic and desirable advances in human rights from campaigns against homophobia, racism and patronising anti-feminism, he told an audience of around 45 in the St Stephen’s Tamahere hall.

“But in that same time I’ve also seen the abandonment of the human right for people to have a decent home and an adequate income,” McLauchlan said.

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Author Gordon McLauchlan speaking in Tamahere

Gordon McLauchlan, author and social commentator, will inform and entertain with insights on New Zealanders (the Passionless People of his famous book title) in Tamahere on Sunday, July 2.

Best known as a cultural critic and a social historian, the popular and prolific writer’s latest book is Great Tales from Rural New Zealand.

He has written a number of best-sellers including The Passionless People, a social commentary on New Zealanders (1976), and The Farming of New Zealand, a history of NZ agriculture (1981).

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Tamahere Green stands for Waikato

Tamahere resident Philppa Stevenson has been selected by the Green Party to contest the Waikato electorate seat at this year’s general election.
The award-winning journalist and former agricultural editor of the Waikato Times and NZ Herald, has lived in the Waikato all her life, the last 28 years in Tamahere.
“I love the Waikato. I am thrilled and humbled to be selected to stand for a region that is such a vital part of New Zealand,” Stevenson said.

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