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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Local bush protected

The latest QEII covenant registered in Tamahere is another small but important step toward restoring some of the vast natural environment lost in the Waikato.

Tamahere resident Leo Koppens is proud to have the sixth covenant in the Tamahere-Matangi area protecting private land forever.

The QEII National Trust partners with landowners to protect special places on private land for the benefit of present and future generations.

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Nature reserve gets kid-friendly billing

The Tamahere Reserve has featured in a magazine promoting outdoor adventures for kids.

Outdoor Kid is a free bi-monthly magazine and website designed to spread the word about kid-friendly walks throughout New Zealand.

The Tamahere Reserve figures in the June/July magazine and on the website among the top five kid-friendly adventures less than an hour from Hamilton.

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Suffering and superheroes: fire anniversary

The 10th anniversary of the fatal Icepak Tamahere fire has prompted another publication to look back a decade to April 5, 2008.

Raewyn Koppens describes the day she thought she’d died as an experience coloured with suffering and superheroes, reports the Waikato Times.

The light of a warm Saturday afternoon turned to darkness, and through a smokey haze, figures began to appear.

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Young team help extend boardwalk

Work is underway on a major, 100m extension of the Tamahere Reserve’s network of boardwalks.

Funded by a $13,000 grant from the Waikato District Community Wellbeing Trust, the hard work of lugging tonnes of timber on site is being done by local youngsters.

The group, pictured, are transporting the timber by hand and on wheelbarrows in the challenging terrain for the boardwalk.

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Grant takes boardwalk further

Boardwalks in the Tamahere Reserve are set to be extended thanks to a grant from a Waikato community trust.

News of the $13,000 grant from the Waikato District Community Wellbeing Trust has given a welcome boost to the group restoring the Tauwhare Rd reserve.

“We’re delighted to have received the funding which will mean we can build 100m of boardwalk,” said Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust spokesman Leo Koppens.

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Youth group swings into action

The Tamahere youth action group’s labours are likely to bear fruit for many years to come.

In its first outing, the new group planted 22 fruit trees along the boundary of the Tamahere School and the recreation reserve today.

Joined by Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech the group planted pear, apple, plum, mandarin and feijoa trees.

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BNZ bank staff boost reserves

The restoration of Tamahere nature reserves got a boost today when some Hamilton bank staff swapped their offices for the outdoors.

Six staff from the BNZ Hamilton branch downed office tools and picked up gardening tools to join Tamahere conservationist Leo Koppens in two local reserves – the Tamahere Reserve on Tauwhare Rd, and the Allan Turner Reserve, on Woodcock Rd.

Their big day out was part of Closed for Good, the BNZ’s annual day of volunteering.

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