Tamahere projects in economy stimulus pitch

Waikato mayors say their councils and partners have “turned over every possible stone” in a bid to secure government money to help rebuild the Waikato economy following Covid-19.

Projects submitted for the Government economic stimulus package include the Te Awa Cycleway that runs through Tamahere, and a new four-lane bridge over the Waikato River at the Narrows along with associated roading – the long planned Southern Links Project.

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Farewell to Lochiel

Riverside Golf Club is preparing to farewell play on its Lochiel course for at least two years after striking a deal with NZTA for its Narrows Course as part of the Southern Links roading project.

The club, whose 800 plus members will play on the Narrows while Lochiel is redeveloped, has negotiated a multi-million dollar deal with NZTA for the Narrows, which has a highway designation running through it.

The settlement is understood to be enough to totally redevelop Lochiel.

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Club debates golf course future

Riverside Golf Club members are to discuss a proposal to sell one of the club’s two courses to make way for the Southern Links roading project.

The Tamahere club has two golf courses – Narrows and Lochiel. The plan is for the Narrows course to be sold and to redevelop the 18-hole Lochiel course and clubhouse facilities.

Club president Craig Meinsmith​ said the club has been in discussions with the New Zealand Transport Agency for some time over the future of the Narrows course, which has a highway designation running through it.

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Golf club debates future

The future of Tamahere’s Riverside Golf Club – eventually to be divided by the Southern Links ring road south of Hamilton – could be decided as soon as mid-year.

The NZ Transport Agency has accepted the club’s need to speed up decisions about its future after the designated route was identified three years ago but the road’s construction was not expected to begin for around 15 years or more.

“NZTA has accepted the club’s need to expedite the process,” said club president Craig Meinsmith in a letter to members.

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Airport Rd roundabout ahead

The NZ Transport Agency plans to build a roundabout at the intersection of State Highway 3 (Ohaupo Road) and State Highway 21 (Airport Road) this summer.

The $4.5 million project, jointly funded by NZTA and the Titanium Park Joint Venture, which is developing the airport business zone, is designed to improve safety and access to current and future industrial development in the airport area, as well as the Mystery Creek Events Centre.

Information about the roundabout project will be available at an open day on Tuesday, July 14, from 3pm-7pm, at the Hamilton Airport Motel and Conference Centre.

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Southern Links route confirmed

The layout of a $600 million roading project to the south of Hamilton, which slices through Tamahere has been confirmed and includes the locations of three new bridges.

Independent commissioners this week confirmed the route of the Southern Links project and approved resource consent applications for two new bridges over the Waikato River and one bridge across the Mangakotukutuku Gully.

The joint project by the Hamilton City Council and NZ Transport Agency has been widely condemned in Tamahere and drew stiff community opposition.

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Southern Links turns dream home to nightmare

A Tamahere couple found their dream home was right in the path of the Southern Links road network only two months after they bought it.

Rafal and Sylwia Piontecki spent two years trying to find a dream home. When Bayleys agent Angela Davies showed them a gorgeous three-bedroom home set on a 1.2-hectare (3-acre) lifestyle block, with enough room for their children to ride motorbikes and raise pet alpacas, they thought their prayers had been answered.

But the $845,000 Tamahere Drive property was a ticking timebomb – the planned Southern Links Motorway will plough straight through their kitchen.

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Submissions on for Southern Links

Tamahere residents in the shadow of an ambitious half-billion-dollar roading project say they could be stuck in limbo, possibly unable to develop their land, while waiting for roading bosses to act over the next 20 years.

Plans by the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Hamilton City Council to protect the Southern Links roading project, connecting the region to the south of Hamilton, were publicly notified on January 29.

The sprawling network cuts a swath through some of the Waikato’s most sought-after real estate.

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NZTA progresses Tamahere cut

The NZ Transport Agency has issued Notices of Requirement for the designation of state highways for the controversial Southern Links transport network that cuts through Tamahere.

Southern Links, an estimated $450 million NZTA initiative in partnership with the Hamilton City Council, seeks to protect a route for approximately 21km of state highway, three new river crossings and 11km of urban arterial network (inside Hamilton’s Peacocke growth area).

Neither NZTA nor the city council has any funding for the design or construction of the project in their respective 10-year plans.

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Southern Links progresses over protest

Controversial plans for the Southern Links roading project are going ahead with the proposed routes that caused a storm of protest in Tamahere earlier this year.

The Hamilton City Council (HCC) and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) have made no changes to the proposed network they publicly presented for community feedback in May.

An action group that formed to oppose the project cutting through Tamahere described Southern Links at the time as a “waste of public funds, unnecessary and unlikely to be built, yet will place a designation over the Tamahere community for decades.”

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