Trust unhappy signs must go

The Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust is frustrated the Waikato District Council has forced them to take down their three advertising signs.

A council bylaw has cut off the eco-group’s sole regular source of income.

Two of the signs have been at the entrance to the Tamahere Reserve for the past two years. Another one – an Acorn Timber sign – has been there for seven years.

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Plea for people before bats

People’s safety is being put at risk in order to protect old trees that native bats may or may not roost in, a Tamahere resident says.

John Simmons believes about 30 trees in the Tamahere Reserve are leaning perilously over the bordering Tauwhare Rd.

“I’ve been looking at these trees for some time and they are getting pretty hazardous,” he said.

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Reserve volunteers, DoC clash

The Tamahere Reserve, partially restored through thousands of hours of volunteer toil, has become ground zero in a stoush between environmentalists and the Department of Conservation.

At the heart of the increasingly bitter dispute – which has triggered countless meetings and threats of legal action – is the country’s native nocturnal flyer, the long-tailed bat.

For the past eight years, Bill Hodgson and volunteers have been restoring the Tamahere Reserve, on Tauwhare Rd.

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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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Camex fined for Tamahere pollution

A Cambridge company has been convicted and fined $19,125 for sediment discharges into a Tamahere stream.

The Waikato Regional Council prosecuted Cambridge Excavators Limited (Camex) under the Resource Management Act.

It involved two separate incidents that occurred in November 2016 when a large sediment retention pond used during development of the Tamahere Recreation Reserve was being decommissioned.

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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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Fined Regal vacates reserve

Regal Haulage will this week permanently vacate the Tamahere Reserve, closing the truck wash which earned it $1500 in fines from the Waikato Regional Council earlier this year.

The regional council closed down the rubbish-strewn Tauwhare Rd site temporarily in February after local resident Owen Trolove raised concerns it was polluting the Mangaone Stream.

In March, after an investigation the company was found to have breached both its consent and an already issued abatement notice – two infringments each earning a fine of $750.

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