Call for Tamahere priorities

The next phase of consultation between Tamahere and the Waikato District Council has begun on locals’ priorities for their area.

Tamahere people have until April 8 to express their views online and at a community meeting later this month.

The council is now calling for Tamahere’s top three priorities on issues such as a footbridge across Airport Rd, a zero waste initiative at the new shopping centre, and the re-zoning of some land from rural to village.

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Rubbish pick-up changes

The presents have been presented, the leftovers picked over, and the rubbish and recycling bins piled high. But when to put them out at the gate?

This week, despite Monday, December 28, being a statutory holiday, rubbish and recycling will be collected on the usual Thursday in Tamahere.

Next week, after New Year celebrations have similarly swelled the bins, collection day will be a day later on Friday, January 8.

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SH1 head on crash slows traffic

A motorcyclist was left critically injured after his bike and a station wagon collided head-on on a new section of the Waikato Expressway being built south of Hamilton.

Emergency services were called to the crash on State Highway 1 at Tamahere, between Hamilton and Cambridge, about 1.20pm Wednesday.

A 65-year-old man riding a motorcycle was treated at the scene before being taken to Waikato Hospital where he was on Wednesday in a critical condition.

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Truck fire stops SH1

A truck that burst into flames on State Highway 1 at Tamahere tonight stopped traffic and spewed acrid smoke around the Devine Rd area.

The shaken driver of the Bublitz Transport truck was heading north into Hamilton around 6.30pm when flames started coming from the engine.

The driver, who gave his name as Willy, managed to bring his rig to a halt on the State Highway by the top of the Devine Rd on-ramp.

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More fears of student hostels

Residents of Rototuna in Hamilton have joined voices with Tamahere householders outraged about massive houses being built in their communities they fear are to become Chinese student hostels.

Chinese developer LV Park Construction is building a two-storey, seven bedroom house with ensuites in Barwick Place, Rototuna, and neighbours who believe it is intended to be student housing have taken their concerns to the Hamilton City Council.

The Waikato Times reported last week that LV Park manager Thomas Wang planned eight large-scale homes in a developing area of Tamahere, in the Waikato District Council’s patch.

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Student housing or family homes?

Tamahere homeowners are furious over what is being dubbed an illegal student housing complex they say will destroy their quiet, country lifestyle.

Waikato District Council is investigating the development after a resident raised concerns that eight massive houses being built on Hart Rd were intended to be used as hostel-type housing for Chinese students.

But the Waikato-based Chinese housing developer says such claims are untrue.

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