Chance for fast internet

A one-off opportunity to get Tamahere and Matangi serviced by ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and give the area fast internet is in the pipeline.

The Waikato District Council says it is prepared to lobby central government for investment in UFB for the area and local district councillor Wally Hayes is urging locals to get behind the initiative.

Initially, the council has sought the views of 1400 locals in a survey designed to indicate the likely demand for faster internet speeds, and whether residents are prepared to contribute to installation costs.

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Hayes out as water champion

Embattled Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes will not have a seat on the new joint council water governance group.

Hayes, who had a seat on the multi-council group before it was disbanded in May, is under fire from Waikato Mayor Allan Sanson after sources said he was accused of leaking a confidential report into the mayor’s use of the “wanker” profanity in a council meeting to the media.

Hayes denies the allegation.

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Mayor swears to roll Hayes

Waikato Mayor Allan Sanson swears to strip Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes of his committee chairmanship after alleging a relationship breakdown.

Sanson fingered Hayes for leaking a confidential report into his conduct at an Infrastructure Committee meeting to the media, according to council sources.

But at Monday’s full council meeting Sanson denied publication of the story around his use of the salty expletive “wanker” had anything to do with his motion.

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Historic figure sealed

Peacemaker Wiremu Tamihana, the Ngati Haua chief who is Tamahere’s first person of historic significance, is to have his name sealed in local memory.

The new road linking Devine and Airport Roads is to be named Wiremu Tamihana Drive, further marking the kingmaker’s historic contributions locally. A signboard already features on Bruntwood Rd.

Waikato District Council Tamahere ward councillor Wally Hayes said the road name was unanimously approved by the Infrastructure committee at its recent meeting.

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Calls for action on killer corner

Calls are mounting for the NZ Transport Agency to take action on the Cherry Lane killer corner.

With the most recent fatal accident at the intersection with State Highway 1 only days ago, Cherry Lane residents took their concerns to last night’s annual planning meeting with the Waikato District Council.

Tamahere Councillor Wally Hayes was also quick to call for action after the April 3 death of Hamilton civil campaigner John Easto at the Cherry Lane-SH1 crossroad.

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Speed rebuff earns ire

An extremely concerned Tamahere Community Committee is urging residents to make submissions on a review of local road speed limits.

At its March meeting, the committee learned that its request to the Waikato District Council for the speed limit to be reduced to 80km/h for a section of Tauwhare Rd from SH 1 to just east of Woodcock Rd had been turned down.

Cr Wally Hayes said community concern about the 100km/hr speed limit on the stretch of road went back a decade.

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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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Election gives chance to shape Tamahere

The most local of local body elections is still to be held – the election of a new Tamahere Community Committee.

The Tamahere Community Committee is the voice of Tamahere, representing the views of the community to the Waikato District Council and supporting Tamahere ward councillor Wally Hayes.

The current committee’s term is up and an election of new members to serve a three-year term and shape Tamahere’s future will be held at a public meeting on Monday, November 18.

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New flood risk maps finally out

The Waikato District Council is expected to this week advise the owners of around 920 Tamahere properties of the re-calculated flood risk of their land.

The update and amendment of a study into the drainage patterns of the Tamahere Country Living Zone follows a release of information in July last year that proved very controversial.

“The letters being sent to property owners within the Tamahere Country Living Zone this week is the culmination of what is best described as a challenging process,” Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes told Tamahere Forum.

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Hart Rd residents clarify concerns

Big families are welcome in Hart Rd: boarding houses are not, says residents spokesman Pete North.

“We would welcome a large family or, on 11 sites, a mix of family sizes,” North told Tamahere Forum in a response to Tamahere district councillor Wally Hayes’ recent comments on the issue.

North praised Hayes’s efforts in helping to mediate the dispute between Hart Rd residents and Waikato District Council but also took issue with some of his comments.

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