Pumpkins trump pandemic

Pandemic lockdown meant Tamahere School’s annual Pumpkin Festival had to be shelved but that didn’t stop intense pumpkin growing rivalry.

In a post on the school’s website, Principal Waveney Parker noted the frustrations of remote learning and commended all those who had enthusiastically taken part in the biggest pumpkin contest.

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Locals angry at losing to cars

The high toll the Waikato Expressway is taking on the Tamahere community was made crystal clear at a public meeting last night.

More than a hundred people turned out for the biggest public meeting in living memory to express their disgust and frustration at the sacrifice expected of the community for the sake of the big State Highway 1 roading project.

Speaker after speaker identified the dangers to locals – children and adults – of simply trying to get around their own patch by foot or cycle in an area where speeding cars were the priority.

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Principal reflects on fire

Today, like April 5, 2008, was a stunningly beautiful, warm, Waikato day with blue sky overhead and crunchy, autumn leaves underfoot.

Then the neighbourhood blew up, transformed in nanoseconds into a frightening, confusing nightmare of noise, chaos, roaring flames and a huge, black mushroom cloud funnelling high into the sky.

Ten years on, Tamahere School principal Waveney Parker has recalled the school community’s many courageous roles that afternoon, and in the weeks ahead.

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Pool of community spirit opens

Tamahere School now boasts a stunning, modern pool complex that is testimony to community spirit and culinary inspiration.

The $600,000 Vela Pool Complex, named for a major donor to the project, officially opened today only three years after the building project was conceived.

The splashy, two-pool facility replaces a humble, 75-year-old single pool so shallow that senior students would scrape their hands on the bottom as they swam.

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“Tiny town” basks in royal reflection

Saturday’s impromptu royal visit to Tamahere has sparked wide public interest, opportunism and prompted media reports.

In the Herald on Sunday, Tamahere became a “tiny Waikato town” that had been through some tough times in recent years. Who knew?

One woman, children’s book author Sharon Holt, who managed to get her latest book in Prince William’s hand, hopes to capitalise on the royal connection.

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Word on teachers big dig spreads

The word about the Tamahere School staffs’ recent environmentally focussed working bee at the Tamahere Reserve has spread.

Teachers dig in, was the headling in today’s Cambridge Edition and featured school principal Waveney Parker and Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust member Leo Koppens showing off the colourful, new signs some of the teachers created for the reserve.

The working bee was described as a change from the usual “self-indulgent fun” the teachers usually observed on the teacher-only days before the start of each new school year.

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Teachers pitch in for reserve

Tamahere School staff started the year by pitching into help Tamahere’s number one environmental project, the restoration of the Tamahere Reserve.

Teachers and support staff begin the school year days before their pupils return from holidays and traditionally take time out from their classroom preparations to work in the community.

This year they donned gumboots and sunhats and became a welcome workforce for the Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust.

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