Tamihana tour inspires

Tamahere’s most notable historic figure, Wiremu Tamihana, left big shoes to fill as around 50 locals learnt today on a unique tour of Waikato sites significant in his life.

In what could be precedent setting tourism, the hopes, words and deeds of the remarkable 19th century rangatira were revealed as still relevant today.

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Tamihana, a NZ great

Tamahere’s preeminent historical figure, Ngati Haua rangatira Wiremu Tamihana, has again been hailed as one of New Zealand’s greatest figures.

Yesterday, to mark the reprinting of the seminal, 2002 biography by Dame Evelyn Stokes, Wiremu Tamihana Rangatira, historian Vincent O’Malley gave a public lecture at Waikato University.

To a large audience that included many Ngati Haua, O’Malley said the evidence Tamihana was one of the most outstanding people in NZ history was overwhelming.

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Local historic places in line for fund

The Waikato District Council’s Heritage Assistance Fund, designed to conserve, restore and protect valued district heritage, is available to Tamahere residents.

The fund is available only for privately owned heritage items that are listed in the 2013 district plan, which includes several historic places or homes in Tamahere.

On the list and open to applications from the fund are Tamahere School’s historic school building, the Martyn Homestead in Pencarrow Rd, Maori Gardens in Hooker Rd, the Hanatoria Pa Homestead in Ringer Rd, and the site of the peace accord signing on the corner of Bruntwood and Tauwhare Roads.

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New road triggers major change

A contract to build a new road linking Devine and Airport Roads is expected to get underway within two weeks, triggering a number of far reaching changes in Tamahere.

The $2.5 million contract, to be undertaken by Fulton Hogan, includes not only the 470m link road but carparks for future sports fields at the long heralded village hub, changes to the Devine Rd-SH1 on-ramp intersection, and a new-style intersection at the other end of Devine Rd where it joins Newell Rd.

The contract also covers alterations to Airport Rd, allowing for slip or deceleration lanes, at the link road intersection and, most far reaching of all, the closure of Newell Rd at Airport Rd.

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Our Wiremu Tamihana NZer of the Year

Tamahere’s first person of historic significance, Wiremu Tamihana, has been chosen as New Zealander of the year … 1863.

The belated recognition of the farsighted Ngati Haua peacemaker, labeled by some as a rebel in his day, comes as the NZ Herald celebrates 150 years of publication.

In a commemorative magazine in today’s NZ Herald, the paper, which has chosen a New Zealander of the Year for many years, uses hindsight to name people it thought should have been rightfully recognised in their day over the last 150 years.

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