Tamahere Community Committee

The Tamahere Community Committee was elected at a public meeting in October 2016.

The members are Dallas Fisher (chair), Sue Robertson (deputy chair), Rowena Edge, Jane Manson, Leo Koppens, Joy Wright, Charles Fletcher, Shelley Howse, Bevin Coley, Connie Chittick, James Yearsley, Tim van de Molen, Graham McAdam, and Waikato District Council Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech.

In the Waikato district, local community committees are designed to ensure that residents within a ward have have a voice to represent the views of the community to the Waikato District Council.

The Tamahere Community Committee meets monthly at 7.30pm on the first Monday of the month in the Tamahere Community Centre. Minutes of meetings are posted here on the Waikato District Council website.

Additional meetings are held when local developments and events demand. Contact any of the members using the details below to discuss current or concerning issues.

The committee assists and supports Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech in his dealings with the council. Click here for background on Cr Bech.

Community committees are not a vehicle for fighting local issues but can provide the council with the feelings of the community on any issues or concerns at an early stage, which hopefully influences council’s decisions. Committee members can, however, make submissions on their own behalf as private individuals.

Contact details are:

Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech, 07 859 0417 or 021 884 828, Click the following link to email Aksel Bech.

Dallas Fisher, 07 856 4111, click to email Dallas Fisher

Sue Robertson, 07 856 4777, click to email Sue Robertson

Rowena Edge, 07 859 2076, click to email Rowena Edge

Jane Manson, 07 858 2425, click to email Jane Manson

Leo Koppens, 07 856 3245, click to email Leo Koppens

Joy Wright, 07 856 9577, click to email Joy Wright

Charles Fletcher, 07 856 8127 or 021 964 000, click to email Charles Fletcher

Shelley Howse, 07 858 2087 or 021 110 8920, click to email Shelley Howse

Bevin Coley, 07 856 5551, click to email Bevin Coley

Connie Chittick, 0274 510 655, click to email Connie Chittick

James Yearsley, 021 627 838, click to email James Yearsley

Tim van de Molen, 07 829 5151, 021 150 7350, click to email Tim van de Molen

Graham McAdam, 021 268 4301, click to email Graham McAdam

NB: Donna Nichols was elected to the committee but resigned in March 2017.

Click the following link for a map of the Tamahere ward (pdf): Tamahere Ward Map

Over the years, Tamahere has had a number of committees that have taken the views of residents to the council. All of these have highlighted one aspect that is important to the community: rural life-style. The retention of the Tamahere rural life-style has been one of the key focuses of all the committees.

The rapid growth of the area means this rural aspect is becoming harder and harder to maintain. Alongside this are growing concerns about road safety, access to schools and commercial development.

In 2011, a new community plan was produced, updating an earlier plan produced in 2004.

The community plan,Tamahere – The country lifestyle community, 2011 – 2021, outlined a vision for Tamahere and identified key issues and projects that the community wished the council to implement. Projects were put into a 1-3 year, 4-8 year, or 7-10 year time frame so that the community could monitor council’s progress. Click the following link to view the plan (PDF): Tamahere Community Plan 2011

The Tamahere Community logo has been designed to portray strength, growth, health, success, support and caring.

The sun is to illustrate the story of Mahinarangi who carried her son, Raukawa, across the Waikato River and gave rise to the name Tamahere, which literally translated from Māori means a “bound boy”. Mahinarangi and her husband, Turongo, are the ancestors of the Kingitanga dynasty. Mahinarangi, to save Raukawa from drowning, tied him to her back as she swam across the river, near where the Narrows Bridge now stands.

The large koru in the logo portrays her strength, courage and care for her child while she sheltered him from harm. The koru shape also suggests growth, prosperity and a sense of community spirit.

The landscape shows the path to a bright future. It illustrates the Waikato River (linking to the story of Mahinarangi) and the country setting in which Tamahere stands – a growing environment for the community and its lifestyle.

The bowl represents the strength and stability of its people who hold the community together.

The Tamahere Community Committee thanks Brandish for the development of its logo.