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CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityWaikato District
Electoral wardTamahere : Aksel Bech, Ward Councillor
 (2006 Census)
 • Total4,623
Riverlea Matangi

Tamahere is a locality (located on a semi-rural ward that bears the same name) within Waikato District, New Zealand; on the outskirts of Hamilton. The majority of the Ward is zoned as Country Living, with a minimum lot size of 0.5ha. The landscape is dominated by several large gully systems that contribute to the Waikato River.


Alongside the village proper, the ward of Tamahere also includes the locality of The Narrows. In 2019 a new recreational reserve (Tamahere Park) was opened and includes sports fields for cricket, rugby, junior soccer and La Crosse. Destination playground and skate-park were jointly funded by community funds and Waikato District Council. A commercial hub was also added, due to be completed in 2020, including a 4 Square supermarket, Medical Centre, Pharmacy, Bakery and serviced offices.


According to the 2006 census, the Tamahere and Tauwhare area has a combined population of 4623. The Index of Socioeconomic Deprivation, ranked 1-10 from lowest to most deprived areas, lists the area at 2/10 (very low deprivation).[1]


Tamahere Model Country School, a state primary (years 1-6) school, has as of 2014 a decile rating of 10 and a roll of 369.[2] There are also three pre-schools (Lil' Pumpkins, The Pentagon and Montessori).

Tamahere coolstore explosion[edit]

On 5 April 2008 a coolstore caught fire and one fireman was killed and seven injured, when 400 kg (880 lb) of a propane and ethane refrigerant exploded. The site is being developed in to housing.[3]


  1. ^ "Index of Socioeconomic Deprivation for Areas within the Waikato Electorate". Parliament New Zealand. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  2. ^ TKI entry for Tamahere Model Country School
  3. ^ "Deadly Tamahere coolstore blaze: Remembering a day no one can forget". Stuff. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2019.

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Coordinates: 37°49′33.07″S 175°21′7.39″E / 37.8258528°S 175.3520528°E / -37.8258528; 175.3520528