Author: Emma Sharplin

Liz’s selfless gesture

When Liz Alexander’s customers heard she was taking a break from her business for six weeks, they didn’t realise she was not on holiday. Instead, Liz is donating a kidney to a complete stranger. The Onewhero resident is well known for her roadside cart, Pancakes are Delicious, which sees her based outside the Tuakau Pony Club every morning. The scrumptious business is going to take a break for six weeks until Liz has recovered from her operation, which takes place later this week. “There were a couple of tears shed last Friday, but all of my customers and clients...

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Wasterwater rates set to increase

By Emma Sharplin – Are you a Pokeno or Tuakau resident connected to the local town wastewater supply? You may want to check out Waikato District Council’s new plan on how they would like to fund new changes to the wastewater system.  Waikato District Council are going to have to spend more on what was originally prepared in the Long Term Plan, after they ‘have to acknowledge and address the criticism levelled at the Council last year following three spills into Raglan Harbour within four months.’ In a statement released on their website, Council state: “We commissioned an independent report, the Jacobs Report, to examine our wastewater services, and have developed some options to consider as a result of this report.” What this means is, Council are proposing to pass the cost onto you, the home owner or tenant, as wastewater rates are set to rise between $47 and $254 from 1 July, depending on where you live and the option that is picked by Waikato District Council. They good thing is, is that you are able to have a say on the matter.  A consultation document has already been sent to nearly 11,000 of the 33,000 district ratepayers (those who benefit from reticulated wastewater services and who pay a targeted rate for these services), and drop in dates have been made available for Pokeno and Tuakau residents. Feedback needs to...

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If attacked, could you defend yourself?

By Emma Sharplin I know I certainly couldn't. And curling up into a ball doesn't count. So when I was asked if I was interested in writing about a self defense class here in Pukekohe, Bossman Steve took it a step further and volunteered me as tribute to actually take part in it. I'll admit, I was a little bit intimidated when I YouTubed the Krav Maga classes. And then the nerves grew when I was watching the group practice their moves on one another before the class began. In a gym, located on Hall Street in Pukekohe, is...

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Ancestory research leads to discovery

Emma Sharplin Leonie Wilkinson has always been fascinated by her family history, and in 2015, she decided to pursue it further. The Waiuku resident is a descendant of the Ketels and Linnell Families, and after investigating their history, Leonie was able to create and publish ‘Pioneers of Perseverance.’ Printed in November 2016 by W.J. Deed Printing in Waiuku, Leonie was able to discover that her heritage could be traced back to a five acre allotment in Whiriwhiri. Copies of her book were distributed to family members, as well as those who helped assist Leonie throughout her research. Her self-published...

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Local cheesemaker nationally recognised

What began as a way of using up left over milk from a house cow has now become an award winning cheese. Nearly ten years ago, Lyn Haycock of Glenbrook struck a friendship with neighbour Sue Cole, after helping milk her cow that was producing too much milk for Sue’s calves. Rather than letting the milk go to waste, Lyn and Sue began to make cheese through what she describes as trial and error. Lyn grew up on a farm in Te Kuiti, where her family made their own soaps and bread, and only went into town for supplies...

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From wild youngster to rising star

By Emma Sharplin – Holly Thompson always knew that there was something special about her horse, Jack. After two years of literally blood sweat and tears, Jack and Holly have taken out the New Zealand title of Verbac Rising Riding Horse of the Year. Described as an emotional win, Holly couldn't believe it when her name was announced over the loud speaker in the showing section at the National Horse of the Year event earlier this month.   "It has been a long journey, and we didn't know how Jack was going to react to the atmosphere in Hastings, but he did not put...

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