Author: Emma Sharplin

End of an era for Richardson’s Jewellers

It is the end of an area as Richardson’s Jewellers in Waiuku, close their doors for the final time in June. One of the longest standing family businesses in Waiuku, Richardson’s Jewellers is currently in its 89th year of business, however, Leonie and her brother Mark, feel that it is time for them to move on due to family reasons, as well the large demand for repair work. “We have got to the stage where we are actually struggling to keep up with the demand for repairs, and it has become too much for just one person. This decision...

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Anzac Road walk to pay homage to the fallen

While most hurried to the warmth of their homes and cafes after the Dawn Service on Monday morning, several community group leaders took to the tarmac of Anzac Road, Pukekohe. Following the Dawn Service at the Pukekohe Town Hall, Jaz and Rosie Walker, Amanda Hemopo, Chassy Kani and Surrita Wilson walked from the bottom of Anzac Road all the way to the top to pay their homage to all those who have fallen and their loved ones they have lost this year. The five local ladies come from all walks of life, and are focusing on keeping moving and...

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Waiuku College to begin modernisation

Under the Five Year Maintenance Plan at Waiuku College will see classrooms transform into areas like the one the Year 13 Business Studies students are using. This year sees the start of exciting changes at Waiuku College, as preparations are currently underway to have work begin on their Five Year Maintenance Plan. llThe school has been allocated just over $2million by the Ministry of Education, as well as through the sale of school houses, to maintain, modernise and improve the existing facilities of the school. Surveys have been completed and the first lot of work to begin will be...

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Kurtis finishes fourth in National title

Kurtis Lilly is fast becoming a household name in the motocross industry. The talented 21 year old has just finished fourth in the New Zealand Motocross Championships 125cc class, an achievement the young rider is incredibly proud of.  Kurtis has been riding since he was seven years old, and was given the opportunity to chase the National circuit through sponsorship from Pukekohe business, Ebbett Holden. Setting off for Timaru earlier this year, Kurtis had been a strong contender right from the beginning by coming away with a podium finish from the first competition of the round. Competing against New Zealand’s elitist riders, Kurtis came into the final round at Taupo in third place. However, a dislocated knee saw the Karaka resident unable to ride to his full potential. “The knee put me on the backfoot a bit, but I certainly gave it my all. I wasn’t able to hold on to my podium finish but I am stoked with my placing. To say you are in the top four in New Zealand is a pretty neat achievement. It’s hard work but totally worth it.” Kurtis is set to have his ACL reconstruction in April which will see him out for the following six months. However, his sights are set on the next class up, the MX2, 250cc. “Once I have fully recovered, I plan to compete in a couple...

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Lewis requested to return for further trials

From nearly missing his flight to intensive training sessions, Lewis Tiller arrived back in to New Zealand from attending the West Ham United Training Academy recently, and has hit the ground running. TheWaiuku College student was the only person selected to play for West Ham United Under-18 squad from a crowd of 300 at a training session held in Auckland last November, 11,000 miles away from the famous East London club. The two week training trip was sponsored by local business, Osborne Realty, after Managing Director, Brian Barrett, was notified that the trip wasn’t going to take place due...

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Stalwart of Waiuku Police Station recognised

Gaye Dickey has gone above and beyond expectations of her role as a volunteer at the Waiuku Police Station, and just last week, was recognised for her efforts. Nominated by colleague, Sergeant Graeme Wood, Gaye was honoured at the Counties Manukau District awards with a Certificate of Appreciation from the District Commander on Friday, March 11. Gaye was on holiday with her husband in the South Island when she received the phone call asking her to attend the awards, and described by her colleagues as a once in a lifetime opportunity, they weren’t going to take no for an...

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