Author: Emma Sharplin

Hard work pays off for Mia

By Emma Sharplin – She may only be 12 years old, but Mia Sargent is a firm believer that hard work pays off. The Glenbrook School student was recently selected for the nationally renowned hiphop crew, Bubblegum, and they won the Street Dance New Zealand (SDNZ) National junior title. This will see Mia and the Bubblegum crew travel to the United States in August to battle for glory at the World Hip Hop International Competition. The Bubblegum crew are a contingent from the Palace Dance Studio, who shot to fame after their choreographer, Paris Goebel, worked on Justin Beiber’s ‘Sorry’...

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Disappointment for wastewater drop in sessions

Either Tuakau, Pokeno or Meremere residents aren't aware of the proposed extra costs to their rates or the just don't care, as less than 200 people have attended the 12 Waikato District Council drop-in sessions to learn more about the Annual Plan. The proposed changes will see those who are connected to wastewater system have their rates increase anywhere from $47 to $254. The decision to consult ratepayers about an expanded programme of wastewater works follows criticism of the Council last year, after spills closed the Raglan Harbour three times in a matter of four months. There are currently 22,000 Waikato ratepayers who are on septic tanks that won't be affected by the rise, however, those who are connected are encouraged to have their say before Monday 15 May 2017. There are currently three options that Council would like the community's feedback on. So far, there are 259 submissions that have been received, which are running 51% in favour of Option Two. This includes the preparation of long term plans to protect waterways and environmentally sensitive areas. Under this option, targeted wastewater rates would rise by between $78 and $230 depending on where the ratepayer lives.  While submissions and the options available can be viewed online, there has already been 12 drop-in consultation sessions held at nine different locations throughout the district. Only two sessions are still to be held before...

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A mammogram saved my life

Bronwyn Rogerson said she had done everything right to reduce the chances of getting cancer. She doesn’t smoke, rarely drinks and exercises regularly, so you could imagine her surprise when she was diagnosed with the big C four years ago. The Tuakau resident went for her regular mammogram with her sisters. Her results to come back stating that she needed further investigation and a biopsy. “I was then told that I had Grade Three Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, which are cancer cells located inside the milk ducts. I was just like, ‘you have to be kidding me?’ You don’t think it...

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Anouk’s song set to soar

By Emma Sharplin – Recording in Neil Finn's studio was an experience that Anouk van Dijk found hard to describe. The bubbly 13 year old has just finished recording her song Cape Reinga, which won the national Hook, Line and Sing-a-long 2017 competition earlier last month. Part of her prize was to be taken through to the prestigious Roundhead Studios in Auckland, where she was mentored by Possum Plows before completing her recording. As May is New Zealand music month, her song, which Anouk compiled herself, will taught all throughout New Zealand schools. The Onewhero Area School student...

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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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