Author: Yana O'Gorman

Sign writers make spelling mistake

Every so often the print gremlins sneak into our paper and swap some letters around. Last week however, the gremlins targeted a road sign in Pukekohe. It was brought to the public's attention that the 'Anselmi Ridge Road' sign had been spelt wrong.  Auckland Transport who are usually responsible for street signs say this sign was not installed by AT, but was installed by the developer.  "They have been asked to replace it with the correct spelling," a spokesperson said.  Photo credit: Alison...

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Soup Kitchen plates up

By Yana O'Gorman  Mary Tukuafu had a vision to see the community united and now it is a reality. She has started up a soup kitchen and Mary says that the idea stemmed from her childhood. "I come from a big family, we weren't poor, but it was hard to feed everyone everyday," she says. The fortnightly kitchen provides hot meals to anyone in the community and has shown a willingness to help others. "It's our desire to not have people in need."  On Monday 13 March, they ran their third soup kitchen, which operates with help from generous donations and...

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Support staff want better funding

Support staff at schools attended a paid union meeting to discuss their thoughts on the government’s freeze of the operational grant which has complicated collective agreement negotiations between NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education. NZEI Te Riu Roa the Union for those working in the education sector is advocating for better funding, which support staff who attended the meeting say is the key issue. On Wednesday 15 March, two meetings were held in Franklin, the first at St Joseph’s School in Pukekohe and the other at View Road School, Waiuku. These meetings began a month of meetings...

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Guitar students to perform for charity

The very best of Perrin Guitar Tuiton's students will be performing at a charity concert this month. Ten of the students are putting on the event and all the proceeds from ticket sales will go to St John Ambulance. Caitlin Kelly is one of the students who will be performing. A singer, composer and musician, Caitlin has been playing since she was nine years old.  "I love the versatility of the guitar. You can do so much with and you can play all sorts of music, if you work hard enough at it," she says.  Now in year 13...

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Buckland School celebrates 125 years

Buckland School celebrated their 125th anniversary on Friday 17 March. Past and present students, teachers and school supporters went along for the day which included a range of displays and presentations from the current Buckland School students.  It was well-received with the students spending the lead up to the event learning about their school, and New Zealand, in the early days.  Buckland School was established in May 1892 and has seen hundreds of children pass through its gates.  Neville Jamieson who attended the 75th, 100th and 125th anniversaries spoke on how the times had changed and re-told stories of...

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Aucklanders urged to have their say

Aucklanders are being urged to make sure they have their say on the city’s 2017/2018 budget. The four-week Annual Budget consultation focuses on issues around rates, growth and local priorities as part of the third year of the Long-term Plan. The main topics for consultation are: – Level of rates increases – Rating stability – Targeted rates on accommodation providers – Allowing the use of targeted rates on new developments alongside existing growth charges to pay for new infrastructure – A living wage for council staff Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says “Auckland is facing the challenges of unprecedented growth with our population increasing by an extra 900 people per week. That requires major investment in infrastructure, particularly for housing and transport. “That investment cannot be met simply by huge increases in rates. What we are seeking to do is broaden our sources of revenue and keep rate rises around 2.5 per cent; options between 2 percent and 3.5 percent are put out to the public for comment. “We want your feedback on these important issues.” There are a number of ways to provide feedback in the consultation. Aucklanders can have their say online at and via social media. A bumper edition of the council’s OurAuckland magazine, containing information on the consultation and a feedback form, was delivered to letterboxes across the city. Copies of the magazine can also...

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