Golfers go pink

(L-R) Margaret James, Margaret McAllen-Smith, Rosemarie Thomlinson and Yvonne Whittaker who won the breast cancer fundraising day on Wednesday 4 October at Pukekohe Golf Club.                                  

Shaky science

2017 marks 200 years since English physician, James Parkinson, first described the condition that was subsequently named after him. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative condition caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain. Movements become slow and awkward, and people with the condition often experience tremors or shaking. Despite wonderful developments in health science, what causes or triggers Parkinson’s, is […]

In focus 17 October 2017

Leonie Parker sent us this serene photograph of a Whitebaiting stand on the Waikato, near Tuakau Bridge. Send your photograph to to share with our community.  

Finding hope

In response to our recent article ‘Taking a minute could save a life’, one reader has bravely shared their story. There are parts of the story we’re unable to publish, due to laws surrounding suicide. We’re aware that much has been written in the media recently about suicide, and that sometimes when a topic is covered so widely, it can […]

Dig deep for pink week – or just flick a text

It’s time to give your pockets a jingle and donate to the annual Pink Ribbon Appeal. The Pink Ribbon Appeal is the major fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, and collectors will be in full force on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. Breast Cancer remains the number one cancer faced by Kiwi women, and the Breast Cancer […]

Snap a kererū and win

The 2017 Great Kererū Count (GKC) is complete! Now there’s a photo competition to keep us keen on the captivating kererū. Final results from the GKC show there were 6947 observations made, and 15495 kererū counted across New Zealand. The counting stretched all the way from the far north of Kaitaia, to the deep south of Bluff. Most kererū sightings were recorded […]

Signage needed to assist driver education

Following a story The Post Newspaper ran last month (A waste of time?), regarding lack of permit enforcement for driving on beaches, Awhitu Peninsula Landcare contacted us. Their concern is that Awhitu Peninsula beaches have a set of council rules, separate to those applied to Karioitahi Beach. However there appears to be little effort and investment, put in to educating […]

Transplant Twins Take on Bridge Run

Pukekohe’s Keith Eades will be lining up at the ASB Auckland Marathon on 29 October to race for a cause. But unlike many others who may be racing for themselves, Keith is proving that this obstacle is just one of many that he’s ready to overcome. Keith was born with Holt Oram syndrome, which causes a defect in the arms […]

A year’s worth of rain in nine months

If you think it has been a soggy few months, you’d be right. Metservice released this information, showing that Pukekohe has clocked up 1310mm of rainfall this year-to-date. There has been more rain in nine months, than in a typical full year. The month of October is set to bring in warmer ‘above average’ temperatures. There may be some cold […]

Pets blessed at service

St Bride’s Church in Mauku had their annual blessing of the animals on Sunday 1 October 2017 at their pet service. Jenny Boerema rode one of two Icelandic horses to church, accompanied by her two dogs. They were blessed with two other dogs, one cat, four turtles, a lamb, a goat and some special toy pets.