Outdoor Oasis

There is no better place to enjoy those mild summer evenings other than your own backyard. They are as popular as ever, but if you’ve been neglecting yours these fresh and cool backyard ideas will help liven it up. Just as with interiors, mixing up styles in backyard design yields great results. Be creative and let your backyard become an […]

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 […]

GVR receives gift of life

This year, those travelling on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway (GVR) will be in safer hands than ever before. Thanks to the hard work of the Lions Club of Waiuku, the GVR team will have a brand new defibrillator on hand. Defibrillators are most often used in cardiac arrest situations. St John advise that if a defibrillator is used within three […]

Bali volcano doesn’t deter holidaymakers

Locals travelling to Bali, don’t appear to be letting smoke and ash smother their travel plans. The volcanic alert for the Mount Agung volcano has been raised to red level. Despite the alert, those we spoke with had only made minor changes to their itineraries. Erin Fisher booked her Bali trip more than nine months ago. She’s heading to Bali […]

Pollok Co-op in action

For such a small community, Pollok punches above its weight when it comes to art. All members of the Pollok Co-op were involved in the recent Franklin Arts Festival. Some assisted with the organisation of the festival, while others entered the art competition itself. Stephenie Collin had the honour of being chosen as judge for the Textiles category. Phil Jordan […]

Oui! Fly me to New Caledonia

When local watercolour artist and tutor, Claudia Slaney, farewelled a client two years ago, she had no idea they would meet up again on distant shores. “I was teaching a private art class. When my client, who was visiting from New Caledonia, said ‘See you again’, I thought that was pretty unlikely,” said Claudia.  But as the song goes, ‘anything […]

In Focus 03 October 2017

This weeks In Focus – “The  Fuchsia paniculata in my garden is an early source of food and attracts early honey bees laden with pollen from its flowers.”  Photo by Ngaire Deed

Paul’s on top!

Paul Emery has achieved his mountainous goal of summiting Mt Kilimanjaro. At 6.30am on Wednesday 20 September (Tanzanian time), following five long days of strenuous trekking, Paul joined a select group of people who have managed the feat. For Paul, it was all about raising awareness of the Mental Health Foundation. Along the way, Paul and his fellow trekkers, raised […]

$100,000 raised for Big Buddy programme

The sale of a G.J. Gardner Home in Pukekohe is expected to raise over $100,000 for the mentoring program Big Buddy. Big Buddy, a New Zealand organisation that partners fatherless boys with a positive male role model, hopes to expand to more regions across the country. But with only 9% of funding coming from the Government, they rely on the […]

Fishing for a cause

September 1 and 2 saw the Mudyz Mega Classic Fishing Competition held at Muddy Waters in Mercer. The weigh-in on Saturday afternoon saw a huge crowd  and the fish caught were auctioned, raising $1220 which was donated to the Port Waikato Volunteer Fire Brigade towards purchasing helmet lights. Results: Snapper – 1st  – Tony Wong 10.87kg, 2nd – Greg Mathews […]

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