Food

Onewhero Area School’s ‘Can’ do attitude

Onewhero Area School took part in the Watties Cans for Good intiative, from the 13 to the 24 August, to donate canned food to their local Salvation Army to help those in need. This is the second year Onewhero Area School has done this and students have been well involved. Briar Gray, food technology teacher, said “it’s good to be […]

Pukekohe soils need protecting

Pukekohe growers were in Parliament on Tuesday 14 August to hear details of a significant report into protecting the region’s elite growing soils. Hunua MP Andrew Bayly welcomed the Deloittes review of the economic impacts of losing horticultural land to housing. The 66 page report commented on the unique soils of Pukekohe and the impact of future housing on growing land. […]

Yana’s Yarn— 07 August 2018

I don’t always get invited to awards, but when I do it’s for the NZ Pie Awards. Last year, I ate my fair share of pies, and I became a connoisseur in my own right. However, this year I was invited to attend the Bakel NZ Supreme Pie Awards held at SkyCity. (I wasn’t invited because of my pie-eating abilities […]

Celebrating 24 years

Bombay Autobahn celebrated their 24th birthday on Friday 3 August, not long after celebrity chef Chelsea Winter visited them on 28 July. Erich and Margaret Dornauer started the first Autobahn Cafe in August 1994. Five years later in 1999, BP Oil built its second motorway service centre at Papakura which the Autobahn is also part of. They based their cafes […]

Pies on target

The Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie awards were held at Sky City on Tuesday 31 July 2018 and saw the winners from all over New Zealand attend. Local business Target Bakehouse and Cafe run by Savancham Nap Ly and his wife Nary, were the recipients of the Gold Award for their Vegetarian pie. This year, their pie boasted not only […]

Monarch cafe proud to be celebrating 20 years of business

It has been 20 years of good food, good wine, and good community spirit at the Monarch Cafe in Pukekohe. In May this year, they celebrated their 20th anniversary. Dean Sheppard took over the restaurant and bar in 1998, following retirement from rugby. “I didn’t know what to do, this opportunity came up, and we opened in 1998 with very […]

Saving the world one orange at a time

It’s an idea that’s stormed social media, and united the community, and all because of a food shelf. The Waiuku Sharing Box in Rossiter Ave, Waiuku was put into action by local Kimi Johnson. Kimi said she’s always thought it would be a cool idea, but finally decided to put it into action just a few weeks ago. Since she let the […]

Local funds boost food bank

It’s locals supporting locals once again in Waiuku. On 27 June 2018, St Andrew’s Op Shop donated a cheque for $1000 to the Waiuku Food Bank. Manager of St Andrews Op Shop, Sharron Levestone, said the food bank does a fantastic job in helping families in need with food parcels. “We are privileged that monies raised in our shop are […]

Where does all our lettuce go?

The next time you tuck into some McDonald’s, spare a thought for the 815,000 kilograms of lettuce used, that is grown by our local farmers in Pukekohe as well as in Ashhurst in the Manawatu. All that lettuce is comparable to the weight of 402,500 pairs of gumboots. If that’s not enough McDonald’s sourced over 91 million buns, rolls, bagels […]

Waste changes coming to Franklin ward

By Deputy Mayor and Franklin Ward Councillor, Bill Cashmore. Waste, Rubbish and Recycling. Auckland creates mountains of rubbish each year. How will Council deal with this? Our new waste strategy aims to have zero waste in our landfills by 2040. It’s a tough ask, but I reckon we can do it. We are rolling out a new three-bin system, which […]


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