Letter: New (uncompleted) Pukekohe station transport hub opens

Most people in Pukekohe will have been unaware that last Wednesday (6th June) the new Pukekohe station transport hub was officially opened – although why it has occurred when the project is still far from finished is baffling. While all the dignitaries from central and local government and Auckland Transport were patting themselves on the back for a job well […]

Letter: Tuakau train station a great idea

I read your article on the new train station in the pipeline for North Waikato in the local news paper the other day. This is an issue I feel very passionate about as my family and I have just moved to Tuakau recently, however due to both of our jobs being in Auckland we have no other choice but to commute […]

Letter: Our kids are precious

As a regular visitor to the Onewhero Golf Club I have recognised this SH22 problem for over fifteen years. No matter how often you drive this stretch of road, the hazard area comes up without much warning. It annoys me that the WDC spokesperson in speaking about their bureaucratic hoops that need jumping through, completely misses the point that action […]

Letter: Speed limit around Pukekawa school

In response to your Tuesday edition front page story regarding Pukekawa school speed limit being reduced, I have lived in Pukekawa for 27 years and had two children attending school there. In all this time I have never heard of or seen any accidents involving cars or children. This stretch of road has good visibility and most drivers are watchful […]

Letters regarding the possibility of a new railway station

Last week in our 29 May 2018 edition, we wrote an article regarding the possibility of a new railway station in the area. At a Regional Council hearing, Councillors were interested in a possible station at Mercer, however others are more interested in Tuakau and possibly Pokeno as well. Below are some thoughts from the community; North Waikato Train Station […]

Letter: Rural Rubbish Reticulation System

Over the past two years it has been made very clear by Council employees that any civil minded resident who might consider taking the time to pick up rubbish from the side of their road, should reconsider their generosity. If there is rubbish on the side of the road, Council says, to contact them and contractors will come out and pick […]


With the recent big announcement from the Government and Auckland Council intending to spend $28 billion on transport in Auckland, including around $4 billion on a light rail line to the airport which was recently revealed that less than ten percent of anticipated users would actually be airport travellers, it begs the question why still proceed with light rail to […]

Letter: Armed offenders questioned

I asked our fifteen year old to read your front page story about a family who were frightened by the police. He wondered why a New Zealander would order his children to crawl with him to the bathroom and lock themselves in. What would they have felt? He noted that Inspector Glossop gave a full and plausible explanation of the […]

Letter: Pukekohe Service Centre

Reading your article about the possibility that the Auckland Council may sell the Pukekohe Service Centre at 82 Manukau Road, Pukekohe. Instead of selling the site and buildings why not demolish the existing buildings and construct a carpark for the train commuters. This site is directly behind the train station. I know they are in the process of constructing a […]

Letter: carved for rest

In response to your item about the carved tree trunk on Karioitahi Beach. Regular beach walkers will recognise this log, as in fact it has been in situ for at least a year, possibly longer. The lovely carvings have been added to over that time, including the seats! I presume it was washed out in a high tide, then back […]

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