Maori canoe found

Ngati Te Ata iwi representatives are believed to have been monitoring a site in the Waiuku Forestry yesterday after reports a historic Maori canoe has been discovered. Initial reports are sketchy, but The Post has been told people walking in the area discovered what is described as the remains of a carved canoe on the edge of the Waikato River. Crown Forestry were yesterday liaising with iwi as the discovery is identified.

Concern after cat shooting

Waiuku Police have been notified after a family’s pet cat was shot through the head and neck on Friday evening. Linda McKee, of Karioitahi, says the cat doesn’t leave the property and she is concerned that someone was shooting towards a house where young children live. Linda contacted an emergency vet, and Xrays revealed a bullet passed through the cat’s shoulder and neck, exiting through the mouth and splitting its tongue. The cat is recovering and anyone with information is asked to contact Police.

Waiuku man shines on global stage

Waiuku’s Dean Lawrence, Coastguard New Zealand (CNZ) President has been elected to the International Marine Rescue Federation (IMRF) Board, following the 2015 World Maritime Rescue Congress in Bremerhaven, Germany. IMRF is the global body for maritime search and rescue, an organisation focused on assisting developing countries establish effective rescue services. The IMRF comprises of 68 Maritime Rescue organisations from 50 countries around the world. Dean Lawrence has been involved with Coastguard for over 25 years and is currently President of Coastguard New Zealand. He has […]

Awhitu first in line for new fire appliance

A comment by Auckland Councillor Bill Cashmore at a meeting in Waiuku on Friday afternoon has led to the news that Awhitu is in line for a new fire appliance, one of the first in Auckland for the upgrade. Bill Cashmore commented at the regular monthly update meeting in the Waiuku Community Centre that he had been told about a new engine for Waiuku, but it turns out the plans, in a […]

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While the arguments surrounding the proposed Waiuku Sports Park development have been underway in recent weeks, one point I found interesting has been comments from Local Board members regarding targeted rates for amenities. At the monthly clinic meeting at the Waiuku Community Hall on Friday afternoon, the subject again got an airing over questions about a new pool for Waiuku. The pool issue has been on and off the council agenda for many […]

Thanks for work at Alexandra Redoubt

Through your columns, I would like to thank those responsible for the work done at the Alexandra Redoubt at Tuakau. I have been visiting the redoubt for a number of years to clean and tidy the gravesite of one of my ancestor families. I was there earlier this week, and was pleased to see the work done over the whole site. I had always been […]

Fed Farmers claim wrong, says Worksafe

With regards to ‘Farmers appeal against quad bike fines’ – 9 June, Federated Farmer’s spokesperson Katie Milne’s claim that the High Court decision said “in effect…..Work- Safe was making rules up on the run” is totally incorrect. The Judgement concluded no such thing. The Judgement noted while WorkSafe New Zealand and ACC guidance on quadbike safety did not in themselves constitute an ‘industry standard’, they […]

Taxi company putting pedestrians at risk

I’m wondering why must United Taxis park across the footpath (totally blocking it) when picking up a fare on Waiuku’s Queen Street. It creates a potentially dangerous situation for anyone having to walk out onto the road to get around the van, and is then in the path of oncoming traffic hurtling along the same road at above the legal speed limit. Can’t they park parallel […]

Sports Park access will just help the hoons

Was it deliberate or a coincidence that below the story of plans to build a two-lane road running from King Street, past the rugby club grounds, and into the Waiuku College grounds, the Post had photographs of local parks and sportfields ripped up recently by vehicles? One can only imagine the colossal and costly damage to the pristine hectares of sports fields at both Waiuku College […]

Public urged to give views on alcohol bans

Local residents concerned about the removal of alcohol bans from local beaches and reserves are urged to give their feedback within the next few weeks on Auckland Council’s Alcohol Control Bylaw 2014. Without feedback, alcohol bans formerly under FDC will not be replaced, potentially allowing drinking in many public areas. The bylaw, a requirement under the Local Government Act, requires Auckland to review more than 1,700 existing alcohol bans by 31 October 2015 and to only retain those that meet stricter national criteria. […]

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