Ready for anything

It’s not always charging into a forest fire, rescuing a kitten from a tree or clambering through windows at a house fire – sometimes our local volunteers get called out to attend something as mundane as a fire in a rubbish bin. Post staff were on hand last week when the call was made to a bin behind our offices, […]

Business collapse sees $38,000 of uniform donated

Tuakau business owner Colleen Smith, who was the supplier of uniforms to Tuakau College through her company Customized, says she is donating the remainder of her stock to the local community after a College decision to change suppliers left her business in tatters. Tuakau College’s Board of Trustees is strongly rejecting any suggestions it handled the uniform changeover poorly, BOT […]

Local administration the key

Two stories I have been involved in this week have brought home to me, yet again, the value of having decisions being able to be made at a local level, rather than at somedistant office. Those stories are the issue over school houses being left to decay, and the local team of volunteers who completed a building project at the […]

Non-tenancy of school houses a waste

In reply to the letter written by Bruce Brownlee regarding the house in View Road: I was the last tenant in that house 13 and a half years ago. The house was rented through Opis, (they were who did the school houses). When my husband passed away I stayed on in the house a further six months. I left all the carpet and […]

Waiuku – a visitor-friendly town

I was most impressed with the friendly contacts I made on a recent short visit. People were helpful and pleasantly answered my queries about directions, services etc from the ladies in the supermarket, the cafe assistant, the librarian and especially the kind folk transporting me to and from Rangiwhea Road. All these kindnesses added to the enjoyment of my visit. Friendly folk of a […]

Another example of Ministry waste

Another local example of Ministry of Education waste is the property at 19 Warriston Avenue. It was built by Frank May, father of local, Leo May. It was vacated in 2005 and we were told the last tenant, a college teacher, wanted to purchase it but was not permitted to do so, and that it was left in very good condition. It was left […]

St John service award for Linda

Waiuku’s Linda Baker has been honoured with an award recognising her contribution to Northern Region St John. Linda says she didn’t realise she was going to be receiving an award, when she was part of a group attending a volunteer recognition High Tea at the Auckland Museum, but was delighted to receive her trophy. Linda joined the Waiuku St John as treasurer in July 2009, after her husband, the late Merv Baker passed away. Merv had been honorary treasurer […]

Life saving unit donated to Cossie Club

In a case of one favour returning another, the Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade last Thursday donated a portable defibrillator to the Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club. Waiuku Brigade Chief Fire Officer Colin Riddle presented the unit to Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club president John Crichton, saying the donation was particularly apt as many years ago it was the Club that donated a similar unit to the brigade. The New Zealand Fire Service […]

Top award for Sunset Beach lifeguard

Sunset Beach’s Malcolm Beattie collected one of the major awards at this year’s Surf Life Saving Northern Region Awards of Excellence. Malcolm was named Volunteer of the Year, recognising an outstanding member who has made a significant volunteer contribution to enhancing surf lifesaving within their local area during the 2014/2015 season. Mr Halliday says in his 26th year as club President and Committee Chairman, Malcolm has steered the club through an […]

Night Rides winners

There was a great response to the draw for one of three packs of four tickets to this weekend’s Night Rides at Rainbows End. Valued at over $150, each pack offers four adult tickets (valid for kids as well), and will allow the winners to enjoy a night on some of the most amazing and thrilling rides in the southern hemisphere. With all rides open and awesome live entertainment, there’s loads of fun for everyone. A […]

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