Jamie Whincup Victory

Aussie 1, 2 and 3 Thousands came out to witness what was hoped to be a Kiwi victory after Scott McLaughlin claimed the pole position, but it was not to be. The race belonged to Jamie Whincup who is out of contention for this year’s Championship but showed he is still a force to be reckoned with. The six-time champ crossed the line four seconds ahead of teammate Craig Lowndes […]

The end of Mayor Len Brown

Mayor Len Brown has decided not to stand for another term. An embattled Mayor plagued by scandal and unpopularity will not be standing in next years’ election. On Sunday morning Auckland Mayor Len Brown told TV One’s Q+A programme that he will not seek re-election next year. “I’ve been very humbled to be the Mayor of the first united Auckland, but after two terms of tremendous challenge, great opportunity […]

A note from Emma’s desk

It only dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that summer was just around the corner and I thought it was about time that I put my gym membership into good use. I love food and food loves me. I have invested a lot of money into this body and I often tell people that I am on the seafood diet – that is I see food and I […]

Pukekohe station upgrade a let down

The proposed new upgrade to Pukekohe railway station recently revealed is a real let down. The new much heralded bus-train interchange is only going to involve the building of a new bus terminus, a small park and ride and a new footbridge. The dilapidated station building and platforms are not going to receive any upgrade or relocation closer to the town side of the […]

Waiuku theatre group’s latest show at its very best

Is this really little Waiuku? For a small town, our local theatre company, the Waiuku Theatre Group, can really put on a show! From the opening scene, the finely detailed set transported the audience to the charming house where some eccentric characters converge, and become snowed in. All hell breaks loose. Comedy of errors can sometimes be a bit farcical, but these characters were […]

Waiau Pa Army Chickz place at Jump Jam Nationals

On Saturday November 7, Waiau Pa Jump Jam team took to the national stage in Christchurch. The team of 12 girls were selected to compete in the Year 7 and 8 Novice Division after being named in the top 11 teams following their preliminary video entry. Once selected they organised fundraisers and gathered many supporters to help them on their quest for the national […]

P.M. John Key opens Yashili plant in Pokeno

Yashili New Zealand Dairy Co Ltd celebrated the opening of its stateof-the-art manufacturing plant in Pokeno last week, which will produce premium quality infant formula under the brand ‘Super Alpha-Golden Stage Infant Formula’. The opening ceremony took place at the brand new Pokeno facilities and was attended by Prime Minister John Key, China’s Ambassador to New Zealand Mr Wang Lutong, Consul-General of China in Auckland Mr Niu Qingbao, CEO of China […]

Auckland Rescue Westpac

PUKEKOHE – On Saturday, November 7, Westpac 2 responded to Pukekohe for a female in her 50s who had suffered a head injury after a fall on some stairs. The patient was treated by our HEMS doctor, with assistance from an Auckland City Hospital doctor and ambulance staff, and transported to ACH in a critical condition. AWHITU – On Sunday, November 8, Westpac 2 responded to an ambulance callout to Awhitu for a female patient in her 20s […]

Daydream turns to nightmare for meth offenders

A number of search warrants were executed by around 40 Police staff at Te Aroha, Paeroa, Matamata and Waiuku last week as part of Operation Daydream. This culminated in nine arrests with more likely to follow. Those persons arrested included a man and woman apprehended in a vehicle behind a service station in Bombay overnight. “Our investigation was greatly assisted by information supplied by members of the community, who are concerned about […]

Unexplained Meremere death under investigation

Western Waikato Police say a number of inquiries currently underway will hopefully provide clarity in relation to an unexplained death of a woman in the rural settlement of Meremere last Friday. Area Investigations Manager, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Whitehead, said emergency services were called to an address in Meremere shortly after 7am. “On arrival Police staff found a 29 year old woman deceased and we’re currently working to establish the circumstances associated […]


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