Mermaid Tail A Fish Out Of Water

Mermaid tails, which are swimming suits that encase the legs and include a fish-like tail, were one of the most coveted gifts of Christmas. They have now been deemed unsafe for use in public pools and proving a distraction to pool lifeguards, according to the New Zealand Recreation Association. Auckland Council has since issued a ban of the popular swimming […]

End Of An Era For Photographic Department

It is the end of an era at Kevin’s Unichem Pharmacy in Waiuku, with the closure of the Photographic Department on Christmas Eve, 2015. Kevin Daly has said that while it was a hard decision to make, it is a sign of the way technology has changed, with many people storing their images on their smart phones and computers, as […]

Community Groups Nominated For National Accolade

The New Zealander of the Year Awards 2016 have announced the semi-finalists for the Mitre 10 Community Group of the Year, which has seen two local organisations recognised for their efforts. Bellyful Pukekohe and Te Whangai Trust of Pokeno have both been nominated for this accolade, with representatives from both groups stating they were surprised by being selected. Leanne McMurtrie, […]

Service Hero – Dale Bentley

Upon walking into Yakety Yak Cafe in Pukekohe, customers are greeted by the vibrant atmosphere and a welcoming smile from Dale Bentley. Dale has been head of house since the unique cafe opened nearly a year ago, and says that she thoroughly enjoys her role, which often sees her joining the team in the kitchen and waiting tables. The Franklin […]

Family Cat Mauled

Bob Udy was left devastated on Sunday morning, after coming across two dogs mauling his cat at his Waiuku property. Only minutes after letting Rosie out to go to the toilet at 6am, Bob heard dogs barking and went outside to investigate. Upon walking round the corner of his property on Sandspit Road, Bob came across two medium sized dogs […]

Janine contending for nation’s top woman DIYer

Whether it is constructing stables, a carport or building a fence, Janine Hayde has always enjoyed the satisfaction of completing a job herself. So when the Tuakau resident was tagged in a Facebook post by good friend, Aliesha Collett, promoting New Zealand Women’s DIY Challenge, she just knew she couldn’t resist entering. Mitre 10 announced the inaugural New Zealand Women’s DIY Challenge as part of its sponsorship of the Hilux New […]

A note from Emma’s desk

Where did the last three weeks go? I am sure I just blinked and we are now back at work! I don’t know about our readers, but the start to 2016 has been a little bit of a roller coaster ride of emotions for me. From engagement and baby announcements, to the deaths of several iconic legends from my childhood, I am not sure about how this year is going to play […]

Christmas Display to ‘fade away’?

Christmas has been and gone again, and once more, Jim and Phyl have blessed our town’s people, and many who don’t come from Waiuku, with the wonderful Christmas Display in the Town Hall. I read that it is their last display. After all these years of bringing joy to so many, these two people surely deserve to be named and famed ‘Persons of the […]

Whose beach is it?

Could you please clarify something by reply in your wonderful paper please? Over Christmas, I was lucky enough to visit one of your lovely beaches, namely Grahams Beach. It was absolutely packed. There was hardly anywhere to sit, on either grass or sand. But in front of a small stretch of beach in between Grahams and Hudsons, it was bare – not a soul sitting […]

The winning team

counties Manukau defeated North Harbour 54-14 this weekend in the National Sevens Final at the Rotorua International Stadium where Augustine Pulu was named player of the tournament and won the Joe Tauiwi Trophy Playing in their first final for 21 years, Counties Manukau scored eight tries to two, with flying back Tavite Gadeisuva bagging a hattrick and Savelio Ropati crossing twice. All Blacks Sevens playmaker […]


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