When Winston Came To Town

Winston Peters produced his usual dynamic speech on Sunday at the Pukekohe War Memorial Town Hall. About 350 people crammed into the Concert Chamber causing the organisers to frantically source extra chairs having only allowed for 150. And the audience was not disappointed as Winston, the great orator, opened with a clear message that was obviously aimed at the Government […]

Steel ‘n’ Wheels wows!

Waiuku came alive on Sunday as thousands swarmed the streets for the annual Steel ’n’ Wheels event. Fine weather and a range of displays kept everyone entertained throughout the day.

Michael Johnson claims silver

Waiuku’s Michael Johnson has done it again by taking away three silver placings in the IPC shooting World Cup in Poland last Week. The Paralympic shooter is currently working towards selections for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Michael has represented New Zealand at every Paralympic Games since Athens 2004, where he won gold in the R4 mixed 10m air rifle standing […]

Possum Bourne plaque unveiled by his family

The Bourne family got together for a very special ceremony to unveil a plaque to accompany the famous Possum Bourne statue. Peggy, the delighted and proud mum of Possum, was watched by the whole family as she cut the ceremonial yellow ribbon. She used a pair of kitchen scissors provided by Andrew Baker which proved to be a little blunt. […]

A note from Emma’s Desk

While I was only able to briefly attendWaiuku’s Steel ‘n’ Wheels on Sunday, from what I saw, the team behind it seriously need more than just a pat on the back. I arrived 20 minutes before the event actually opened, and already, carparks were full and lines of people were making their way from every angle. I was just completely […]

Wahine disaster article the Wahine

Enjoyed your recent article on theWahine disaster, and the role played by my cousin, Sean Joyce. He is a man who has had more adventures than Crocodile Dundee over an adventurous lifetime. He keeps us up on all that goes on in NZ by the Community News. We here in Ireland have benefitted greatly since the arrival on our shores […]

Housing crisis

The housing crisis situation is a poignant example of how much New Zealand has become a neo-liberal society since 1984, and the negative effects this is now having on so many people, struggling to just get a roof over their head, let alone a house of their own. It has long been part of the New Zealand way of life […]

Baker’s Banter

Election years are always interesting; they add a completely new dimension to discussions and debates. That’s why I’m looking forward to the upcoming Unitary Plan debate. What a time to be adopting this, with the spectre of an election looming large. Thanks goes to the legislators who came up with this timing. At the Governing Body level of Council, shots […]

Have your say on Freedom Camping

Waikato District Council plans to introduce a new bylaw to manage issues associated with freedom camping. Under the Freedom Camping Act, Council can only restrict or prohibit areas where freedom camping can occur through a bylaw; it cannot prohibit freedom camping entirely. TheWaikato District Council Freedom Camping Bylaw contains maps that show the proposed areas where freedom camping would be […]

Scholarship award winner recognised at Parliament

The 2015 New Zealand Scholarship Awards have been presented at Parliament and Local MP Andrew Bayly was excited to be there, as local student, Gabrielle Maffey, was recognised and celebrated for her achievement. “I’m delighted to see local student Gabrielle Maffey receive the Top Scholar Subject Award for Art History,” says Andrew Bayly. “Gabrielle’s family live on the Awhitu Peninsula […]

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