Glenbrook Vintage Railway steams ahead

 Two boilers have been delivered to the Glenbrook Vintage Railway workshops, where the volunteers have taken on the next challenge of installing them in the steam locomotives. The boilers are amongst the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, and weigh 7.5 tonnes each. John St Julian, who has been involved in the project, which has been going for more than 18 […]

Marty gets a great result after a serious fracture

Marty is a young breeding male Siamese cat who sustained a nasty fracture to his tibia and fibula. The location of the fracture was just above the ankle joint, which is particularly nasty for several reasons. Firstly, this leaves a very short length of bone to work with below the fracture. This kind of injury needs surgery as you cannot […]

Tree replaced, but at what cost?

On Wednesday, August 31, a group of youths decided that the Titoki tree in the Waiuku Town Centre needed to be cut down. While they didn’t manage to cut right through, witnesses said that it took some time before members of the community responded to the youths vandalising the tree. This caused significant damage, and Auckland Council arborists deemed the […]

Patumahoe School celebrates 150 years

INTRODUCTION Patumahoe school was established in 1866, and had a roll of about 30 pupils. Now, the school is currently sitting at 314 students, ranging from years one to six. Ron Gordon has been the Principal since 1998. Making the school unique is that families within the school have also assisted in its growth, with families of up to seven generations […]

Pukekohe businesses ready to strut their stuff

The Pukekohe Fashion Parade is back once again, and is expected to be a sell out show. The annual Parade raises money for various community groups and this year, a donation will be made to Franklin Family Support. Over previous years, the Pukekohe Business Association has donated $10,000 to Franklin St John, all thanks to the people have supported the […]

SPCA launches Learn-to-Read Storybooks

The SPCA has recently launched a series of original storybooks into schools with the aim of helping Kiwi kids improve their reading skills and learn to care for and respect animals. The six books in the series cater to different ages and reading levels. Each story is based on a real-life animal rescue from the SPCA, and contains messages about animal care, animal […]

Blast to the Past is set to rock Waiuku

Get ready to Blast to the Past with Waiuku’s annual fireworks show returning at the end of the month. This year, will be the fifth for the event and the Waiuku Business and Development Association (WB&DA) expect it to be bigger and better than last year’s event which saw nearly 17,000 people attend. With local acts, including the Jump Jam […]

Waiuku Primary, a hive of activity

Waiuku Primary School were the recipients of a cheque for $2435 last Monday, October 10, which will go towards their bee colonies. The environmental grant from O-I New Zealand will provide the school with more safety gear and equipment so that more students can get involved with bee projects and their hives. “We’ve recently bought another hive,” says teacher Trevor […]

Ed Street celebrated at Hospitality New Zealand Awards

The best and brightest from across the Auckland hospitality sector have been recognised at Hospitality New Zealand’s Awards for Excellence. The 19th annual gala dinner, held in Auckland on Thursday night, saw the funky Pukekohe bar, Edinburgh Street, collect an accolade for Excellence in Gaming. Over 450 people gathered at SkyCity Auckland for the black tie event, representing the full breadth […]

Pet of the Month

This month’s adorable featured pet is puddy cat, Ms Bear-boo. Bear-boo always sits where her Mum is either reading, or completing homework assignments. Bear-boo’s favourite pastimes include sleeping in the top of the linen cupboard, and leaving evidence of her presence on the white sheets. Bear-boo only likes her Mum, and it seems as if fate had brought them together. Her Mum decided it was time […]

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