Sunset Beach New Zealand Champions

Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service has finished the season by winning the iconic BP New Zealand IRB Championships. Held last weekend at Waipu Cove, Sunset Beach have claimed the title for the second year in a row following an extremely close battle with Dunedin’s St Clair Surf Life Saving Club. Sitting first equal at the end of Saturday 1 April, the […]

Free business support helps Waikato innovators

Entrepreneurs, inventors and business start-ups in the North Waikato area can get valuable free advice and mentoring support thanks to a team of visiting business experts. On the second Tuesday of each month business growth advisor Peter Davey visits Tuakau to meet with local people who may have a great business idea, product or service and want advice on how […]

Dr Libby attracts a crowd

Over 650 people attended the Dr Libby Roadshow recently held in Pukekohe. Dr Libby, an internationally acclaimed nutritional biochemist, author and speaker, finished her Australasian tour at the Pukekohe Town Hall, where she shared the findings from her newly released book, Women’s Wellness Wisdom. During her “From Surviving to Thriving” event, Dr Libby aimed to reach into the heart of women’s […]

End of an era at pharmacy

After 40 years of being in a pharmacist, Waiuku’s Kevin Daly is hanging up his apron for good. Retiring has been a thought that Kevin has mulled over for the last two years, and now, he believes the time is right to begin a new chapter of life. “It has really been the people of Waiuku that have been my […]

Mauku School race ready

Mauku School’s annual Fun Run is back, as they prepare to hold their twelfth event. Taking place on Sunday 9 April, the school is expecting big crowds for their main fundraising event. “Last year we saw close to 500 people participate, hopefully we see those same numbers again,” says PTA Chair Leanne McMurtrie. With options for a 10km and 5km […]

Baking and budgeting course inspires

Helen Pulman's baking and budgeting course is inspiring many local residents to learn new skills. The course, which teaches people to bake something new each week and offers budgeting services, is making a difference. Held each Tuesday for the next six weeks, attendees are finding it very beneficial. "It gives me something to do and learn," says Polly Pompey.  The […]

Kiribati group reap awards

Pukekohe High School's Kiribati group have come away with two awards at their first ever Polyfest last month. The group performed on the Diversity Stage to an enthusiastic audience. They were amazed to come away with a certificate in the Oceania category and the Auckland Airport Trophy. The Auckland Airport trophy recognises the leadership of the group and their employable characteristics of reliability, […]

Tootill Aces Olympic Cup

Young Karaka rider Lily Tootill couldn’t have asked for better preparation for her upcoming trip to Australia, lifting the prestigious Olympic Cup at the Horse of the Year Show in Hastings earlier this month, with the only double clear of the class. If the 20-year-old and her nine-year-old chestnut Ulysses NZPH felt the pressure jumping last in the second round, […]

College students beach clean up

Waiuku College students headed to the beach on Thursday 30 March to take part in the annual beach clean up. As part of their Environmental Week, the students accompanied by their teachers, headed to Karioitahi Beach to collected discarded rubbish. Organised by Environmental prefects, the clean up has now been running for several years.  "It's something we do every year," […]

Next generation of pop punk

Meet the next generation of New Zealand’s answer to a pop punk band, The Me-Mes. Homegrown in Waiuku, these teenagers created a video to accompany a song which was written for fun, in two hours. Little did they know it would turn into local YouTube sensation. Scott Parker, Kieran Jepson, Rory Maddren and IT guru, Josh Banning-Taylor are all in their […]


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