Dress up day for Friday 13th

It was a freaky Friday dress up day on Friday 13 October at the Waiuku Kids After School holiday programme. Here are some of the wacky and wonderful costumes.  

Yana’s Yarn

Pukekohe’s five aside football competition kicked off last week, and I got the call up. The last time I kicked a ball was last season’s competition. However you can’t be ‘rusty’ when you can’t kick a ball on a good day anyway. I am effectively there to make up numbers, but my team are very supportive of my attempts. It’s […]

Ryan’s star still rising

Like many young people, teen footballer Ryan Rossall is currently studying towards his end of year exams. How well Ryan does in his exams won’t just affect his school outcomes though, it will impact his chances of securing a very special scholarship he’s got his eyes on. Last year at an Auckland trial, Ryan was identified as emerging talent by […]

Waikato property values up more than 33%

Property values in the Waikato district have risen by an average of 33.7% in the past three years. This could mean significant rate increases for some property owners. Waikato District Council’s General Manager Strategy and Support, Tony Whittaker, says, “The new rating values will be used to calculate Council rates from the start of the next rating year(1 July 2018), but […]

Council reviewing its library contracts

Every year Waikato District Council pays more than $300,000 so its residents can access library services provided by other councils. These contracts are currently under review and Council is consulting with its communities to find out what options they prefer. “These contracts were put in place more than ten years ago because not all Waikato district communities can easily access […]

Calling all artists

The call is out for local artists to display their artwork and get paid to do so. The Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust is bringing back the Chorus Cabinet Art Competition for the third time. They are looking for artists who live, work or study in the area to beautify one of four cabinets in the south Auckland area. The theme […]

Response to ‘Offended’

Regarding the man with the offensive word on his shirt—it shows he doesn’t respect anybody, or respect himself. If I saw that and I was in charge, I’d ban him from the supermarket. – Pukekohe resident.

Shaky science

2017 marks 200 years since English physician, James Parkinson, first described the condition that was subsequently named after him. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative condition caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain. Movements become slow and awkward, and people with the condition often experience tremors or shaking. Despite wonderful developments in health science, what causes or triggers Parkinson’s, is […]

GVR invites community to celebrate milestone

This Labour Weekend holiday, the Glenbrook Vintage Railway will be celebrating 40 years of chugging down the tracks! Across all three days, 21 – 23 October, they’ll be putting on a party, and everyone’s invited. There will be train rides of course, and much more, with carnival rides for the kids (gold coin entry), car displays and demonstrations. A big […]

Rotary gifts donation

Following the recent donation of $6000 to the yacht club, Waiuku Rotary have presented another cheque to a local organisation. They donated $3327 to the Waiuku St Andrews Community Trust at their last meeting. Pauline Livesey, president and treasurer of the trust accepted the donation. It was given to the SACT in apprectiation of their assistance with Rotary’s recent book […]


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