Ticket to Heaven

Here is something that I have been pondering over for some time, and I think that it is about time to share this with you. There was a, not so familiar Christian song, some years back, that had a catchy line something like this, “Jesus is your Ticket to Heaven,” and it is probably a very true statement, but wait […]

Gold medal haul for Thomas

Thomas Murray is a national swimming champion. At 13 years of age, the year eight student from Onewhero Area School recently blew the competition out of the water at the AIMS Games in Mount Maunganui. He entered seven events and made all seven of the finals, taking out four first places in four categories. These included the 100m individual medley, […]

Resource consent changes to be aware of

  A number of Resource Management Act changes for Waikato District residents came into effect on Thursday, 18 October 2017.  One of the big changes we’re quite excited about is the new Permitted Boundary Activity process, says Consents Manager Ana Maria d’Aubert.  “This change will make the planning approval process easier and cheaper for customers wanting to build within their boundary […]

Waikato District Council seeks new businesses

Based on consents for new dwellings, the Waikato district is now the third fastest-growing district in New Zealand. The area’s population is expected to grow from approximately 71,000 to 103,000, during the next 28 years. Waikato District Mayor, Allan Sanson, says the Council is working to attract new business to the district, in the interest of balanced growth and the provision of […]

Counties boys place fourth in Roller Mills tournament

The Counties Manukau Roller Mills have finished fourth at the Northern Roller Mills Tournament which was played in Cambridge from 10-15 October. Playing in Pool A against Auckland East, Waikato, Northland and King Country, the boys battled through many tough games, finishing fourth on the table, after losing to Auckland West in the semi-finals. However, head coach Phil Howell said […]

Tackle Tough Mudder—if you dare!

It’s been three years since the craziest among us, duct taped their shoes on, and took to the mud at Hampton Downs for Tough Mudder. Well grit your teeth for blisters folks, because this November, it’s back! Promising 40 tonnes of ice, and 500,000 litres of mud, Tough Mudder is promoted as one of the toughest events on the planet. The […]

ARL thanks loyal volunteers

Auckland Rugby League (ARL) held their annual Volunteer’s Recognition Awards at the Mount Richmond Hotel on Sunday October 15, to recognise the devoted volunteers who willingly and continuously give their time to support rugby league. Sir Peter Leitch QSM – who inspired the conception of the volunteer awards five years ago – was present to commend all those who continue […]

Rosie a Judo bronze medalist

She’s sweet and has a brilliant smile, but also knows how to rumble and tumble, and she’s good at it. Nine year old Rosie Willson from Patumahoe is a bronze medal champion in Judo. The yellow belt was able to beat several others in the fights at the national Championships held earlier this month. From 30 September to 1 October, […]

Gone Fishing with Smudge October 2017

I have a confession to make. Most of my reports from the last three months have been propped up with results from mates who have been out fishing on those days when I couldn’t make it. In three months I only fished three times. That’s probably more often than most people fish but in order to get a good honest […]

1080 drops to protect Hunua Ranges

Protecting the Hunua Ranges, Smokefree policy and Western Isthmus water quality approach approved Three years on from the first range-wide pest management operation in the Hunua Ranges, Auckland council will apply 1080 to the parkland and some neighbouring DOC and private land. At the Environment and Community Committee meeting on Tuesday 17 October, it confirmed the use of this pest […]


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