Nominate now and save a child’s life

According to Water Safety New Zealand, drowning is the fourth highest cause of accidental death in New Zealand. Add in the fact that drowning related hospitalisations have been increasing every year for a decade, and the picture is not a good one. International research notes that the most powerful tool to help tackle the drowning problem, is teaching more Kiwi […]

Waiuku athletes shine over summer

Whilst many of us have been soaking up the sun at the gorgeous beaches around the region this summer, the athletes from the Waiuku Athletics Club have been hard at it training and competing at various events. The North Island Colgate Games sees athletes from all across the North Island fighting it out on track and field to see who […]

All aboard thanks to Rotary

On Wednesday 24 January 2018, Laura McGregor will set off on a trip of a lifetime on board the Spirit of New Zealand.  The ship, a three-masted barquentine, will leave Auckland and sail to Opua in the Bay of Islands, over ten days. Along with 39 other participants, Laura will be tested in the sailing skills she has learned through […]

Local juniors selected for Pool Champs

Six local juniors have recently been announced for the VNEA International Junior Pool Championships in June next year. Seventeen year old Geffrina Harwood, 12 year old Rachel Harwood, 15 year old Luxman Jeram and 13 year old Zabain Jeram, all from Pukekohe High School, along with 16 year old Jarell Phillips and 19 year old Te Ahu Phillips, also from […]

Counties Rugby supporter of the year

Maurice Brighouse received a pleasant surprise recently, as he discovered he’d been voted Counties Manakau Rugby Supporters Club Supporter of the Year for 2017. His win was announced at the Waiuku District Rugby Football Club’s Christmas function and was a complete surprise to Maurice. He was left completely speechless at the announcement and received a nice trophy and a tankard […]

Playing is under threat

Say what? That was my response as an email crossed my desk last year announcing that Sport NZ had released a new set of principles, recognising and protecting the right of young New Zealanders to play. Sorry, but whilst raising my kids did I miss some important ruling saying Kiwi kids are not allowed to play anymore?Say what? That was […]

Yana’s Yarn—23 January 2018

Last week Jess and I met with Johno Stevens, a guy who is passionate about helping people and achieving his goals. Even after suffering a brain injury, he is determined not to let it stop him. As you may have read on the front page, Johno realises there are limits, and the time line for his success might have changed, […]

Better than a hole in one

All golfers dream of sinking a “hole in one” and Brent Dawson has been lucky enough to have achieved this feat twice. However, being recently awarded the honour of Life Membership by the Waiuku Golf and Squash Club, now sits as one of his greatest golfing achievements. Brent was appointed as Club President of Waiuku Golf back in 2012, and […]

Dairy Industry Awards ramping up

The 2018 Dairy Industry Awards are approaching and organisers received 374 entries prior to Christmas, across three of the categories. The Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions are hotly contested. With a range of sponsors on board, it’s all go before the regional winners are announced. “It is up […]

Miraculous recovery after severe brain injury

Johno Stevens, a personal trainer from AnyTime Fitness in Pukekohe, has had a miraculous recovery from what could have been a fatal accident. On Christmas Day, 19 year old Johno’s life changed forever after he fell off the back of a ute, fracturing his skull as he hit the ground, suffering a severe brain injury. Westpac Helicopter crew were called, […]


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