Awhitu Golf holds January open day

Hot summery conditions were the order of the day for the Awhitu Golf Club’s January Open Day. Player of the day was Chris Matthews, who had an excellent nett score of 58 to take the honours in the division two category, with Les Rehm close behind on 46 points and the stableford prizewinner in the same division. James Varnam, a […]

Shield back in Counties hands

During the sweltering Anniversary Weekend, members of the Counties-Manukau Association Croquet team were competing at the annual Upper North Island Teams Event. And they won! Two days, five, two and a half hour singles games against their opposition from Northland, Auckland, Waikato-King Country, Bay of Plenty and Thames Valley, and they came home with the shield! This region has won […]

Health the focus of sKids programme

Safe Kids in Daily Supervision (sKids) will be making health the focus of their after school programme at their Sandspit School location. Vinita Prasad, the area’s local sKids out of school care provider, announced on Thursday 1 January that she has launched ‘FoodStorm,’ an exclusive sKids cooking programme. This will be offered as a complimentary service within their sKids Sandspit […]

Water safety a cause for concern

As the summer holidays wrap up, there is still pressure on the water safety sector to keep preventable drownings to a minimum. Last year, provisional figures from Water Safety New Zealand showed a 13% increase in preventable drownings on 2016. There were 88 preventable drownings in 2017, versus 78 in 2016. “I can’t sugar coat it,” says CEO Jonty Mills. […]

One of the best birthday gifts

Last month I turned 45 and as a woman living in New Zealand, I received a rather unique birthday gift from the health services. My first free mammogram. Mammograms are all about trying to reduce the volume of breast cancer deaths in New Zealand. According to Breast Cancer Foundation stats, breast cancer is the most common cancer among Kiwi women, […]

Creative project call out

Franklin Art Brokers are on the hunt for local creatives, artists, musicians and performers. If you have a creative project that you’d like to make happen in the Franklin area between now and July 2018, funding is still available. If you have a creative project that you’d like to make happen in the Franklin area between now and July 2018, funding […]

Pukekawa mum creates new workspace

Friday, 1 December 2017 was a big day for Pukekawa copy writer and mum, Catherine Tafto, who officially opened her new business Loom Shared Space. Loom, situated on Tobin Street, Pukekohe, is a shared office space or virtual office which offers a fresh, open plan co-working environment along with many of the amenities of a corporate office. As a working […]

January was a scorcher!

A few weeks back as the temperatures soared and sweat ran down my cleavage even while I was trying to sleep—I say “trying” because not many of us have been getting a lot of sleep lately—I took an emergency trip to one of the big stores in search of a sanity saving fan. There were none. I nearly cried. I appreciate […]

Building up charities

DW Homes are showing their point of difference not just in the homes they build, but the charities they support. In November 2016, they rolled out their philanthropic idea, in which clients can chose one of six charities to receive a donation when they sign with DW Homes. Sarah Beaumont, marketing and property appraiser for DW Homes said the organisation […]

New retirement village for Drury

A new model of retirement village is set to be built in Karaka. The developer, Tauranga based company Karaka Pines Villages has applied to Auckland Council for a resource consent to build a 310 unit retirement village and country club on its 11 hectare property on Bremner Road, Karaka. The village will be called ‘Karaka Country Estate’. It forms part […]


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