We take a trip down memory lane, and revisit some of the stories that we shared with the community over the last year.
- After an alleged ‘bomb scare’ in Pukekohe, the object was announced as a primer for an ordnance bomb (a bomb that has not exploded) which dated back to the World War I era.
- Glenbrook Vintage Railway opened their restored turntable, with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff doing the honours of the official opening, before taking a ride on the now retired JA 1250 Diana.
- A fifth speaker theft disheartens the Waiuku Netball Centre. On Sunday 22 January between the early hours of 1am and 4am, someone cut the fence and climbed up nearly ten metres to take them.
- After nearly 50 years in the sector, Terry Hatch from Pukekohe was recognised for his service to horticulture and conservation in the New Years Honours List, in the form as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
- Steam and Vintage festival, which is held once every four years, took place at Glenbrook Vintage Railway, attracting hundreds of people.
- We asked the big questions on privet, the weed that gets up everyone’s nose. Community feedback was that it should be listed as a noxious weed and eradicated.
- Several lifeguards at Kariaotahi Surf Lifesaving Club were recognised for their efforts by receiving Rescue of the Month. Kariaotahi Surf Lifesaving President Jim Coe said the recognition for this rescue was a “great reward” for their top quality volunteers. “It recognises their skills and abilities.”
- Sunset Beach Lifeguards took to the water at Oakura to retain the New Zealand BP Surf Rescue North Island Championship title.
- Waiuku Skatepark received a grant for $30,000 from the Waiuku Lions Club to go towards the upgrade.
- The Northern Stars began their first season in the ANZ competition, giving fans south of Auckland a team closer to home to cheer for.
- Wild weather was back, with such an excess that Aucklander’s were urged to decrease their water usage by 20 litres a day to allow for the treatment plant to handle the extra water.
- A collaborative rescue at Port Waikato which involved beach goers, the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Police Helicopter, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Sunset Beach and Kariaotahi Lifeguards saw a positive outcome after swimmers got into trouble.
- American Idol winner and Country singer Scotty McCreery arrived in Pukekohe to headline the inaugural Stampede Festival.