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Mainly music celebrates ten years

By Jess Paton | April 17, 2018

Waiuku Mainly Music celebrated ten years of fun filled sessions on Tuesday 10 April at St Andrews in Waiuku. Volunteers who started and have continued this program over ten years attended, along with present members, and an anniversary cake was cut. Gaylyn Wills, who started Waiuku Mainly Music, said, “it’s actually been going for 12 years but we’ve been standing […]

Pukekohe High School jazzing it up

By Jess Paton | April 17, 2018

Pukekohe High School’s Jazz band won the Best of Festival Trophy for the most outstanding jazz band at the 41st National Youth Jazz Competition held late in March. The school’s been competing in the competition every year since 2006, however this was the first year for teacher Simon Schofield. In the lead up to the event the students practiced twice […]

Onewhero Fire Siren retires

By Jess Paton | April 10, 2018

The siren at the Onewhero Fire Station has been silent recently, but not because there have been no call outs. The siren, an eighty year old piece of machinery, has finally given up. Graham Davies, from the Onewhero Fire Station, says the siren was apparently an old air raid siren from Ardmore Air Field and was given to the brigade around […]

First ever Indian wedding in Tuakau

By Jess Paton | April 03, 2018

Dipsha Kumar and Ravikesh Chand were recently married in Tuakau, becoming the first ever Indian wedding in the town according to the family. The ceremony, held from March 8 to March 10 in the club rooms at Dr John Lightbody Reserve, was the talk of the town and very special for all involved. Davendra Kumar, the acting father of the […]

Trans-Tasman Challenge team buzzing

By Jess Paton | April 03, 2018

The 2018 Trans-Tasman Radio Control Pylon Racing Challenge was held last weekend at the Airsail airfield in Pukekawa. The challenge, held on 24 and 25 March, showed plenty of fast-paced action and was won by New Zealand by over six minutes. The event started with a safety briefing and National Anthems, followed by some 300 kilometre per hour racing action. […]

Action to address shortcomings at Palms Lifecare

By Jess Paton | April 03, 2018

Action will be taken to address shortcomings at Palms Lifecare Pukekohe, following an investigation into the care of an elderly male resident in late February. On 23 March Heritage Lifecare, the parent company, announced the investigation found that staff had departed from established policy and procedure in their care of the resident and documentation. David Renwick, executive Chairman of Heritage […]

Three hour wait for ambulance

By Jess Paton | March 27, 2018

Vicky Clark, a 63 year old from Tuakau, dislocated her hip on Wednesday 14 March, and had to wait over three hours for an ambulance to arrive. Vicky is concerned about the lack of response from St John. It’s not the first time this year Vicky has needed an ambulance. Following a hip reversal surgery in January she dislocated her […]