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Lilies and cats – a deadly duo

Over Christmas 2017, Waiuku residents Russell Lambert and his partner nearly lost their one and a half year old ragdoll cat, Sophie to something called lily toxicity. They had purchased the lilies from a Franklin supermarket but had no idea they were introducing something to their home that would prove toxic to their cat. According to Dr Nikki Frost from […]

Bakery’s gold award a result of hard work

Lee Ung of Crown Bakery and Café in Pukekohe set himself some massive goals in July 2017, including winning a gold award at the NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Awards. That goal was accomplished last year, when he won a gold award for the bakery’s Mince and Gravy pie. They also won a silver award for their Mince and Cheese entry […]

Police investigating 16 local fires since 21 April 2018

Counties Manukau Police are currently investigating a spate of suspicious fires in the Pukekohe, Drury and Papakura areas and are now asking for assistance from the community to help us identify a potential suspect. Since 21 April 2018 there has been 16 fires which we believe are suspicious. A number of these have been at show homes and vacant houses […]

Otaua School vege garden success

Otaua School recently established two new vegetable gardens, with the help and support of local herb growers, Jeanette Rea and Pam Maurice, from Scarborough Fare. A celebration of their success and a special assembly was held on Friday 13 April, before enjoying a delicious morning tea with produce from the gardens. ‘Nature Warriors,’ a student leadership group that run and […]

Report highlights serious land issues

A report on the state of the country’s land has highlighted the impact of urban sprawl, the loss of important wetlands and emerging problems associated with soil compaction. “The Our Land 2018 report, released by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ last week, confirms the need for more action to improve land management,” Environment Minister David Parker said. […]

Recycle in style

Have you got items lying around the house that you’re not using? The Onewhero Wearable Arts Festival will be back in style on Saturday 12 May and it is the perfect way to solve that problem. Organised by the Onewhero Netball Club, the festival is an opportunity for school students and members of the community to create items that fit […]

Green light for housing fund

On Thursday 19 April 2018, Auckland Council moved a step closer to unlocking up to $300 million in funding for housing infrastructure in the northwest, with the potential creation of about 6200 new homes through the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. It comes after the council’s Governing Body agreed to submit a detailed business case to apply for the $300 million […]

Students walk 300km for charity

Student leaders from ACG Strathallan in Karaka, walked more than 300km over 18 hours as part of the Relay for Life at Bruce Pulman Park on the 7 and 8 April, 2018. Twenty five students, from Year 12 and 13, walked 662 laps around the park and raised more than $5000 for The Cancer Society. Although the event was smack […]

Stylin’ for the stars

He was a bit lost on the work front when he left school, but after teaching himself how to cut hair from YouTube videos, Zac Ogle is now styling some pretty snazzy stars. It’s not your classic path to career excellence, but it is quite a classic Kiwi story of ‘making it happen off your own back’. Zac Ogle is […]

Full house for Spirit Level

Waiuku Theatre Group’s latest show, Spirit Level, by Pam Valentine, directed by Glenda Hagenson opened to a full house on Friday 13 April. The performance was outstanding. From the nervous estate agent who can’t quite catch a break, played by new comer Ash Rees, to Marcia, the snobby mother in law, who you can’t help but dislike, played by Julie […]


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