India Tuakau supporting community

By Jess Paton The India Restaurant and Bar in Tuakau gave away free meals from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm on Sunday 4 March. The free food was aimed at those that were unable to cook for themselves or couldn’t afford a meal. Mukesh Sharma, director, said they did it because the community is everything. “We started our journey four years […]

Can we get in the water? No you can not

The recent cancellation of the swim leg of the Fulton Swim School Triathlon due to a water quality warning being in place, got us wondering what’s actually going on with the water at Clarks Beach? We approached Auckland Council with the following questions and Auckland Council Safeswim Program Manager Nick Vigar responded (responses are abridged for brevity): What was the […]

Nick’s Café wins National ICG Classic Kiwi award

Nick’s Café was presented the National ICG Classic Kiwi award in the 2018 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year awards, at a special announcement event held in Auckland this evening, Wednesday 7th March. For the sixth year running, the Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year Awards highlight the diverse, the delicious and most delightful of our […]

Sunset Coast walk a stunner

It dawned a beautiful day on the morning of the Sunset Coast walk. It resulted in a sunny day, that was not too overbearing for those who took part. Eager walkers arrived before the 7.30am registration start on Sunday 25 February 2018 with the Rotary Club of Waiuku well prepared to handle the situation. The Sunset Coast Walk featured four […]

The Mirror and the Spindle

Shoestring Theatre once again presents a theatre production in Waiuku, with an original script by Douglas Roberts, loosely based on the old story of Sleeping Beauty. In a fairytale kingdom a new baby Princess is welcomed into the world, and all the world is invited to attend. Unfortunately, for reasons too complicated to go into here, the Queen’s sister didn’t […]

Out for a duck

Out for a duck was exactly how I was feeling when the crickets swarmed into town. According to National Geographic, you can tell the temperature by counting a cricket’s chirps! Well, judging by the sheer number of crickets I had to wade through in my house (let alone counting the chirps), I would estimate the temperature to have been be […]

Heaviest drinking quarter since new liquor laws implemented

New figures show that more alcohol was available for consumption per person in the October-December quarter of 2017 than in any other quarter in the five years since the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act came into effect. Annual per capita consumption has barely shifted since 2012 said Alcohol Healthwatch Executive Director Dr Nicki Jackson. “We have witnessed more people […]

Health star rating removed from Milo

Nestle is removing the 4.5 health star rating from its Milo powder, a product given a Bad Taste Food Award by Consumer NZ in 2016. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says Milo has a 4.5 star rating, out of a possible five stars, despite the fact it is almost 50 percent sugar. Product packaging also boasts pictures of active […]

Waiuku billiard hall undergoes a major makeover

Waiuku’s 1920s billiard hall, off Queen Street, has undergone a huge makeover in order to be made into a new community facility. Kirsty-May Lillis and a small team have been working on the property for several months, and it is now close to completion. The building will house two yoga studios, which will be used for Kirsty-May’s business Yoga Lane […]

Beware of the bite

On a recent Sunday, 11 year-old Kiriana Mikaere was out camping with friends in the Otaua area. A strong swimmer, she was looking forward to competing at her upcoming school swimming sports. That plan went out the window as a white tail spider decided to join in the fun. While Kiriana and her friend crashed out after a great day, […]

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