Concert entertains locals

It’s a community initiative that recently celebrated their sixth birthday. On the second Monday of every month, volunteers from Pukekohe Performing Arts put on a show for local people to enjoy. Under the leadership of Anne Doddrell, and with pianist Rosemary Hood, a happy band of volunteer performers sing, tell jokes, dance and read poems in an impromptu concert. As […]

Monarch cafe proud to be celebrating 20 years of business

It has been 20 years of good food, good wine, and good community spirit at the Monarch Cafe in Pukekohe. In May this year, they celebrated their 20th anniversary. Dean Sheppard took over the restaurant and bar in 1998, following retirement from rugby. “I didn’t know what to do, this opportunity came up, and we opened in 1998 with very […]

Fire Fighters contest for trophy at Onewhero

Auckland fire fighters, along with recruit firefighters and firefighters from Onewhero, used their skills not to fight fires, but to play a sevens rugby game, at Onewhero Rugby Club on Friday 29 June. Auckland Firefighters played off against Auckland Recruit Firefighters for the John Scott Memorial Trophy for the first time in 14 years. The game was won by the […]

Aladdin enchants

Glenbrook School had an enchanting and entertaining adventure recently, with their production Aladdin Trouble, which saw more than 800 visitors come to view over three days. Every student in years five to eight took part in the production in acting, props, backdrops, dancing, lighting, sound and choir. Parents assisted in making costumes, hair and makeup for everyone and as usual […]

Tuakau gets boost

On Wednesday 18 July, a free workshop based skills programme called #BoostYourTown, designed to help communities lift their online presence and performance, was held at the Tuakau Hotel. Tuakau was one of 13 towns to receive a workshop this year and approximately fifty people attended. Local business owners and community group leaders were provided the latest training and advice for […]

Protesters march on offices

Wednesday 18 July 2018, saw a group of protesters march on the Pukekohe District Court House, Oranga Tamariki office and a local lawyers office in Edinburgh Street Pukekohe. All of the protesters were part of a group called Families for Justice Limited with their founding member and group’s spokesperson Steve Evans seen above on the megaphone. The group were protesting […]

Rehearsals in full swing for annual pantomime

It’s that time of the year again! Waiuku Theatre Group are currently in full rehearsal swing with their annual Pantomime. This year the group will be performing the classic Peter Pan, directed by Shane Hartley. A predominantly youth cast complimented by a talented adult cast. We watch as ‘The wee flying boy’ taunts the one handed hook, who can’t stop […]

Award winning Antique Fair returns

Quota International of Papakura members are busy planning their 29th Antique Fair. Antiques dealers from all over New Zealand rate this Fair as the best one they attend and it is now known as the longest running Antique Fair in the country. All funds raised go to local community projects. This is a major annual event in the fundraising efforts […]

The first woman to operate and own a newspaper in New Zealand

When thinking of women’s suffrage the image which often spring to mind is of supporters chaining themselves to railings, throwing themselves in front of race horses or staging hunger strikes. But the attractive likeness of Kate Sheppard which has graced our $10 note since 1991, doesn’t give that impression. In fact, her weapons of choice were logic and reason. The […]


You may be excused for the double take, for stopping in your tracks thinking you are seeing double, because you are. Pictured below is up to 50 sets of Waiuku twins. Most parents will tell you that raising a child is one of the most challenging experiences they’ve ever faced. So when expectant parents hear they’ll be having twins, their […]

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