Motoring

Baker’s Banter—17 April 2018

Anyone using the roads and/or public transport in our part of the world is aware of the need for some serious investment. The reality is that whilst we have some way to go in terms of modern trains, single seat journeys and more regular services, what we have is significantly better than what used to exist as recently as five […]

What the fuel tax will mean for one Pukekohe family

Balancing the family budget just got a whole lot harder living in Auckland due to the regional fuel tax and now the national one as well. I live in Pukekohe and work in Auckland. My wife drives locally so uses less fuel. Below is how this increase will affect us. I use roughly 70 litres of fuel a week. From […]

Fuel hike coming for Aucklanders

The Government released its 10-year Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) last week. Safety is the top priority, followed by access, the environment and value for money. The GPS helps to direct money from petrol taxes and road user chargers from the National Land Transport Fund into things the government wants to achieve for New Zealand’s transport network. Aucklander’s […]

Cool cousins

Chloe McGillan snapped this photo with her cousin Liam MacDonald last month after he had just won his class V8 competition at Hampton Downs. While he’s from Invercargill, Chloe and her family went to support their cousin. It must have paid off as he took out the Championship title for the BNT NZ Touring car series class two, the second […]

Podium finish for Nigel

Pukekohe’s Nigel Lucas has taken out second place of the GTRNZ Championship. In just his second season, it’s been a huge jump since last year. Racing on 30 March and 1 April, Nigel finished with two second places. On Sunday, the team managed to claim a first place and a third place, closing the gap to ten points. It wasn’t […]

Police patch – 18 April 2018

We have recently had a number of burglaries targeting garden sheds or outbuildings. The thieves are taking items such as chainsaws, lawn mowers and other gardening equipment. Not surprisingly these are all items that can easily be on sold or flicked off at second hand dealers. We need to stop making it so easy for the burglars. Lock and secure […]

Crash on Kitchener Road, Waiuku by the netball courts

At appropriately 7.30am 9th April 2018 a contractors minivan crashed into the back right hand corner of a school bus in Waiuku outside the netball courts. Expect some minor delays

Locals come out in support of Damon

Last December, local Damon Jacobs was diagnosed with stage four cancer, also a HER2 positive strain of cancer which is commonly found in breast cancer. The medical oncologist gave Damon weeks, to up to six months, dependant on how the chemotherapy worked. “It broke my heart to have to tell my family and friends and especially my amazing kids who […]

SH1 near Mercer – roads congested

Police have advised at 12pm today, Friday 30 March 2018 that Waikato Expressway travellers  on SH1 north and south of Mercer, may experience delays due to busy holiday traffic – not as a result of road works by NZTA as first reported. There are extensive delays at the moment so please re-plan or delay your journey. Police are urging motorists to take their […]

Steel’n’Wheels at “the hop”

Just in case you missed it, the 2018 Waiuku Steel’n’Wheels Festival is coming! Last week the Steel’n’Wheels car took the message to the people at the Whangamata Beach Hop. The 2018 Steel’n’Wheels festival will be held on Sunday 29 April and another great line up is planned. For the motorheads among us, there’ll be cars galore of every vintage and […]


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