Locally grown Lotatoes™ take out award

T&G’s Lotatoes™ has fended off four other food innovators to be crowned overall winner of The Ministry for Primary Industries Primary Sector Products Award at the 2017 New Zealand Food Awards. The category promotes, recognises and showcases amazing innovations in primary sector products, processing and packaging methods. The low-carb potatoes, are grown in Pukekohe, among other places, by Balle Brothers […]

Community engages with skatepark

They came, they saw and the youth of Tuakau have picked their designs for the possible skate park coming to the town. On Friday 24 November 2017, a meeting was held at the Tuakau Youth Centre at the Dr Light Body Reserve, where the community were presented with possible options for the proposed skate park. The Waikato District Council Wellbeing […]

Baker’s Banter – December 2017

I know a lot of people saw the video footage of the guy getting driven into on Karioitahi Beach last week and the things leading up to that moment and the things afterwards. As an ex cop I am worried when well meaning folk try to take the law into their own hands It might seem like the right thing […]

Aka Aka students planting for the future

Aka Aka School’s year 7 and 8 students have been helping make a difference in the community recently. Earlier this year, the students signed up for the Student Volunteer Army through School Kit. The aim of the programme is to task students with volunteer projects in their local community. The Aka Aka students have been involved in riparian planting at […]

Students sign on

Often teens get a bad wrap, receiving criticism for being self absorbed, “grunty” and lazy. However, a number of Waiuku College students have been applying their artistic skills in support of keeping our beaches beautiful. At their annual week long camp held last month on the Awhitu Peninsula, the year 10 students led by teacher Jane Patterson, put word power […]

Stu’s selfless work recognised

Aka Aka’s Stu Muir has been named as one of Waikato’s selfless, optimistic and generous citizens at the annual Kiwibank Local Hero Awards. As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2018, Stu was one of 12 locals who received their medals at a special ceremony on Thursday 9 November 2017 at the Waikato Museum. Always humble, […]

World-first security drones launched internationally

Kiwi-owned and operated VigilAir has launched its semi-autonomous aerial surveillance drone technology onto the global market – a product that has the potential to change the face of security worldwide. “The VigilAir software product is one of the first of its kind and will undoubtedly disrupt the security industry. Simply put, our software will enable drones to be the first-response […]

Piece of South Africa in Waiuku

November has certainly been Mona Francis’ birthday month. On Wednesday 22 November, the local socialite, who has lived in Waiuku for 20 years, officially celebrated her ‘coming of age’ birthday. However, the week before saw Waiuku artist, Rosalie Niu, present her with the best gift of all—a mural of South Africa. Rosalie’s artwork can be found all around Waiuku, with […]

One stop shop for pool supplies this summer

ADVERTORIAL With summer just around the corner, have you thought about bringing your pool out of hibernation? Then look no further, as the family owned and operated Counties Pool and Spa Supplies is a one stop shop for all your aquatic needs this season. Scott and Donna Rowe are the husband and wife team at the Pukekohe based business. With […]

Council’s formal hearings defeated by digital options

There will no longer be the choice for Aucklander’s to have their say in public hearings for the 10-year budget and the Auckland Plan. At a recent Council meeting, Councillors Greg Sayers and Daniel Newman sought to introduce an amendment to introduce public consultation which would “… approve a public hearings process for the Long-Term Plan and Auckland Plan which […]

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