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Do it Once, Do it Right!

Hutton Builders - Where Quality Has No Compromise!

There is plenty of choice locally in Pukekohe when it comes to finding a building company who are willing and able to build a house for you, complete with all the bells and whistles. But it takes a special builder with whom you can create a relationship…

The British Invasion (Part I)

Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November: Guy Fawkes & The Gunpowder Plot

by Rebecca Glover

Every year we celebrate the attempt by a group of English dissidents to blow up the English parliament over 400 years ago. Every November the letting off of fireworks results in a flood of claims to ACC, sends horses through fences and terrorises cats an…

The Greatest Years of Formula One Racing

Wigram Memories 1967–70

by David Child-Dennis

The late 1960s saw the best pre-Formula One racing this country has ever experienced. Racing took place over January, during the European winter, giving the Formula One teams a chance to test new chassis and suspension systems prior to the upcoming Europ…

Everyone Needs a Little Help

Ministry of Health Statistics on the obesity epidemic in NZ make for sobering reading. One third of adult New Zealanders are obese with a further third being overweight, three times what it was in the 1970’s, and the 3rd highest in the OECD. With studie…

Let Us Care About Your Hearing

Ours ear's main function is to transmit and transduce sound to the brain through the parts of the ear and as we age like much about our bodies, changes occur, and this can result in hearing loss. Because this can happen over a period of time, it can have…

Get Festive with Bracu!

Make your Christmas event one to remember

With Christmas just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about long Summer evenings spent dining with friends, relaxed brunches with extended families and the obligatory workplace Christmas party. What better venue is there than Bracu Restaura…

Making Connections Count

Parenting doesn’t come with a handbook and anyone who has ever been a parent or acted as a caregiver to a child, knows that it is not easy negotiating the many needs of a child from the moment they are born. Connecting Together is a relatively new Occup…

November in Papakura

Getting Ready for Christmas

What's on in Papakura for November GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS IN PAPAKURA We are getting ready for Christmas here as it looms up in just a few months CAROLS IN THE PARK Friday 6th of December in Central Park from 6 pm ROTARY SANTA PARADE Sund…

Acupuncture makes a dream come true!

Fertility specialist is available now in town treating both natural pregnancy & IVF support. Having a baby is one of the most beautiful things in life. The fertility journey should be full of joys but unfortunately it can be stressful and frustrating wh…

Freshwater Targets Pile on The Pressure

by Andrew Bayly

The heated exchanges that occurred at a recent Ministry for the Environment meeting in Pukekohe are symptomatic of the pressures building on our growers and farmers. They are becoming increasingly worried about the future and Government policies are the…

Captain James Cook (Part VI)

The Legacy of Captain Cook's Pacific Voyages

by Dr Michelle Ann Smith

After his death, James Cook’s memory was revered and his mana grew, while ‘his reputation spread across the Pacific’.[2] However, it was in only those places, such as Hawaii and Tahiti, where ‘Cook had forged a ceremonial friendship with a paramount chie…

A Thought About Climate Change

by Judith Collins

Politicians around the world have been calling for faster and faster action to reduce emissions. Our own Prime Minister has joined the political hype-train by announcing climate change is "my"/her generation’s nuclear free moment (who made everyone under…

Celebrating The Life of Your Loved One

Ensom Funeral Services recognises that each family’s needs are different and, with that in mind, they take the time to prepare a unique and fitting tribute and farewell. It is the emphasis on providing personal advice and assistance to grieving families…

Just Imagine!

The wide smiles, happy laughs and cheerful chatter of children and adults is always an uplifting sound and the atmosphere is never more saturated with excitement than at a birthday party or special occasion, so it’s important to get the best entertainmen…

Let's Teach New Zealand History – All Of It!

by Dr Don Brash

A few weeks ago, the Government announced that as from 2022 teaching New Zealand history would be a mandatory part of the school curriculum, at both primary and secondary level. As somebody who was an historian before he was an economist, I was delighted…

Lawson Home After Another Starring Year in Europe

Pukekohe motor racing star Liam Lawson has returned home from another successful season in Europe, where he finished runnerup in the Euroformula Open (EFO) championship and won the Rookie of the year title. Lawson was signed by the Red Bull Junior progra…

Conservation

Hate and Poison The New Black

by Richard Prosser

Seven hundred-odd kilometres south of Papakura, as the crow flies, the Department of Conservation is waging war on introduced pests. Great stuff, many people might think, giving the matter a quick nod of approval before carrying on with their busy lives.

Climbing Mountains for Mental Health

by Sally Sumner

It’s hard to imagine that behind the wide smile, bright eyes and amazing mop of dark brown curls sitting across from me, is a young man who in recent years has struggled with his own mental health. For Caleb Ihaia though it is a reality. Despite chatting…

The Very Vintage Day Out

Miss Pinup New Zealand 2019

By Estelle Belle, Jack Daniels Miss Pinup NZ 2019 Runner Up For anyone who has dabbled in the vintage or pinup community and culture there is one event that is set into their calendars each year and that is the Very Vintage Day Out. This year, the home o…

Literary Greats (Part IV)

Edgar Allan Poe

by Kerry Monaghan

Widely regarded as an originator of horror and detective genres as well as a pioneer of the modern short story with reoccurring images of murder, madmen, vivisepulture and mysterious women who rise from the dead came an American writer, poet, editor and …