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Always Be at Least Two Steps Ahead of the Rest

Dr Patrick Caragata: heavyweight thinker, mover, & shaker

Dr Patrick Caragata is the architect and inventor of the models and methodologies of Rapid Ratings (www.rapidratings.com), including the programmed language in the automated reports. Born in Toronto, Patrick received his PhD from the University of Toront…

It's Function Over Form That Gets These Guys' Wheels Turning!

The team at Advantage Tyres on Manukau Road know a thing or two about tyres. Owned and operated by Matt Keller, he and his team are trained specialists and have been in the industry for a total of 72 years collectively! They are the go-to team for all yo…

The Country Is Going Mad

by Dr Don Brash

There are two pieces of legislation wending their way through Parliament at the moment designed to further entrench the crazy notion that the Treaty of Waitangi created an obligation on governments nearly 200 years later to treat anybody with a Maori anc…

Airport Link: Slow Tram or Fast Train?

by Jon Reeves

A lot has been made in recent times of investment in quality transport infrastructure, improved public transport and congestion reduction; all culminating in a decision between the Green Party and Labour Party arm of the Coalition Government for “rapid l…

Adaptive Athletes

Empowering Disabilities Through Fitness

by Kerry Monaghan

Adam Mainey has always enjoyed keeping fit. From his younger years playing sport, to his previous jobs as a Bricklayer and running his own Masonry business, he was always challenged, or so he thought, until the day he changed careers and tried Crossfit f…

Advertising keeps elocal free!

by Mykeljon Winckel

Ever since its inception the internet has been awash with a whole new array of descriptive terminologies and over time conceivably an entire new language has been created that includes things like MEME, LOL, IMHO, BTW. There is even a handy dandy little …

Getting Ahead of the Rest

Impressed with the service they received from New Zealand Home Loans when sorting out their own financial affairs, John and Liz van Winden jumped at the chance to help others when the local Pukekohe franchise become available. The couple, who have lived …

Go Well James, Go Well

James Heard (1948–2019)

A Family Tribute from the Heard and du Plessis families to the late-Lt.Col.(Rtd) James Heard, RNZA Determined. That’s a word you could use to describe James Heard. You hear hints of his determination in the stories told by his peers in the military. T…

Do it Once, Do it Right!

Quality has no compromise

by Sally Sumner

There is plenty of choice locally 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 worthy of a…

February in Papakura

Did you know that in Papakura we have: • Sushi places • Cafes • Bakeries • Barber Shops • Gyms and the Rec Centre • Health places including Physio, Doctors, foot clinic, Massage places, Lab tests, Family Planning, Medicine clinics, Chiropractic, Hand …

A Little Training Goes a Long Way

by Oz van Leeuwen

With all the latest statistics on violence and the impact it has on all those involved, including the rising numbers of offenders in prison you’d be forgiven for thinking that someone somewhere must have a grand plan. Turns out not really. Well, there is…

Get Rounded Up!

Rebel Round Up: Sat 15 Feb 2020

by Greg Stokes

Time sure flies when you are having fun! It seems like yesterday that we attended the annual Rebel Round Up at Pukekohe Park Raceway and it’s on again Saturday 15th February. The hot rod and custom car themed event tips its hat to the whole culture arou…

There is No One Better

Violence is a Reality

But its not all doom and gloom, we can empower ourselves and those close to us to minimise the likelihood of being affected by it. In actual fact, there’s no one better equipped than ourselves to take those crucial steps. One year ago, almost to the day,…

“Standing Upright Here: Global Ethics For the 21st Century” by Gwen S. Francis

Reviewed by Janet Pates This book has been described as a biography and indeed, the early pages do present the reader with a picture of the writer’s life. Gwen Francis attributes the wisdom portrayed in the book to her background in farming, teaching, …

Literary Greats (Part VI)

Charles Bukowski

by Kerry Monaghan

Considered a prolific underground writer who wrote short stories, novels and poems that reflected on the social, cultural and economic ambience of urban life in a downtrodden America Society came the German-American writer, Charles Bukowski. An outrageou…

NZ’s Most Awarded Builder Again and Again

National residential building brand Jennian Homes has once again outclassed its rivals with a medal haul to be proud of in the annual Registered Master Builders 2019 House of the Year Awards Following a local win in the Auckland Master Builders Awards P…

The End of the World as We Know It

by Richard Prosser

Through all of history, everywhere in the world, recorded or otherwise, it has been proclaimed that The End is Nigh. Preachers, politicians, protestors, pundits of every ilk and hue; from the pulpit to the podium to the sandwich board in the street, all …

‘O Jogo Bonito’

Come join us in 2020, and play the Beautiful Game!

‘O jogo bonito’, or the Beautiful Game, is a phrase made popular by Brazilian professional footballer Pelé, to describe Football or Soccer, a team game, which is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's …

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…

NZ's Infamous Founding History (Part IV)

Home Invasion: Wrecking Rekohu

Today, Moriori are trying to restore their place in the public consciousness as the tchakat henu (tangata whenua) of the Chatham Islands, but they’re up against some competition. Recent vandalism of Moriori cultural artefacts recalls an ancient feud whic…