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Family Values at the Forefront!

The brand new Flooring Xtra Pukekohe Showroom is the perfect place to find flooring to suit your style

For business owners, John and Catherine Bannister, the move completes what has been a very busy year for the family business. “It’s certainly been a busy year” says John. “Just like families, the flooring industry is constantly changing, the selections n…

Bringing Humanity to the Powerful Taniwha of Capitalism

Interview with Hon. Shane Jones

elocal sat down with Shane Jones at the recent New Zealand First Christmas function. Below are excerpts from that conversation. elocal: Shane going back to the last election Winston said that capitalism no longer works. What do you think he meant by t…

Style By The Square Metre

Flooring Xtra Papakura is a True Local Family Business

The Team at Flooring Xtra in Papakura are extra busy keeping the district's floors looking good. “Thanks to the continuing support of the people of Papakura we’re going from strength to strength.” Having local support means a lot to the Wickett’s. L…

Where Britain Goes, Maybe NZ Should Follow?

by Richard Prosser

Whatever reservations one might have regarding the wisdom of holding an election on the day of a full moon, Britain has just done just that, and the result has been a stunning but completely predictable victory for Boris Johnson and the Conservatives.

“Free Speech Under Attack” from Tross Publishing

Four books from the same publisher which are briefly outlined in the fore pages appear to take approaches commensurate with those found in Free Speech Under Attack though there is little overlap in authorship. In chapter one Jeremy Fisher describes th…

If it Ain’t Broke…

The Regeneration of Pukekohe

by Toni Reid

Our township was carved out of dense bush in the 1860’s when immigrants moved onto the land and created a community from scratch with just hand tools, their own labour and a desire to make a better life for themselves and their families. At first there …

Just What Are They Driving At?

Auckland Transport in Regression

by Chris Barber

It would seem that ‘progress’, as defined by Auckland Transport (AT), is actually ‘regression’. I always considered progress as advancement by moving forward. According to Auckland Transport, moving backwards into the past is really the way forward. A re…

Print is Not Dead

by Greg Stokes

Speaking from the hot rodding background I know and love so well, I enjoy the history and the collectibles associated with it all. On that note and added to the fact I have written for various national and international publications – I really enjoy read…

Suzanne Ihaia: Volunteering in Her Veins!

To those who know her, being recognised at this year’s 2019 Counties Manukau Sporting Excellence Awards as the volunteer of the year will come as no surprise, but for Suzanne Ihaia it represents the culmination of an entire team of people who work tirele…

Literary Greats (Part V)

Virginia Woolf

by Kerry Monaghan

Considered to be another important modern and feminist writer of the twentieth century who often wrote in the style known as ‘stream of consciousness’ as a narrative device, was the distinguished British writer and novelist, Virginia Woolf. Born Adelin…

NZCMRR Classic Festival Pukekohe

1-2 Feb 2020

The Classic Motorcycle Festival is set to be bigger than ever this February. Last year, 3,500 racers and spectators descended on the famous racetrack in Pukekohe in the first week of February. Over 300 racing machines from the 1940’s through to the 1…

Does Foreign Investment Mean They're Controlling Us?

The Pros and Cons of Foreign Investment

by Dr Don Brash

A few years ago, when I wrote my autobiography, I included a chapter called “The challenge of making economic policy in a democracy”. In that chapter, I tried to debunk a lot of commonly held myths about economic policy. There are lots of them: • “Gov…

Clevedon - the Home of New Zealand Polo

BMW NZ Polo Open, Sat 22 Feb 2020

Each summer Clevedon’s population grows with the influx of international professional polo players and their grooms who call the village home for the polo season. Clevedon is renowned as the capital of New Zealand polo with numerous polo fields in the vi…

“Josephine's Garden” by Stephanie Parkyn

This magnificent historical novel delves into the relationship between Napoleon and his first wife Josephine, from her point of view. What emerges is quite different from the prevailing tempestuous love story we currently know. Rather than being merely t…

Our Time Honoured Debate of New Year

by Sally Sumner

The revelling to bring in the New Year is a time-honoured tradition, and I am sure has been played out again this year. As we head into 2020 this year, it also marks the start of a new decade or does it? In recent years there has been debate about whe…

Heritage Buildings Under Threat

by Andrew Bayly

New Zealand is in danger of losing many of its precious heritage buildings as councils and owners struggle to cope with earthquake (seismic) issues and New Building Standards (NBS). Earthquake strengthening is now a huge concern for planners, builders …

Superior Construction Second to None

It’s obvious the moment you set foot in a Platinum home, that the attention to detail, finishing and features are what sets them apart. Murray Taylor from Platinum Homes Manukau and Counties expresses it best. “We know what works, simply because we have…

Red Shed Palazzo

For a family-friendly day out or a night to remember, you can’t go further than the Red Shed Palazzo, which is more than just an award winning café. Relax amongst the tranquil garden-setting during the day or check out the hugely popular dinner theatre …

January in Papakura

Welcome to 2020! We hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year and an enjoyable and safe break. WELCOME TO OUR NEW BUSINESSES IN PAPAKURA! • All Done Up in Broadway • Unique Fusion in O’Shannesssey Street • Cozy Life Kitchens in Broadway …

Good Intentions? Get the Results!

New Year Resolutions

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, It’s all about understanding There are very good reasons to see the New Year’s fitness and wellness resolution through. I’m fairly confident that when Julius Caesar introduced the modern calendar in 45 BC i…