All articles by Kerry Monaghan

Kerry is a journalist and music enthusiast. When she isn't writing, she enjoys live music, adding to her collection of tattoos, horror movies, and tacos – not necessarily in that order.

Katherine Mansfield

The life of New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield

by Kerry Monaghan

With a mercurial mind, at times untameable but unashamedly honest, one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed literary icons lived a brief but tumultuous life. With a mercurial mind, at times untameable but unashamedly honest, one of New Zealand’s most acclaime…

The Evolution of the Music Industry

Music Industry

by Kerry Monaghan

The music industry has always been an evolving machine. A constant cog that changes how music is heard transitioning through different types of media, new inventions and other advances that force it to adapt and change long established business models.…

Music Education in Schools

A History

by Kerry Monaghan

The development of Music Education has been a part of New Zealand’s Primary and Intermediate school curriculum since the nineteenth century and has always been viewed as a valued subject inextricably linked with New Zealand’s evolving education system. T…

Gold Mining in New Zealand

A history of Gold Mining

by Kerry Monaghan

The history of gold stretches as far back as the beginning of civilization. Humans have long since realized the value of gold for both decoration and currency due to its rarity, lustre and ease of exchange, and while it remains a global business with n…

Pukekohe Vegetable Growers

Preserving Pukekohe's Food Bowl

by Kerry Monaghan

Would you be happy to pay $6 or $7 for a head of lettuce or broccoli in your weekly shop? It may sound extreme, but unless you grow your own, it could be the only choice in future as a result of Auckland’s rising population and housing demands. Would yo…

Magazine Designer Clothing at It's Best

New styles now instore

by Kerry Monaghan

For all the new season styles please come on in to our Pukekohe store From animal prints, to vibrant colours and strong statement dressing this season has it all! As the temperature drops layering pieces and pops of colour are your best friends. Bring …

Engaging Pacifica Communities

Papakura High School builds a Fale

by Kerry Monaghan

Papakura High School Principal, John Rohs never imagined his school would one day be the proud owners of a unique Pacifica structure that now proudly sits in the forefront of the school’s grounds. Engaging Pacifica communities- Papakura High School build…

Kauri Gum Reserves

A History

by Kerry Monaghan

Agathis Australis or Kauri in Maori is one of New Zealand’s oldest and mightiest coniferous trees that can grow upwards of fifty metres and can live around two thousand years. Agathis Australis or Kauri in Maori is one of New Zealand’s oldest and might…

Understanding Modern Muslim Communities

by Kerry Monaghan

To understand any religion against a modern landscape, you first need to understand the landscape itself. New Zealand is a country with large scale immigration throughout its comparatively brief history, the Maori people arrived by sea followed by the Eu…

Giving Young People a Helping Hand

Papakura Youth Pathways and Excellence Grants

by Kerry Monaghan

Since 2016, the Papakura Local Board has been giving young people a helping hand with its financial scheme that provides a scholarship grant for those embarking on tertiary study, trade or leadership courses. The Papakura Youth Pathways and Excellence G…

Papakura Youth Council

Change for future generations

by Kerry Monaghan

Since 2011, Papakura Youth Council has been a valuable asset to its Youth in the Papakura community by allowing them to be seen and heard. Working alongside the Papakura Local Board and community groups, the Youth Council are advocates for young people …

Helping to Shape the Future of Franklin

Andrea Fulljames: Franklin Local Board Chair

by Kerry Monaghan

Becoming the Franklin Local Board chair in 2016 was the first step in two years of learning for Angela Fulljames. Now she and her team continue to be the leading voice for the district and its communities on issues that matter. All that groundwork of bu…

Celebrating the Past, Present and Future

Opahake School 50th Jubilee

by Kerry Monaghan

From its early origins as farming land and as an undeveloped bush covered district where logs were once milled, the history of Opaheke and Ponga districts has undergone many changes throughout the years. Opaheke is part of the wider Papakura area and a…

Protecting Papakura’s Scenic Reserve for the future, today.

Protecting the legacy of one of Papakura's scenic reserves.

by Kerry Monaghan

Spanning an impressive thirteen acres just off Great South Road, Papakura, lies one of Franklin’s most naturally beautiful scenic reserves, Kirks Bush. Spanning an impressive thirteen acres just off Great South Road, Papakura, lies one of Franklin’s most…

One Light, One Child, One Community at a Time

Solar Buddy lights creating a brighter future for those in need

by Kerry Monaghan

One light, one child, one community at a time. The motto of the Australian registered charity called Solar Buddy that has been creating a brighter future for impoverished energy communities overseas since 2015. One light, one child, one community at a t…

Lurking in The Manukau

Shane Johnston: Shark Hunter of Franklin

by Kerry Monaghan

Shane Johnston grew up with fishing. His father was a fisherman for forty years around the Glenbrook region and so was his Grandfather. Fishing for Shane is in the blood. Shane Johnston grew up with fishing. His father was a fisherman for forty years …

Community Engaged, Community Made

Andrew Crummy

by Kerry Monaghan

As a painter, drawer and textile artist, Scotsman, Andrew Crummy is a humble man who creates art that tells a story and brings people together from all over the world. As a painter, drawer and textile artist, Scotsman, Andrew Crummy is a humble man who c…

Legacy of the Museum

Dr Michelle Smith

by Kerry Monaghan

Delving into community history is a fantastic way to discover local identity, even the darker side of things that include death and destruction. That may sound confronting to some, but not historian, curator and researcher, Dr Michelle Smith. She loves h…

Nepal: An Education

Heather Garrett

by Kerry Monaghan

When Heather Garrett was offered the chance to go on a once in a lifetime three-week excursion to support a school in remote rural Nepal, she jumped at the chance. When Heather Garrett was offered the chance to go on a once in a lifetime three-week excur…