All articles by Lucy Mullinger

Lucy Mullinger is a freelance journalist and writer, based in Northland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English & Media, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

Building on Firm Foundations

Conveyancing Plus: An Award-Winning Team

by Lucy Mullinger

When elocal editor Mykeljon Winckel, needed legal advice in relation to selling his mother’s house, the team at Conveyancing Plus were there to help, even visiting his beloved mother to find out exactly what she needed and how they could help. “It’s the …

Surviving the Back to Routine Blues

by Lucy Mullinger

Before we had modern luxuries such as television, warm baths and queen-sized beds, we were living in caves, hunted by dangerous animals and fighting the elements. We didn’t have mirrors, so we didn’t really care about what we looked like, we were much t…

Attention!

Papakura Cadet Force Creating Positive Futures

by Lucy Mullinger

When Joshua D’Acierno first came across Papakura Cadet Force, he was 12 years old lacking in confidence. “In all honesty, I wasn’t the best kid, I had problems with discipline and needed more confidence.” Six years down the track, he is now referred to …

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand (Part IV)

Disappearances

by Lucy Mullinger

In a country as small as New Zealand, with a slowly burgeoning population (4,772,980 at last count), it might be a surprise to hear that mysterious disappearances and strange happenings still remain uncovered. Surely someone must have stumbled upon somet…

Island Hopping, New Zealand Style (Part IV)

From Kapiti Island to Rabbit Island

by Lucy Mullinger

We are spoilt for choice, in New Zealand, when it comes to finding beautiful islands just a hop, skip and a jump (or swim) from our back door. In this edition, we travel down to the bottom of the North Island, beginning with the stunningly beautiful Kapi…

Renovation and Extensions are our Business!

by Lucy Mullinger

Planning on renovating your home, bach or office? Smith and Sons is the place to go for advice. We ask their renovation experts how to get the best result, first time. We chat with Smith and Sons Pukekohe franchise-holders Lane and Melissa and their expe…

Our National Shame

Child Health

by Lucy Mullinger

As a first-world country, we are expected to have healthy children, living in happy homes and being offered great health services and as a whole, our children do tend to be offered a great range of services, in comparison to other western countries, howe…

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand (Part III)

Cold Cases, Four Decades On

by Lucy Mullinger

It might be a small country but New Zealand has had its fair share of murder mysteries, some of which have remained unsolved for decades. In this edition of elocal, we look back at three of those head-scratching cases that have confused the nation and re…

Island Hopping, New Zealand Style (Part III)

Hauraki Gulf

by Lucy Mullinger

We love to have fun in the sun, but it’s often human nature to visit the same tried and true holiday destinations every year. At elocal, we decided to come up with some great island hopping adventures that will give the family and friends a break, at the…

Tis the Season to be… Papakura Proud!

by Lucy Mullinger

For all things, Jolly, Joyful and generally Christmassy, Papakura is your one stop Christmas stop this year. Having always had always had a strong community spirit, varied retail base with numerous eatery options, your local town centre has pulled out al…

Island Hopping, New Zealand Style (Part II)

The City of Sails

by Lucy Mullinger

We love to have fun in the sun, but it’s often human nature to visit the same tried and true holiday destinations every year. At elocal, we decided to come up with some great island hopping adventures that will give the family and friends a break, at the…

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand (Part II)

UFO Sightings

by Lucy Mullinger

New Zealand might seem like a far-flung place isolated from the rest of the world, but we still have our fair share of weird and wonderful mysteries that remain unsolved. In fact, according to a report from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), obtained un…

Island Hopping, New Zealand Style (Part I)

Bay of Islands

by Lucy Mullinger

It’s probably not surprising, considering we live in one of the most isolated countries in the world, that us Kiwis love to fly the coop and travel around the world to far flung destinations and there’s nothing we love more than visiting warm climates fo…

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand (Part I)

Strange Creatures

by Lucy Mullinger

A look at some of the weird and sometimes very sad unsolved crimes and mysteries of New Zealand. A relatively new country by most standards, New Zealand is most likely not at the top of the list when it comes to unsolved crimes and mysteries, but there …

Blast to the Past In Wonderous Waiuku

It's all happening!

by Lucy Mullinger

The annual Waiuku Blast to the Past family entertainment event is being held in November and it is set to be better than the rest, with a spectacular, professional fireworks display, family entertainment and a variety of craft and food markets for the fa…

Drug Use in NZ, is There a Better Way?

Alternative ways to dealing with pain and anxiety without prescribed medication

by Lucy Mullinger

According to statistics from the New Zealand Drug Foundation, 44 per cent of New Zealanders will try an illicit drug at some point in their life. This is not counting the many kiwis who aren’t openly taking illegal drugs. Instead, they are being prescrib…

Driver Technology Now Reality

How is New Zealand Faring?

by Lucy Mullinger

In March 2016, a Tesla Model S cruised across the Auckland Harbour Bridge while the 'driver' sat with his hands off the steering wheel and the car did all the work. In March 2016, a Tesla Model S cruised across the Auckland Harbour Bridge while the 'd…

Fluoride War! Unsafe to Drink?

NZ Supreme Court Rules Fluoridation to be Compulsory Medical Treatment

by Lucy Mullinger

A nationwide campaign, called Rethink has been launched in New Zealand, in order to oppose the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill, which was published a year ago. A nationwide campaign, called Rethink has been launched in New Zealand…

Bakers shoes and more

by Lucy Mullinger

Winter 2018 Winter is on its way and, as usual, the team at Baker’s Shoes has an excellent understanding of what is hot and what is not when it comes to fashionable footwear and accessories for the Winter 2018 season. According to business owner, Fion…