All articles by Sally Sumner

Sally Sumner is the editorial manager of elocal Magazine.

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…

Shine the Wright Way This Season

by Sally Sumner

Walking inside the newly renovated showroom of Wrights Jewellers on King Street in Pukekohe and you are immediately transported into a Christmas wonderland. Brimming with radiant sparkling gemstones, polished silver and gold chains adorned with seasonal…

Merry Christmas from elocal!

by Sally Sumner

Even though the pace of time is exactly the same every year, it certainly feels at times like it is speeding by far quicker than in previous years. I do wonder if this is because of the sheer amount we try to pack in to our daily lives and the way we ra…

A Special Invitation

Senior Christmas Lunch

by Sally Sumner

The Christmas season is a time to celebrate being with family and friends. It can however sometimes isolate members of our community, especially our senior members, who are without a strong network around them or who’s usual network of friends return to …

Forget Twin Peaks, Pukekohe has the Five Summits!

by Sally Sumner

If you are looking for something to do as the weather gets warmer that gets you and the family out and about then you can’t go past the new Five Summits Walk and Bike Trail and accompanying map that has recently been developed in Pukekohe. A gift to the …

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…

From Franklin to Olé

by Sally Sumner

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. – Pele The words of a true legend, recognised by some as the best player of the beautiful game EVER and …

Where is the Real News?

by Sally Sumner

One of the main headlines this morning on the New Zealand news sites that I frequent each day reads “why you won’t see Judith Collins nude this summer” another screams “'Sick' life-sized doll suggests scary future for office workers.” I suppose it makes …

Nick Bosanac Builders

Building Beautiful Futures

by Sally Sumner

Building beautiful homes for families in Franklin Legacies can be amazing things, they shape who we are and where we have come from. They can also influence where we want to go and what we want to achieve. It was a family legacy of craftsmanship that inf…

Team Expansion at Blackhawk Law

by Sally Sumner

Team expansion at Blackhawk Law As someone who has lived in rural Franklin for 20 years, Blackhawk Law Limited’s sole director, Kim-Shiree Grant, has seen immense change in the area. Kim-Shiree is not only familiar with the local farming scene, she's al…

Value your Free Speech – Sting and All!

by Sally Sumner

From the Editors desk Value your Free Speech – Sting and All! I’m writing this on deadline day, we print in four hours, and someone in their wisdom has decided to waterblast the office roof, think bees, many, many bees all angry and upset, disturbed and…

Change is good!

Elocal's Editor's note

by Sally Sumner

Elocal's Editors Note Change is Good! Temperatures may be dropping as we head for our two coldest months of the year, but things at elocal are hotting up! It always a pleasure to work every month with our local businesses and community groups and highli…

Mothers Know, There has Always Been a High Cost of Freedom!

Editors Note

by Sally Sumner

The second Sunday of May is when New Zealand traditionally celebrates Mother’s Day. Its modern-day origins come from an American celebration created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 that became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Interestingly, Jarvis would later de…

‘Lest We Forget’

by Sally Sumner

New Zealand is still awash with grief in the aftermath of the killings in Christchurch that left 50 New Zealanders dead and many more injured. Our image overseas while tarnished as a safe haven, has been boosted by our Prime Minister who has presented th…

Need More Copies?

by Sally Sumner

elocal's monthly Editors note One of the things I love best about being involved with elocal is the number of people that call in or email us to tell us about how much they liked reading the last edition and when will the next one be available. The nu…

Keeping the Government on Their Toes

An Interview with Judith Collins

by Sally Sumner

elocal caught up with Minister of Parliament (MP), and Local Papakura MP Judith Collins to discuss the changes in policies from the perspective of the opposition party and how it is shaping New Zealand. For Judith Collins, it wasn’t a surprise to see NZ …

Merry Christmas from elocal

by Sally Sumner

Hard to imagine the end of yet another year is upon us and what a year it has been. Media seem to depict a gloomy picture, with house prices set to drop, rates to rise and business confidence at a nine year low, as companies worry about lack of direction…