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September in Papakura

What's on in September in Papakura

What's on in September in Papakura HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE DADS OUT THERE FOR SUNDAY 1ST OF SEPTEMBER Celebrating Fashion Week in Papakura We did a bit of a shout out and asked designers if they would like to dress a mannequin to celebrate…

Papakura Windows

High Fashion in Papakura

The creative side of the Business Association was put to action with the outstanding mannequin display in Averill Street, in an empty store window. Driven by Paula Schultz, Chair of the PBA, mannequins were dressed and backdrops put in place to creat…

July in Papakura

What's on in July in Papakura

A look at what's new in Papakura for July from new businesses to new murals and the winners of the Matariki competition for this month JULY IN PAPAKURA MATARIKI IN PAPAKURA Check out the beautiful flags flying down the Great South Road in Papakura.…

June in Papakura

What's on this month in Papakura

What's on in June in Papakura New Businesses into Papakura: We welcome into Papakura Town Centre Global Mac in East Street, Crush Fit Gym located inside Counties Care, Triton Hearing on the Great South Road and Wholesale Meats Direct in East Street an…

MAY IN PAPAKURA

We hope to see you all at our upcoming StreetFEST on Saturday 4th of May 2018 Free Family Fun Day with lots of stalls, community groups and initiatives, local entertainment, fun for the kids and activities, Facepainting, Chill Out Zone, great food spec…

There is Something About New

Housing Update with James Heard

by James Heard

For most of us new is so appealing, even the idea of new carries a certain mystique. What will be new, fresh, in this otherwise familiar product? It doesn’t matter whether it is clothes, cars, cameras, jewellery, guns, boats, tennis racquets, a smart ph…

The Garden Acupuncture

Do you have numb fingers, sore arm & tight shoulder that have been bothering you? If so, you might be suffering from cervical radiculopathy. Numbness in the fingers, sore arm and tight shoulder sound like there are three different pains in three differen…

Everyone loves a bright sunny summer’s day

Massey Aquatic Centre's largest solar panel swimming pool gives Papakura Local Board more reason than most to enjoy the hot sun beating down

With New Zealand’s largest solar-powered swimming pool heating system now installed at Massey Aquatic Centre, Papakura Local Board have more reason than most to enjoy the sight of a hot sun beating down on the town. But the tightwads at the Papakura Loc…

March in Papakura

What's on this month in Papakura

Find out what's new and happening this month in Papakura, with the Papakura Business Association. WELCOME TO OUR NEW BUSINESSES IN TOWN: Flavours of the Pacific who have opened in Broadway. Baby and Me Café who have opened in O’Shannessey Street. Co…

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad. Or is It?

Continuing low mortgage interest charges. A degree of comfort for buyers and sellers alike

by James Heard

Buyers and sellers can only feel a degree of comfort at the continuing low mortgage interest charges. The Reserve Bank in its November 2018 Monetary Policy Statement indicated a clear intention to hold the Official Cash Rate at 1.75% throughout 2019 and …

Persistence Pays

The new skate park at Ray Small Park, Papakura

It took six years to install the new skate park at Ray Small Park, much of that time used to stabilise the land, once part of the old Papakura dump. But Papakura Local Board chair Brent Catchpole says since it opened last year the doubters have been p…

February in Papakura

Shop locally and support the businesses in Papakura! Did you know that in Papakura we have… • Sushi places • Cafes • Bakeries • Barber Shops • Gym/Rec Centre • Health places including Physio, Doctors, foot clinic, Massage places, Lab tests, Family Plann…

Anti-Money Laundering and Other Inconvenient Facts

by James Heard

Du Plessis Heard Column Anti-Money Laundering If it were possible to troll sales data and then mathematically predict the sale price of your home / intended future home or that of any other home in town the profession of Registered Valuer would cease to …

Orion Street is a rising star

Neighbourhood support group rallies together to create a safer community with help from the Papakura Local Board and Neighbourhood Support. Papakura Local Board chair Brent Catchpole says its residents are a great example of people coming together to s…

Happy New Year from Papakura Business Association

Papakura Business Association is back for another year and reflects on 2018 with three new murals painted around the town and new planters and flowers and baskets along the Main street. WELCOME TO 2019 The Business Association hopes you had a wonderful…

Everything Costs More, Well Most Things

by James Heard

As is the case in life it’s the little things we miss that get us into trouble. Being late to pick up your child from kindergarten. Cruising at 108 km / hr having forgotten that it’s a holiday weekend: suddenly reminded by the flashing red and blue and y…

Police Beat

On The Roads This Holiday Season

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is nearly upon us which means a lot of us will be out and about over the next month attending events residents travelling away to holiday destinations. It’s a good time to remind ourselves that we need to prepare ou…

Spring is here. We are selling. What price do we want?

House prices and valuations

by James Heard

Spring is one of the ‘traditional’ peak selling seasons and with the surging property prices behind us for a while, and that while is more probably measured in years than months, tradition is again in play Spring is one of the ‘traditional’ peak selling …

November in Papakura

A look at what is happening around Papakura in November. NEW BUSINESSES IN TOWN: Out of Space and The Local Business Network both from Papakura joining as Associate Members Toy World Pop Up Store next door to BNZ in Great South Road St Johns Opport…

Papakura Local Board in November

What has been happening for the month of November. It’s been an exciting few months for us with several projects we have been working on for a long time becoming reality. Just a few weekends ago we joined residents at a community day to open a new pl…