All articles in ‘Columns’

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…

Road Safety Reminder

Road Safety reminder from Counties Manukau Police for the upcoming holiday period. I’m sure like most of you out there your fingers are currently crossed that the warm sunny weather is here for the next few months. Along with the warmer weather comes ou…

October in Papakura

Papakura businesses for October

NEW BUSINESS IN TOWN: We welcome The Barber Joint, located inside Maia Ink, 4 Broadway, Papakura. Shaabs Halal Kitchen in O’Shannessey Street, Victorian Lawyers located in Broadway and Crazy Buffet have opened up from 4.30 pm onwards in Broadway too. …

Market Sentiments Impact Confidence

by James Heard

It does not matter to you or I whether we call our fledging Government, “Coalition” or “Labour Lead”, while its aspirations appeal to many, its actions at this stage are not inspiring confidence. The nations GDP figure for the last quarter, a good result…

Do You Suffer From Sciatica

Sciatia pain and how you can treat it

Sciatica is one of the most common disorders seen in the acupuncture clinic. It is estimated that up to 40% of the New Zealand population will experience sciatica at some point in their lives. Sciatica is one of the most common disorders seen in the ac…

Spring Alcohol Safety Reminder

An alcohol safety reminder from Police

Over the next month or two we’ll be out and about in some well-deserved warmer weather so we enjoying our amazing landscape. Whether it’s a Halloween Party or a day at the beach, alcohol can become far more prevalent and the misuse of it can cause a myri…

Auckland Council and Franklin Local Board are proud to be renewing the Sandspit Reserve

Sandspit Reserve upgrade

Auckland Council is renewing the Sandspit Reserve and building a boardwalk to create a cherished natural environment for the local community. The $1.6M upgrade will provide areas to walk and sit, stairs to the beach and a pier overlooking the sea. This w…

Takanini library and community hub a step closer

New library and communtity hub to be constructed.

Takanini library and community hub a step closer We recently turned the sod on the site of the new library and community hub to be built in Takanini. Takanini library and community hub a step closer We recently turned the sod on the site of the new lib…