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Rotary Club of Drury Trainee of the Year

The winner and recipient of the Rotary Club of Drury Trainee of the year

Initiated by Drury Rotary in 1987, this award has been presented every year, with the exception of a couple to an outstanding local candidate. Initiated by Drury Rotary in 1987, this award has been presented every year, with the exception of a couple to …

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…

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…

Tairere Housing Project, Rosehill, Papakura

Community-driven home buyers’ club a success

A new wave of transformation has hit a Papakura suburb thanks to a new scheme that is providing more cost effecting housing alternatives to those looking to get their foot in the housing market. As the first of its kind in the area, the project is a co-…

Run, Mum Run!

Mothers' Day Fun Run – Sunday 12 May

New Zealand’s biggest Mother’s Day event, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk, in support of women’s heart health, is returning to Pukekohe on May 12 – with tickets now on sale. Runners and walkers will set off from Bledisloe Park at 9am, joinin…

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…

Proud, Papakura Proud

2nd Annual Street Fest – Saturday 4 May

“We’re so excited to be holding our second Street Fest, where we will once again be showcasing all the things that make Papakura great” says Tracy Shackleton, Papakura Town Centre Manager. “It will be a whanau friendly event where we celebrate our town, …


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 …

Come Join in the Fun!

Mauku Fun Run – Sunday 7 April

Autumn is here, and so are the beautiful sun drenched mornings that have us believing it is still Summer! Take in the sun, the picturesque scenery, the sense of community and the fun, at the annual Mauku Fun Run. What better way to get amongst it wit…

It's Gala Time!

On Saturday 16th March, Pukekohe Christian School will hold their main fundraiser for the year – their popular annual Gala. Commencing at 8.30 with the garage sale and finishing at 1.30, the day offers fantastic bargains, food and fun for everyone in th…

Papakura Meals on Wheels

The End of An Era

At the completion of 53 years of delivering food to those in need, the hard-working team of drivers at Papakura’s Meals on Wheels, celebrated the end of an era with one last get together at the St Johns Hall in Papakura on February 13th this year. The g…

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 …

Growing Old Gratefully

The Super Generation

by Rebecca Glover

There’s never been a better time to be old in New Zealand. Baby boomers, the generation born after WWII, are enjoying longer and better twilight years than ever before. And they are enjoying those years thanks to better health, better living conditions a…

A Shot In The Arm For Armistice

A Revitalised RSA puts on a show

by Rebecca Glover

During 2018 there could have hardly been a soul who wasn’t aware that this year is the centenary of the end of World War I. Sadly, and inevitably, it turned out not to be the war to end all wars, but its horrific nature and consequences changed the way c…

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…

Growing Generosity for the Festive Season

Rotary Club of Drury Christmas Collection for the Salvation Army

For the eighteenth consecutive year the vegetable growers of Franklin will once again show their extreme generosity by donating produce to the annual Christmas appeal for the Salvation army.Which this year will occur on Wednesday the 19th of December

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…

Zonta Awards Celebrate Future Stars

by Rebecca Glover

Not many people have heard of Zonta, but the world is bound to hear about a couple of young women who have just received awards from the organisation. Not many people have heard of Zonta, but the world is bound to hear about a couple of young women who h…

For The Love Of Dog

New Zealand Premier Dog of the Year Show 2018

by Rebecca Glover

Dogdom's finest gather in a spirit of friendship as much as competition The atmosphere is surprisingly relaxed for such a prestigious event. Some dogs are having a final touch-up, others are resting in their crates. Handlers and owners appear similarly l…