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Literary Greats (Part IV)

Edgar Allan Poe

by Kerry Monaghan

Widely regarded as an originator of horror and detective genres as well as a pioneer of the modern short story with reoccurring images of murder, madmen, vivisepulture and mysterious women who rise from the dead came an American writer, poet, editor and …

Literary Greats (Part III)

Sam Hunt

by Kerry Monaghan

Literary Greats pt 3 Sam Hunt As one of New Zealand’s larger than life and undoubtedly most rock n roll poets, Sam Hunt is a rare commodity that has always remained somewhat unconventional, an essentialist and unashamedly honest in his plethora of work t…

Literary Greats (Part II)

Sylvia Plath

by Kerry Monaghan

Credited with helping to advance the genre of ‘Confessional Poetry’ in the mid twentieth century; the style of writing that was written in an autobiographical manner and dealt with subject matter relating but not limited to, death, tragedy, trauma and de…

Literary Greats (Part I)

Katherine Mansfield

by Kerry Monaghan

With a mercurial mind, at times untameable but unashamedly honest, one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed literary icons lived a brief but tumultuous life. Born as Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp, October 14th, 1888 in a small wooden house in Thorndon, Welling…

Running for Top Job

Mayoral Candidate, John Palino

As a father, business owner and mayoral candidate it’s a multi-layered answer when one asks, ‘Who is John Palino?’ John Palino was born in the USA and has 3 brothers and a sister. When asked about his childhood, John immediately said “I worked! From age …

Helping to Shape the Future of Franklin

Andrea Fulljames: Franklin Local Board Chair

by Kerry Monaghan

Becoming the Franklin Local Board chair in 2016 was the first step in two years of learning for Angela Fulljames. Now she and her team continue to be the leading voice for the district and its communities on issues that matter. All that groundwork of bu…

Lurking in The Manukau

Shane Johnston: Shark Hunter of Franklin

by Kerry Monaghan

Shane Johnston grew up with fishing. His father was a fisherman for forty years around the Glenbrook region and so was his Grandfather. Fishing for Shane is in the blood. Shane Johnston grew up with fishing. His father was a fisherman for forty years …

A Local Legend

Mac McCallion: Rugby Hero, War Hero

by Rebecca Glover

Mac's stellar sporting career has been well documented. Not so well known is his heroism in the Vietnam war. Revered in sporting circles as a rugby icon, a hard man who drove his teams to success in the mid-1990s, Mac took the Steelers to heights no prev…

Legacy of the Museum

Dr Michelle Smith

by Kerry Monaghan

Delving into community history is a fantastic way to discover local identity, even the darker side of things that include death and destruction. That may sound confronting to some, but not historian, curator and researcher, Dr Michelle Smith. She loves h…

Nepal: An Education

Heather Garrett

by Kerry Monaghan

When Heather Garrett was offered the chance to go on a once in a lifetime three-week excursion to support a school in remote rural Nepal, she jumped at the chance. When Heather Garrett was offered the chance to go on a once in a lifetime three-week excur…

A Lucky Man

Colin Topp: Serving His Country and Community

by Rebecca Glover

Life hasn't been all plain sailing, but this Papakura pair have smoothed the waters for many. “I was born lucky,” says Colin Topp. Weathering the Depression of the 1930s, a survivor of years of war in the Pacific and now 93 years old, he's been lucky in …