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Tis the Season to be… Papakura Proud!

by Lucy Mullinger

For all things, Jolly, Joyful and generally Christmassy, Papakura is your one stop Christmas stop this year. Having always had always had a strong community spirit, varied retail base with numerous eatery options, your local town centre has pulled out al…

Demystifiying Your Mortgage

Claire McArthur & Personalised Mortgages Ltd

by Rebecca Glover

Money for nothing? Of course, it's not that simple, but it's Claire McArthur's job to hunt down the best possible loan offer for her clients – and generally, there's no charge. Claire is a mortgage advisor with Personalised Mortgages Ltd, a premier mortg…

‘Living Big in a Tiny House’ by Bryce Langston

Many of us dream of living in a tiny house. Small, compact buildings that offer an appealing way to live more sustainably, providing smart, energy-efficient housing at low cost – one solution to meeting the challenge of New Zealand’s housing shortage and…

Farewell Top Fuel

by Greg Stokes

In recent years, primarily at Meremere Dragway, New Zealand drag racing fans have been treated to some of the most extraordinary Top Fuel drag racing thanks to Marsh Motorsport and Mount Shop. Top Fuel is the highest ranked form of drag racing with nitro…

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…

Island Hopping, New Zealand Style

Part Ⅱ: The City of Sails

by Lucy Mullinger

We love to have fun in the sun, but it’s often human nature to visit the same tried and true holiday destinations every year. At elocal, we decided to come up with some great island hopping adventures that will give the family and friends a break, at the…

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…

In Search of Our Tangata Whenua

Part Ⅰ: Waipoua Whitewash Challenging NZ History: Who Were Here First?

Welcome to Part one of In Search of Our Tangata Whenua, in which elocal examines revolutionary ideas about ancient New Zealand. New Zealand was first settled in the 13th century, by Maori, right? Think again. The first people living in New Zealand we…

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

A Slap in the Face for Democracy

Can You and I Trust the Government to do the Right Thing, Most of the Time? I Wonder.

by James Heard

A shortfall of 900 teachers today: 2,000 plus students without permanent teachers. By 2020 a shortage of 2,500 teachers. Costs driving teachers out of Auckland. Leaky homes! Housing shortages. House prices! The cost of energy: electricity and petroleum. …

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…

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand

Part Ⅱ: UFO Sightings

by Lucy Mullinger

New Zealand might seem like a far-flung place isolated from the rest of the world, but we still have our fair share of weird and wonderful mysteries that remain unsolved. In fact, according to a report from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), obtained un…

Enough is Enough!

by Dr Don Brash

Six months ago, I wrote a column about the five local referenda which defeated the attempt of five district councils to foist separate Maori wards on their districts. And about the open letter which Local Government New Zealand had written to the Govern…

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅱ: The Mystery Continues…

by David Child-Dennis

Gold Bullion, Uranium, Loot… What really happened? Will we ever know? The ‘Monsun Gruppe’ Before continuing my attempt to reconstruct what I believe to be the fate of the crew of U-196 after they reached New Zealand, it might be useful to give readers…

1080: Protecting The Environment?

(Part Ⅱ)

by Shelley Hedges

by Shelley Hedges In the first article of Simplifying the 1080 Evidence I looked at technical aspects of the scientific research, the effects on aquatic fauna particularly freshwater trout and eels, and at the 1080 concerns raised in the 2007 ERMA repor…

Aneessa Makes American Debut

Smooth Modern Cover of Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life”

(November, 16th, 2018 - Los Angeles) Dance music fans in Europe and abroad are intimately familiar with singer-songwriter Aneessa from her international club hits “Jamais,” "Superwoman,” “Dance with Me,” “Sur Mes Terres,” “I Can’t Let You Go” and “It’s o…

Motown Magic

with Veteran Michael B. Sutton

Motown Veteran Michael B. Sutton Launches The Sound of L.A. Entertainment Company with New Distribution Deal with Orchard/Sony. R&B, Pop, Jazz, Gospel and Dance Genres Gloriously Represented with Dynamic New Artists Title: Motown Magic with Veteran Micha…

Letters to the Editor

December 2018

«h4»Saturday’s haka a poor symbol of multi-racial society«/h4» In edition 211 there is an article on medical marijuana, in the ‘looking abroad’ section it talks about Sweden’s choice to have a zero-tolerance policy against drugs which as stated had a…

Section + House Plans For Sale

Drury Hills Sanctuary | 357 Drury Hills Road

A chance of a lifetime to secure this tranquil site when it’s unable to be duplicated anywhere. With views towards Manukau and on to the Waitakere Ranges, surrounded by Virgin Bush with birdsong, bushwalks to enjoy. Totally private land and with a view t…

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…