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Growth and Infrastructure Held up by Auckland Council Structure

Where’s all the Money Going?

When local developer, Joe* and his wife heard that KiwiBuild was in need of affordable homes to sell to first-home buyers, they made the decision to offer up two homes to the initiative. Four months down the track, he says there has only been one email …

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…

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…

The Roaring Years

Remembering the Golden Years of Pukekohe Park Raceway

by Greg Stokes

Ask any Pukekohe local and they will have fond memories of the golden years of motor racing at Pukekohe Park Raceway. The venue has hosted many globally renowned motor racing drivers over the years and many local heroes have started out from club level r…

Protecting Papakura’s Scenic Reserve for the future, today.

Protecting the legacy of one of Papakura's scenic reserves.

by Kerry Monaghan

Spanning an impressive thirteen acres just off Great South Road, Papakura, lies one of Franklin’s most naturally beautiful scenic reserves, Kirks Bush. Spanning an impressive thirteen acres just off Great South Road, Papakura, lies one of Franklin’s most…

One Light, One Child, One Community at a Time

Solar Buddy lights creating a brighter future for those in need

by Kerry Monaghan

One light, one child, one community at a time. The motto of the Australian registered charity called Solar Buddy that has been creating a brighter future for impoverished energy communities overseas since 2015. One light, one child, one community at a t…

Two NZ Road Racing Champions in one day!

Papakura Athletic Club takes out two NZ Road Racing titles

Papakura Athletic & Harrier Club(PAHC) recently took out two titles at the NZ Road racing championships held on the 2nd of September at Cambridge. Papakura Athletic & Harrier Club(PAHC) recently took out two titles at the NZ Road racing championships hel…

Drug Use in NZ, is There a Better Way?

Alternative ways to dealing with pain and anxiety without prescribed medication

by Lucy Mullinger

According to statistics from the New Zealand Drug Foundation, 44 per cent of New Zealanders will try an illicit drug at some point in their life. This is not counting the many kiwis who aren’t openly taking illegal drugs. Instead, they are being prescrib…

Auckland Council Closing Mt Wellington Bucket and Kart Track

Ratepayers disenfranchised over sporting venue closure

by Mykeljon Winckel

Regrettably Auckland Council is closing the Mt Wellington bucket and Kart track in order to seek a commercial tenant who will pay a higher rent for the land the track is on. A key factor in keeping the costs down for participants has been the concessiona…

Stella – A Real Dog Star

The Pound Pup Who's Worth Her Weight In Gold

by Rebecca Glover

When Tracy Shackleton and her family lost their much loved Jack Russell terrier last July, they were inconsolable. “Isobel was spending a lot of time sleeping, which we assumed was just old age. But when we took her to the vet for a check-up, we were hor…

Letters to the Editor

Have you say Letters to the Editor.

Have your say on the issues facing your community! Email your letters to editor@elocal.co.nz Saturday’s haka a poor symbol of multi-racial society “Regardless of whether Hobson's Pledge's Dr Don Brash was strictly correct in stating that the haka “imp…

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 …

Driver Technology Now Reality

How is New Zealand Faring?

by Lucy Mullinger

In March 2016, a Tesla Model S cruised across the Auckland Harbour Bridge while the 'driver' sat with his hands off the steering wheel and the car did all the work. In March 2016, a Tesla Model S cruised across the Auckland Harbour Bridge while the 'd…

Was Zero Out Of Ten Too Harsh?

by Dr Don Brash

A few weeks ago on a breakfast TV programme, I was provoked into quoting a recent assessment of the Key/English Government by Kerry McDonald, a former director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, and chief executive or chairman of a number…

Spring into Cleaning!

Home and Away Professional services in Franklin

Spring is coming up and that means it won't be long before barbecues start getting a dust-off and family and friends are over to enjoy the warmer weather. Spring is coming up and that means it won't be long before barbecues start getting a dust-off and f…

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…