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M. bovis: More Questions Than Answers

The More We Know, The More We Don't Know About Cattle Disease

by Rebecca Glover

What do we know about Mycoplasma Bovis? It's probably fair to say there's more we don't know than what we do. Where, when, how are questions that are still not answered, or are given different interpretations every week. And every week more comes to ligh…

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…

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…

Do New Zealanders Really Want Political Structures Based On Race?

by Dr Don Brash

Late last year, five district councils – Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane, Palmerston North, Manawatu and Kaikoura – voted to establish one or more Maori wards in their districts. The intention was that those on the Maori roll for Parliamentary election…

Daring to Dance into the Light

Tatiana Skorik: The Iron Girl Story

by Taryn Surgison

Photographic Artist Tatiana Skorik’s compelling work not-to-be-missed in awe-inspiring show ‘The Iron Girl Story’. When you meet noteworthy contemporary photographer Tatiana Skorik for the first time you instantly get the sense that her poise and calm na…

Parental Consent

An Opinion by Franklin Christian Lobby

by Noel Surrey

Last year as the election approached it was important to reflect on the truth that we couldn’t have it both ways. As voters we couldn’t cherry pick policies from each of the parties represented in the ballot. We had to make choices and live with those …

Housing Crisis at Boiling Point

A Response

by Bill Cashmore

The housing crisis is very real and has been building up for 20 years or more. High population growth in recent years has exasperated the situation. This is not an apologist reply but a series of facts and context to give elocal readership relevant infor…

Is The New ATAP A Benefit To Our Area?

by Jon Reeves

By Jon Reeves - Coordinator Public Transport Users’ Association The recently announced Auckland Transport Alignment Programme 2 (ATAP2), certainly has some much welcome and much needed projects for our congested city. Electrification of passenger trains…

Hybrid Trains Derailed by NZTA

An Interview with Bill Cashmore

elocal caught up with Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore to discuss progress on Special Housing Areas, infrastructure issues and the likelihood of those promised hybrid trains! It’s been a while now since the local body elections, what evidence are you seeing t…

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 …

‘A Way with Words’ by Chris Maclean

Chris Maclean is a Waikanae-based author with a keen interest in the outdoors, the subject of a number of his books. Born in Wellington in 1952, he graduated from Victoria University with a degree in history. A career as a stained-glass artist in the 197…

‘An ANZAC in the Family’ by Sherryl Abrahart

Sherryl Abrahart is a New Zealand writer now living in the UK. She has been a full time technical writer since the early 1970s, writing user guides and process manuals for banks and telecoms then for websites and organisations from the National Health Se…

A Commonwealth Coming of Age

by Joanne Taylor

The first Commonwealth Games were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada. Bobby Robinson, a major influence within athletics in Canada at the time, finally implemented the event that had been talked about amongst Commonwealth nations for over thirty years. Ele…

17,800 Homes Planned Pukekohe to Drury

Housing Crisis at Boiling Point for Developers

by Joanne Taylor

The New Zealand housing crisis continues to concern developers, builders and buyers. The Labour government bragged about its plan to address the housing crisis with the introduction of its KiwiBuild programme and an amendment to the Tenancy Act whereby …