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Turning Your Home into a Visual Masterpiece!

Your home is your castle, but not everyone likes a castle, some want a cottage or an eco-friendly self-sustaining, climate friendly minimalistic studio! When you are selling your home, because you love it as it is, it is sometimes difficult to imagine …

Making Your Smile Worthwhile

Prosthodontist John Bell Brings New Life to Teeth

by Rebecca Glover

John Bell's dental specialty, (prosthodontist) doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but the difference he can make to your smile could be life-changing. In past times, damaged or decayed teeth were either ignored or removed. But now the range of soluti…

Crown Excludes New Zealanders From the Treaty of Waitangi Conversation

1985 Judge Cooke's legal opinion has lead the way to division, judicial activism and manipulation

by Chris Newman

In the 1980’s Parliamentarians began an unsuccessful search for the elusive “principles” to interpret the words of the Treaty of Waitangi. In 1985 the Court of Appeals Judge Robin Cooke, with the Treaty in one hand and his law manual in the other, declar…

What Does the Christchurch Mosque Massacre Mean for Freedom of Speech in New Zealand?

by Dr Don Brash

Last year, there was a lively debate in New Zealand about what should, and on the other hand what should not, be banned. Last year, there was a lively debate in New Zealand about what should, and on the other hand what should not, be banned. This wa…

Kauri Gum Reserves

A History

by Kerry Monaghan

Agathis Australis or Kauri in Maori is one of New Zealand’s oldest and mightiest coniferous trees that can grow upwards of fifty metres and can live around two thousand years. Agathis Australis or Kauri in Maori is one of New Zealand’s oldest and might…

‘Gretchen Albrecht: between gesture & geometry’ by Luke Smythe

The Life and Career of One of New Zealand's Most Influential and Estimated Contemporary Artists

Gretchen Albrecht CNZM is one of our most prominent painters. In a significant new book published by Massey University Press this month, art historian Luke Smythe surveys her career and assesses her work and practice, confirming her status as a pioneer o…

Surviving the Back to Routine Blues

by Lucy Mullinger

Before we had modern luxuries such as television, warm baths and queen-sized beds, we were living in caves, hunted by dangerous animals and fighting the elements. We didn’t have mirrors, so we didn’t really care about what we looked like, we were much t…

MAY IN PAPAKURA

We hope to see you all at our upcoming StreetFEST on Saturday 4th of May 2018 Free Family Fun Day with lots of stalls, community groups and initiatives, local entertainment, fun for the kids and activities, Facepainting, Chill Out Zone, great food spec…

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-…

Guilty or Not Guilty?

The Bain Homicide Case (Part Ⅳ)

by Kevin Sturgeon

The 2009 Trial If you now consider that proof has been produced to make David the murderer, where does that leave the many specialist and expert witnesses who gave evidence for the defence? Where does that leave the claims by the defence council, Micha…

Scumbuggery

Part Ⅲ: The Saintly Sinner

The white man who figuratively held the gun for a chief to pull the trigger thus igniting the worst holocaust New Zealand in New Zealand’s history The white man who figuratively held the gun for a chief to pull the trigger thus igniting the worst holoc…

Mayday and Maypoles and Workers Rights

This Month in History

In the Northern Hemisphere the traditional ‘May Day’ celebration is an ancient festival whose origins are shrouded in the mists of time. It is said that the earliest May Day observances began in pre-Christian times out of the Roman empire, a dedication t…

‘Finding Frances Hodgkins’ by Mary Kisler

A New Approach to One of New Zealand's Most Influential Expatriate Artists

May is shaping up to be all about Frances Hodgkins, with a major show at the Auckland Art Gallery and two new books. Finding Frances Hodgkins, published this month by Massey University Press, is by well-known curator Mary Kisler. The book is part of The …

Getting Ahead of the Rest

When their children were toddlers, John and Liz van Winden, decided it was time to ensure that they were already planning for their expanding family’s future. “It was important to us that we would be able to provide for their future including university …

‘Lest We Forget’

by Sally Sumner

New Zealand is still awash with grief in the aftermath of the killings in Christchurch that left 50 New Zealanders dead and many more injured. Our image overseas while tarnished as a safe haven, has been boosted by our Prime Minister who has presented th…

Attention!

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 …

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, …

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…