All articles

Why are Cypress Trees Dying?

The Cypress shelter belt has been used for decades for wind protection and boundary privacy. Thousands of properties throughout the country would have planted these trees as juveniles and seen them grow up to a height where they start to become trimmed a…

Standing the Test of Time

When you have been in the business of building homes as long as Frank Verheyen has you know what will work, and more importantly what won’t when it comes to implementing a building solution that meets your needs. Whether it’s an alteration, renovation, e…

Design and Build Well with JK Design

For design and build team Jana and Kieran Tod who make up the dynamic dyo from JK Design creativity is everything. A locally based interior design and build company, JK Design offers a new approach to building projects whether they be new builds, renovat…

Operation Improbable

The Rebuild Of 75 Squadron Mosquito YC-Z

by David Child-Dennis

There are very few of the older generation who have not heard of a de Havilland Mosquito. But few have had the good fortune to see one in the air, although many enthusiasts have seen them as static displays, essentially museum models. No matter when or h…

NZ's Infamous Founding History (Part III)

The War Next Door: The Battle of Pukekohe

Last issue, we read of a family being slain in cold blood in the Bay of Islands, and the first test of British justice. Now it’s Part 3 of New Zealand’s Bloody History, the Battle of Pukekohe: our town turned to battleground. In September 1863, the Briti…

The British Invasion (Part I)

Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November: Guy Fawkes & The Gunpowder Plot

by Rebecca Glover

Every year we celebrate the attempt by a group of English dissidents to blow up the English parliament over 400 years ago. Every November the letting off of fireworks results in a flood of claims to ACC, sends horses through fences and terrorises cats an…

Do it Once, Do it Right!

Hutton Builders - Where Quality Has No Compromise!

There is plenty of choice locally in Pukekohe when it comes to finding a building company who are willing and able to build a house for you, complete with all the bells and whistles. But it takes a special builder with whom you can create a relationship…

Freshwater Targets Pile on The Pressure

by Andrew Bayly

The heated exchanges that occurred at a recent Ministry for the Environment meeting in Pukekohe are symptomatic of the pressures building on our growers and farmers. They are becoming increasingly worried about the future and Government policies are the…

Captain James Cook (Part VI)

The Legacy of Captain Cook's Pacific Voyages

by Dr Michelle Ann Smith

After his death, James Cook’s memory was revered and his mana grew, while ‘his reputation spread across the Pacific’.[2] However, it was in only those places, such as Hawaii and Tahiti, where ‘Cook had forged a ceremonial friendship with a paramount chie…

A Thought About Climate Change

by Judith Collins

Politicians around the world have been calling for faster and faster action to reduce emissions. Our own Prime Minister has joined the political hype-train by announcing climate change is "my"/her generation’s nuclear free moment (who made everyone under…

Celebrating The Life of Your Loved One

Ensom Funeral Services recognises that each family’s needs are different and, with that in mind, they take the time to prepare a unique and fitting tribute and farewell. It is the emphasis on providing personal advice and assistance to grieving families…

Let's Teach New Zealand History – All Of It!

by Dr Don Brash

A few weeks ago, the Government announced that as from 2022 teaching New Zealand history would be a mandatory part of the school curriculum, at both primary and secondary level. As somebody who was an historian before he was an economist, I was delighted…

Lawson Home After Another Starring Year in Europe

Pukekohe motor racing star Liam Lawson has returned home from another successful season in Europe, where he finished runnerup in the Euroformula Open (EFO) championship and won the Rookie of the year title. Lawson was signed by the Red Bull Junior progra…

Conservation

Hate and Poison The New Black

by Richard Prosser

Seven hundred-odd kilometres south of Papakura, as the crow flies, the Department of Conservation is waging war on introduced pests. Great stuff, many people might think, giving the matter a quick nod of approval before carrying on with their busy lives.

Climbing Mountains for Mental Health

by Sally Sumner

It’s hard to imagine that behind the wide smile, bright eyes and amazing mop of dark brown curls sitting across from me, is a young man who in recent years has struggled with his own mental health. For Caleb Ihaia though it is a reality. Despite chatting…

The Very Vintage Day Out

Miss Pinup New Zealand 2019

By Estelle Belle, Jack Daniels Miss Pinup NZ 2019 Runner Up For anyone who has dabbled in the vintage or pinup community and culture there is one event that is set into their calendars each year and that is the Very Vintage Day Out. This year, the home o…

Literary Greats (Part IV)

Edgar Allan Poe (Part I)

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 …

From Franklin to Olé

by Sally Sumner

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. – Pele The words of a true legend, recognised by some as the best player of the beautiful game EVER and …

Where is the Real News?

by Sally Sumner

One of the main headlines this morning on the New Zealand news sites that I frequent each day reads “why you won’t see Judith Collins nude this summer” another screams “'Sick' life-sized doll suggests scary future for office workers.” I suppose it makes …

2019 Weir Rose Tournament

The Weir Rose Bowl began in the 1950s as a competition for U-12 boys, with the WRB trophy donated by Tom Weir, a member of the Junior Management Committee of Auckland Football After the formation of the Federations in 2000, the WRB evolved into a format …