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Running for Top Job

Mayoral Candidate, John Palino

As a father, business owner and mayoral candidate it’s a multi-layered answer when one asks, ‘Who is John Palino?’ John Palino was born in the USA and has 3 brothers and a sister. When asked about his childhood, John immediately said “I worked! From age …

Rebel Round Up Goes Off!

by Greg Stokes

If it isn’t broke then don’t fix it and that was the formula for this year’s annual Rebel Round Up at Pukekohe Park Raceway back in February. The organisers tweaked and adjusted things for a smooth running event but the recipe was the same. Fun with ol…

New Season Styles at Baker’s Shoes

As the cooler airs and darker evenings herald the arrival of Autumn and winter months, this season’s new styles at Baker’s shoes are sure to warm the cockles of your heart and your toes! Along with the usual winter shades of navy, wine and black, you wi…

Dine Like A King!

The choice and quality at Kings Garden Restaurant in Pukekohe is creating quite a stir locally. Many a family has dined out either at Yum Cha, or utilising their takeaway menu to create an evening of tasty authentic, quality Chinese food that leaves them…

Opening Another Can of Worms

Capital Gains Tax

by Dr Don Brash

I have no difficulty understanding why many people are strongly in favour of a capital gains tax. They see a minority of New Zealanders enjoying the very good life, living in a luxurious home, going on international trips every year, driving a late model…

We are Together

by Judith Collins

It is very hard to find words even now to express the shock, disbelief and upset that all New Zealanders, including my colleagues in Parliament and myself, experienced, as we heard the details of the terrible terrorist attacks on the Al Noor Mosque on De…

Guilty or Not Guilty?

The Bain Homicide Case (Part Ⅲ)

by Kevin Sturgeon

On June 20, 1994, five members of the Bain family were shot in the head using David Bain’s .22 rifle. The defence argued that the father, Robin Bain, had shot his wife, two daughters and his youngest son Stephen, then committed suicide with the same rifl…

5G

Part Ⅱ: “The Stupidest Idea in the History of the World”

by Katherine Smith

“Putting in tens of millions of 5G antennae without a single biological test of safety has got to be about the stupidest idea anyone has had in the history of the world.” [1] – Professor Emeritus Dr. Martin L. Pall, PhD. An introductory article about 5G …

Scumbuggery

Part Ⅱ: Notorious Pakeha Maoris

by Julie Halligan

Part 2 in a 6 part series looking at the ‘scumbuggering’ that has happened through the years in New Zealand. The Georgian England of the 1800s was a savage regime still attempting to come to grips with the sweeping social changes that had arisen as a di…

Kiri and Dave’s Big Adventure

And The Flight Of An Albatross

by Julie Halligan

The question hung in the air between us ‘So what drew you to the Chatham Islands in the first place? The two pairs of eyes looking back at me widened, the heads nodded together and two voices in unison replied ‘Fossilised sharks teeth’. Kiri jumped …

Fabulous Feijoa Recipe

Orange and Caramelised Feijoa Crumble Cake

INGREDIENTS Orange Base: • 185 g butter • 185 g caster sugar • 3 x 60 g eggs • 185 g self-raising flour • finely-grated zest of 1 x large orange Caramelised feijoas: • 900 g feijoas • 150g sugar • 75 ml water Crumble Topping: • 80g butter • 1…

‘John Scott Works’ by David Straight

A Survey of the Career of One of New Zealand’s Most Important Architects

John Scott is a legend in New Zealand architecture circles. A regional modernist who mostly practised in Hawke’s Bay, his life’s works of houses, churches and community buildings have attained near mythical status since his early death in 1992. Despite b…

Letters to the Editor

April 2019

NATIONAL UNITY At last the motto of Hobson’s Pledge, the maxim for which Don Brash has been constantly vilified and satirised in the media, has been accepted by the Prime Minister in her comfortingly inclusive phrase to Muslim immigrants; “We are one …

Cut, Colour and Care

Glancing in the mirror and feeling impressed by what you see can make a world of difference to our overall wellbeing, and proof that the hours we spend looking after our bodies is worth it! We all want to know that how we dress, and how we look reflects …

Need More Copies?

by Sally Sumner

elocal's monthly Editors note One of the things I love best about being involved with elocal is the number of people that call in or email us to tell us about how much they liked reading the last edition and when will the next one be available. The nu…

It's Gala Time!

On Saturday 16th March, Pukekohe Christian School will hold their main fundraiser for the year – their popular annual Gala. Commencing at 8.30 with the garage sale and finishing at 1.30, the day offers fantastic bargains, food and fun for everyone in th…

Giving Young People a Helping Hand

Papakura Youth Pathways and Excellence Grants

by Kerry Monaghan

Since 2016, the Papakura Local Board has been giving young people a helping hand with its financial scheme that provides a scholarship grant for those embarking on tertiary study, trade or leadership courses. The Papakura Youth Pathways and Excellence G…

Papakura Meals on Wheels

The End of An Era

At the completion of 53 years of delivering food to those in need, the hard-working team of drivers at Papakura’s Meals on Wheels, celebrated the end of an era with one last get together at the St Johns Hall in Papakura on February 13th this year. The g…

Calling Juniors

Meremere Dirt Track Need Race Car Drivers!

In years gone by, it has been a rite of passage for many New Zealand Kids to watch mesmerised trackside, Hot dog on a stick in hand, while custom and hand built road cars race round an oval dirt track, in all or nothing, guts and glory type racing that i…

As Good As It Gets

The 70th Grand National Roadster Show, Pomona, C.A.

by Greg Stokes

The world’s longest running indoor show celebrated its 70th birthday over the last weekend of January 2019 in Pomona, California, USA. The Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) didn’t just turn 70; it also enjoyed a very high attendance due to the diver…