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NZ's Infamous Founding History (Part II)

Bloodshed in the Bay of Islands

Last issue, we heard of the terrible conquest of Hongi Hika, a warlord whose bloodlust began by avenging Ngāpuhi. But there have been other killers in New Zealand’s past, who didn’t need war to justify their slaughter. Meet young Maketu, son of a Ngāpuhi…

The Greatest Years of Formula One Racing

Wigram Memories 1967–70

by David Child-Dennis

The late 1960s saw the best pre-Formula One racing this country has ever experienced. Racing took place over January, during the European winter, giving the Formula One teams a chance to test new chassis and suspension systems prior to the upcoming Europ…

Everyone Needs a Little Help

by Oz van Leeuwen

Ministry of Health Statistics on the obesity epidemic in NZ make for sobering reading. One third of adult New Zealanders are obese with a further third being overweight, three times what it was in the 1970’s, and the 3rd highest in the OECD. With studie…

Let Us Care About Your Hearing

Ours ear's main function is to transmit and transduce sound to the brain through the parts of the ear and as we age like much about our bodies, changes occur, and this can result in hearing loss. Because this can happen over a period of time, it can have…

Get Festive with Bracu!

Make your Christmas event one to remember

With Christmas just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about long Summer evenings spent dining with friends, relaxed brunches with extended families and the obligatory workplace Christmas party. What better venue is there than Bracu Restaura…

Making Connections Count

Parenting doesn’t come with a handbook and anyone who has ever been a parent or acted as a caregiver to a child, knows that it is not easy negotiating the many needs of a child from the moment they are born. Connecting Together is a relatively new Occup…

November in Papakura

Getting Ready for Christmas

What's on in Papakura for November GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS IN PAPAKURA We are getting ready for Christmas here as it looms up in just a few months CAROLS IN THE PARK Friday 6th of December in Central Park from 6 pm ROTARY SANTA PARADE Sund…

Acupuncture makes a dream come true!

Fertility specialist is available now in town treating both natural pregnancy & IVF support. Having a baby is one of the most beautiful things in life. The fertility journey should be full of joys but unfortunately it can be stressful and frustrating wh…

Getting ‘Results That Move You!’

Motivated to achieve the very best for her clients in all sorts of property markets

Real estate has become a way of life for Alison Kemp and it is evident from the moment you meet her that she wouldn’t change it. “My focus is on delivering service to my clients beyond their expectations and hopefully a very positive experience in wh…

NZ's Infamous Founding History (Part I)

Hongi Hika: NZ’s Biggest Killer, Man-eater and Marsden’s Mate

New Zealand has its noble history – the glossy version which is safe for our children to learn about in school, the version of peace, pasture and parchment. But then there’s the other history of New Zealand, a history in which men like Hongi Hika orche…

Meeting Our Heroes

by Greg Stokes

At the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California back in January it was an honour for us to meet Jim "Jake" Jacobs who was the other half of Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Parts which GMS Hot Rods are dealers for. Pete & Jakes were founded in 1973 shor…

Petition for Port Waikato Erosion

Our Port Waikato community is on the edge, literally!

Our Port Waikato community is on the edge, literally! Years of erosion have taken their toll on Sunset Beach, Port Waikato and the problem is now more serious than ever. Over half the car park has been lost, the community hall has been condemned, and…

Kiwibuild's Gone, and The Government's Credibility with It

by Dr Don Brash

Don Brash Opinion Piece Several months ago, it was abundantly clear that KiwiBuild was a complete failure. In the 2017 election campaign, the Labour Party’s biggest promise was to “deliver 100,000 quality, affordable houses for first home buyers over …

Big on Service, Big on Deals

Treat yourself to the Best!

Ebbett Pukekohe is part of a trusted motor vehicle company that’s been going from strength to strength for 90 years. Since Alf Ebbett started the company in 1912, the very essence of providing the very best cars at the best prices has been at the forefro…

Literary Greats (Part III)

Sam Hunt

by Kerry Monaghan

Literary Greats pt 3 Sam Hunt As one of New Zealand’s larger than life and undoubtedly most rock n roll poets, Sam Hunt is a rare commodity that has always remained somewhat unconventional, an essentialist and unashamedly honest in his plethora of work t…

Paving the Way for Papakura's Policing Future

Papakura High School Pathways To Police Programme

by Kerry Monaghan

From serving their communities to preventing crime while developing leadership skills, being part of the Police force can be one of the most rewarding careers a person can have, and now, thanks to a growing course initiative between Police, schools and t…

‘The Missing Lands: Uncovering Earth’s Pre-Flood Civilization’ By Freddy Silva

Book review of The Missing Lands, reviewed by Josie Laird The flood stories of different indigenous people all over the world bear striking similarities. There was a flood, nearly 11,000 years ago. Only a few select people survived and then a group of ‘g…

‘The Alexandrite’ by Dione Jones

Book review of The Alexandrite, reviewed by Josie Laird A mystery within a family saga which stretches across a century, involving an aristocratic family in England and the escape of various family members and retainers to New Zealand. Pamela, Lady Sca…

Papakura’s Loss of a Visionary

Papakura Residents miss out on true Visionary who wanted to help move our town forward

Papakura Residents miss out on true Visionary who wanted to help move our town forward. Written by retiring Papakura Board member of 9 years Michael Turner and Papakura Board member of 6 years Bill McEntee We believe that Papakura missed out on a great o…

Franklin Speaking Frankly

October 2019

Another season has passed, my 19th season of winter football in Franklin. Another year of progression – slowly but steady improvements that continue to drive the football talent space forward in our community. I was MC at last week’s prize giving and whi…