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Navigation Homes' New Showhome Sets the Standard for New Family Homes

Navigation Homes are excited about leading the way in new and fresh designs, meticulous project management and construction to outstanding service. Our homes speak for themselves and are professionally built with you in mind. Navigation Homes are excited…

Arisen from The Ashes

Golden Homes ‘Phoenix’ New Show Home in Drury

Travel along State Highway 22 from Drury through to Pukekohe and it is hard to miss the tasteful silhouette of the Brand New Golden Homes Show Home on the corner of McPherson and Karaka roads that has emerged better, brighter and bigger than the one that…

Unwelcome Invaders

The destruction of termites in New Zealand

Much has been made of a recent discovery of a Queensland Fruit Fly in two areas of Auckland in February and like many foreign species, if it were to get a hold in the country our horticultural and associated industries could suffer severe consequences. T…

For Sale: Aesthetically Astute

A Home That Inspires Desire

Are you on the lookout for a home that exudes sophistication inside and out? A home to call your own that has the most incredible Architectural lines that blend in seamlessly with peaceful rural surroundings whilst still being close enough to town. ZAM B…

Tree Removal with Tree Magic

The decision to remove a tree from your property sometimes isn’t easy. They take years to grow and are an important part of the environment. But sometimes due to a number of factors the call just has to be made to get them cut down, so they are no longer…

5G

Part Ⅰ: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread... Or More Cancer for Everyone?

by Katherine Smith

For the last few months, controversy has swirled regarding the proposed 5G system for New Zealand after the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) warned that using Huawei equipment posed a security risk. However, national mainstream media has…

The Situation Could Hardly Be More Serious

by Dr Don Brash

A few months ago, I wrote a column highlighting some of the serious things which are going on under our collective noses to provide, or in some cases, continue to provide special privileges to those New Zealanders who chance to have at least one Maori an…

Guilty or Not Guilty?

The Bain Homicide Case (Part Ⅱ)

by Kevin Sturgeon

Last month, I mentioned, there is a multitude of issues in this case. Not least the legitimate tactics employed on both sides to present their side of the argument. The trial lasted 3 months and 183 witnesses were called. Four million dollars were spent …

Scumbuggery

Part Ⅰ: Once Were Whalers…

by Julie Halligan

‘Once Were Whalers…’ is part 1 of a 6 part series looking at the ‘scumbuggery’ that has happened through the years in New Zealand. It was the era that has retrospectively been described as the Age of Discovery, a time when the commercial and imperial int…

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand

Part Ⅳ: Disappearances

by Lucy Mullinger

In a country as small as New Zealand, with a slowly burgeoning population (4,772,980 at last count), it might be a surprise to hear that mysterious disappearances and strange happenings still remain uncovered. Surely someone must have stumbled upon somet…

Common Myths About Reading and Writing

Extracts from ‘Raise your Child to Read and Write’ by Frances Adlam

Common Myths about Reading and Writing - Extracts from Raise your Child to Read and Write by Frances Adlam UNTANGLING LEARNING-TO-READ MYTHS In the past ten years, educational research has brought much clarity to what does, and doesn’t, support a youn…

March in Papakura

What's on this month in Papakura

Find out what's new and happening this month in Papakura, with the Papakura Business Association. WELCOME TO OUR NEW BUSINESSES IN TOWN: Flavours of the Pacific who have opened in Broadway. Baby and Me Café who have opened in O’Shannessey Street. Co…

Sparky – The Lucky Kitten

by Rebecca Glover

Cats have a habit of popping up into people’s lives at the right moment. Mary Medricky and her husband David had been thinking of getting a feline friend after being catless for a while. David favoured the Maine Coon breed, a large and handsome long hai…

There is Something About New

Housing Update with James Heard

by James Heard

For most of us new is so appealing, even the idea of new carries a certain mystique. What will be new, fresh, in this otherwise familiar product? It doesn’t matter whether it is clothes, cars, cameras, jewellery, guns, boats, tennis racquets, a smart ph…

The Garden Acupuncture

Do you have numb fingers, sore arm & tight shoulder that have been bothering you? If so, you might be suffering from cervical radiculopathy. Numbness in the fingers, sore arm and tight shoulder sound like there are three different pains in three differen…

Everyone loves a bright sunny summer’s day

Massey Aquatic Centre's largest solar panel swimming pool gives Papakura Local Board more reason than most to enjoy the hot sun beating down

With New Zealand’s largest solar-powered swimming pool heating system now installed at Massey Aquatic Centre, Papakura Local Board have more reason than most to enjoy the sight of a hot sun beating down on the town. But the tightwads at the Papakura Loc…

The Only Air You Should be Breathing is Perfect Air

Heat pumps are hot! And very cool.

Heat pumps have become the go-to solution for solving heating woes in New Zealand homes over the last few years. In July 2019 it becomes compulsory for all rental housing in New Zealand to have insulation and adequate clean heating, many landlords are lo…

Where To, Now?

Don Brash's Full Speech from Waitangi 2019

Tena koutou ki a koutou a Ngapuhi E hari ana taku ngakau ki te mihi atu ki a koutou He iwi kotahi tatou No reira tena koutou. Can I begin my comments today by saying how much I appreciate your invitation? I have no doubt that some of you see me as a rac…

Write in, have your opinion heard!

It’s hard to believe that as you folks read this month’s edition of elocal it will be February, Kids will be back at school, the humidity will be full on, and we will have endured another year of who went, who didn’t and who did and didn’t do what at Wai…

Papakura Youth Council

Change for future generations

by Kerry Monaghan

Since 2011, Papakura Youth Council has been a valuable asset to its Youth in the Papakura community by allowing them to be seen and heard. Working alongside the Papakura Local Board and community groups, the Youth Council are advocates for young people …