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Rebel Roundup is Back!

Saturday 16 Feb 2019 at Pukekohe Park Raceway

by Greg Stokes

If last year’s Rebel Round Up event was anything to go by, this year’s one will be equally successful. The hot rod and custom car themed event tips its hat to the whole culture around it celebrating days gone by with live bands, retro fashion and of cour…

Renovation and Extensions are our Business!

Planning on renovating your home, bach or office? Smith and Sons is the place to go for advice. We ask their renovation experts how to get the best result, first time. We chat with Smith and Sons Pukekohe franchise-holders Lane and Melissa and their expe…

Affordable Family Living

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. Their new homes speak for themselves and are professionally built with you in mind. Founded in 2007 righ…

The Banks Are Ripping Us Off!

(Part Ⅰ)

by Dr Don Brash

Every now and then, there’s a surge of concern, sometimes even anger, at the banks. They make too much money. Their profits go overseas. They no longer provide services in country towns. Their culture needs watching carefully by the regulators, lest …

Our National Shame

Child Health

by Lucy Mullinger

As a first-world country, we are expected to have healthy children, living in happy homes and being offered great health services and as a whole, our children do tend to be offered a great range of services, in comparison to other western countries, howe…

1080: Protecting The Environment?

(Part Ⅲ)

by Shelley Hedges

This is the final article in the 1080 series and will look at how 1080 is delivered, any potential revenue losses for NZ, the results after 60 years of using 1080 and the alternatives? Doc employs an aerial dispersal method, usually by helicopter. This …

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅲ: The Real Treasure! Ghost Ship Reveals

by David Child-Dennis

On May 8, 1945, with Germany’s unconditional surrender, Admiral Dönitz, the commander of Germany’s submarine force, ordered a number of specialised cargo U-boats, still at sea, to proceed to foreign ports across the world. In the early 1980s local divers…

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand

Part Ⅲ: Cold Cases, Four Decades On

by Lucy Mullinger

It might be a small country but New Zealand has had its fair share of murder mysteries, some of which have remained unsolved for decades. In this edition of elocal, we look back at three of those head-scratching cases that have confused the nation and re…

Island Hopping, New Zealand Style

Part Ⅲ: Hauraki Gulf

by Lucy Mullinger

We love to have fun in the sun, but it’s often human nature to visit the same tried and true holiday destinations every year. At elocal, we decided to come up with some great island hopping adventures that will give the family and friends a break, at the…

‘The Way We Were: Port Waikato’ by Glennis Paton

A 'little project' takes on a life of its own

by Rebecca Glover

A few months ago elocal brought you the little-known story of Port Waikato's 1891 earthquake. Now a local woman has done a bit of moving and shaking of her own with her history of the sleepy seaside town. Actually it's the author herself, Glennis Paton,…

‘Down the Bay’ by Philip Simpson

Philip Simpson is an acclaimed botanist, who lives with his wine scientist wife Wendy Parr on a rugged limestone hillside overlooking Golden Bay. The couple’s home is at the end of a gravel road, close to where Philip was born at the north end of Abel Ta…

Happy New Year from Papakura Business Association

Papakura Business Association is back for another year and reflects on 2018 with three new murals painted around the town and new planters and flowers and baskets along the Main street. WELCOME TO 2019 The Business Association hopes you had a wonderful…

Roxy – If Only Dogs Could Talk…

by Rebecca Glover

Friday, April 13th didn't seem a particularly inauspicious date to Irene and Marinus van Wijk, but it turned out to carry all the traditional bad luck for their Jack Russell terrier, Roxy. “We were up north, leaving neighbours to keep an eye on our pro…

Anti-Money Laundering and Other Inconvenient Facts

by James Heard

If it were possible to troll sales data and then mathematically predict the sale price of your home / intended future home or that of any other home in town the profession of Registered Valuer would cease to exist. Masses of sales data will allow a trend…

Orion Street is a rising star

Neighbourhood support group rallies together to create a safer community with help from the Papakura Local Board and Neighbourhood Support. Papakura Local Board chair Brent Catchpole says its residents are a great example of people coming together to s…

Letters to the Editor

January 2019

SATURDAY'S HAKA A POOR SYMBOL OF MULTI-RACIAL SOCIETY This December, world leaders, possibly including Jacinda Ardern, will gather in Morocco to sign the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. While a growing list of coun…

Tis the Season to be… Papakura Proud!

by Lucy Mullinger

For all things, Jolly, Joyful and generally Christmassy, Papakura is your one stop Christmas stop this year. Having always had always had a strong community spirit, varied retail base with numerous eatery options, your local town centre has pulled out al…

Demystifiying Your Mortgage

Claire McArthur & Personalised Mortgages Ltd

by Rebecca Glover

Money for nothing? Of course, it's not that simple, but it's Claire McArthur's job to hunt down the best possible loan offer for her clients – and generally, there's no charge. Claire is a mortgage advisor with Personalised Mortgages Ltd, a premier mortg…

Merry Christmas from elocal

by Sally Sumner

Hard to imagine the end of yet another year is upon us and what a year it has been. Media seem to depict a gloomy picture, with house prices set to drop, rates to rise and business confidence at a nine year low, as companies worry about lack of direction…

Celebrating the Past, Present and Future

Opahake School 50th Jubilee

by Kerry Monaghan

From its early origins as farming land and as an undeveloped bush covered district where logs were once milled, the history of Opaheke and Ponga districts has undergone many changes throughout the years. Opaheke is part of the wider Papakura area and a…