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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

Celebrating the Grand Opening of their New Showhome

If you are looking for your individual needs to be met, at affordable and realistic prices, come and visit our new show home to see all the latest materials that A1 Homes has to offer. Tony Smith offers MANY years of experience with over 300 homes under…