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Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad. Or is It?

Continuing low mortgage interest charges. A degree of comfort for buyers and sellers alike

by James Heard

Buyers and sellers can only feel a degree of comfort at the continuing low mortgage interest charges. The Reserve Bank in its November 2018 Monetary Policy Statement indicated a clear intention to hold the Official Cash Rate at 1.75% throughout 2019 and …

Persistence Pays

The new skate park at Ray Small Park, Papakura

It took six years to install the new skate park at Ray Small Park, much of that time used to stabilise the land, once part of the old Papakura dump. But Papakura Local Board chair Brent Catchpole says since it opened last year the doubters have been p…

Island Hopping, New Zealand Style

Part Ⅳ: From Kapiti Island to Rabbit Island

by Lucy Mullinger

We are spoilt for choice, in New Zealand, when it comes to finding beautiful islands just a hop, skip and a jump (or swim) from our back door. In this edition, we travel down to the bottom of the North Island, beginning with the stunningly beautiful Kapi…

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…

Guilty or Not Guilty?

The Bain Homicide Case (Part Ⅰ)

by Kevin Sturgeon

The public might assume that justice equals the truth, with regards to any Court Case brought before the New Zealand court, however in our adversarial system they may not be the same thing at all. New Zealand’s justice system is part of our system of go…

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…

High Goal Polocrosse 2019: New Zealand v Australia

Experience The Most Action Packed Game this Summer!

Polocrosse, the fast paced, 6 player team game played with a ball and net, all while on horseback is coming to Counties Polocrosse Club 588 Glenbrook Rd, Karaka on the 16th and 17th March, 2019. If you have never seen Polocrosse before this is your chanc…

Climate Change

Are we just getting the safest advice instead of a fuller picture?

by Bob Sinclair

As someone who has been forced to deal with a couple of serious medical conditions in the past, I am accustomed to “worst scenario” theories offered by professionals. And also, quite thankful for them. I would much rather hear the worst and hope for the …

Letters to the Editor

February 2019

Dear Sirs. In the latest edition of eLocal Ms. Lucy Mullinger writes an article about the in her opinion quite deplorable state of the education and well-being of children in New Zealand. She uses the phrase "in comparison to other Western countries, ho…

In Search of Our Tangata Whenua

Part Ⅱ: Parallels In Celtic–Maori Death Myths and The After-Life Underworld

For thousands of years, history, genealogies, stories and mythology had to be memorised by rote and gruelling repetition, then handed down in perfect oral delivery to each ensuing generation. For this mammoth task, children exhibiting the brightest and b…

The Banks Are Ripping Us Off!

(Part Ⅱ)

by Dr Don Brash

Last month, I wrote about some common misconceptions about the profitability of the banks operating in New Zealand, and noted that the Big Four Aussie banks, while quite profitable compared with banks elsewhere in the world, are not wildly profitable in …

And The Winner Is...

Hot Rods

by Greg Stokes

The automotive hobby is an interesting one with it being a big melting pot of people and so many interesting vehicles. We have featured Bob Neville’s “Lucky 17” Ford Model A boat tail speedster before but it’s worth talking about again. The neat little c…

Floors With Flair

The team at Flooring Xtra in Papakura are extra busy keeping the district's floors looking good. We've never been busier,” says Richard Wickett, co-owner of the store with his wife Trish. Having local support means a lot to the Wicketts. Long establish…

Service You Can Trust

Ebbett Pukekohe – All About “Your” Vehicle

Ebbett Pukekohe is part of a trusted motor vehicle company that’s been going from strength to strength for 90 years. An early photo shows a line-up of trucks outside the Hamilton premises of Ebbett Motors, the names of Vauxhall and Chevrolet proudly emb…

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 …

Growing Old Gratefully

The Super Generation

by Rebecca Glover

There’s never been a better time to be old in New Zealand. Baby boomers, the generation born after WWII, are enjoying longer and better twilight years than ever before. And they are enjoying those years thanks to better health, better living conditions a…

Larnach Castle

by Julie Halligan

Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula perched atop a rising ridge stands the imposing and lasting monument to one man’s insistent desire to announce to the world that he had arrived, that he was someone and that he had ‘done good’. William Larnac…

February in Papakura

Shop locally and support the businesses in Papakura! Did you know that in Papakura we have… • Sushi places • Cafes • Bakeries • Barber Shops • Gym/Rec Centre • Health places including Physio, Doctors, foot clinic, Massage places, Lab tests, Family Plann…

Renovation and Extensions are our Business!

by Lucy Mullinger

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…