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Rebel Round Up Goes Off!

by Greg Stokes

If it isn’t broke then don’t fix it and that was the formula for this year’s annual Rebel Round Up at Pukekohe Park Raceway back in February. The organisers tweaked and adjusted things for a smooth running event but the recipe was the same. Fun with ol…

We are Together

by Judith Collins

It is very hard to find words even now to express the shock, disbelief and upset that all New Zealanders, including my colleagues in Parliament and myself, experienced, as we heard the details of the terrible terrorist attacks on the Al Noor Mosque on De…

Run, Mum Run!

Mothers' Day Fun Run – Sunday 12 May

New Zealand’s biggest Mother’s Day event, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk, in support of women’s heart health, is returning to Pukekohe on May 12 – with tickets now on sale. Runners and walkers will set off from Bledisloe Park at 9am, joinin…

Understanding Modern Muslim Communities

by Kerry Monaghan

To understand any religion against a modern landscape, you first need to understand the landscape itself. New Zealand is a country with large scale immigration throughout its comparatively brief history, the Maori people arrived by sea followed by the Eu…

Proud, Papakura Proud

2nd Annual Street Fest – Saturday 4 May

“We’re so excited to be holding our second Street Fest, where we will once again be showcasing all the things that make Papakura great” says Tracy Shackleton, Papakura Town Centre Manager. “It will be a whanau friendly event where we celebrate our town, …

Getting Ahead of the Rest

When their children were toddlers, John and Liz van Winden, decided it was time to ensure that they were already planning for their expanding family’s future. “It was important to us that we would be able to provide for their future including university …

‘Lest We Forget’

by Sally Sumner

New Zealand is still awash with grief in the aftermath of the killings in Christchurch that left 50 New Zealanders dead and many more injured. Our image overseas while tarnished as a safe haven, has been boosted by our Prime Minister who has presented th…

Attention!

Papakura Cadet Force Creating Positive Futures

by Lucy Mullinger

When Joshua D’Acierno first came across Papakura Cadet Force, he was 12 years old lacking in confidence. “In all honesty, I wasn’t the best kid, I had problems with discipline and needed more confidence.” Six years down the track, he is now referred to …

Guilty or Not Guilty? (Part III)

The Bain Homicide Case

by Kevin Sturgeon

On June 20, 1994, five members of the Bain family were shot in the head using David Bain’s .22 rifle. The defence argued that the father, Robin Bain, had shot his wife, two daughters and his youngest son Stephen, then committed suicide with the same rifl…

Letters to the Editor

April 2019

NATIONAL UNITY At last the motto of Hobson’s Pledge, the maxim for which Don Brash has been constantly vilified and satirised in the media, has been accepted by the Prime Minister in her comfortingly inclusive phrase to Muslim immigrants; “We are one …

Kiri and Dave’s Big Adventure

And The Flight Of An Albatross

by Julie Halligan

The question hung in the air between us ‘So what drew you to the Chatham Islands in the first place? The two pairs of eyes looking back at me widened, the heads nodded together and two voices in unison replied ‘Fossilised sharks teeth’. Kiri jumped …

Fabulous Feijoa Recipe

Orange and Caramelised Feijoa Crumble Cake

INGREDIENTS Orange Base: • 185 g butter • 185 g caster sugar • 3 x 60 g eggs • 185 g self-raising flour • finely-grated zest of 1 x large orange Caramelised feijoas: • 900 g feijoas • 150g sugar • 75 ml water Crumble Topping: • 80g butter • 1…

Scumbuggery (Part II)

Notorious Pakeha Maoris

by Julie Halligan

Part 2 in a 6 part series looking at the ‘scumbuggering’ that has happened through the years in New Zealand. The Georgian England of the 1800s was a savage regime still attempting to come to grips with the sweeping social changes that had arisen as a di…

Running for Top Job

Mayoral Candidate, John Palino

As a father, business owner and mayoral candidate it’s a multi-layered answer when one asks, ‘Who is John Palino?’ John Palino was born in the USA and has 3 brothers and a sister. When asked about his childhood, John immediately said “I worked! From age …

5G (Part II)

“The Stupidest Idea in the History of the World”

by Katherine Smith

“Putting in tens of millions of 5G antennae without a single biological test of safety has got to be about the stupidest idea anyone has had in the history of the world.” [1] – Professor Emeritus Dr. Martin L. Pall, PhD. An introductory article about 5G …

Come Join in the Fun!

Mauku Fun Run – Sunday 7 April

Autumn is here, and so are the beautiful sun drenched mornings that have us believing it is still Summer! Take in the sun, the picturesque scenery, the sense of community and the fun, at the annual Mauku Fun Run. What better way to get amongst it wit…

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…