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Growing Generosity for the Festive Season

Rotary Club of Drury Christmas Collection for the Salvation Army

For the eighteenth consecutive year the vegetable growers of Franklin will once again show their extreme generosity by donating produce to the annual Christmas appeal for the Salvation army.Which this year will occur on Wednesday the 19th of December

A Shot In The Arm For Armistice

A Revitalised RSA puts on a show

by Rebecca Glover

During 2018 there could have hardly been a soul who wasn’t aware that this year is the centenary of the end of World War I. Sadly, and inevitably, it turned out not to be the war to end all wars, but its horrific nature and consequences changed the way c…

Farewell Top Fuel

by Greg Stokes

In recent years, primarily at Meremere Dragway, New Zealand drag racing fans have been treated to some of the most extraordinary Top Fuel drag racing thanks to Marsh Motorsport and Mount Shop. Top Fuel is the highest ranked form of drag racing with nitro…

Section + House Plans For Sale

Drury Hills Sanctuary | 357 Drury Hills Road

A chance of a lifetime to secure this tranquil site when it’s unable to be duplicated anywhere. With views towards Manukau and on to the Waitakere Ranges, surrounded by Virgin Bush with birdsong, bushwalks to enjoy. Totally private land and with a view t…

End of Year Clearance Sale

Holden Nissan Ebbett Pukekohe

Ebbett Pukekohe is part of a trusted motor vehicle company that's been going from strength to strength for 90 years. At Ebbett Holden Pukekohe our greatest pleasure is assisting old clients who return to update their Holden time and time again. We know …

Proudly building Kiwi homes for Kiwis for 15 years

If you are building your first home, a new home for the family, for the beach, or for the farm workers, or even if it’s a new garage - we use all the good stuff from home and offer simple steps to get you into your new home quickly and easily. We offer p…

A Slap in the Face for Democracy

Can You and I Trust the Government to do the Right Thing, Most of the Time? I Wonder.

by James Heard

A shortfall of 900 teachers today: 2,000 plus students without permanent teachers. By 2020 a shortage of 2,500 teachers. Costs driving teachers out of Auckland. Leaky homes! Housing shortages. House prices! The cost of energy: electricity and petroleum. …

Enough is Enough!

by Dr Don Brash

Six months ago, I wrote a column about the five local referenda which defeated the attempt of five district councils to foist separate Maori wards on their districts. And about the open letter which Local Government New Zealand had written to the Govern…

1080: Protecting The Environment?

(Part Ⅱ)

by Shelley Hedges

by Shelley Hedges In the first article of Simplifying the 1080 Evidence I looked at technical aspects of the scientific research, the effects on aquatic fauna particularly freshwater trout and eels, and at the 1080 concerns raised in the 2007 ERMA repor…

In Search of Our Tangata Whenua

Part Ⅰ: Waipoua Whitewash Challenging NZ History: Who Were Here First?

Welcome to Part one of In Search of Our Tangata Whenua, in which elocal examines revolutionary ideas about ancient New Zealand. New Zealand was first settled in the 13th century, by Maori, right? Think again. The first people living in New Zealand we…

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅱ: The Mystery Continues…

by David Child-Dennis

Gold Bullion, Uranium, Loot… What really happened? Will we ever know? The ‘Monsun Gruppe’ Before continuing my attempt to reconstruct what I believe to be the fate of the crew of U-196 after they reached New Zealand, it might be useful to give readers…

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand

Part Ⅱ: UFO Sightings

by Lucy Mullinger

New Zealand might seem like a far-flung place isolated from the rest of the world, but we still have our fair share of weird and wonderful mysteries that remain unsolved. In fact, according to a report from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), obtained un…

Island Hopping, New Zealand Style

Part Ⅱ: The City of Sails

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…

‘Living Big in a Tiny House’ by Bryce Langston

Many of us dream of living in a tiny house. Small, compact buildings that offer an appealing way to live more sustainably, providing smart, energy-efficient housing at low cost – one solution to meeting the challenge of New Zealand’s housing shortage and…

Aneessa Makes American Debut

Smooth Modern Cover of Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life”

(November, 16th, 2018 - Los Angeles) Dance music fans in Europe and abroad are intimately familiar with singer-songwriter Aneessa from her international club hits “Jamais,” "Superwoman,” “Dance with Me,” “Sur Mes Terres,” “I Can’t Let You Go” and “It’s o…

Motown Magic

with Veteran Michael B. Sutton

Motown Veteran Michael B. Sutton Launches The Sound of L.A. Entertainment Company with New Distribution Deal with Orchard/Sony. R&B, Pop, Jazz, Gospel and Dance Genres Gloriously Represented with Dynamic New Artists Title: Motown Magic with Veteran Micha…

Police Beat

On The Roads This Holiday Season

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is nearly upon us which means a lot of us will be out and about over the next month attending events residents travelling away to holiday destinations. It’s a good time to remind ourselves that we need to prepare ou…

Everything Costs More, Well Most Things

by James Heard

As is the case in life it’s the little things we miss that get us into trouble. Being late to pick up your child from kindergarten. Cruising at 108 km / hr having forgotten that it’s a holiday weekend: suddenly reminded by the flashing red and blue and y…

Letters to the Editor

December 2018

«h4»Saturday’s haka a poor symbol of multi-racial society«/h4» In edition 211 there is an article on medical marijuana, in the ‘looking abroad’ section it talks about Sweden’s choice to have a zero-tolerance policy against drugs which as stated had a…

Not Just A Timber Merchant

It's impossible to miss the massive building that houses Tuakau ITM. At 50 metres long, covering 1300 square metres, it looms large over the town. For Glenn (Podge) Graham, the third generation owner of the bulding supplies company, it's a dream come tru…