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elocal – the only 100% locally owned and produced free to home publication in Franklin

by Mykeljon Winckel

elocal, is 100% locally owned, unlike other publications in the area. The whole team, including owner Mykeljon live locally and buy locally, we like to support local businesses, because you support us. Every month, the team at elocal work tirelessly to…

Blast to the Past In Wonderous Waiuku

It's all happening!

by Lucy Mullinger

The annual Waiuku Blast to the Past family entertainment event is being held in November and it is set to be better than the rest, with a spectacular, professional fireworks display, family entertainment and a variety of craft and food markets for the fa…

Zonta Awards Celebrate Future Stars

by Rebecca Glover

Not many people have heard of Zonta, but the world is bound to hear about a couple of young women who have just received awards from the organisation. Not many people have heard of Zonta, but the world is bound to hear about a couple of young women who h…

Rodfather Rob, R.I.P.

Rob Campbell (17 Jul 1938–17 Sep 2018)

by Greg Stokes

New Zealand Hot Rod Magazine’s Rob Campbell passed away 17th of September 2018. Rob Campbell, to me earned his title “Rodfather Rob” due to his influential role in the formation of organised hot rodding in New Zealand. New Zealand Hot Rod Magazine’s Rob …

A1 Homes

New Showhome Now Open

A1homes has been proudly building Kiwi homes for Kiwis for 15 years. At A1homes we're here to make things easy and it couldn't be easier when using all the good stuff from home. Changing plans? Easy. Working out costs? Head over to our website, we've …

Why Do So Many Of Us Feel We Can't Get Ahead?

by Dr Don Brash

In recent months, we have seen a rash of strikes – teachers and nurses in particular, with other sectors suggesting that they may strike also unless the people who work in those sectors get a substantial wage or salary increase. Of course, people say, t…

1080: Protecting The Environment?

(Part Ⅰ)

by Shelley Hedges

Each year the debate intensifies as supporters and detractors line up on opposing sides of the fence. Both sides are equally passionate in their presentation of evidence, and fervent in their claims to be preserving our native wildlife. This article se…

Burying The Evidence

Excavation Proves Human Habitation 3,400 Years Ago

by Mykeljon Winckel

In 1963, somebody dug up evidence that man may have been in the Hawkes Bay area 4500 years ago, and instantaneously his revelation was buried. Surely not, I hear you say to yourself, if somebody unearthed indisputable evidence, wouldn’t that be enough?…

The End Of An Era for Petrol Heads in Auckland

Council Closure Leaves Club Without Venue to Race While our warmest seasons are gearing up and thoughts of spending more time outdoors is on everyone’s minds, The Auckland Motorcycle Club will instead be mourning a loss on the now closed KartSport Mount …

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅰ: German WWII Submarine Found North of Auckland

by David Child-Dennis

Sixty years later, an underwater research group has discovered U-196 partially submerged, stern down, in the sand and apparently not fully flooded in 15 meters of water. It is surmised that U-196 refuelled from the German convoy raider ‘Orion’, somewhere…

Island Hopping, New Zealand Style

Part Ⅰ: Bay of Islands

by Lucy Mullinger

It’s probably not surprising, considering we live in one of the most isolated countries in the world, that us Kiwis love to fly the coop and travel around the world to far flung destinations and there’s nothing we love more than visiting warm climates fo…

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand

Part Ⅰ: Strange Creatures

by Lucy Mullinger

A look at some of the weird and sometimes very sad unsolved crimes and mysteries of New Zealand. A relatively new country by most standards, New Zealand is most likely not at the top of the list when it comes to unsolved crimes and mysteries, but there …

‘The Second Grave’ by Ian Austin

Ian Austin was born in the UK and enjoyed a high-octane career with the Hampshire Police, including serving as a tactical firearms officer and covert surveillance operative, before migrating to New Zealand in 2003. After a stint with the NZ Police, Austi…

‘My Indian Kitchen’ by Ashia Ismail-Singer

Born to Indian parents, food writer and school nurse Ashia Ismail-Singer was raised in Malawi and the UK. Her grandparents moved from India to Malawi in the late 1940’s, when India and Pakistan were partitioned, and Ashia grew up in a large Indian commun…

Spring is here. We are selling. What price do we want?

by James Heard

Spring is one of the ‘traditional’ peak selling seasons and with the surging property prices behind us for a while, and that while is more probably measured in years than months, tradition is again in play Spring is one of the ‘traditional’ peak selling …

November in Papakura

A look at what is happening around Papakura in November. NEW BUSINESSES IN TOWN: Out of Space and The Local Business Network both from Papakura joining as Associate Members Toy World Pop Up Store next door to BNZ in Great South Road St Johns Opport…

Papakura Local Board in November

What has been happening for the month of November. It’s been an exciting few months for us with several projects we have been working on for a long time becoming reality. Just a few weekends ago we joined residents at a community day to open a new pl…

Road Safety Reminder

Road Safety reminder from Counties Manukau Police for the upcoming holiday period. I’m sure like most of you out there your fingers are currently crossed that the warm sunny weather is here for the next few months. Along with the warmer weather comes ou…

Goldie – The Golden Girl

The Birthday Gift With A Gift For Giving

by Rebecca Glover

When Michael Walters' father arrived home with his son's birthday present, it wasn't just Michael who got a surprise. For his mother, Helen, it was a day she wouldn't forget in a hurry. When Michael Walters' father arrived home with his son's birthday pr…

Letters to the Editor

November 2018

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 backlash of drug related deaths. I am confused why you used a nega…