All articles

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…

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand (Part IV)

Disappearances

by Lucy Mullinger

In a country as small as New Zealand, with a slowly burgeoning population (4,772,980 at last count), it might be a surprise to hear that mysterious disappearances and strange happenings still remain uncovered. Surely someone must have stumbled upon somet…

Calling Juniors

Meremere Dirt Track Need Race Car Drivers!

In years gone by, it has been a rite of passage for many New Zealand Kids to watch mesmerised trackside, Hot dog on a stick in hand, while custom and hand built road cars race round an oval dirt track, in all or nothing, guts and glory type racing that i…

Affordable Family Living

Navigation Homes' New Showhome Sets the Standard for New Family Homes

Navigation Homes are excited about leading the way in new and fresh designs, meticulous project management and construction to outstanding service. Our homes speak for themselves and are professionally built with you in mind. Navigation Homes are excited…

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…

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? (Part II)

The Bain Homicide Case

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…

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…