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Roxy – If Only Dogs Could Talk…

by Rebecca Glover

Friday, April 13th didn't seem a particularly inauspicious date to Irene and Marinus van Wijk, but it turned out to carry all the traditional bad luck for their Jack Russell terrier, Roxy. “We were up north, leaving neighbours to keep an eye on our pro…

Anti-Money Laundering and Other Inconvenient Facts

by James Heard

Du Plessis Heard Column Anti-Money Laundering If it were possible to troll sales data and then mathematically predict the sale price of your home / intended future home or that of any other home in town the profession of Registered Valuer would cease to …

Orion Street is a rising star

Neighbourhood support group rallies together to create a safer community with help from the Papakura Local Board and Neighbourhood Support. Papakura Local Board chair Brent Catchpole says its residents are a great example of people coming together to s…

Your Personal Money Shoppers

Counties Home Loans and Insurance Take the Mystery out of Money

by Rebecca Glover

Making those big financial decisions can be easier than you thought with Counties Home Loans and Insurance. Making those big financial decisions can be easier than you thought. Okay, hands up who loves supermarket shopping! Hmmm....thought not. So mu…

The Banks Are Ripping Us Off!

(Part Ⅰ)

by Dr Don Brash

Every now and then, there’s a surge of concern, sometimes even anger, at the banks. They make too much money. Their profits go overseas. They no longer provide services in country towns. Their culture needs watching carefully by the regulators, lest …

Rebel Roundup is Back!

Saturday 16 Feb 2019 at Pukekohe Park Raceway

by Greg Stokes

If last year’s Rebel Round Up event was anything to go by, this year’s one will be equally successful. The hot rod and custom car themed event tips its hat to the whole culture around it celebrating days gone by with live bands, retro fashion and of cour…

Keeping the Government on Their Toes

An Interview with Judith Collins

by Sally Sumner

elocal caught up with Minister of Parliament (MP), and Local Papakura MP Judith Collins to discuss the changes in policies from the perspective of the opposition party and how it is shaping New Zealand. For Judith Collins, it wasn’t a surprise to see NZ …

Drury’s Demolition Darlings

Jacob Demolition, where Everything Old is New Again

Breaking up is hard to do, but not when it leads to a new use for old bricks. “I got into this game by accident, wanting a few bricks for a path” is how Winston Jacob describes his introduction to the demolition business. Forty-seven years on Jacob Demol…

‘Down the Bay’ by Philip Simpson

Philip Simpson is an acclaimed botanist, who lives with his wine scientist wife Wendy Parr on a rugged limestone hillside overlooking Golden Bay. The couple’s home is at the end of a gravel road, close to where Philip was born at the north end of Abel Ta…

Our National Shame

Child Health

by Lucy Mullinger

As a first-world country, we are expected to have healthy children, living in happy homes and being offered great health services and as a whole, our children do tend to be offered a great range of services, in comparison to other western countries, howe…

Unsolved Mysteries of New Zealand

Part Ⅲ: Cold Cases, Four Decades On

by Lucy Mullinger

It might be a small country but New Zealand has had its fair share of murder mysteries, some of which have remained unsolved for decades. In this edition of elocal, we look back at three of those head-scratching cases that have confused the nation and re…

Island Hopping, New Zealand Style

Part Ⅲ: Hauraki Gulf

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…

‘The Way We Were: Port Waikato’ by Glennis Paton

A 'little project' takes on a life of its own

by Rebecca Glover

A few months ago elocal brought you the little-known story of Port Waikato's 1891 earthquake. Now a local woman has done a bit of moving and shaking of her own with her history of the sleepy seaside town. Actually it's the author herself, Glennis Paton,…

Helping to Shape the Future of Franklin

Andrea Fulljames: Franklin Local Board Chair

by Kerry Monaghan

Becoming the Franklin Local Board chair in 2016 was the first step in two years of learning for Angela Fulljames. Now she and her team continue to be the leading voice for the district and its communities on issues that matter. All that groundwork of bu…

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. Their new homes speak for themselves and are professionally built with you in mind. Founded in 2007 righ…

Letters to the Editor

January 2019

SATURDAY'S HAKA A POOR SYMBOL OF MULTI-RACIAL SOCIETY This December, world leaders, possibly including Jacinda Ardern, will gather in Morocco to sign the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. While a growing list of coun…

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅲ: The Real Treasure! Ghost Ship Reveals

by David Child-Dennis

On May 8, 1945, with Germany’s unconditional surrender, Admiral Dönitz, the commander of Germany’s submarine force, ordered a number of specialised cargo U-boats, still at sea, to proceed to foreign ports across the world. In the early 1980s local divers…

1080: Protecting The Environment?

(Part Ⅲ)

by Shelley Hedges

This is the final article in the 1080 series and will look at how 1080 is delivered, any potential revenue losses for NZ, the results after 60 years of using 1080 and the alternatives? Doc employs an aerial dispersal method, usually by helicopter. This …

Happy New Year from Papakura Business Association

Papakura Business Association is back for another year and reflects on 2018 with three new murals painted around the town and new planters and flowers and baskets along the Main street. WELCOME TO 2019 The Business Association hopes you had a wonderful…

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…