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Independence Day
To the addition of Independence Day to the NZ calendar: definitely YES. And Waitangi Day should be relegated to being a day for pe ...
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Independence Day
Time to Honour Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent OUR ‘TRUE’ FOUNDING DOCUMENT AND ‘FIRST’ CONSTITUTION The Gov ...
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How to Stop Excess Sweating ...
I had no idea that there were treatments for this condition. Other than surgery to remove the sweat glands, I feel these are viabl ...
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Have there been any recent ...
It's actually kind of cool to hear about different advancements that have been made in cataract surgery. I love that we are able ...
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Postcard From Bolivia
What an interesting array of skills this young lady is developing. I look forward to this series.
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First Home Buyers Dilemma
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Red Earth Eatery and wine bar
Papakura's social hub
One of the meanings of the name Papakura originated from papa (meaning earth) and kura (which means red). This name reflects the rich, fertile soil of which the community was founded upon.

Creating beauty in every piece
Harwood Goldsmiths Ltd
The team at Harwood Goldsmiths Ltd has been through a wide range of ups and downs since changing from Brighouse Design. Although the business is still run by the same talented and friendly manufacturing team, it was taken over by Penny Harwood just under a year ago. "We've been in the same building ...

Phantoms of Franklin: Kingseat probed for ghosts
Kingseat Hospital closed in 1999 after 67 years treating patients with mental health disorders. Compensation emerged in the decade after it closed. The former patients were largely released into the community. Today, the 60-odd buildings of Kingseat are home to the WISE Guys halfway home, Asylum ...

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Ensom Funeral Services
A New Zealand owned and operated family business in Papakura. John was born in Papakura with over 42 years ex ...
Way Of Life Health Shop
The Way of Life Health Shop has been an independent business for over 15 years offering the Franklin and Papak ...
Thecla Johnstone & Associates Limited
MYOB, Xero and Reckon approved partners. We provide a niche management service working with you to understand ...
Besp-Oak NZ
Besp-Oak NZ is a subsidiary of Joblin Holdings Ltd., stockists of the respected UK Besp-Oak furniture brand. O ...
Elizabeth Du Plessis & James Heard with Barfoot & Thompson MREINZ, Pukekohe
Let talk! Elizabeth has been Top Residential Salesperson for the Pukekohe Branch for the past 9 years and ...
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The Police - looking after o ...
" Love can come with it but it is not automatic and we are quite capable of liking someone a lot and still failing to show love fo ...
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Education Indoctrination At ...
An excerpt from the NZ Herald: New UE requirements • For the first time, NCEA Level 3 was required to gain UE, alongside an incr ...
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Education Indoctrination At ...
Thanks Michele for your blog. A good viewpoint however, at the time when the treaty was signed what was civilization like in this ...
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Education Indoctrination At ...
All nations have a form of "brainwashing" and "Propaganda". China's teachings have created a strong working society and they are ...
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AGENDA: New Zea Maori land
Reference to G. Graham above. Lieutenant Governor Hobson in 1839 was Lieutenant Governor of New Zealand which was already under th ...
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FEARLESS! ‘Maori Are Not Ind ...
Hi, I am an ex-pat Kiwi living in Australia (22 years). My heritage is British/Scottish but I was born in NZ as were my parents an ...
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AGENDA: New Zea Maori land
Have found out "Philanthropist" Gareth Morgan is advocating in his new book for an Upper House made up of half Maori and half non ...
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AGENDA: New Zea Maori land
Governments (plural) have kept the true history of New Zealand a closely guarded secret, the biggest secrets being the following. ...
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Editors Note
It is such a breath of FRESH AIR to have a magazine that doesn't set its standard by political correctness. This country is so fo ...
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Auckland Council Mana Whenua ...
Hello Editor, Please do ignore the comments about the article from Stephen Franks regarding the unjust benefiting of the Maori par ...
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Aka Aka Road
Where The Grass Is Always Greener
If you're a drought-bedevilled farmer, a trip down the Aka Aka straight in summer is likely to turn you an envious green to rival the lush pasture stretching out on either side of the road.

McIlraith’s Store
Historical Building - Papakura
In 1923 William Samaria McIlraith’s grocery and hardware store was established in Papakura, and served the Papakura public for forty years before being sold to Fred and Barbara Jones in 1963.1

Welcome aboard ss Rotterdam
Luxuriant nostalgia
The historic ocean liner "ss Rotterdam" is docked at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and serves the city as a floating museum/hotel. Late last year, elocal Editor, Mykeljon Winckel journeyed to visit Holland which resulted in three days on the floating hotel.

Will Papakura ever get its beach back?
As news filters out that a new southern highway east of Papakura will cost about $470 million to build in the next few years, is this the time for Papakura to have a robust debate about what it is willing to accept?
Outdoor dining rule changes
A little test for the bigger deal
Dean Sheppard opened the Monarch Café on the corner of King and Queen Street 17 years ago. Since then it has become probably the most photographed symbol which presents Pukekohe as a modern, trendy shopping centre.

Waiuku mangrove harvesters getting noticed
Mudlarks
In 1972, as the photo in this article shows, there were virtually no mangroves in the Waiuku Inlet. Many locals remember those times when fish and bird life was more abundant.

Bikers for a lifetime
Do we call them “motorcycle enthusiasts” or “motorbike riders?”
One description suggests a gentle trip down a country lane interrupted by high tea and scones; The other sounds more like the people I met on Waitangi weekend at Tuakau’s Lavalla Estate; perfectly hospitable people but each with a little bit of edge in some way. BSA motorbikes from various decades ...

Baker's shoes and more
Stay in style
As one of the largest independent shoes shop in New Zealand, the team at Bakers Shoes pride themselves on excellent customer service and an excellent product knowledge.

Abercrombie Engraving
Sixth Generation Engravers and Jewellers
Abercrombie Engraving is part of a long family history which dates back to the 1800s where Henry Laing of Fifeshire, Scotland was a seal designer and engraver.

Seneca Insurance Brokers Ltd
For assistance with a wide range of insurance and financial services Seneca Insurance Brokers Ltd is your local professional.

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Charisma Copy & Print
Charisma Copy & Print is the modern outlet for your Copy, Print and Document handling in the Papakura Region a ...
Red Shed Palazzo
Just 1km off the Drury off-ramp you’ll discover Red Shed Palazzo. Tucked off the motorway down Jesmond Rd an ...
RSE (NZ) Ltd
Having TV reception issues in your Motorhome/Caravan/Boat? RSE (NZ) Ltd has the expertise to solve your probl ...
Bruntwood Butcher & Deli
At Bruntwood Farm We wanted to share our passion for quality meat, knowing that if an animal has to be sacrifi ...
Hutton Builders Ltd
Lance Hutton is a professional qualified builder with more than 15 years experience. From renovations to new b ...
Gardens With Attitude Landscape Contractors
Outdoor areas are often the last to receive attention, but they shouldn’t be. Creating an exceptional outdoor ...
MTF Pukekohe
Vehicle finance approved. Today. MTF finances cars, light trucks, motorbikes, farm bikes, trailer boats and ...
PS AUTOMOTIVE LTD
PS Automotive carry out all mechanical repairs and servicing, engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes, clutch, cam ...
Dental World - Papakura
Dental World Papakura - Papakura's only Clinical Technician & Dentist Team. With over 40 years experience, and ...
Hairitage Hairdressing
Donna Dunlop started her hairdressing career more than 30 years ago when she opened her business in Waiuku Tow ...
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VISIONARY NZ’s PART 2, “It’s ...
Sad that Park's permanent statue was not left in Trafalgar Square. If Nelson saved the UK from Napoleon, then more than any single ...
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AGENDA: New Zea Maori land
This time it won't be Rewi's Last Stand. It will be Davy's Last Stand. One only needs to think of Ruby Ridge in America. It will ...
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Editors Note
A media opinion piece or editorial does not have to provide balance although it should allow replies. New Zealand Herald has over ...
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AGENDA: New Zea Maori land
Lol at people thinking New Zealand was ever 'integrated' whatever that means?? (do we live side by side with the same opinions for ...
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Editors Note
Sir, You call for a debate on maori issues. A debate, by definition requires two points if view. Your justification of your ...
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Education Indoctrination At ...
The current "culture of education" taught and promoted within NZ continues to devalue our true Kiwi identity. This bi-cultural app ...
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AGENDA: New Zea Maori land
Jim, this extract from “New Zealand in Crisis”, page 17 published by the One New Zealand Foundation Inc may clarify why New Zealan ...
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AGENDA: New Zea Maori land
The article is very truthful,we should be alarmed, NZ is already well underway to many of the concerns - under the existing govern ...
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Julie's Pics
It is so refreshing that local has dropped most of its conspiracy based articles but this one hold out is tiresome. However conspi ...
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Education Indoctrination At ...
A commendable article. Pity the comment from Stephen is so dumb.
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Maxwell's Golf Retreat Ltd
15 years in the Franklin region
If you are looking for the perfect spot for your next wedding, special event or business seminar, you don't have to look any further than Maxwell's Golf Retreat, a relaxed, peaceful and friendly spot where you and your colleagues or friends will enjoy the best customer service available.

Images Beauty & Body Therapy Ltd
Take some me time to love yourself
Whether you desire to begin a new beauty routine and reduce lines and wrinkles or shift your focus to creating smoother, younger looking skin, Images' therapists enjoy assisting you in getting the best results!

Papakura Street History – Resolute Way
An original settlement ship
The Waikato immigration scheme of the 1860’s was an attempt to bring large numbers of immigrants to the North Island.

“The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace”
A hundred voices remember a hundred years on.
Lorna Clauson is about the best advertisement one can find for a lifetime of singing. At 85, she is the energy and enthusiasm behind a special three-performance concert to be held at Hawkins Theatre, Papakura, in May.

Julie's Pics
March 2015
It's a very mixed bag of books that we have reviewed this month here at elocal but our favourite has to be the beautiful book of New Zealand birds from Raymond Ching which brings one to a gentle reminder that we not forget the wild birds during this hot dry period. A container of water out on your l ...

Independence Day
We’re overdue for another special holiday
In New Zealand we stop work to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, to remember the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the start of the eight hour working day. Cities even stop work to commemorate their anniversaries.

The language of flowers…
Lathyrus Odorata – That’s the name for the flower commonly referred to as a sweet pea.
My lovely Editor, MJ of Elocal called and gently broke the news. “Astar, there has been a complaint!”

Inner Health
Craniosacral Therapy
Witnessing people’s pain, trauma and stress reduce or completely disappear is something that regularly occurs for the practitioners at Inner Health Craniosacral Therapy.

LIQUORICE
Who would have thought that this lovely sweet tasting candy has great properties beyond pleasuring our taste buds?
Liquorice is made from the root of the plant Glycyrrhiza glabra. Other than having that lovely sweet taste, it possesses potent and effective anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties

The “Holy Grail” of Hearing Aid Functionality
In our series of columns, we are looking at Hearing Aids in a little more depth, explaining the different features and technologies that are now inherent in modern devices.
One of the single biggest complaints that people with a hearing loss have is the inability to separate the speech that they want to hear from the general background noise resulting in the inability to participate in conversation and often deliberately avoiding such circumstances.

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Felice Broom at Harcourts Pukekohe
Felice joins Harcourts from an extensive background in both customer service and management within the interna ...
Dream Doors Pukekohe
You can save 1000's of dollars by having a makeover of your existing kitchen or bathroom cabinetry. Dave Dell ...
Smith & Sons Renovations & Extensions Franklin
The Smith and Sons Franklin Franchise is owned and operated by Lane & Melissa van den Brink. Lane and Melissa ...
Gubbs Pump & Well Services Plumbing Drainage Concrete
Supplying a full service facility for all irrigation pumps. Stockists of quality Lowara & ONGA pump range. Pre ...
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Home and Away Professional Cleaning Services
Our professional cleaning team can come to you on a daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Our team of p ...
Graeme Faire Ltd - GFL Benchtops
Graeme Faire Limited is a family owned and operated benchtop manufacturer, specializing in laminate and solid ...
Happy Valley Honey
Happy Valley Premium New Zealand Honey With over 30 years experience in beekeeping Happy Valley Honey NZ is ...
Exceed Home Maintenance
There is no time like the present to make sure your home is comfortable, safe and secure. At Exceed we have ...
Pulse Party & Event Hire
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AGENDA: New Zea Maori land
Interesting to read Jim Reardon's comments from an American viewpoint although there are few similarities between the civil rights ...
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This Month With Yes! NZ
March 2015
Back from travels.

This Month With The Police - Constable Nick Richards
Currently we are enjoying some great weather – it certainly is a good time of year. But the fantastic weather also brings opportunity for thieves and dishonest people.
– it certainly is a good time of year. But the fantastic weather also brings opportunity for thieves and dishonest people.

Wild Cards Are Game Changers
Pukekohe had been an outlying suburb of Auckland long before Franklin was hijacked into that Metropolis
For at least the past 20 years our property prices have been shaped by outliers, those families and investors moving into Franklin and particularly Pukekohe for the first time.

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The Wee Job Company
NO JOB TOO SMALL Decks, Fences, Hand or repair doors, locks, knobs, security stays and doors, window handles, ...
Waiuku Waste Disposal & Alan Wilson Plumbing
Alan Wilson plumbing and Waiuku Waste disposal have been in business for over 30 years in Waiuku and districts ...

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