Overcoming adversity to serve others

Ratepayer advocate Gayleen Mackereth has been presented with the Dawn Johnston Koru Award, given in recognition of someone in the community who has overcome...

A priceless jewel in Timmermans crown

At 87, Joan Rutherford is on her toes eight hours a day. Its 10am at the newly-refurbished family jewellery store Timmermans at Botany Town Centre...

Making amends and moving on

At one time they were political rivals. And now they have hugged and made up. Jami-Lee Ross’s Facebook post about former Labour Party candidate Tofik...

Brownlee: ‘Growing angst about policies’

With elections looming next year, more influential politicians have been making the rounds familiarising people about the opposition’s policies. Visiting last week was Gerry Brownlee,...

Fight against Sandspit Rd apartments continues

Every submission put to a two-day hearing concerning a proposed large-scale apartment development in Cockle Bay has been against the project. Three hearings commissioners last...

From taking theatre to US prisons to bringing it home

She takes Shakespeare behind bars in the USA. Former Howick resident Karen Burnett Hamer has been using theatre to work with prison inmates. It was Karen’s...

Cerebral Palsy no match for 3 year old Ashley

Ashley Jia-Qi Neilson would probably not be as patient and dedicated if she didn’t have Cerebral Palsy (CP), says Ashley’s mum Victoria Wen-xin Neilson. “She’s...

Is Howick Market in jeopardy?

A battle is brewing over the old Howick Library building in Fencible Drive – and it could jeopardise the future of the Howick Market. The...

Plights and delights of the Tamaki Estuary

The Uxbridge Centre will host the 13th Annual Estuary Art and Ecology Awards on Saturday. The finalists entries feature the plights and delights of the...

Urgent rainfall needed to fill dams

While last week’s much-needed heavy rain was welcomed by water utility company Watercare, the region’s dams are still well-short. The dams in the Hunua Ranges...