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Pakuranga author Leonie Agnew has won another prize, this time the Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction category at the NZ Children's Book Awards. It was for her book The Memory Thief (Puffin, Penguin Random House). Judges said, "From its eye-catching cover to the final conclusion, The Memory Thief is a stunning story that captures the reader early and holds them in...
Pakuranga Choral Society is presenting its 'lighter' programme for the year on Sunday. Titled "Gershwin and Friends," the concert ranges from jazz standards, through some memories from the 1960s, the world of music theatre, right up to a new work by conductor David Hamilton. Guest soloist is mezzo-soprano Sarah Court and accompanying the choir is Moira Pascoe. The concert also features piano...
The Howick Local Board Sports Awards finalists have been named after a tough time by the judging committee. There are international, national and regional-level athletes winning their divisions and grades at all three levels. The finalists represent just how impressive the sport is in the Howick Local Board area, with more than 16 sports being represented. Six officials who have contributed significant...
By Georgia Whitehead, AUT University journalism student Macleans College's Hillary House has managed to raise an immense sum of money for the Himalayan Trust despite the Covid-19 pandemic. For the past two years Hillary House pupils at the Bucklands Beach school committed to fundraising for the trust through bake sales, selling trumpets, and the annual Hillary carnival fundraiser, amidst the...

Charity dinner for ME

The Rest Assured Respite Charitable Trust is looking forward to another event on Wednesday September 21 at the Lounge. Thanks to Howick identity Val Lott who last July organised a Mid Winter Christmas at The Lounge in Howick. This year the speaker will be Wendy Matthews, chair for The Rest Assured Respite Charitable Trust, was so grateful for the support shown...
Each term the Howick College Z Club works on an initiative to give back to the community. The group's purpose aligns with Zonta International's mission of advocating for women, empowering members, and educating their school community on societal inequalities. With these objectives in mind, the club decided to recognise local nurses and healthcare workers at East Care Medical Centre, not only...
Auckland Council opposes the proposed Three Waters governance model which it maintains lacks accountability. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore and Regulatory Committee Chair Linda Cooper will today present Auckland Council’s submission to the government’s Finance Expenditure Committee hearing on the proposed Water Services Entities Bill (aka Three Waters). This bill aims to reform New Zealand’s Three Waters system...
The Pakuranga Tennis Club recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a variety of high-profile activities. These included a meet and greet past members night, a formal dinner at the Pakuranga Golf Club and a family fun day. Each event was well-supported with more than 100 sitting down to the formal dinner on the Saturday evening. Presentations were made by past and present members...
Half Moon Bay fighter Wendell Stanley from Revill’s Boxing Gym in Pakuranga came away from the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with a fifth overall placing in his 71kg division out of 21 boxers. He now has his eye on the Olympics in France in 2024. Stanley was away for four weeks including two weeks at a training camp in Belfast with...
Thank you Loraine Harman and Randel Case for your comments on ‘Feedback’ (Times, August 10). Comments on the principal idea, that science supports God’s laws was put forward in my letter to ‘Feedback’. Your personal ridicule and contempt adds nothing to our understanding. Why not use the scientific methodology you uphold to test the statement made long ago, “in the beginning...

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