Are we making progress?

April 15, 2021
Written by Samantha Cutler - I can smell autumn in the air and many Waikato dairy farmers will be heading towards the end of their milking year. All sounds as it has for years. So, what has changed within rural Waikato from sixty or seventy years ago? I’m lucky to have so ...
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Otago Central Rail Trail

March 17, 2021
Written by Leane Wheeler - With our New Zealand borders closed, now is the perfect time to get out and explore what’s in our own backyard.  Recently I was lucky enough to experience a five-day cycle trip of the Otago Rail Trail. The Otago Central Rail Trail was b...
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Volunteering

February 22, 2021
Written by Sharon McGaffin - According to one dictionary definition, a volunteer is “one who offers service”. Many organisations in New Zealand would be unable to carry out their work without the help of people who offer their services for free, e.g., the Fire Servi...
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Every vote counts

January 6, 2021
Written by Elaine Mead - Voting and number of votes have occupied headlines recently in both New Zealand and the United States of America.  Both countries recorded increased voter participation from previous years, almost 83% in New Zealand and nearly 63% in the United ...
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Written by Kate McCarthy - The following is an excerpt from Margaret McNaughton’s Life Story (in progress) reflecting on the grand era of New Zealand Railways.  "As I grew up in New Zealand during the Great Depression, between World War One and World Wa...
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The Good Cemeterians

October 17, 2019
Written by Sarah Ryder - Brian McIntyre’s wife says he’ll be spending long enough in a cemetery without spending all his days above ground in one as well!  Despite this Brian and his team dubbed ‘the cemeterians’ have spent hundreds of hours in Nelson ...
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Written by Yelshea de Jong - What would be on the playlist for the soundtrack of your life?  We each have one; with specific music enduring the test of time to continue rotating upon the turntable of our lives.  Each soundtrack remaining as unique to us a...
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The Last Epidemic?

July 12, 2019
Written by Elaine Mead - When I was six years old, my grandmother was rushed to Auckland Hospital emergency one evening and the family gathered, as the outcome was grim.  At that age, you don’t appreciate the gravity of such a situation, and sitting and wait...
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Written by Leane Wheeler - One of the memories of most of my clients is when they first watched television.  Often only one family in the street would be lucky enough to have a television and many people remember gathering at the neighbours to watch the telly as th...
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Written by Samantha Cutler -  My inspiring client Judy Hale introduces her story, “Following a blessed rural life spent around Maramarua in North Waikato, enriched with family love, animals and the land, in 1977 our lives were plunged into disarray at the death o...
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