Hungry livestock

Feeding cattle, sheep and horses has been tough given the weather conditions experienced this year. This has resulted in low pasture growth rates. SPCA and Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) inspectors have been busy investigating the welfare of skinny...... Read More

Hive of activity

Spring. When weather conditions make us smile, blossoms and flowers appear, bees are busily bringing in food and beehives are rapidly increasing in size. Only ducks and toddlers in puddles seem to have appreciated our recent wet and windy conditions. Meanwhile,...... Read More

Honouring the Home Guard

The centennial of WWI has raised awareness of New Zealand’s sacrifices during that ‘Great War’ and subsequent conflicts. In 1994, a local historian, the late Ted Halfpenny, wrote an article recalling WWII tragedies that happened in our...... Read More

What’s wrong with crying?

We, as adults, are often very uncomfortable with children (or anyone) expressing strong upset emotions. We judge the crying as naughty, manipulative, over the top or any number of other unhelpful interpretations. We feel a need to fix or stop the crying....... Read More

Blokes and sheds

I’ve been a very bad, bad girl. I have committed the ultimate farmer’s wife sin and cleaned out the shearing/tool shed with a mindset that was far more Venus than Mars. For three days I thought I was Wonder Woman with a broom and dustpan....... Read More

Battling bugs

Like many people these days, although I’m not strictly organic, I prefer not to use chemical sprays in my garden, particularly on any plants that produce edible fruit or foliage. One significant drawback of not using chemicals, is that timing of...... Read More

Saving Private Gecko

A year ago, 80 Duvaucel’s geckos were reintroduced to the Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary after more than a century of being absent from the mainland due to the impact of introduced predators. This reintroduction was achieved due to the breeding...... Read More

Managing your affairs

With couples re-partnering on multiple occasions during their lifetimes, the legal implications for structuring their affairs are now more complex than ever. Claims are able to be made not only  between the couple themselves but by extended family...... Read More

Fuel tax threat to Rodney transport hopes

Rodney councillor Greg Sayers will fight to exclude Rodney from an Auckland regional fuel tax, saying the money raised will do nothing to improve transport in Rodney and may, in fact, divert resources away from Rodney. The incoming Government has announced...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Off the Record - 15 November 2017

Hayley Holt was among the star performers the Kowhai Festival Great Debate, making the case that ‘Brutal honesty is the best policy’. She pooh-poohed a suggestion by the opposition (Murray Chapman, Peter McCutcheon and Steve Reynolds) that...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Letters - 15 November 2017

Confusion reigns One sure way of dividing the Warkworth community is to put in a barrier to close off Elizabeth Street from the north and the west (MM November 1). Auckland Transport seems determined to add even more confusion at the worst intersection...... Read More

Price of a politician

Who wants to be a politician?  Regarded as one of the least trusted professions, it requires no special qualification. I was recently taken aback by a comment that elected local body representatives shouldn’t be paid; that it is a public service....... Read More

Trekking tales

My fellow trekker Eric staggered into Gorak Shep about two in the afternoon. This was the last staging post before Everest Base Camp and he was determined to make it.  But he was feeling sick and had taken twice as long as the rest of us to get there....... Read More

One year in office

Last month marked one year since I was elected Mayor of Auckland. It has been a great year and a great privilege to serve the city I love. Growth is good for Auckland. It delivers us the talent we need to maintain a strong economy and it makes our city...... Read More

Eat your cupboards clean

This month is a good time to clean out your fridge, freezer and pantry in preparation for Christmas. Not only will you be making space to store a turkey or ham, and lots of leftovers, you can also save money in the process. Go through the kitchen and...... Read More

Gardening for wildlife

Mention deserts and people picture dry sandy desolate, wind-blown stretches of endless sand. But today, as we continue to pave over and eliminate our natural landscapes and expand our acres of lawn grass, we are slowly creating an urban desert incapable...... Read More

Finding a good spot

November typically heralds the beginning of the spawning season with warming sea temperatures, a mass influx of fish of many species with the buzz around town being about the good snapper fishing. The Hauraki Gulf is the perfect spawning ground for snapper...... Read More

NZ fairy tern

It’s not often one can say, “I saw New Zealand’s rarest bird from the back deck of our house”. But last weekend, that’s what happened. We live in Whangateau, Tramcar Bay to be exact. I was inside when I heard a tern calling...... Read More

Three minutes left to live

Breathing is obviously one of our most critical conscious bodily functions (although technically it is a mix of conscious and unconscious function). More than three minutes of oxygen deprivation usually results in brain damage/death, unless your name...... Read More