Local Folk

Local folk: Frank Rigg

Looking far younger than his 92 years, former Methodist Minister Frank Rigg practices what he preaches – the importance of a healthy body, soul and spirit. He says has never taken antibiotics or painkillers – not even Panadol – and...... Read More

Local folk: Hayden Porter

Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, general manager Hayden Porter prefers boats with motors, but has spent his life around the sailing community. He now finds himself custodian of the America’s Cup and about to enter preparations for the next defence. Editor...... Read More

Local Folk - Terry Nuthall

Terry Nuthall started his career as a junior filling ink wells at the Bank of New Zealand in Auckland’s High Street. He went on to oversee the transition to decimal currency in 1967 and represent the BNZ’s interests in Japan. He spoke to...... Read More

Sonny Teio - Local Folk

After sustaining a beating from his alcoholic father, Sonny Teio gave up on life and followed a downward spiral into drugs, alcohol and street crime that brought him to the brink of suicide. He spoke to James Addis about finding a new life. My parents...... Read More

Local Folk - Brian Derby

One man, one ball, one dream. That was the combination that took Brian Derby from the rough streets of Glasgow to playing professional football for Barnsley FC. Guided by an uncle, he became a seasoned footballer before devoting himself to coaching...... Read More

Local folk: Tony Naidu

Tony Naidu of Gulf Harbour became a cricketer by accidentally getting in the wrong line, but went on to love it and to believe in the role of sport and recreation in a well-rounded lifestyle. Recently he was appointed as Auckland Cricket’s community...... Read More

Local folk: Dean Morris

Dean Morris’ first year on the Hibiscus Coast was about recovery from burn out and featured long walks on the beach and playing music in the sunporch of a bach in Stanmore Bay. Today he is more likely to be hard at work welding in his workshop...... Read More

Ex Sandspit sailor plays key part in America’s Cup

Former Sandspit resident Tim Meldrum fulfilled a boyhood dream when he played an important part in designing the America’s Cup-winning boat. The 40-year-old, who lives in North Shore, worked on the Team New Zealand boat for two-and-a-half years...... Read More

Local folk: Pauline Roth-Williams

Some people dream of building a yacht and casting off for adventures on the seven seas, but few have the tenacity, opportunity or courage to make it happen. Orewa resident Pauline Roth-Williams is one of those few. She arrived in New Zealand aboard...... Read More

Local folk: Frances Wilson-Fitzgerald

Every week, Frances Wilson-Fitzgerald endures the long commute from her home in Matakana to central Auckland to coach promising singers to perform on the world’s greatest stages. But she refuses to take a cent in payment, despite being a mentor...... Read More