Home' Special Magazines : Your Place Your People Contents www.manukaucourier.co.nz
MANUKAU COURIER, MAY 1, 2012
Your Courier, your voice
The Manukau Courier as we know it today comes from a wide family
tree of smaller community papers that have appeared down the years.
The earliest papers included the Pukekohe & Waiuku Times,
from 1912; followed by the Waiuku Advocate & Franklin County
Chronicle in 1914, reconstituted as the Waiuku News & Franklin Country
Gazette from 1915-64.
The Franklin Times published from 1921-71 while the original South
Auckland Courier first appeared in 1939, founded by TT (Pete) Skoglund,
who was to preside over it for 20 years. He combined a successful
newspaper business with an equally successful land and insurance agency,
and still found time to become one of New Zealand's great lawn bowlers,
also active in boxing, politics and local affairs.
The South Auckland Courier was the Manukau Courier's most
influential predecessor. It initially covered news mostly from Otahuhu and
It suspended publication during World War 2, presumably because of
paper shortages, and resumed at war's end.
In late 1945 it added Manurewa to its coverage, then in 1949 expanded
into Howick with the intention of creating a comprehensive local news
service from Otahuhu to Howick, across to Manurewa, and back to
The South Auckland Courier became one of the largest of New
Zealand's community newspapers, absorbing a number of other local titles,
and publishing a bewildering myriad of editions.
In 1958 Mr Skoglund sold the Courier to A L Simpson, who was to lead
the newspaper into the Manukau Courier era.
An edition first appeared in 1972. In 1978 it grew into the Manukau
Courier which drew together various Franklin and South Auckland news
Mr Simpson served the Courier and South Auckland for 25 years,
during which time the newspaper became a regular Friday night meeting
place for MPs, mayors and businessmen, discussing matters of local
Although Franklin papers were among the earliest recorded in South
Auckland, these gradually became absorbed into the South Auckland
Courier. In 1981 however, Franklin editions reappeared; the Counties
Courier began printing in 1986; replaced by the Papakura Courier in 1992.
The Eastern Courier has its origins in 1964, with a number of eastern
editions of the South Auckland Courier being printed. In 1985 the Courier
Eastern appeared, and was renamed Eastern Courier in 1986.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
HENDERSON CARS LTD, 26 GREAT SOUTH RD, TAKANINI Tel. 09 266 6644
TIRED OF WALKING? CATCHING THE BUS? GOT NO CAR?
GOT BAD CREDIT? NO PROBLEMS!
HAVE I GOT GREAT NEWS FOR YOU! COME IN NOW & I'LL GIVE YOU
A 100% GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL DRIVE OFF IN YOUR NEW VEHICLE BEFORE THE END OF TODAY!
BENEFICIARY / PENSIONER
FREEHOLD TRADE-IN or SMALL
CASH DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Conditions Apply)
Call STELLA 021 993 146 now
& let her make your dream come true Limited Stock Available -- HURRY NOW!
HENDERSON CARS LTD, 26 GREAT SOUTH RD, TAKANINI Tel. 09 266 6644
No leaves: Flatbush Rd residents, from left: Fia Lafu, Mary Paki, Albert Vahaakolo, Peter Tou, Tuta'i Rere, Aimahala Lafu, seated, Koa Tou and Brian Paki all feel betrayed
by the Auckland Council.
Photo: ADRIAN EVANS
Residents on a limb
By ADRIAN EVANS
CUT them down.
That's the the word from
long-time campaigners lob-
bying the Auckland Council
to fell 42 kerbside trees.
The Flatbush Rd residents
have been pushing for action
They say trees are
blocking out sunlight into
their homes, clogging their
guttering and ruining their
The council is putting the
health of its trees before the
health of the people,'' resi-
dent Mary Paki says.
Do they expect us to be
cleaning these leaves until
we're old, dead and gone?''
The council has refused
the group's latest request to
chop down the 25-year-old
pin oaks, instead offering a
compromise of increased
maintenance and volunteer
But Mrs Paki says the
group, ranging in age from
60 to 82, feels betrayed by
Resident Tuta'i Rere first
complained about the trees
to the old Manukau City
Council 13 years ago.
That council gave the trees
non-scheduled'' status in
2005, making removal poss-
ible after due process.
We're happy with trees
but not this,'' Mr Rere says
pointing to a pile of leaves.
The leaves are no good.
We're raking them up all the
time and we put them in our
bins for the council to take
away. We'd be happy with
trees that didn't shed so
A dozen Flatbush Rd
residents addressed the
Otara Papatoetoe Local
Board about removing the
trees in September 2011.
But the council declined
the request, saying seasonal
leaf drop'' wasn't adequate
reason to chop down the
Local board member
Tunumafono Fa'Amoe dealt
with the issue six years ago
as Otara Community Board
chairman and saw it go
before two mayors.
Mr Fa'Amoe says latest
recommendations to increase
maintenance and pruning,
lift tree canopies on the prop-
erty side and use volunteer
groups to collect leaves for
nearby community gardens
are the same options tabled
six years ago by the Manu-
kau City Council.
These are the options
that were discussed pre-
viously but were never
implemented properly and
it's my hope we'll get it right
But Albert Vahaakolo is
sick of waiting for the council
to get it right and scoffs at
the idea of using volunteer
groups to do the council's
We do this every week,
nearly every day. It's in the
gutterings and we've got eld-
erly neighbours climbing
By the time they finish
one lawn the other one is
covered again. Are they
going to do it continuously?''
Council local and sports
parks manager Mark Bo-
water says the important
aesthetic and environmental
aspect'' of the trees
outweighs the leaf drop
As the arborist recom-
mended in the report, the
council will retain the trees
but reduce the canopy by
pruning light growth and in
some cases reducing lateral
growth away from the
Mrs Paki says that's not
good enough, especially for
her 82-year-old neighbour
I just want to cry every
time I see him clearing the
leaves. They have got no feel-
ings about people getting
My point is we are the
residents and the council is
putting trees above us.''
Mr Gary French, Ormiston Orthopaedics, is now an Affliated
Provider to Southern Cross Health Society. If you are a
Southern Cross member and you need surgery for a hip or
knee replacement, there are signifcant advantages for you;
You will get clear prices upfront
We will organise prior approval through
Southern Cross for you
We will manage your claim for you
If you are on a shared cover plan, we can
let you know before surgery, what your
share of the costs will be
Ormiston Orthopaedics is located in the
new purpose built Ormiston Hospital,
125 Ormiston Road, Botany Junction. It
is easily accessible for those in greater
Auckland with free parking available.
To compare our prices
or arrange an appointment
phone 09 252 0370 or visit our website;
Terms and conditions apply
Having trouble with
your arthritic hips
Putting your heart
in safe hands
Ormiston Hospital welcomes
the Auckland Heart Group
Ormiston Hospital has welcomed the specialist
cardiology group, Auckland Heart Group, to its
Botany Junction facility, further improving services
available to doctors, specialists and their
patients throughout the South and East
The Auckland Heart Group, New Zealand s largest
and leading private cardiology group, has relocated
its Botany Junction outpatient clinics to a ground
oor suite within the hospital. The new location
allows the Group to expand its current
cardiology services and include inpatient
The Auckland Heart Group has 22 cardiologists
working in an open team environment, sharing
knowledge, experience and specialisation, in the
assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the heart
and its problems. They provide ongoing advice
and support for patients, adults and children,
throughout the Auckland region.
(from left) Dr Ruvin Gabriel
and Dr Niels van Pelt.
To nd out more, please contact:
Auckland Heart Group
125 Ormiston Road, Ormiston or 94 Mountain Road,
Epsom Ph: (09) 623 1020, Fax (09) 623 1030
The cardiologists representing the South East
communities are: Drs Ross Nicholson, David
Heaven, Tim Sutton, Niels van Pelt, Ruvin Gabriel
and Wil Harrison. These cardiologists, also working
in Middlemore Hospital, support local GPs and
patients with clinics at Ormiston Hospital, Counties
Care in Papakura and centrally at Epsom.
• Cardiology assessments, both outpatient
• Exercise Treadmill Testing (ETT)
• Electrocardiograms (ECGs)
• Heart and Blood pressure monitoring
• Echocardiography including stress echos
• Vascular ultrasound (renal, carotid,
Cardiology services available
from the hospital include:
Links Archive Wairau Shopper April 2012 Birkenhead Village Navigation Previous Page Next Page