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Important Numbers/Services ������������� 5

Health & Beauty ������������������ 19-22

History ������������������������� 6-7

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Community ���������������������� 8-9

Around the Home ����������������� 24-25

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Rural ��������������������������� 26

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Keeping up with the news New residents to South Auckland will quickly learn that keeping up with local happenings is a breeze. That’s because the district is served by a variety of local news services which provide the latest happenings as well as valued information on living in South Auckland.

Indeed, residents have easy access to coverage of council decisions, sports, the arts, education, health, entertainment and all manner of local issues and events. They can also read about major individual achievements and local business progress. Importantly, South Auckland residents are kept in the know!

Community newspapers are delivered every week across the district, and are a great source of information on virtually everything happening locally.

Auckland Council also posts to all residents a regular update on its decisions and public activities keeping South Aucklanders informed about council developments.

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Welcome to the district... Congratulations on choosing to live in this colourful, multi-cultural area of Auckland – the south is a diverse community with a wealth of amenities for every age group. From Manukau in the north, through to Papakura in the south, the region is enjoying a resurgence of growth as prospective homeowners discover affordable and attractive housing among a range of properties within new and existing suburbs.

At the other end of the road, so to speak, is Papakura, a district which has been welcoming settlers for 150 years. Now, 2017 sees much needed housing projects underway with green spaces and shopping centres, attracting families looking for value without sacrificing lifestyle. With its proud heritage, Papakura is facing a vibrant future boosted by new neighbourhoods including those in Takanini, Karaka and Drury. At the centre of this population growth is its great location on the Manukau Harbour, with easy access to the Southern Motorway, being a real bonus.

At Manukau, new apartments are springing up in close proximity to its comprehensive and central shopping city. These are also close to the new train station and Manukau Technical Institute campus situated at Hayman Park (at the corner of Manukau Station Road and Davies Avenue), directly above Manukau Station.

The area’s amenities also offer lifestyle opportunities with key facilities such as Massey Park Stadium and Pool, McLennan Park and the world-class facilities at Bruce Pulman Park, all making Papakura the sporting hub of South Auckland.

Nearby is the Manukau District Court, the long-standing fun park, Rainbow’s End, the architecturally relevant, Vodafone Events Centre, the new Vector Wero Whitewater Park and the Manukau SuperClinic which provides specialist outpatient appointments and day procedures.

New locals will find a museum, art gallery, markets, theatres, plenty of dining facilities and much more. With a train station virtually in the heart of Papakura, rail links to Auckland’s CBD and centres such as Manukau, Sylvia Park and Newmarket are excellent.

But the wonderful facilities of South Auckland go beyond central Manukau. To the east there still remains easy access to the countryside and facilities such as pony clubs and sports parks.

Shopping, schools, medical facilities and professional and trade services abound ensuring the many new developments are already served by essential amenities. Other residential suburbs, lying between Manukau and Papakura, all offer their own particular appeal.

As one heads further south, the magnificent Auckland Botanic Gardens at Manurewa is free to the public and offers many hectares of gardens, walks and recreational areas as well as cafe facilities.

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So, enjoy your new home – you are living in a fascinating part of New Zealand – here’s to settling in quickly and best wishes for the future.

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Papakura’s rich history all in a name Housing around Papakura, Takanini, Drury and surrounds continues to mushroom with thousands of new homes either underway or in the pipeline for completion in the next two to five years.

Paerata ridge, while another major pa, Pukekiwiriki, stood above the plain east of Papakura at Red Hill, strategically placed to control the inner reaches of the harbour and north-south routes east to the Clevedon area.

While modern apartments, terrace houses and affordable housing together with plush estates bring new life and wealth to the south, it is timely to remember the district has rich Maori and European settler histories.

The pa is recorded as having withstood an attack by Ngapuhi in the early 1820s; tradition has it that the redness of the soil on the hilltop is testimony to the blood shed there. Two other Ngati Tamaoho pa sites were at the mouth of Slippery Creek which was associated with settlements and cultivations.

The name, Papakura is a Maori word believed to have originated from papa, meaning earth or flat and kura meaning red, reflecting the rich, fertile soil upon which the community was founded. The tangata whenua of the area dates back many centuries, before European colonisation. The area was then the terrirtoty of Tamaoho, (also known as Te Akitai) and a confederation of tribes which included Ngati Pou and Ngati Te Ata. Tamaoho/Akitai had the major interest in what became the Pukekohe West Block, whereas Ngati Pou’s region was more southerly, closer to the Waikato River. Ngati Te Ata’s area was to the west of both. All three hapu can trace their whakapapa back to the Tainui waka. It is believed that a ‘fortified pa of the Ngati Tamaoho tribe, named Te Maunu-a-Tu (The Wargod’s Lure), stood on the western end of the


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In addition to the land’s cultural and economic value to tangata whenua, the area, particularly further south and to the west, has long been in agricultural and horticultural use especially as one draws closer to Bombay and Pukekohe before heading west. Also an early frontier settlement, the first Europeans made their home in these southern reaches of Auckland some 150 years ago under what was then the Waikato Immigration Scheme. Many of those original 4000 immigrants, tempted by the offer of free land, settled in the wider Papakura area and also further south in the Franklin district. They came from Scotland, Ireland, England and the Cape Colony, leaving behind families and everything familiar to them. The voyages were long and difficult. Some passengers arrived in their new homeland having lost loved ones

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Ardmore en route. Once here, they faced long delays before even setting foot on ‘their’ land with most living in disused army barracks, tents, or shacks. In particular, Drury’s development as a colonial settlement focused on the Great South Road, accommodation and rural services while the Papakura area once featured coal, clay and kauri gum industries. Adjacent sources of employment, apart from Auckland city, included Kingseat, Ravensthorpe and Middlemore Hospitals, the freezing works at OtahuhuWestfield and, later, the steel mill at Glenbrook. The New Zealand War, principally in Waikato, impacted on the whole area, but colonial and imperial camps and specific events were more localised. Military camps were also established in the district during World War II: these

included the New Zealand military camp on the northeast side of Papakura and United States Army camps near Pukekohe. Of course, the district’s history encompasses much more than can be detailed here and makes fascinating reading but this small snapshot of the past is a good springboard for exploring further.

Aviation has roots in Papakura Few people know that the first controlled powered flight in New Zealand took place over Papakura in February 1911. Pioneering aviators, Vivian and his brother, Leo Walsh built a British-designed Howard Wright biplane from imported plans. When completed, a group of spectators watched Vivian fly the ‘Manurewa’ more than 350m at a height of 20m over Glencora Park – an amazing feat for that era. The brothers went on to found the New Zealand Flying School, with Vivian becoming the first New Zealander to obtain an aviator’s certificate and, of course, today, Ardmore Airfield, which is home to the New Zealand Warbirds Association, and local flying clubs, continue the area’s long association with aviation.

Manurewa – a central hub Lying between Manukau centre and Papakura is the suburb of Manurewa with its central town centre housing a number of professional services such as accountants, lawyers, physiotherapists and orthodontists. In addition there are essential services such as libraries, schools, and the Local Board office. Manurewa has a varied retail offering which includes a variety of cafés, and beauty services and the town centre itself has a large number of medical and personal services.

In particular, Manurewa is well known for the Auckland Botanic Gardens and also the Nathan Homestead, home to the Manurewa Community Arts Centres, both on Hill Rd. With congestion a problem across Auckland, Manurewa’s centrally located train station is ideal for commuting to other parts of Auckland City. Visit where you will find an extensive community and business directory. Settling In 2018-19



Peace tree still stands Schools may be places of formal learning but when the Reverend W.C. Wood planted an acorn in the Papakura School grounds on July 19, 1919, as a contribution to the local peace celebrations after the First World War, the school yard took on new meaning. This ‘peace oak’ was intended not so much as a war memorial but as a symbolic commemoration of peace and victory. The tree and accompanying plaque can still be seen near the north-western boundary of what is now Central Park, within view of the Papakura-Karaka First World War memorial.

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READY TO GROW Identified as a future metropolitan centre in the Auckland Unitary Plan, Papakura offers much to people looking to work, live and play in south-east Auckland. With a vibrant shopping centre, wide range of public transport options, new supermarkets and service businesses and booming real estate that includes a new wave of apartment developments under construction, the district is attracting people and businesses from all over Auckland.

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Manukau For many years the wider Manuaku district was mostly rural with settlement escalating after the Second World War. The 50’s then the 60’s and 70’s saw development of suburbs such as Manurewa, Hillpark, Totara Heights and later The Gardens plus other new housing subdivisions. With the amalgamation of Manukau County and Manurewa Borough in 1965, Manukau City was formed but it wasn’t until New Zealand-wide reorganisation of local government took place in 1989 that Manukau City absorbed Papatoetoe City and Howick Borough too. However, it lost some land to the newly formed Papakura District. For the next 21 years it thrived and under progressive mayors saw burgeoning growth across its multi-cultural region especially in the east. But then, on November 1, 2010 Manukau City Council was abolished and the governed area was amalgamated into the Manukau, Howick, Manurewa-Papakura, and Franklin wards of the new Auckland ‘SuperCity’.

New infrastructure has seen the completion of the southwestern motorway from Manukau to connect with the north-western motorway via the new Waterview tunnel. This motorway gives easy access to Auckland Airport. The name Manukau, from the Manukau Harbour west of the city, is of Maori origin, and means ‘wading birds’ although it has been suggested that the name of the harbour was also sometimes rendered as Manuka, meaning a ‘marker post’ with which an early chief is said to have claimed the area.

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New Auranga estate forges ahead The new Auranga estate encompassing two Special Housing Areas accessed from Bremner Rd, Drury is well underway with the first subdivision on 68ha expected to yield 1000-1500 new homes over seven to nine years. However, the first homes could be ready by the end of 2018. In late in 2017, Auranga’s managing director, Charles Ma, received Auckland Council planning committee’s approval to extend the initial subdivision. This involves rezoning the 84.6ha extension as mixed housing urban and mixed housing suburban to provide for about 1300 more homes.

traditional architecture and visually stunning surroundings that will encourage people to connect. “I want to bring back community values like knowing everyone in your street and knowing your kids are safe to play freely around the neighbourhood.”

In light of this thinking, the first stage of a new Auranga Coastal Walkway (bordering the residential development) has opened and will eventually cover five kilometres with a dog park and playground on route. Auranga Coastal Walkway Mr Ma and his team of urban designers and planners have taken a macro – ‘more than insulation’ – view of sustainability. Mr Ma says he is immensely proud that everyone has worked so hard and well together, resulting in the “Sustainability has to be the whole picture. We have application to rezone the greenfields site for residential designed the street network to reduce vehicle kilometres development being unanimously supported by submitters. travelled per household by up to 30 per cent. And, with the expansion of employment nodes in Auckland’s south we Homes within Auranga (meaning ‘a life force that sets hope to achieve employment levels as high as 92 per cent progress in motion’) will include apartments, duplexes, self-sufficiency; that’s more local jobs than anywhere else terraced and stand-alone homes. Over 200 will be in urban Auckland,” Mr Ma says. affordable homes, which is 50 per cent more than required under SHA provisions. For people wanting to work outside the area, the proposed new railway station at Drury and electrification “Auranga is about people, community and providing of the existing rail line will help provide congestion-free the foundations for good living,” says Mr Ma. “Often connections north and south. developments try to create a sense of community, but end up being just rows of houses with no heart and About 30,000 native and eco-sourced plants are also being little atmosphere. I love timeless, elegant aesthetics and planted at Auranga. beautiful outdoor spaces. Auranga will be a celebration of


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Pre-school to high-school Education is one thing new South Auckland families don’t have to worry about. From childcare and pre-school facilities through to secondary college, as well as extracurricular activities and tuition, the district is well catered for. When it comes to pre-school care, parents can be confident that they will find something to suit their personal needs. In addition to playcentres and kindergartens, there are numerous childcare centres that offer all day care for children from working families. Some of these cater for very young babies and some may take primary aged children after school has finished. Centres adhere to strict regulations and offer proper sleeping arrangements for young infants. Some provide hot meals during the day and most have excellent indoor/ outdoor facilities. All employ trained staff and work to government guidelines when it comes to teacher/child ratios, social programmes and developmental skills. Newcomers to South Auckland can be confident about local


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Murphy’s Law Irish Bar is set on 3 acres in the beautiful countryside beneath the Drury Hills. The Sports Bar is always full of action with a gaming lounge and TAB facilities plus plenty of TVs to watch your favourite sporting event. Great entertainment Friday/Saturday nights. Great pub fare, friendly staff, huge outside garden areas. Open 7 days except Christmas Day, 11am till late. Motorhome Park for your short stay requirements. Like us on Facebook.

Welcome to the neighbourhood! Introducing your awesome ‘local’, just down the road at Auckland Airport.

• Courtesy van available Wed-Sat, travels within a 15km radius of Murphy’s Law.

2 Leonard Isitt Drive, Auckland Airport (Under the ibis budget Hotel) 09 215 1220 • •

• Closed Easter Friday and Christmas Day


200 Great South Road, Drury. Ph 09 294 9054. Open 7 days, Mon-Sun from 11am till late KAT5906

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64 Jesmond Rd, Karaka Ph (09) 294 6687

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Added facilities in new hotel There is a diverse range of excellent entertainment and dining venues throughout South Auckland. While dining out can be a haphazard affair when patrons are unfamiliar with their local restaurants, by taking a drive around the local district, newcomers will not only become familiar with the area but will gain a feel for the many and varied eateries available. What’s more there is something for all tastes and budgets. New residents will find local café owners and restaurateurs to be accommodating and willing to oblige special requests such as vegetarian, gluten-free or dairy-free meals if advised early enough. However, some venues already have a range of vegetarian choices on their menus. Remember, too, come public holidays, many waiver surcharges. Regardless of whether one is seeking a laid-back family restaurant which is priced accordingly, casual BYO wine café, a local ‘drinking hole’ with great bar snacks or an upmarket venue with quality cuisine, the local district has it all. In fact, with its selection of contemporary and ethnic cafes, bars, coffee houses and diverse takeaway outlets, not to mention that the hugely popular and upbeat Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club plus nearby Weymouth Cosmpolitan

Club, this diverse suburb offers locals loads of choice. Beyond the dining scene, South Auckland also offers pub gigs, concert venues and cinemas. The Hawkins Theatre community cinema and performing arts venue has been an essential part of Papakura for the past 25 years. It provides a venue for everything from local theatre to touring shows of all description. It also hosts a season of films, with a particular focus on New Zealand, overseas festivals and ‘arthouse’ films. At Manukau, the Vodafone Events Centre hosts many concerts as well as sports, cultural and corporate events and, now, the Vector Wero Whitewater Park, with canoe slalom course, is in big demand. There are also various local markets including the famous Otara Market offering a selection of food, health, beauty, clothing, arts and gifts, and entertainment. On completion at the end of 2019, the new Ramada Hotel at Manukau will offer visitor accommodation as well as own your own apartments plus a restaurant/cafe and gym/ health facility. Indeed, throughout South Auckland, new residents will find a meld of rustic and contemporary ways to socialise. Settling In 2018-19


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Franklin’s original Tapas restaurant! Poco Loco means “Little Crazy” in Spanish, so come along for a different and fun eating experience. We have been serving the people of Franklin since 2004 utilising fresh, seasonal, local produce using authentic Mediterranean and Spanish recipes with a Kiwi twist. Italians call it antipasto, Chinese call it yum char and Spanish call it tapas. It’s a delightful way to enjoy great food in a fabulous local restaurant with friendly service.

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm till late

15 Queen St, Pukekohe, Email Phone 09 238 1607


Red Earth eatery & wine bar offers a premium dining experience in Papakura, with fare ranging from smaller Tapasstyle sharing plates and platters to full meals. Gluten-free and vegetarian options also available. Red Earth’s truly extensive wine list offers a wide selection of fabulous wines from around the country and the world. For those after something extra special, there is a cellar list for more exclusive bottles too! Pop in and see our friendly team for a fantastic time – Red Earth caters for couples and larger groups.


Monday-Tuesday 4.30pm till Late Wednesday-Sunday 11am till Late 255 Great South Rd, Papakura Phone 09 296 9027 KAT5631


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healt h & B eaut y

Total wellbeing You’ll find an abundance of health and beauty treatment opportunities in south Auckland. Whether it’s a special occasion or simply general upkeep, local residents will find the district offers beauty and massage therapists, hairdressers, nail technicians and various health practitioners, including acupuncturists. Whether you’re looking for a deep cleansing facial, Thai herbal massage, traditional Chinese medicine or an express pedicure, there is no end of clinics, studios or salons to choose from. Natural health therapists offer many forms of relief from various problems and conditions, aiming to give their clients relief from distressing conditions. For some, a spa treatment, inner cleaning, hair appointment, skin rejuvenation or massage is a regular ritual not to be missed. Explore your local area and discover a wealth of professionals ready to help you look and feel your best.

GET THE LOOK YOU’RE AFTER Allure is a modern Hairdressing studio in Papakura catering for both women and men – and in our opinion, if you’re local, it’s a treasure on your doorstep.

Ph 09 299 9562 4/299 Great South Rd, Papakura




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Ormiston Hospital Surgery Closer to Home Botany Junction

How do you get to see a surgeon at Ormiston Hospital? Ask your GP to refer you to one of our specialists. You can find out who our specialists are by visiting our website: Ormiston Hospital is a private surgical hospital accommodating your ACC, Private Health Insurance or Privately Funded surgical needs from the following specialties; ✜ Colonoscopy & Gastroscopy ✜ Plastic / Cosmetic Surgery ✜ Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery ✜ General Surgery ✜ Gynaecology ✜ Eye Surgery ✜ Oral & Facial Surgery

✜ Obesity Surgery ✜ Orthopaedic Surgery including Joint Replacement & Reconstructive Surgery ✜ Paediatric Surgery ✜ Spinal Surgery ✜ Urology ✜ Vascular & Endovascular

We can be found at 125 Ormiston Road, Botany Junction. Phone 250 1157. For more details on the services we offer, visit our website: 127843


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Ormiston Hospital – top level care • Free visitor parking • Flexible visiting hours • Shopping and dining outlets nearby

South Auckland residents requiring treatment at a private hospital don’t need to travel the considerable distance to Auckland City, as the region is fortunate to be served by a privately owned surgical hospital at Botany Junction.

The hospital has 32 in-patient beds. Single and double rooms all have ensuites, Sky TV, telephone and high-speed internet. Patients receive a complimentary daily newspaper and current magazines are available for leisure reading.

Featuring state-of-the-art facilities and technology, Ormiston Hospital is easily accessed from the motorway and provides top quality private surgery from some of the country’s leading surgeons.

Balanced meals with a daily changing menu catering for special diets, children’s needs, specific food allergies and gluten-free, are provided by Nourish Café, located within the hospital.

Over 70 specialists, covering all specialities (with the exception of cardiac and neurosurgery), offer their services at Ormiston Hospital, which features: • Six operating theatres • A highly advanced endoscopy suite • 12-bed recovery unit • Day patient recovery facility • Close Observation Unit • Physiotherapy for all post-operative rehabilitation • On-site radiology, pharmacy and cafe

Ormiston Hospital aims to make the patient stay a safe, comfortable and pleasant experience. Simply ask your GP to be referred to one of our specialists, or for more details on specialists and procedures available, call us on 09 250 1157 or visit the Ormiston Hospital website

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Having trouble with your arthritic hips or knees?

Mr Gary French, Ormiston Orthopaedics, is now an Affiliated 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 significant advantages for you:


Specialising in: • Fittings for Bras

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:

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09 298 0999

• 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

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For Primary Total Hip Joint Replacement and Primary Total Knee Joint Replacement

For Primary Total Hip Joint Replacement and Primary Total Knee Joint Replacement

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Finding the health professionals Health, beauty and wellbeing experts abound throughout South Auckland which means there’s no need to travel far for quality health providers such as dentists, doctors, podiatrists, optometrists, physiotherapists, dieticians, personal trainers or massage therapists.

However, Awhinatu Health, in Papakura, provides a wide range of dedicated mental health services for Manukau, Papakura and Franklin residents while the Papakura Primary Birthing Unit, with associated midwifery services, is located in Clevedon Rd, Papakura.

Of course, skin and hair care, inner health, sound feet, beautiful hands, a fit body and a pain-free existence are all part of general wellbeing and are also catered for.

Further services such as Counties Integrated Medical Health and the Papakura Marae Health Clinic are other examples of the excellent range of health care providers.

In addition, South Auckland is home to the Manukau Super Clinic offering an outpatient service and day procedures and a mini Super Clinic (The Hub) is planned for Pukekohe which may suit Karaka, Drury and Papakura residents.

In addition to regular medical and counselling services, there are, of course, pharmacies and various complementary and alternative health practitioners and therapists, including acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, herbalists and more. Whether seeking a relaxing massage, traditional Chinese medicine or a herbal supplement, there is plenty of choice.

There is no emergency department at the Manuaku Super Clinic; rather this is located at Middlemore Hosital in Papatoetoe. Private hospital treatment is available at Ormiston Hospital and at its complementary Specialist Centre at Botany South.

So, explore your local area and discover a wealth of health practitioners, across a broad spectrum, who make wellbeing their priority.

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The Denture and Denture Implant Clinics

Reduced after hours charges applies to: • Under 13’s • Over 65’s • Community Service Card holders • High User Card holders

• Full Dentures • Acrylic Dentures • Metal Dentures • Flexible Dentures • Denture Relines • Denture Repairs • Mouth Guards

• Doctors and nurses on site 24 hours • No appointment necessary • Over 40 visiting specialists • ACC free under 13’s 24/7

We make it... we fit it... we fix it... Full dental laboratory services with no dentist appointments or referrals required!


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3/208 Gt Sth Rd, Papatoetoe. 09 277 2233 161 Gt Sth Rd, Manurewa. 09 266 3850 11 West St, Pukekohe. 09 238 0095 Email


260 Botany Road, Howick Phone 277 1516

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Help pets settle in

“We are here when you need us the most”

Pets love routine and stability in their lives, so moving home can be a stressful time for them (and you!) But there are some simple steps pet owners can take to help them adjust. n Be sure to microchip. It’s a great idea to microchip pets (your vet will do this for you), and update their details on the NZ Companion Animal Register ( This will help find them if they wander from the new home.

We are a full service emergency animal care hospital available to help in all after hours veterinary care. • Complete diagnostic lab for immediate results • Blood transfusion and typing for both cats & dogs • ECG monitoring • Digital radiology • Advanced pain management including continuous rate infusions • Oxygen therapy including portable transport tank • Surgery and monitoring by highly experienced veterinarians and nurses

n Provide a refuge room. When your cats move to a new home, keep them confined indoors (with a litterbox) for at least a week. Also provide a quiet ‘refuge room’ where they can avoid the stress and noise of unpacking. n Explore slowly. Take your dog on regular walks around the new neighbourhood so it can identify smells and start learning where this new home is located. Don’t rush things with your cats – they will explore outside when they’re ready.

15 Jack Conway Ave, Manukau Phone 277 8383

n Be prepared. Register with your new veterinary clinic as soon as possible. Don’t wait for a medical problem to arise. Call in, have a look around, and register your pet’s details.


Open Monday-Friday 6pm-8am the following morning, Saturday midday right through till 8am Monday morning, Public holidays open 24 hours









VSA is proud to bring you the very best in an animal hospital, with a dedicated team providing advanced surgery, imaging and physiotherapy, together with excellent emergency and after-hours care.

W W W . V S A H O S P I TA L . CO . N Z VSA Sylvia Park Surgery • Imaging • Physio • A&E 1 Te Apunga Place • (09) 3205645

VSA Mount Albert Surgery • Imaging 97 Carrington Road • (09) 8455455 CD1992

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around t h e home

Renovations With house prices climbing dramatically in recent years, many local homeowners have opted to renovate their existing home rather than sell and buy again. Often the most important areas to update are bathrooms and kitchens. Fortunately the local district is well endowed with highly professional kitchen, bathroom and building companies staffed by experienced people. Before starting a renovation scour magazines for ideas. Be sure to get several quotes and be sure each company is quoting on a level playing field – the same materials and the same quality of fixtures and fittings. Allow for extras and price rises. Many local companies will provide a free measure and quote and most will be happy to assist with ideas and practicalities that might change your initial thinking to some degree. If a garden renovation is on the agenda, enjoy exploring local nurseries and garden centres where you are sure to find landscaping supplies and garden art as well as a plethora of plants to transform the outdoors.

Furnishings New residents moving to the local district could be buying into long established areas dating back many decades or they could be starting life over in a new build nestled in one of the latest developments. Regardless of the type of home one is buying, there may well be a need for new furniture and fittings or, in older homes, a touch of TLC. Fortunately, the local district has a range of retail stores and interior designers well able to ensure your new home soon looks like a dream home. Whether you want to put down new flooring, paint and wallpaper, update drapes, replace appliances or add decks and new landscaping, there is no shortage of skills and products. If you’re looking for a new suite, dining table or just some cushions, curtains and an ornament or two to add pizzazz, the local district has them all. As well as major shopping centres, there are plenty of home decorating options in areas such as Westfield Manukau, Papakura and Botany South. You could be surprised by the diversity.


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Home décor Whether moving into an existing property or a new build, most new home owners will be thinking décor, furnishings and landscaping. For a lucky few everything will be perfect. But for most there will, at least, be a little (or a lot) of redecorating in store. It may just be a new carpet, a splash of paint or a change of drapes or it may be a total makeover – complete new bathroom and kitchen plus every room revamped.

Rumpus rooms and swimming pools which seemed a good idea when children were young may no longer be required when reaching retirement age? However, before undertaking major alterations, decide whether you can do the job yourself or really do need professional help.

In a new house, the colour scheme may be in place or you may be in the throes of bringing it all together and need to use local suppliers. Whatever the case, South Auckland offers excellent home décor and maintenance shops and services for every need.

Whether recreating space for a new use, extending the home to accommodate a growing family or ageing parents, or remodelling, it pays to have a sound plan. Fortunately, South Auckland is blessed with tradespeople and companies who can assist. Most cater for various budgets and some will bring samples to the home.

Naturally, when everything is finally done, it is important to protect one’s investment with ongoing maintenance and refurbishment. What’s more, because the home revolves around individual family needs that will change with time, it may become necessary to make major changes.

Regardless of jobs to be done, there are a raft of reputable people in the home improvement industry who can help.


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Maintaining a lifestyle block For some people the move to South Auckland may also mean relocating to one of the area’s small blocks with enough land to keep a few animals or a large garden. But a small block of say, between two and 10 acres, still means work even if it isn’t big enough from which to make a living. There will be fences to build and maintain, hedges to cut and possibly hay to make. You may even have a small arena to maintain if a pony is part of the package. There could be a need for chicken coops or animal shelters as well as sheds to house specialist tools and equipment. Think about security, veterinary services and the many other jobs which come with owning a lifestyle property. Fortunately, the South Auckland area is home to many rural orientated businesses which can provide the proper advice,

services and expertise needed to ensure small blocks and the animals they support, remain in peak condition. While some landowners are also able handypersons, others work during the week and may need to employ experts to do those ‘must not neglect’ jobs. Before starting out on any project, and certainly before bringing in animals you may know little about, ensure you are fully prepared. Seek the advice of knowledgeable and experienced local people. You’ll find everything you need nearby from experts on animal care and feed right through to a mountain of services to keep your property and equipment in good order.

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Great Feed at Great Prices!


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Motorists well catered for Car maintenance is a breeze locally. Throughout the South Auckland there are franchised and general car dealerships offering both new and used vehicles for sale in virtually every price range. Whether seeking a small urban run around, a family wagon, SUV or something bigger and more rugged with four wheel drive, you’ll find it locally. The region also offers a selection of specialists dealing in everything from automotive repairs to panelbeating, auto electrical maintenance, vehicle air conditioning, tyre servicing and more. There are a multitude of sites for Warrant of Fitness checks and renewal of road user charges for those driving diesel vehicles. What’s more one doesn’t have to drive far from any location before passing a service station where petrol and other commodities are available.

The region also offers car wash and valet services including truck wash and grooming outlets and when it comes to buying parts and automotive accessories there are a number of specialist retailers. Of course, vehicles and commuters need roads and transport and South Auckland is well served by the southern motorway, regional roads, rail and regular bus services. Train stations are located at Papakura, Manurewa and Manukau townships – a real boon for commuters who work locally or who need to travel to Auckland city. The southern motorway also links to the south-western which provides easy access to Auckland International and Domestic Airports. It now links to the north-western motorway via the Waterview tunnel.


Welcome to the Car Care Centre • Collectively over 80 years experience

• WOF, Repairs, Servicing, Brake Repairs, Tyres, etc

• Quality work with a warranty to back it up

• All Makes & Models, Petrol & Diesel

• Good value for money

• Motorcycle WOF

• Open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm

• Japanese, European, American, Korean, Cars and Light Commercial

• Only 1km down Beach Road from the motorway


Payment options include: Cash, Cheque by arrangement

2 Beach Road, Pahurehure. Papakura. Phone (09) 298 0111 CR0116

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