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Free women’s health checks

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Cervical cancer is diagnosed in about 150 women a year in New Zealand, with about 50 women dying from it.  What a lot of women do not realise, is that in 97% of cases, cervical cancer is preventable - but only if you have a regular smear test. Well Women & Family Trust offers free, confidential health checks to all women, and you can go along regardless of your circumstances, age, ethnicity, or culture.

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Sadness as iconic bridge closes

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When the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) announced in November that the Old Māngere Bridge was closing at the end of the month, it was a great shock to many people. Sad about the loss of the 100 year-old iconic landmark, hundreds took to social media and reminisced about the old times; hanging out, walking, fishing, and riding along the bridge. Others expressed concern about the alternative walking and cycling route; the underpass under the motorway which they say is unsafe and dirty.

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Playcentre marks 50 years

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In November, Onehunga Playcentre marked its 50th Golden Jubilee with a huge celebration. Past and present whānau came together to chat, reminisce and enjoy the sunshine, celebrating their contribution over the years to the early childhood education (ECE) of hundreds of local children.

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Representing with pride

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In December, the biannual Onehunga Primary School Arts and Cultural Festival took place. Students and staff all looked the part, geared up in elegant traditional wear and colourful costumes, to represent the many cultures and talents of Onehunga’s diverse community.

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Growing leader organises lagoon clean up

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It’s a sunny Saturday morning in November, and amongst the dog walkers and joggers, a small clutch of children with flapping plastic bags can be seen picking their way through the bushes and trees around Onehunga Lagoon.

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Drop, cover, hold

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Students at Mangere Bridge School were among more than 850,000 New Zealanders who took part in the national ShakeOut drill on 18th October.

The annual exercise prepares people for an earthquake or tsunami and reminds them of the right action to take during these natural disasters.

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