September 2020 – Onehunga Community News

End of an era for old grandstand

September 30, 2020 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Waikaraka Park Grandstand has finally been demolished. After almost 90 years as a local landmark, the ageing concrete structure was pulled down in September. Despite popular belief that the grandstand was built by the US Army during World War II, it was actually constructed in the 1930’s. It hosted cricket, rugby union and rugby ...

Supporting independent living – volunteers wanted

September 30, 2020 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes For 25 years, Spectrum Care has provided customised support for children, young people and adults with disabilities, and their whānau. Their approach has changed and evolved over the past decades, from institutional care, to group residential support and, most recently, to supported independent living. Spectrum Care walks alongside people every step of the way, but ...

Traffic trial coming for Onehunga

September 30, 2020 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two traffic trials in the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki area have won funding in the latest round from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets Programme, which aims to bring safer and more people-friendly streets to Auckland. The pilot projects in Onehunga and Glen Innes will create Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) with the aim being to re-define the ...

The songbirds need you!

September 29, 2020 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new initiative to turn Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park into a safe haven for birds, is being launched this month. The Maungakiekie Songbird Trust will be introducing an innovative eradication programme to reduce the number of rats, possums and other predators around the mountain. Organiser, Ian Hook, says the key to the project’s ...

Power up your bike to find the treasure

September 29, 2020 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes During the month of October, The EcoMatters Bike Hubs are encouraging cyclists to get on their bikes as part of The Power Box Bike Challenge for Biketober, Auckland’s annual festival of bicycle fun. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their neighbourhood in search of painted power boxes all across Auckland. The month-long treasure hunt ...

Two become one

September 2, 2020 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Club Onehunga was officially launched at the beginning of August with a large turnout of members from the Onehunga RSA and Onehunga Club. After a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Maungakiekie MP, Denise Lee, and a welcoming Karanga by Kaikaranga Dianne Timu-Carter, everybody went on to toast the success of the joint venture inside the ...

Winter Wonderland

September 2, 2020 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes For three whole days in August, there was snow on the ground at Oranga Kindergarten. No, it wasn’t an unexpected weather event – the kindy children enjoyed the wintry treat thanks to Penrose-based property company, Southpark Corp Ltd. The four-metre pile of snow arrived early on a Monday morning, and was unloaded onto a clear ...

Telling it like it is

September 2, 2020 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the beginning of August, Race Relations Commissioner (RRC), Meng Foon, visited the Epsom Combined Probus group to give a wide-ranging talk about his job, and racism and discrimination in New Zealand.  When Race Relations Commissioner, Meng Foon, stood in front of a large room full of mostly Pãkeha New Zealanders in August, he doesn’t ...

Onehunga table update

September 2, 2020 Latest News 0 Comments < 1 min

Reading Time: < 1 minute The space outside St Peter’s Church has never been the same since the mosaic chess table, one of Onehunga’s much photographed pieces of street art, was destroyed in a late-night incident involving a  car. Thankfully, the nearby ceramic sofa was left unscathed.   Following the event, the Onehunga Community News Facebook page was flooded with ...

A hand-up for young people

September 2, 2020 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes An Onehunga-based youth trust has launched a crowdfunding campaign to carry on its work in granting annual scholarships to local high school students. The 36 year-old Onehunga Youth Trust has been described by one of its founding members, Greg Woodcock, as “low key” – but its influence on young people’s lives has been just the ...