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ANZAC Remembrance Service returns

May 5, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes It was with great relief that Onehunga RSA members were able to hold a Remembrance Service this year, after last year’s level 4 lockdown. Due to continuing uncertainty over Covid-19, the parade down Onehunga Mall did not take place, but the service itself went ahead upstairs in the Club Onehunga building. RSA and Club Onehunga ...

A stepping-stone for youth

May 5, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Most people look forward to slowing down when they get into their 50’s, but Anita Vaafusuaga did just the opposite. In 2012, she seized the opportunity to turn a lifelong vision into reality, and founded DNA 1st Solution with her late husband Denis. Their aim was to create employment opportunities for vulnerable youth, getting them ...

Finding the missing pieces

May 5, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Finding the missing details about an American woman who travelled throughout New Zealand in the 19th century as a world missionary for the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), is proving to be a headache for local writer, Randolph Hollingsworth.   The One Tree Hill resident is researching for a historical novel about Mary Leavitt’s journey ...

Te Papapa fale officially opens with special ceremony

May 5, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes A beautiful fale was officially opened at Te Papapa School last month, with a special celebration featuring students, staff, and community leaders.   The fale has been designed to be reflective of the island nations represented in the school community, although the majority of the features are Samoan. The opening celebration ended with a traditional ...

Onehunga Primary transformation begins

May 5, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Onehunga Primary School has begun its transformation, with a new temporary administration block taking shape on the main field, and much more to come, with $14.5m of funding announced last month.   The school roll is expected to grow to at least 800 by 2030, and this project, funded by the Ministry of Education, combines ...

Recycling centre construction underway

April 14, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes The first step towards the construction of  the Onehunga Community Recycling Centre (CRC) took place in March, with a dawn blessing at the Victoria Street site. Around four dozen people attended the early morning event, including Councillor Josephine Bartley, members of the Maungakiekie Tāmaki Local Board, (MTLB) representatives of contractors Canam, Auckland Council’s Waste Solutions ...

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Proposal to close Onehunga Kiwibank open for consultation

March 3, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments < 1 min

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Kiwibank may close at the end of the year. We have been notified that the local Kiwibank is set to close at the end of 2021. Kiwibank says this closure is due to “upcoming lease review, as well as significant decline in branch usage”. They estimate 90% of all transactions go through their digital ...

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A mysterious disappearance

March 3, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Onehunga Community News has been contacted by a family in England who want to find out what happened to a close relative who disappeared over 70 years ago. Yvonne Willis says that her husband, George, who is now almost 80 years-old, last saw his father when he was nine, and that all his life he ...

Royal Oak Roundabout upgrade to go ahead

March 3, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes The long-awaited safety upgrades to the Royal Oak Roundabout are expected to take place in the first half of 2021, but people are saying that their views have largely been ignored and the upgrade does not go far enough to address the issues raised. Background Royal Oak Roundabout is one of the top 25 most ...

Building Success

March 3, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Over a year ago, the story of Dhia Ugla featured in Onehunga Community News where he stood out as an inspirational figure who has succeeded against all odds. Now he is busy adding another chapter to his incredible life story. Dhia came to New Zealand in 2018 as a refugee from Iraq, having spent three years trapped ...