Excelling despite adversity

Aug 4, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Vanisi Prescott’s journey to become a doctor is proof that anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it. She shares her inspiring story to encourage others to dream big.   Vanisi was born in Tonga, and moved to Auckland at the age of one. She started Year 9 at Onehunga High School, ...

Onehunga Kindergarten say a fond farewell to head teacher

Aug 4, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes When she became head teacher at Onehunga Kindergarten 17 years ago, it was a homecoming of sorts for Bev Douglas, having sent her own children there. It was also a place where she’d always wanted to work.   She is now saying farewell to her dream job and looking forward to retirement, proud of shaping ...

Have your say – new policy could change housing zones around city

Aug 4, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new government policy which aims to improve housing affordability, is directing councils to allow for more intensification in key areas. Although Onehunga is not on the current location list, everybody is urged to have their say on any changes to the Unitary Plan next year.   The National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) ...

Values with action

Aug 4, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes St Joseph’s School students were quick to offer aid to families of the school affected by June’s tornado in Papatoetoe. A mufti-day fundraiser was held to collect money to assist two St Joseph’s School families who were impacted by the devastating tornado aftermath – one family had to vacate their damaged home and another house ...

A horsey addiction

Aug 4, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes For a group of lucky children, the school holiday break was a chance to spend time around horses. They were part of the Ambury Park Centre’s school holiday programme, where they spent a week learning to ride. The programme starts with basic instructions on how to behave around horses, to groom and care for them, ...

Grassroots initiative thrives

Jun 30, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes A grassroots initiative to feed and provide support for those in need continues to thrive. Onehunga Embracing Families (OEF) was founded two years ago by local women, Raewyn Graham and Lou Anderson, who saw a need for kai support among those in the community struggling to make ends meet.   Since then, more people have ...

Decades of service honoured

Jun 29, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes After a lifetime of service and activism, former MP, Carol Beaumont, received the NZ Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She was recognised for more than 35 years of work in the Union and Women’s movements. Carol says she was surprised by the award and had no idea she had been nominated. ...

Imraan leaves his “second family”

Jun 29, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Since July 2013, Imraan Ali has been a familiar face at Onehunga Library. Almost eight years to the day he took on the role as library manager, he said goodbye to the Onehunga community to take on a new role as the Botany Community Library Manager.   As part of a complete restructure, Libraries, Community ...

Big shave time

Jun 29, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes In June, Onehunga Primary School student, Tahila, fulfilled her promise to shave her hair off to help support patients and families living with a blood cancer. The Shave for a Cure fundraiser event was also in honour of her late grandfather who fought and beat lymphoma cancer.   The Year 6 student had always wanted ...

Selecting from afar

Jun 29, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes During office hours, you can usually catch Tevita Tu’ifua out on the mainstreet as the Onehunga Community Liaison Officer, but outside those hours he is busy organising the Europe-based Tonga National Rugby Sevens Team in preparation for the upcoming Final Olympic Qualification Tournament in Monaco.   As head coach, Tevita had already been training a ...