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 ...

Get checked – it may save your life

Jun 29, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes In April, Labour MP, Kiri Allan, revealed that she had been diagnosed with Stage 3 cervical cancer. In a frank and emotional Facebook post, she explained she had neglected to go for a smear test for several years.   “To be honest, I’m one of those gals that hates anything to do with ‘down there’, ...

New mural a nostalgic ode

Jun 2, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Many of you will have noticed the brand-new ONEHUNGA mural on the corner of Onehunga Mall and Princes Street. Made possible with the support of Transpower NZ and the Onehunga Business Association, it stands out as a nostalgic ode to the area, featuring popular iconic symbols of Onehunga’s past and present.   Artist, Bobby MacDonald, ...

A clean cut – raising funds for cancer

Jun 2, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes An Onehunga Primary School Year 6 student is taking part in Shave For a Cure, to raise funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC). On Friday 11th June, Tahila will shave off all of her hair at a special school assembly, to support patients fighting cancer.   LBC is a national charity dedicated ...

Kai for the community

Jun 2, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments 2 min

Reading Time: 2 minutes Royal Oak has a new free food pantry at St John’s Anglican Church. The pantry is part of the Pātaka Kai Open Street Pantry Movement (OSPM) – a grassroots crowd-sourced solution to help meet local food needs.   OSPM believe that kai (food) has a role in nourishing a person’s tinana (physical wellbeing) and wairua ...

A challenging year for top scholars

Jun 2, 2021 Latest News 0 Comments < 1 min

Reading Time: < 1 minute In May, Onehunga High School announced its 2020 Dux at the annual Scholarship Assembly. It was an opportunity for the school to celebrate its highest academic achievers, coming from one of the most challenging school years for decades.   Principal, Deidre Shea, said that despite the difficulties of 2020, the school had once again achieved ...