Stronger together: What communities can do in the Covid-19 crisis

From Italy’s ‘Listen to Your Grandmother’ campaign and Bristol’s Mothers Turned Drug Runners to RongoCare in the tiny village of Rongotea, Louise Thornley has been researching great NZ and international community responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.  A public health researcher, most recently … [Read more...] about Stronger together: What communities can do in the Covid-19 crisis

The complete history of the Paekākāriki Progressive Association

A true and accurate chronicle of an episode in Paekākāriki community politics by Gilbert Haisman. Images: Mark Amery In 1973, a military chap came to live in our village. He discerned a need for a Ratepayers Association and called a public meeting to discuss his proposal. Posters went up in … [Read more...] about The complete history of the Paekākāriki Progressive Association

Commercial Vehicle Safety Centre proposed for Emerald Glen Road

The NZ Transport Agency’s plan for a souped-up version of a truck weigh station, planned for land at the start of Emerald Glen Road, has hit some wobbles as locals and the Paekākāriki Community Board express their disappointment at the lack of consultation. At approximately 1hectare in area, … [Read more...] about Commercial Vehicle Safety Centre proposed for Emerald Glen Road

The Paekākāriki Green Dream: Realising a Community Orchard and Garden Project

Work over the last seven years to create a commons space to encourage Paekākāriki’s self sufficiency and strengthen community is now a reality with Paekākāriki Orchards and Gardens. This year this local open group secured a four year license to use an acre of land at the northern end of the village … [Read more...] about The Paekākāriki Green Dream: Realising a Community Orchard and Garden Project

For Preservation

Jenny Clark writes about the heritage of our Beach Road buildings and the merit in saving them. Holtom’s Buildings, 1922 (Station Museum - Beauchamp Collection) Paekākāriki is a village in every sense of the word.  Its geographical position — bounded by steep hills, the … [Read more...] about For Preservation