Colourful history of a colourful land

One of the most significant characteristics of cities and their suburbs in New Zealand is their colourful history, dating back to the early settlers. Most of them have undergone vast changes in demography, lifestyle and environment but miraculously retain their original flavour of simplicity, friendliness and the spirit of good neighbourhood. Among them is Papatoetoe in the heart of Manukau.…

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A facelift for the Old Lady of Manukau

You will not recognise it soon, once the ‘Extreme Makeover’ style transformation of Old Papatoetoe is completed. The new-look shopping area will see cafes, a much bigger range of shops, colourful banners hanging from the lampposts, new paving, planting, and better parking. The aim is to make it a lively, modern, attractive hub for shopping, relaxation and entertainment. Plans are…

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A region of feathery plumes comes alive

‘Papatoetoe,’ the name with its characteristic lilt conjures up a vision of vast expanses of Toetoe, New Zealand’s largest native grass with its white feathery arching plumes undulating in silvery shimmer. In early days of European settlement, the word was (mis)spelt as ‘papatoitoi’ being the phonetic interpretation of Maori pronunciation. Papatoetoe was a popular area for early Maori settlements because…

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The glittering metal spreads joy and kinship

Unlike many other ethnic groups, the Indian community has a high propensity to purchase and consume gold, gold and studded jewellery and other items. Apart from weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and festivals, Indians like to keep gold as an item of security, redeemable on demand. The Indian affinity for gold has seen sharp rise in the demand for the yellow metal…

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Quality generates customer interest

New Zealanders have a penchant for quality over-riding all other factors and the success of market players would depend on their ability to sustain internationally accepted standards, combined by the country’s unique tastes and styles. Contrary to the popular belief, fierce competition does not drive companies out of business but enables them to find ways and means of adding value…

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Reckless pricing discounts quality

The construction industry is constantly subject to fluctuations, reflecting the mood of the economy on the one hand and international trends on the other. There are times when the industry defies economic cycles of boom and recession, but players in the field thrive on two most important factors, namely good service and financial discipline. Infrastructure development, township improvement and people’s…

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Laser treatment guarantees better care

The desire for sporting spotless skin, clear of pimples, depressions, ‘craters,’ tags and hair has led to a thriving skincare industry and over the years, a number of specialists have established their practice, offering exclusive services. Among such specialists is Irene Kiran, who owns and operates Amax Laser on East Tamaki Road, close to Hunters Corner in Papatoetoe. “The skin…

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