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Author: Catherine Wells

A big shout out to Aspect Blinds for their generous donation of new blinds to our Waiatarua Volunteer Fire Brigade. Our previous blinds were on their last legs, and their deteriorating condition was a con- stant reminder of the need for an upgrade. Aspect Blinds’ thoughtful donation has not only addressed a practical need but has also breathed new life into our space. The fresh, modern feel they bring is truly remarkable, and we are thrilled with the transformation. Their act of kindness and generosity goes beyond the material value of the blinds. It is a testament to your commitment to our community and the vital services we provide. We would like to thank everyone at Aspect Blinds for their invaluable contribution. We are truly fortunate to have the support of a wonderful team like theirs.

A heartfelt thank you must also go to BDR Security for their generous donation of time and equipment to enhance the security of our facility. The new cutting- edge surveillance equipment re- cently installed ensures the safety of our firefighters, equipment, and valuable assets, providing an extra layer of security for our brigade and the community members who rely on our services. We are very grateful for their support which will make a lasting impact, providing a sense of security for our brigade and the community we serve.

Gareth Wilson
Waiatarua Volunteer Fire Brigade

Letter to the Editor

It appears there is a small population of golden pheasants living wild in the Waitakeres.
These exotics come originally from mountain forests in west China. They’re smaller than the common ring-necked pheasant, which prefers more open country. Some people here breed golden pheasants, but we don’t know of anyone doing so in west Auckland.

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Hello neighbours!

Council has signed off their budget. It’s time for the Local Board to do the same and it’s at this time that decisions that impact our community are made. The Waitakere Ranges Local Board have had their budget cut by 10% which will have a knock-on effect to what we can and can’t do in our area.

On Thursday 3rd August I will be speaking at the Local Board “Have Your Say” event promoting the needs of the Waiatarua area, especially the desire to keep open the Waiatarua Community Hall & Library. It’s starting at 5:30pm, I’m speaking around 6:00pm at the Glen Eden Library 12/32 Glendale road. Feel free to come along. If  you would like to speak, please contact to book in your session time, otherwise if there’s anything you want me to mention on your behalf let me know – Mark 021 354 831

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