More messages from your neighbours
9 hours ago

Show neighbours your photography snaps of Auckland!

The Team from

Kia ora Auckland, it's time to dust off that old camera, get out and about and show the rest of your neighbours your favourite, treasured spots in your region. It could be an awesome view, the shy wildlife or even the old buildings that are wanting their stories to be told.

Go ahead, get snapping and illustrate what's beyond your backyard.

Post your photographs in the comments below ⬇️

11 hours ago

The Story of Surfdale

The Team from Auckland Museum

Did you know that Surfdale in Waiheke Island received its name via a competition? The winner was awarded a section of land near the beach...

At 8 pence a day on top of a small deposit, a Surfdale section was also promoted as a sound investment – so close to downtown Auckland that “values must go up and up and up”.

Well, they weren't wrong there.

Today, Waiheke Island brings to mind sunny vineyards and beachy weekend getaways. The image of Waiheke as an “island paradise” has its origins in 1920s marketing, but the island has long been desirable even as its character has changed over the past centuries.

As we go into the long weekend and begin to venture further afield again, why not have a read of how Waiheke came to be the place it is today, in this blog about its recent history by our Project Curator, Jane Groufsky.

2 hours ago

Queen's Birthday Weekend // We're Open!

Saint Johns Butchery

Whether you're having a staycation or leaving town to explore this fantastic country of ours, Saint Johns Butchery is open all Queen's Birthday weekend for your delicious dinner supplies. It looks to be cold and wet, so think crockpot and roast dinners ... lamb shanks, bacon hocks, beef, lamb, pork and chicken. Delicious!

Our opening hours...
Saturday, 8.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday, 8.30am - 5.00pm
Monday, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Enjoy your long weekend, New Zealand. You've earned it ❤

Take care,
The Saint Johns Butchery Team