Onehunga, Auckland

15 hours ago

Missing teenager: Have you seen Reagan Beveridge?

Caroline Williams Reporter from Community News

Kia ora neighbours. Reagan Beveridge, 14, was reported missing from Onehunga on Monday.

Police believe the teenager may be travelling around the wider Auckland region and are concerned for her well-being.

"We are aware that Reagan has been in contact with people who know her and we ask for … View more
Kia ora neighbours. Reagan Beveridge, 14, was reported missing from Onehunga on Monday.

Police believe the teenager may be travelling around the wider Auckland region and are concerned for her well-being.

"We are aware that Reagan has been in contact with people who know her and we ask for their assistance to help locate her," police said in a post on Facebook.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to police police on 105, quoting file number 210913/1117.

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5 days ago

Apprenticeship opportunities in Auckland

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10 hours ago

Looking for some cooking inspiration?

Stuff

Look no further! Join Sam Mannering on Thursday the 23rd of September and cook your dinner along with him.

What’s on the menu? Sam is going to teach you how to make curry from scratch, and for dessert, a tarte tatin.

Get in quick because seats are limited!
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5 days ago

Lockdown extended - help a small business

David Downs from SOS Business

Urgh - another week of lockdown. Another week of no coffee, missing takeaways, and shaggy hair. Please consider helping a small business by buying a voucher for that thing you miss the most - they get the cash now, when they need it, and you can look forward to using your voucher when we can. … View moreUrgh - another week of lockdown. Another week of no coffee, missing takeaways, and shaggy hair. Please consider helping a small business by buying a voucher for that thing you miss the most - they get the cash now, when they need it, and you can look forward to using your voucher when we can. Win/win.

1 day ago

Do you have questions about your spring garden?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

As part of Stuff’s Life & Style Live Chat series, NZ Gardener editor Jo McCarroll and Jack Hobbs, manager of the Auckland Botanic Gardens, are back with their expert spring gardening tips, advice and plant problem-solving. If you have a question for the gardening experts, … View more
Dear neighbours,

As part of Stuff’s Life & Style Live Chat series, NZ Gardener editor Jo McCarroll and Jack Hobbs, manager of the Auckland Botanic Gardens, are back with their expert spring gardening tips, advice and plant problem-solving. If you have a question for the gardening experts, you can submit it (now, or during the chat) at the link below. Then tune in today, Sept 17, at 3pm.

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1 day ago

Snap crackle pot

The Team from Resene ColorShop Onehunga

Give some plain store-bought pots a fresh new look using Resene FX Crackle effect. Use Resene FX Crackle effect to give a shabby chic look with on-trend paint colours.

Find out how to create your own.

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1 day ago

Fingers Crossed For Back To Work Next Week !

Mark Rimington from Teclite Inserts Ltd

Looking forward to perhaps getting back to work next week (fingers crossed).
You can still call us to arrange quotes for post Level 4.

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1 day ago

Looking to buy a business

Dawn from Business Broker at LINK Ellerslie

Check out my latest listings, there is something for everyone from Motor Mechanics to Driving Miss Daisy.

Click the link below and give me a call for a confidential chat.

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4 days ago

Poll: What should the new Mr Whippy-style vaccination buses be called?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Mobile vaccination buses will be rolled out in Auckland from Thursday, in the style of Mr Whippy ice cream vans.

A similar initiative was launched in Australia at the start of the month, and buses became known as “Jabba the Bus”.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has challenged the public to… View more
Mobile vaccination buses will be rolled out in Auckland from Thursday, in the style of Mr Whippy ice cream vans.

A similar initiative was launched in Australia at the start of the month, and buses became known as “Jabba the Bus”.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has challenged the public to come up with a better name, but has ruled out “Busey McBusface”.

What do you think the vaccination buses should be called?

Here are some ideas readers have emailed in to Stuff, but feel free to comment your own!

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What should the new Mr Whippy-style vaccination buses be called?
  • 42.5% The Jabba Waka
    42.5% Complete
  • 19.3% Vax to the Future
    19.3% Complete
  • 16.5% Mr Pricky
    16.5% Complete
  • 5.8% The Vaccination Tour
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  • 4.7% Double Jab Ute
    4.7% Complete
  • 11.2% Other (please comment)
    11.2% Complete
553 votes
1 day ago

Auckland Zoo welcomes three lionesses

Danielle Clent Reporter from Central Leader

Hi neighbours, Auckland Zoo has lions again!
On Tuesday, it welcomed three young lionesses from Australia.
The zoo said twin sisters Aziza and Kibibi and half-sister Ilola – all four years old – have come from Werribee Open Range Zoo in Melbourne, Victoria.
Auckland Zoo is currently closed … View more
Hi neighbours, Auckland Zoo has lions again!
On Tuesday, it welcomed three young lionesses from Australia.
The zoo said twin sisters Aziza and Kibibi and half-sister Ilola – all four years old – have come from Werribee Open Range Zoo in Melbourne, Victoria.
Auckland Zoo is currently closed because of Covid-19 alert level 4, but once it reopens, the lions will be ready and waiting to see visitors.
Will you be booking in a visit to the zoo to see these new lions once restrictions ease?

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3 days ago

Free food parcel

Sheetal Neighbourly Lead from Onehunga

I have a food parcel available to anyone who needs it. Will leave on doorstep for contactless pickup. I'm fully vaccinated.

3 days ago

LET'S HAVE SOME FUN WHILST STILL IN LOCK-DOWN!!

Debbie from Wholesale Meats Direct - Onehunga

CREATE YOUR FAVOURITE INSPIRED DISH USING ONE OF OUR MEAT PRODUCTS AND GO IN THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 MEAT PACK!
Conditions: You must have ordered online during level 4 lockdown, received and use one of our MEAT products as the FEATURED INGREDIENT in your dish!
Send us a photo of your dish and a photo… View more
CREATE YOUR FAVOURITE INSPIRED DISH USING ONE OF OUR MEAT PRODUCTS AND GO IN THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 MEAT PACK!
Conditions: You must have ordered online during level 4 lockdown, received and use one of our MEAT products as the FEATURED INGREDIENT in your dish!
Send us a photo of your dish and a photo of your family or yourself enjoying your creation and what inspired you. Send to accounts@wholesalemeatsdirect.co.nz

The best 6 photo’s will then go into the draw to win a $50 MEAT PACK! The winner will be notified via email.

Entries close TUESDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2021

HAVEN’T ORDERED ANYTHING DURING LOCK-DOWN? ALL GOOD! JUST JUMP ONLINE AND ORDER TODAY!
www.wholesalemeatsdirect.co.nz...

We have a huge range of fresh and frozen products and it will be deliver to your door contact less.

4 days ago

Auckland's south and west need more than just Covid jabs

Todd Niall Reporter from Community News

Kia ora Neighbours, Two big lockdowns and the GFC before them will leave more scars on Auckland's most vulnerable communities. Is it time for more than a crisis response? Read the article below:

4 days ago

Do you support ‘Covid Loans’ for struggling businesses?

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Central Leader

Auckland’s city business district has lost $80 million over the latest lockdown.

Heart of the City chief executive Viv Beck is calling on the government to consider ‘Covid Loans’.

“We’re keen to see innovative ideas to support businesses and not load the country up with more debt … View more
Auckland’s city business district has lost $80 million over the latest lockdown.

Heart of the City chief executive Viv Beck is calling on the government to consider ‘Covid Loans’.

“We’re keen to see innovative ideas to support businesses and not load the country up with more debt than necessary,” she said.

“Many people have told us they have not had good access to capital and ‘Covid Loans’ could be a solution that could be implemented using existing arrangements.”

’Covid Loans’ would allow businesses to access funding with much more manageable repayment options, similar to student loans,

Do you support ‘Covid Loans’ for businesses impacted by the lockdown?

3 days ago

Noticed anything different?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

It's te wiki o te reo Māori, and to celebrate this awesome initiative, we've given our logo a little update.

'Haporitanga' means 'the many principles and actions of being a community' and we think it's a great way to express what Neighbourly is.

Are you … View more
It's te wiki o te reo Māori, and to celebrate this awesome initiative, we've given our logo a little update.

'Haporitanga' means 'the many principles and actions of being a community' and we think it's a great way to express what Neighbourly is.

Are you keen to dive straight into te wiki? Here's a video by our mates at Stuff showing five te reo words that every person from across the motu (country) needs to know.

For more coverage on Māori language week, click the 'See more' button below.

Ngā manaakitanga!
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5 days ago

TRAMS

Cyril Skilton from Onehunga Fencible & Historical Society Inc.

In 1917 a quarry was being worked where Trafalgar Street meets Queen Street, there being no roadway connecting Trafalgar Street with Cardwell Street. A bluff of solid rock was opposite the shopping area on the north side of Trafalgar Street, below which was a tram shelter.

Gas was the medium for… View more
In 1917 a quarry was being worked where Trafalgar Street meets Queen Street, there being no roadway connecting Trafalgar Street with Cardwell Street. A bluff of solid rock was opposite the shopping area on the north side of Trafalgar Street, below which was a tram shelter.

Gas was the medium for street illumination, a lamplighter going from lamp to lamp turning on the gas as sunset approached. Earlier, he carried a ladder to get to the lamp, lit the jet, and wended his way to the next one. But, at the time of which we are writing, the incandescent mantle was used with a pilot light, and all the lighter had to do was turn on the gas with a long pole which he carried. The gas had to be turned off again in due time. Later still, the time-clocks were installed, thus automatically controlling the times for gas to be turned on or off. The lamp-lighter would use the trams to travel from lamp to lamp, when he had finished he stood his long pole upright at the rear of the tram.

A DRIVERLESS TRAM LASHES INTO SOLID ROCK.

At five o'clock on Saturday afternoon on Mat 26th, 1917, tram No. 107, fully manned with its driver and conductor, left Auckland on it regular run to the Onehunga terminus, a run that was not completed.

After picking up and setting down passengers on its Pacific Coast to the Tasman Coast run, it eventually arrived at the Selwyn stop in Trafalgar Street about 35 minutes later. Rain was falling. When the conductor gave the usual two bells to proceed, denoting all was clear as far as he was concerned, the motorman, as was customary before accelerating, leaned out from his platform to see that all was clear behind, using the control handle and a stanchion as an anchor. Unfortunately the control handle was a little loose and came away from the control post, when it was most wanted to stay put, the driver lost his balance and landed on the roadway, the driverless tram gathering speed as it went down the incline. He immediately got up to give chase, but his efforts were in vain. He knew, with the ever-increasing speed disaster was on its way, no tram could take that sharp-angled bend into Queen Street, at speed.
Meanwhile, inside the tram the scene was of ordinary homeward bound passengers reading their papers or chatting in light unconcern, unaware of the tram having no controller, the darkness and the closed door preventing them from noticing his absence; even the unusually loud rattle and noise of the racing machinery passed unnoticed until, arriving at the sharp bend into Queen Street, the runaway jumped the rails, when it was too late for them to realise their desperate situation, as the tram, now without lights, crashed into the solid rock cutting, which at this point bounded the roadway, just grazing the shelter-shed in its mad career.
The force of the collision telescoped the front platform, the body was torn off the bogies on which it rode and the whole forepart of the framework was cracked and splintered, while flying glass added to the peril of the occupants. (All control handles were fitted with a locking device after this. Ed.)
The interior of the tram immediately became a scene of pitiable confusion and suffering. Some of the passengers in the fore compartment, by the force of the impact, were thrown right over the heads of others in front of them, others were badly hurt by the grinding wood¬work, and others by flying glass. Those in the rear, naturally did not suffer such severe injuries, but all suffered from shock, whilst the horror of the situation was made worse by the cries and moans of the injured and the uncertainty in the darkness of the extent of the damage.
Although only two or three actually saw the disaster, the noise caused by the impact of travelling tons of steel and wood on to the face of solid rock was heard for some distance away, and rescuers were quickly on the scene, some sensibly bringing lamps, and lanterns. Police Sergeant Rodgers and his staff and Doctors H. Tresidder, W.G. Scott, and W. Scott-Watson quickly responded to the urgent call for help.
The work of releasing the more seriously injured from the wreckage of the tram went on as expeditously as possible although the falling rain and muddy state of the roads hampered them somewhat. First-aid was rendered to the more urgent cases before being despatched by ambulance to the hospital. The ambulance was on the scene in very smart order, about eleven minutes after the hospital had received word of the tragic accident.
Among the injured were; Fourteen year old Gladys Rhodes, fracture at base of skull, condition very serious two Gays later (Miss Rhodes is now Mrs. D. Grant of Huapai Street, and is confined to a wheelchair as a result of the tram smash); an eight year old girl who was travelling with her mother, who was killed, fracture of the thigh, abrasions on other parts of the body, was semi-conscious two days later; a twenty year old man, fractured thigh; a married woman, general bruising, face and body, sprained wrist. All were in hospital within one hour of the smash.

Thirty other passengers including an eighteen year old and a fifteen and a half year old, two other daughters of the woman who received fatal injuries, and the motorman who received minor injuries and shock, were treated on the spot before being sent home by motor¬cars requisitioned for this purpose.

Most of the injuries were fractures of wrist and fingers, scalp wounds, chest injuries, bruises, abrasions, and cuts on all parts of head and body, and one lost upper canine teeth.
(Mrs. Grant told the “Manukau Progress" that she was unconscious for a fortnight and was in hospital for seven weeks. A broken collarbone was discovered after she had been in hospital for some weeks. The compensation that was paid out on her behalf was two weeks salary for her father, who had visited her continuously in hospital, and compensation for her clothing which was ruined.


THE INQUEST OF THE FATAL TRAM CRASH

On May 28th, 1917, at the Onehunga Courthouse, an inquest into the death of the woman who lost her life in the FATAL TRAM CRASH was held before the District Coroner, Mr. D.A. Sutherland, and the following jury, Mr. J. Laping,(foreman) Messrs. R. Buchannan, L. Whitaker, E.V, Sutherland T.R. Partington and S. Strong. Sergeant M. Rogers represented the police. Mr. C. Schnauer appeared for the relatives of the deceased.

Evidence of identification was heard. The doctor gave evidence that the deceased died a few minutes after his arrival at a house in Tra¬falgar Street, and that to him shock was the cause of death. After the hearing of Mr. J.J. Walklate, manager of the Auckland Electric Tramways Co. who expressed the company's sympathy, the inquest was adjourned.

The conductor said that he was about the middle of the car collecting fares when he gave the signal to start at Selwyn Street stop. He noticed that the brakes were not being applied at the approach to Queen Street and when the tram jumped the rails and crashed he was thrown against a window. He extricated himself and saw the motorman coming down the street with the control handle in his hand. He said, in answer to a question, that, had he known that the motorman had fallen off, he would have gone either to the front or the rear platform, and by knocking out the switch and applying the brake, stopped the car.

A tram inspector said that the motorman was a trustworthy and reliable man, and notwithstanding the accident, he considered that the precaution taken by the motorman in looking to the rear of the car before starting was for the safety of the travelling public.

A car-shed foreman said that all the controller handles were regularly examined and repaired. He removed the wrecked car and noticed that the controller was on the second notch of the power. The inquest was again adjourned.

Before proceedings commenced on the adjourned inquest, the jury and other interested parties witnessed an ocular demonstration by the motorman that went to clear up several points over which there was some difference of opinion, one of which was between the motorman and Mr. Schnauer of the matter of 20 feet and 50 feet at the Selwyn Street stopping place. The demonstration cleared this matter up. The evidence of the motorman was that the controller handle was quite loose and, if he had one as close-fitting as used on the demonstration, the accident may not have happened. The handle in use on the night of the accident was then used, and it fitted very much looser than the other one.

The Verdict.

After deliberating for two and a half hours, the following verdict was announced.

1. We find that tramcar No. 107, in which the deceased was a passenger on Saturday. May 26th, 1917, left the rails at the foot of Trafalgar Street, Onehunga, and dashed into an el1bankment on the east side of Queen Street.

2. What caused the tram to leave the rails at this point? Excessive speed of the car through the motorman not being in charge to control it.

3. Why was the motorman not in charge of the car at this point? Because he fell off the car at or near the Selwyn Street stopping place while looking out of the car at his left hand towards the rear and taking the control handle with him.

4. Was it part of the motorman's duty, as defined by the company's rules, to look round to the rear of the car when starting it! No. That has been the custom for the motorman to do so for some years past.

5. We find that the motorman would not have fallen off the ear, not withstanding that he observed this custom, if the controller handle had been a sufficiently close-fitting one.

6. We find that the deceased died of shock as the result of an accident to a tramcar on Saturday evening, May 26th 1917, in which she was a passenger. We further find that the motorman accidently fell off the tram car, No. 107,

The jury added the following rider.

I. We approve of the custom of the motorman looking round the rear of the car and we recommend that as long "as this custom obtains, he shall not start the car before doing so.

2. We consider that there should be some protection, such as a chain across the motorman's entrance, to prevent him falling off the car when on duty.

3. We recommend that the advertising matter which obstructs the passengers and conductor's view of the motorman should be sufficiently removed to admit a clear view of the motorman from inside the car.
Western Leader. 16-10-1963

EVIL TRAMS RAN ON SUNDAYS AND DEVIL LIVED IN KIOSK.

In the early years of this century, Sunday travel was frowned on as a sin. To have afternoon tea after such travel was to bring certain doom on the tea-drinker.
In 1902 electric trams began to run from Auckland to Onehunga, at first just to the middle of Queen Street, Onehunga, but later to the Onehunga wharf.
Many leading citizens resisted the idea of the trams being run on Sundays. Letters appeared in the papers. One such stated: "Sir It will be a bad day for Auckland if tramcars are allowed to run on Sundays. I have seen letters regarding Continental Sundays. May God save us from having them here. We are quite fast enough as it is. It is only the thin edge of the wedge to open the shops. We are getting too fond of pleasure in Auckland N.Z. Another says: “Sir, I have endeavored to view the subject impartially. I feel it my duty to declare my conviction that to run the tramcars on the Lord's Day would tend to degrade and debase the people. I never make man or beast work for me on Sundays.”
So a poll was held as to whether the trams should run on Sundays. By 22 votes the citizens decided that the trams should run. The voting was: In favour, 3955: against, 3933.
It was promised, however, that the trams would not run during church hours.
But worse was to come. A tea kiosk was built near the Onehunga wharf, and travellers who came to Onehunga on Sunday afternoons could refresh themselves for further wickedness by partaking of tea. This was soundly denounced in the churches.
An old chap who lived near to us, rather a crusty old boy, was wont to hold forth about the wickedness of the world. This was grist to his mill. He almost worked himself into fits about the trams, but the kiosk was the last straw.
Kiosk was a new word in New Zealand then: I don't think I had ever heard it before. The old chap called it the " kisock”, and shook his fist about the name being an added insult.
He declaimed about "the evil wretches in their silks and satins sweeping into that there “kisock” [{tf, as if it hadn't been enough that they had already travelled in a tramcar.
I gathered that, if one had to travel, a horse-drawn vehicle would have been acceptable - at a pinch.
As a child, all this talk terrified me. If I crossed to go to Mangere Bridge, I would avert my eyes from the den of evil, but always felt that perhaps the Devil would spring out, complete with horns and tail, and grab me.
After an absence of many years, I visited Onehunga recently.
I thought I'd go and look at the "kiosk" but no sigh of it remained. I wonder what happened to it. Perhaps the devil took it.

By Mrs. Swainsbury, of Papatoetoe. February, 1970.

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