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6 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times --- Celebrating 40 Years, 2012 www.times.co.nz 119742-V2 ARE YOU CRACKED? HOWICK GLASS 173 Moore St. Ph 535-4180 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.howickglass.co.nz Then now's the time to Replace Broken Glass Panels & Damaged Mirrors Free measure & quotes H Prompt repair service H Cat & dog doors H Glass splashbacks H Auto windscreens H Safety glass & door glass H Made to measure H Putty work mirrors H Table tops Proud to be associated with the Howick and Pakuranga Times during their 40 years Howick Funeral Home CHAPEL • RECEPTION LOUNGE • OFFICE For personal, professional service to all districts at all hours 121517 35 Wellington St Howick Ph 534 7300 Vernon Warren M.B.I.E., N.Z.E.A. Michael Rowe C.A. Paperplus Howick 71 Picton St, Howick. Ph 534 8715. www.paperplus.co.nz121530 Bev purchased Crandall Peters 36 years ago and now runs PaperPlus Howick with her daughter Katie and team. John Savory Pharmacy Same old-fashioned personal service since 1963. With a modern clinical focus. From this... 78 Vincent St, Howick. Ph 534 8262. FREE HOME DELIVERY ...to this Congratulations to the 'young fellas' at the Times on turning 40. We've got nearly 10 years on you! 121522 Being the editor of Howick and Pakuranga Times is something I look back on with pride and affection -- not just for the people I worked with, but also the community we served. As a relatively young editor I was keenly aware of the legacy of those who came before me and as a team we strived to uphold that legacy by telling your stories -- from a golden wedding anniversary to local sports successes. We were unashamedly parochial. If it didn't happen on our patch we didn't care and if it happened any- where else we looked for a local angle and most of the time found it. Among the hundreds of stories we covered in my time a few stand out: • The display of love, support and donations for the family of a local teenager waiting for a lifesaving liver transplant -- after her story ran in the Times. • The tragic deaths of a teacher and students on an outdoor pursuits adventure that went wrong -- our coverage capturing the outpouring of grief, the resilience and later incred- ible forgiveness of a community. They were memorable years – every good wish to the Times on its 40th anniversary and for the future. -- Lisah Henry, editor -- 2005 to June 2008 Forty years of excellence! How else does one describe a newspaper which for 40 years, and from small begin- nings, has long since established itself as a stimulating newspaper covering current and local body affairs, sport and entertainment, and the highly successful advertising section. Spon- sorship of the Howick Santa Parade for the past 30 years, together with the support of the local business commu- nity, has always drawn huge crowds. To proprietors Reay and Brian Neben and their staff, well done and heartiest congratulations. -- Bill Mudgway, broadcasting legend, community leader As the Howick and Pakuranga Times celebrates 40 years, I can reflect with pride on what the Miss Howick beauty pageant has received in this outstand- ing community newspaper. The Times has supported my community work, reporting on so many wonderful sto- ries showcasing the Howick beauty queens that have been a big part of my life since the tragic loss of my eldest son, Darren. I congratulate Brian and Reay Neben for their genuine warm personalities shown to others, which has flowed on to publishing a well- respected newspaper that brings our community together. -- Val Lott, Miss Howick and Miss Universe New Zealand beauty pageant director The Times was about connecting with the community -- finding the people, sharing their stories and celebrat- ing their successes. It wasn't all good news. Sometimes stories took me into the community's grief, anxieties and frustrations. In our diverse society, the Times communicated the equally diverse points of view. -- Jackie Russell, former Times reporter, Chatterbox Services public relations After moving to Beachlands, my asso- ciation with the Howick and Pakuranga Times started in 1972. If it were not for the Times, I would not have been able to achieve the many successes my various positions afforded me. Thanks to the most successful little paper in New Zealand and Reay, Brian and the fabulous staff. Good luck for the next 40. -- Barry Keon, Half Moon Bay Residents and Ratepayers' Association chairman The New Zealand Police congratu- lates the Howick and Pakuranga Times on 40 years of support to the East Auckland community. Over 40 years, the police have maintained close links with the newspaper, allow- ing local people to receive up to date information on events and help keep themselves safe. We look forward to continuing the partnership with the Times. -- Inspector Jim Searle, area commander for Counties Manukau East Police Coastguard Howick relies on sup- port from the Howick and Pakuranga Times. As a voluntary and charitable organisation, it's vital we get our mes- sage out to the community, not only to encourage support, but also to get the water safety message across. The Times continues to assist us in achiev- ing this. -- Alan Martin, Howick Volunteer Coastguard operations officer Congratulations to the Times for its 40th year celebrations! Howick Rotary has been serving the Howick community over 50 years and it has enjoyed a wonderful level of sup- port from the Times in assisting and promoting its numerous community projects to the people of Howick. -- Rob Mouncey, Rotary Club of Howick By Helen Perry Features Editor Starting at Howick and Pakuranga Times as a part time sub editor some 25 years ago I never im- agined I would still be here nearly a quarter of a century later. But here I am, not exactly a Jill of all trades; more like a mythologi- cal hydra with multiple journalis- tic heads. And while not nearly as snappy as that sassy serpent, I am somewhat long in the journalistic tooth, so there are days when it pays to steer clear On a more serious note -- having been lucky enough to hold a variety of positions at the Times has meant boredom has never been part of the job. Passing from editorial pillar to advertising post and back again has given me a career rich in experi- ences... and people. And the best part has been the people I've met, the businesses I written about, the restaurants I've dined at, the gar- dens I've wandered, the shows I've applauded, and the events I've wit- nessed. Some of those events have been wonderfully joyous -- the annual Santa parade, Midnight Madness, Howick in the Park, award nights, anniversary celebrations, the mas- querade ball, sports achievements, election hullabaloos and so much more. Some have made me weep -- des- ecration of churchyard graves, the Edgewater College fire of some years back, horrendous road accidents, sui- cides and other tragic losses as well as the passing of some of the district's most colourful characters. I've even attended events that have made me laugh and cry all at once -- productions at both the Harlequin Theatre and Howick Little Theatre have seen me holding my sides one minute then dabbing my eyes the next. During two and a half decades at the Times I've seen an ever-chang- ing landscape and in the newspa- per industry, huge technological advancements -- yes, I was here we when we still produced copy on Imperial typewriters -- and I'm still seeing them. Every day is a learn- ing curve with something new to absorb. One of my roles working with our Garden-NZ website is an area I could not have envisaged way back in 1988 when as a mother of young children, I was happy to work three days a week, 9am-3pm! Yet some things never change. Working at the Times has been very much about camaraderie. We call ourselves the Times family and indeed that just about sums it up. Staff numbers may have fluctuated over the years and people may have come and gone, some several times over, but we remain a close knit lot. Many of us live locally and have a passion for the district which trans- lates to our work. And strangely, while my employment may be a mere 25 years, contact with the Times goes back to its beginning. As a young reporter working for the New Zealand Herald, a colleague left there to become the Howick and Pakuranga Times first reporter. I remember thinking she was heading for' the sticks'. But soon after my husband and I built our first home in Pakuranga and Howick and Pakuranga Times became our 'local paper'. Then, lo and behold, some 36 years later, who should return to H&P where, I had become part of the archives, but my former Herald colleague Marianne Kelly now sen- ior writer for the group. As I said earlier, 'returns' are pretty much the norm here which just goes to show, we are a team that likes to keep up with the Times. The best of times The Times editorial team after winning the Qantas Award for Best Community Newspaper in New Zealand, 1990. Salute to the Times team Val Lott with Miss Howick 1993.
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