Our congratulations to Alex Laurenson, who has been appointed as the new president of the Taranaki branch of the New Zealand Law Society. Alex’s connection to Puketeraki is through his grandmother, Taini Wright.

Congratulations also to Ash-Leigh Campbell, whose maternal great-grandmother comes from Puketeraki, she was recently named as a finalist in the prestigious 2016 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Dairy Farmer Award. Ash-Leigh is the first ever woman to make the finals of the dairy category. In early 2015, she discovered her Māori heritage when applying for a scholarship to do a Diploma in Agriculture at Lincoln University.