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Shellfish biotoxin alert for Port Waikato

A shellfish biotoxin alert has been issued by the Ministry of Primary Industries for the coastal area from Port Waikato southward to Papanui Point, and including Raglan Harbour. The reason for the alert is the possibility of contracting paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). Do not collect or eat shellfish from areas where shellfish biotoxin warnings have been issued. Shellfish affected: Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish.  Note, cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin.  Pāua, crab and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut has been completely removed prior...

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Stabbing incident in Papakura

Just after 4pm today Police were advised by Ambulance that a stabbing had occurred in Papakura. At this point in time Police believe this is a domestic related incident. A male has received a stab wound to the abdomen and is in a serious condition. A female has also received moderate injuries. Both people have been taken to Middlemore hospital. The alleged offender fled the scene but has since been arrested by Police in the Manurewa area. No further information is available at this...

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Body found in Wattle Bay, Manukau Heads

Just after 5pm on Wednesday 26 April,  Police were notified that a body had been found by a fisherman in Wattle Bay, Manukau Heads. The body was removed from the scene that evening and the formal identification process had begun. It has not been confirmed as of yet whether the body is of the 52 year-old fisherman who went missing seven days ago, however Police have notified his family of this development. A further update will be...

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Counties Power’s Workshop Changes Hands

Counties Power’s engineering and heavy vehicle servicing business unit, The Workshop, has been sold. The change of ownership takes effect on 26 April 2017, trading as The Workshop Est 1924 Limited. Counties Power Chief Executive Sheridan Broadbent says The Workshop was sold to allow Counties Power to focus on growing new opportunities more aligned to its core distribution business, such as storage and managed services for major energy users. The Company’s priority remains upon supplying safe, cost effective and reliable electricity to the fastest growing region in New Zealand. “While this is the end of an era, it is a very exciting outcome for Counties Power, our Workshop staff and, we believe, local customers and businesses looking for an innovative, growth orientated local provider of engineering and heavy automotive services. We wish the new business well for the future.” The business will remain at the same location at 14 Glasgow Road for at least the next two years, but will be operated independently from Counties Power. The new company has a service agreement to supply maintenance to Counties Power’s heavy vehicle fleet and manufacture goods for its electricity network. The businesses name The Workshop Est. 1924 Limited speaks to the origins of the business which began in 1924 as part of Franklin Electrical Power Board. The skilled and specialised staff, some of whom have been with Counties Power for...

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ANZAC services

ANZAC Day is commemorated all around New Zealand on 25 April.Here is an updated list of the dawn and civic ANZAC services in Franklin tomorrow morning: Awhitu: Civic service at cenotaph, 8:30am Bombay: 8:45am at cenotaph, Bombay Hall. Buckland: Civic service 9:45am, Buckland War Memorial Drury: 11am at Drury War Memorial Patumahoe/ Waiau Pa: 10:30am at Waiau Pa Hall Pokeno: 9am Civic service at cenotaph Port Waikato: 9am Civic service at Port Waikato Fire Station Pukekohe: Dawn Service, Parade starts 5:45am; Service starts at 6am. Civic Service 11am, Parade assembly at 10:30am, Parade commences at 10:45. Tuakau: 11am Civic service, Tuakau War...

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