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First kicks for kids

The Franklin A&P Showgrounds were a hive of activity on Saturday 8 April. Pukekohe Football held their Open Day for children aged 4-9 years old to try out their First Kicks programme, supported by the McDonald’s Roadshow.It allows players as young as 4 years old into the game giving them the opportunity to discover the game, learn basic fundamental movement skills and create a positive football experience. The Children were split into age pods where volunteers from Pukekohe Football took them through drills and taught basic skills needed for the season.  Even Ronald McDonald himself took part in the event,...

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First visit to Awhitu for Deputy Speaker

Hon. Chester Borrows, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, was treated to the spectacular sights of the Awhitu Peninsula last week. This was the first time Mr Borrows had visited the area, and MP for Hunua, Andrew Bayly, was able to take him on a tour to the Lighthouse and the Awhitu Landcare Nursery on Tuesday 18 April. After speaking to the Waiuku Lions Club about his background, which includes being a former Police officer in Huia, Mr Borrows confirmed that he was retiring at the end of the year as Deputy Speaker of Parliament. From here, Mr Borrows and Mr Bayly...

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Jazz musicians among the best

Pukekohe High School Stage Band has come away with an array of awards at the 40th national youth jazz competition held in Tauranga on Friday 14 April. Pukekohe Stage Band received the New Orleans trophy for most outstanding big band, as well as Best of Festival trophy for the most outstanding jazz band. Along with these prestigious awards, the Stage Band received a Big Band Gold Award, while the PHS Quintet came away with a Combo Silver Award, and drummer Ben Frater received the Lauren Ellis trophy for most outstanding drummer. The judges Dr Rodger Fox from New Zealand School of...

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Black type beckons in-form mare

Untamed Diamond’s latest success has confirmed her first tilt at black type in Australia. “There’s a 1300 metre race at Hawkesbury for her in a fortnight’s time,” said Pukekohe trainer Richard Collett, referring to the Gr.3 Godolphin Crown. Untamed Diamond had been troubled by a foot issue since a runner-up finish in February, but she showed she was back to her best with a determined performance to win at Randwick on Saturday in the hands of Collett’s son Jason. “She had a setback when she got cast in her box,” he said. “We chanced our arm a bit on...

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Short film for Anzac Day

A short film involving the work of approximately 150 students from Pukekohe High School will be screened at Pukekohe Town Hall on Anzac Day. ‘A Time to Dance – An Anzac Day Story’, follows the lives of two childhood sweethearts separated by the outbreak of World War II. The film follows their experiences as they struggle with the despair of being parted from one another, whilst trying to survive the six years of war, both at home and abroad. Both are motivated to get through their own personal traumas by the notion that they will dance together again. The...

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Emerson second at National Championships

Emerson Vincent competed at the 2017 KartSport New Zealand National Sprint Championships over Easter weekend. Taking place in Invercargill, Emerson came second place in the Cadet ROK class, beating other competitors from Auckland, Palmerston North and Dunedin. However, he was unable to beat reigning champion Louis Sharp from Christchurch. The eight year old Karter from Pukekohe worked his way up to third at the line, inheriting second place after Hawkes Bay driver Tom Bewley was excluded due to a technical infringement. Emerson spun out at received a DNF during the pre-final, which meant he started the final from the back row of the grid. In qualifying, Emerson was less than one tenth of a second behind Louis...

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