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Is MIT’s motorsport course for you?

Keen on motorsport or enjoy tinkering with cars? Perhaps MIT’s motorsport training on Manukau Rd in Pukekohe is for you. You will join the ranks of esteemed motorsport personalities like Shane van Gisbergen, Simon Evans, Andrew Waite and Brock Maskovich,who are all past students of this course. The course offers entry level trade training designed for the school leaver. At the end you receive a Certificate in Automotive Engineering level 3. The course runs three days a week for 34 weeks. Besides that students need 300 hours of work experience to complete their certificate. “We encourage them to find a job for two days a week,” says programme leader motorsport Trevor Hennessy. The programme takes students through five key trade areas: automotive mechanical, automotive electrical, fabrication, motor body repair and panel and paint....

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Billy Frazer off to Italy

Young up-and-coming Pukekohe karter Billy Frazer heads to Italy early next month to represent New Zealand at the big ROK Cup International Final meeting at Lonato between October 14 and 17. The international final is an annual event for drivers from ROK (engine) categories from up to 20 different countries, with Frazer earning his place thanks to top performances in the Vortex Mini ROK class here. At Easter the 12-year-old KartSport Mt Wellington Club member finished second in class at the annual Sprint Nationals in Palmerston North. Then in June he won his class and was part of ACG Strathallan’s winning Primary/Intermediate team at the Auckland Schools’ championship meeting. He was also named top male...

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Tuakau Clean-up and planting day popular with kids

The sun smiled for Tuakau’s clean-up action on Sunday morning and participants hauled trailers of rubbish off the town’s streets. Carl came all the way from Port Waikato to help and participate in the tree planting. He was involved in similar actions while he lived in Australia. He gathered rubbish from Harrisville and Barnaby Roads. The clean-up action attracted families as well as groups of people who were assigned a particular road or stretch of road to collect rubbish. The Kea Sea Scouts for example took care of the John Lightbody Reserve as well as the Batkin Reserve, while the Lions wandered up and down River Road. Cars towing trailers drove up and down the main roads to collect the bags of rubbish. From 11.30am the clean-up...

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Free land to lure Auckland buyers

 If fresh country air and affordable prices aren’t enough to tempt frustrated Aucklanders from the big smoke, now a Waikato developer is offering one lucky buyer the prospect of free land to build on. Purchase a lot in the new Vineyard Road Estate, Te Kauwhata and there is a 1 in 38 chance of winning back the entire purchase price. “In 12 months time, a supervised draw will refund one lucky buyer their section purchase price in full,” explains Barfoot and Thompson Pukekohe Branch Manager, Nick Bates. Stage one, which is 12 of the total 38 lots, was listed this week and are priced at just $270,000 for a sizable lifestyle section...

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The hunt is on for great pastures

The hunt is on for great dairy pastures in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. Entries are now open for the Pasture Renewal Persistence Competition run by the DairyNZ-led Pasture Improvement Leadership Group. Robert Garshaw of Waiuku won the 2014 best first year pasture. The 29 year old manages pasture renewal on the Garshaw family farm. The paddock was initially partof a neighbouring farm which was acquired in 2009 and was severely underperforming. The 1.5ha silt loam paddock is only five metres above sea level. It had very poor drainage, pugging was a constant problem and tractors would leave ruts in winter and spring. “In winter it was almost impassable...

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Pukekohe Food Forest taking shape

Fifteen Franklin Treecroppers and friends, including children, turned up for Pukekohe’s first food forest planting at the local high school. The action began with a spot of weeding, then biochar and dry chicken manure was spread along the rows created for planting. A shelter belt was planted at the far end of the former high school orchard to “show that a multitude of different food trees can fulfill this purpose as well as the traditional monoculture belt,” says organiser John Allen. Edible trees suitable for a home garden then went in, accompanied by edibles such as miners’ lettuce and wild strawberries. Apples, apricots, peaches, pears, chestnuts, blueberries now stand alongside existing...

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