Author: Emma Sharplin

Community donates food generously

By Emma Sharplin – emma@thepost.nz As part of the National Parent Centre week celebrations, the team behind the Franklin Parent Centre banded together to complete a food drive for the Waiuku Family Support Network. National Parent Centre week is celebrating 65 years of supporting great parents to grow great children, and centres are encouraged to take part in community focused initiatives. For the last three years, the Franklin Parent Centre has organised a clothing drive for baby clothes, but it had come to their attention that basic necessities, such as nappies, and food have been in huge demand within...

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Spookers video ‘terrifying’ success

By Emma Sharplin – emma@thepost.nz What started as a competition between the managing directors has now seen Spookers Haunted Attraction Theme Park become a global internet sensation.  At the end of May, Spookers Managing Director, Julia Tukiri, and her husband, Jemall, began a competition between them to see who could film and post a video that received the most shares on social media.  "Little did we know, it was going to make a much greater impact," says Julia. If our readers haven't seen it already, the video shows scarers at Spookers, which is based at the former Kingseat Psychiatric Hospital, creeping, lunging...

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Guides leader a rewarding role

By Emma Sharplin – emma@thepost.nz Marischka Leishout says that there is nothing more rewarding than being able to give back to an organisation that has supported her right from the beginning. Marischka first joined Girl Guides as a humble Brownie at seven years old, and little did she know that she would end up one day becoming a leader herself. "Girl Guides has certainly helped develop me into the person that I have become today. My aunt was a leader, and I believed that was the reason I first became involved." The former ACG Strathallan student soon quickly moved...

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Pageant winner ready for Vegas

By Emma Sharplin – emma@thepost.nz The final countdown is on as Pukekohe's Louise Dunn prepares to compete in the prestigious Miss Continents 2017 pageant in Las Vegas. The spirited teenager has just flown out to compete in the international pageant, under the Miss Teen Continents 2017 category, this week after being invited by a pageant director in Australia. "This is quite possibly my last teenage pageant, and to be invited to compete is pretty rewarding," says Louise. Miss Continents 2017 is held from Tuesday 27 June, until Friday 30 June at the South Point Resort and Casino, and will...

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Overwhelming response to carseat check

Emma Sharplin – emma@thepost.nz The demand for regular car seat check is growing in Franklin, after more than 150 cars went through the check point organised by Auckland Transport, Plunket and the Franklin Road Policing Team. Held at the Pukekohe Netball Courts on Friday 16 June, vehicles with child restraints were directed by local police to professionals who were able to check, and educate parents or caregivers about properly installing car seats for their children. This is the second child safety restraint check that the team have organised in Pukekohe, and Community Constable Wayne Paxton, says the demand is consistently...

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Small steps to Great Wall of China

By Emma Sharplin – emma@thepost.nz Rosie Walker has achieved a goal she never thought she would complete, and it all started by taking one step at a time, literally. The Post Newspaper originally caught up with the Pukekohe resident when she first began her journey to better lifestyle in April 2016. Just as the dawn service finished on ANZAC Day, Rosie managed to rope several friends and whanau into walking up Pukekohe Hill, an activity that used to take a bit of effort. Fast forward to a year later, and Rosie can now march up that hill no problem....

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