Author: Emma Sharplin

Exhibition inspires

By Emma Sharplin – Olivia King's passion for art has been acknowledge with an award from the Paterson Burn Optometrists’ Excellence in Art competition. The competition, which was launched by Paterson Burn Optometrists in 2013, was open to all Year 12 and 13 art students attending secondary schools or who are home schooled in the Waikato, Coromandel, Newmarket and surrounding suburbs of Auckland. Olivia's entry was one of ten that received commendation awards. This was the first time the talented Waiuku College student had entered an exhibition. She admits that it was slightly daunting, especially when viewing the other artists'...

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Easter Auction exceeds expectations

Awhitu School’s annual Easter Auction has exceeded everyone’s expectations. As a main fundraiser for the school, the Easter Auction comprises of an auction area on the school field where anything and everything such as machinery, bikes, farm equipment, sporting equipment, house hold items are sold. There were also separate tents selling furniture, electrical items, and box lots of a range of items such crockery, house hold items and gardening equipment. A record $33,000 was raised, and Principal, Kristie Thomas,  says that it was a combined effort from their ‘wonderful PTA, staff, children, families and community’ who made it a great success. “It was touch and go with the weather, but we persevered and had a great day. The support we received was remarkable.” The first auction was held on 27 February 1988, and resulted in a total of $1600 being raised. It consisted of a morning tea, a trading table, pumpkins and an auction of miscellaneous goods. “The funds raised go to our PTA who fully support the school by providing resources, curriculum support, buses for sports trips, Education Outside The Classroom events and numerous other items staff request for their students and classrooms. Things that would otherwise not be possible through normal financial means, basically it all goes back to our kids.” Mrs Thomas says the school has new PTA Executives this year whose first job, along with...

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Napping on the job?

By Emma Sharplin – Pukekawa resident, Chris Taylor put this photo up recently on social media for a laugh. While driving home along SH22 from Tuakau, just before the turn off to Mercer, he spotted this piece of road marking. Judging from the comments left on this post, road markers painting over roadkill is quite a common occurrence in the Franklin area. The Post Newspaper contacted New Zealand Transport Agency and Waikato District Council to see if they could answer our questions, in particular, what was the process of removing road kill before marking the road. "Given the...

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Dairy awards a life changing experience

By Emma Sharplin – The Post Newspaper was given the opportunity to attend the elite New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday evening at the Sky City Convention Centre, where the overall winners were announced after grueling rounds of competitions took place throughout the year.  Of the 400 entries that were received, they were narrowed down to 33 finalists from across the nation, who were all vying for 2017 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year, 2017 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year or the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the year title.   Local couple, Fraser...

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Hearts set Free a success

By Emma Sharplin – If the people lining up outside the door of Chapters Bookshop were anything to go by, Elaine Blick's book launch was a great success. Held on Thursday 27 April, the Clarks Beach resident launched her latest novel, Hearts set Free, a historical novel set in a modern time frame. Set in Bristol, England, the novel follows the story of two women, one in modern day and one in the 18th century. "This book is a departure from my previous novels. They have largely been based on my own background and experience. This is mainly...

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Students step back in time

By Emma Sharplin – The year 12 technology and woodwork students at Waiuku College are taking a step back in time as they prepare for an incredibly unique project for the community. Waiuku College is one of 15 schools nationwide that are taking part in the annual BCITO Build-Ability Challenge. This year they will recreate a street replica of the township from 1916 for the local museum. Teacher, John Robinson, says the project is incredibly exciting. "We have taken part in the competition over the last few years. We have built a playhouse that we donated to a...

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