Author: Emma Sharplin

Givealittle page dedicated to rugby referee

It has been three months since local Policeman and rugby referee Graham Eddy passed away, and a Givealittle page has been set up to help his young family. In December 2016 Graham passed away after suffering from a heart attack, while refereeing a social rugby game in Karaka. Described as a loving family man, a hard working policeman and sports enthusiast, Graham left behind his wife Allie and young daughters, Maddie and Scarlett. Graham was part of the Counties Manukau Rugby Referees association, and had been refereeing in their league for the past three seasons after moving from the...

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Local businesses come to the aid of emergency services

Last Friday saw three local businesses called to help with emergency services after a truck rolled, trapping the driver. The truck and trailer carrying onions rolled into a ditch on Attewell Rd in Pukekohe, just after 7pm on Friday 3 March. The cab was of the truck was so crushed, emergency services were struggling to free him. With very little time to spare, a couple of calls were made to Brian Roberts Towing, Pukekohe Hiab and Rapid Construction, who, after hours, dropped everything to come and assist the crews. Emergency services were unsure if a crane was needed to lift to...

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A note from Emma’s desk

I am a little bit concerned at my sister, Stephanie’s idea of fun. This week she turns 21, and as Daddy Coolio is flying out at some unspeakable time on her actual birthday, we celebrated it on Sunday. And by celebrate, I mean I was pushed off the Harbour Bridge. Those who know me, understand my absolute fear of heights. I cry every time I go up the Skytower. But Steph managed to convince all of us to take a ‘leap of faith’ so to speak, instead of having a party. The trek up to the platform would have...

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Whose problem is privet anyway?

Seven years ago, Janice Hamilton could look out of her kitchen window to a stunning view of the harbour and Waiuku Township. Now, it is all blocked by mature privet trees that no one is wanting to do anything about. Janice’s property is backed onto the Racecourse Road Reserve, which has been confirmed as Auckland Council land. “I have complained countless times, to the point where I have now given up.” Over the years, Janice has contacted the Local Board and Auckland Council with regards to the pest plant, and while she says a representative has always come out...

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Zahn makes waves

Tuakau’s Zahn Cooney may be small for his age, but he is making waves in New Zealand’s national rankings. The 11 year old Pokeno School student has recently returned from the Harlequins Zone Swimming Championships with gold. He was also ranked number one nationally for his age group in 100m butterfly. Zahn’s time was taken from the four race meets held across New Zealand and Coach, Jim Ruiterman, couldn’t be more proud. “Zahn is a gusty swimmer and in that particular race, he swam hard.” What makes the feat even more amazing, is that Zahn competed with Bursitis of the...

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Axemen return to Franklin A&P show

After a year’s hiatus, the Axemen Carnival returned to the Franklin A&P Show, with the Tournament taking place on Sunday 19 February. A full field of Axemen took to the chopping blocks, with many competing in the standing and underhand events, as well as hard hitting underhand and double handed powersaw events. Always a crowd pleaser, the tree felling event returned this year, with the response from the audience proving it was an event not to be missed. However, a highlight from the show was when Jesse Whitehead took the time and effort to carve out chairs with a...

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