Author: Yana O'Gorman

Community spirit alive in Franklin

When Waiuku’s Bryan Millar returned to work on Tuesday 18 April following his Easter break with family, the last thing he expected was to see his Pioneers Wooden Toys’ workshop ransacked. An estimated $20,000 worth of workshop machinery and power tools had been stolen over the Easter weekend. It is not the disappointment of losing his livelihood that Bryan wants to share. Instead it is of the community spirit and support that he has received since he uploaded a post to Facebook about the burglary. He uploaded photos of his workshop on Wednesday 19 April, which have now been...

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Preservation Society unveil new plaques

By Yana O'Gorman The Pukekohe East Church Preservation Society celebrated an open day at their historical church over Easter weekend. The occasion was to commemorate the first service that was held on Easter Sunday in 1863, and also to honour Susanne West (formerly Stone), the outgoing chairperson for PECPS.  Around 60 people attended the day on Sunday 16 April, hearing talks on early settler life, as well as information on two of the stalwart families in the area, the Stones and the Sharps.  Four granite plaques were also unveiled, to replace the bronze centennial plaques that had been stolen. Local...

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Leave rural roadside rubbish to us says Council

The Post Newspaper was contacted by a woman who collected rubbish with her children alongside their rural property. Claire Harris and her young sons covered 150m over three mornings, filling nine carrier bags of rubbish and a couple of big pieces of steel. She contacted Auckland Council to see if she could drop the rubbish off at Zero Waste Waiuku, or possibly receive some orange rubbish bags to dispose of the rubbish. However, she was told by council to leave the rubbish collection to them. Claire wanted to see if a new initiative could be created where locals can...

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The Mounted Games come to Pukekohe

A different type of equestrian event is coming to Pukekohe this Easter weekend. The annual Mounted Games Individual Championships is taking place at the Pukekohe A&P showgrounds and is an event not to be missed.  Described as fast paced and action packed, both riders and their ponies show athleticism, nimbleness and strength.  The national competition will see 90 riders from all over New Zealand competing for the individual title. It is the final title to be won for the season.  Competitor Maddi Hair will be taking part this year. She has been riding for six years competitively and has seen many opportunities open up through the sport. In July, she will be travelling to South Africa representing the New Zealand team at the Mounted Games.  "I love the adrenaline when you're riding," she says. "I love the connection with your horse and when they give you everything they've got out on the pitch." She says the community of riders are encouraging and supportive.  "I think a huge part of mounted games is off the pitch when we are not competing—it's like a huge family," she says. "Everyone knows everyone, so that's pretty special. We are all like-minded people and we all love to have a good time."  Spectators over the Easter weekend can expect to see a range of entertaining sessions.  There will be eight lanes, with eight points...

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Northern netballers shoot for the stars

There’s a new netball team on the block and their name is the Northern Stars. For many years the ANZ Premiership has been showing talent from all over New Zealand as netball teams face off against each other, but now South Auckland has a team to call their own. Captained by former Silver Fern Leana de Bruin, the team are ready to be put to the test on the court. “Leading a new team is exciting,” Leana says about the new role. “There is lots of potential in this team. It will be about seeing how we progress as a...

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