Palms chef wins bronze

Shelley Upfold from Palms Lifecare Pukekohe won a bronze medal in the inaugural Senior Lifestyle Cuisine competition held at the end of July. The competition saw the top ten chefs from rest homes around the country compete in a live kitchen cook off which was judged by industry professionals including top chef, Marc Soper of Wharekauhau Country Estate. Pippa Saxon, […]

Butchers vie for national title

The knives were out, aprons on and everyone was focused as twenty finalists vied for the prestigious titles of Alto Butcher and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year for 2017. James Smith from Pak’n Save Pukekohe was one of ten 2017 Alto Butcher Finalists at the event on Thursday 31 August. Held at Shed 10, Auckland, he was competing against […]

Entrust dividend to increase

Entrust’s 327,000 beneficiaries in Auckland, Manukau, northern Papakura and eastern Franklin can expect to receive a dividend payment of $350 in late September, Entrust announced on Wednesday 30 August. Entrust Chairman William Cairns says the dividend amount will increase this year, even though there had been an increase in beneficiaries in the Entrust district who are entitled to a dividend. […]

Steelers share tips at Mitre 10

On Saturday 16 September, Counties Manukau Steelers players joined in with the community at Mitre10 Mega in Pukekohe. Jimmy Tupou, Sam Henwood and Toni Pulu shared  their rugby passing tips and tricks to an excited group of local supporters. Mitre 10 Managing Director, Dean Littin, said that he’s really enjoying the Mitre 10 Cup. “It’s a great time of year, […]

Beachcare for Awhitu?

Would the Awhitu Peninsula benefit from a beachcare group? This is the question being raised and the Awhitu community are encouraged to join in the conversation. Karen Opie, founder of the Port Waikato Beach Care group, is giving an illustrated talk on the successes their group has achieved. Local resident, Anna McNaughton, advises, “The Port Waikato group connected with DOC, […]

Local build partners visit Paerata Rise

After the new name of Paerata Rise development was announced earlier in the month, the 12 building partners and members of Grafton Down Limited, met on site to discuss the future plans of the new town. MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly was invited to speak to the group at Wesley College, and share the government developments including what had been […]

Locals support air ambulance appeal

Waikato and Franklin residents who took part in SKY TV’s major fundraising drive for Starship, raised more than $5500 for the Starship National Air Ambulance last month. The $5500 was part of $60,000 raised throughout the country during SKY’s annual Channel for Starship initiative. SKY TV Communications Advisor Kirsty Way said the total raised was another amazing effort. In the […]

Hard-working look to PIC Steelers line-up to host Hawkes Bay

PIC Counties Manukau Steelers will look to get their season back on track when they host Hawkes Bay in their Mitre 10 Cup match at ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe on Sunday. Bombay club prop Coree Te Whata-Colley gets his first start for the PIC Steelers, after coming off the bench for the first five games in his debut year for […]

New hospital for Franklin

Auckland Council is in the final stages of granting local property investor Neil Young of the Young Group of Companies, and a group of Doctors the green light for the new “Franklin Private Hospital’.  “It’s an exciting new development, which has been years in the making,” according to those involved. Franklin Private Hospital will offer comprehensive health care and will […]

$100,000 raised for Big Buddy programme

The sale of a G.J. Gardner Home in Pukekohe is expected to raise over $100,000 for the mentoring program Big Buddy. Big Buddy, a New Zealand organisation that partners fatherless boys with a positive male role model, hopes to expand to more regions across the country. But with only 9% of funding coming from the Government, they rely on the […]