Big event, big numbers, big traffic

The Waiuku Blast to the Past event, held on Saturday 11 November at the Waiuku Sports Park, was a massive success. A perfect evening set the scene for fireworks fun on a super scale. The sparks flew as fireworks went booming up into the still night sky. It was a spectacular scene and fantastic value for money when a gold coin […]

Harnessing the power of correct car seats

Car seats are being checked around Waiuku once again, but this time a slightly different approach is being taken, with Police, Auckland Transport and Plunket heading to Early Childhood centres instead of the road stops. The car seat checkpoints have been well-received in the past, and this is another step to ensuring kids are safe in cars. On Tuesday 14 […]

Counties Power helps local bright sparks

Local lines company Counties Power has launched a scholarship programme. The Counties Power Scholarship is open to Franklin students who are enrolled in 2018 for second or third year study in a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical) at either Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) or Wintec. Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl says the company is excited to support local […]

Westpac Pukekohe Branch officially opened

The new Westpac Branch in Pukekohe is now officially open for business. The new purpose-built branch is located at 108 King Street and took ten weeks to fit out. It features an open plan design with Smart ATMs and cash exchange with a 24hr access lobby. Victoria Cross holder and local Pukekohe resident, Willie Apiata, led the formalities at the […]

Amanda wins Gary Pye’s $1000 draw

Gary Pye’s Halloween Night saw the weird and wonderful arrive at his Waiuku store on Tuesday 31 October. Amanda Tingle was the winner of the Panasonic $1000 promotion draw. Prizes for best dressed went to Chloe Barker who was the winner of $10 and some delicious chocolates, while Cora Baker was the recipient of a Vodafone voucher.

Waiuku Sports Park ready for action

Improved facilities at the Waiuku Sports Park are now complete. The upgraded facilities are the result of a partnership between council and the community to boost availability of sport and recreation facilities. The Franklin Local Board marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the Blast to the Past event held at the ground on Saturday 11 November. Chair […]

Business confidence grows in Waikato district

Job opportunities in the Waikato district are growing along with the district’s reputation as a place to do business according to the Council’s annual report which is being distributed as an easy-read summary for residents and ratepayers next week [week starting Monday 6 November]. The report outlines how the country’s third fastest-growing district, measured by consents for new dwellings, is […]

Influential humanitarian ‘honoured’

Franklin local, Peter Fa’afiu, has described being named as an Influential Humanitarian by University of Auckland as ‘an honour.’ The Pukekohe resident has been named as one of the inaugural influential 40 Alumni under 40 years of age, after a number of leaders in their fields nominated him for his work with communities. “They (University of Auckland) approached me back […]

Waikato District Council seeks new businesses

Based on consents for new dwellings, the Waikato district is now the third fastest-growing district in New Zealand. The area’s population is expected to grow from approximately 71,000 to 103,000, during the next 28 years. Waikato District Mayor, Allan Sanson, says the Council is working to attract new business to the district, in the interest of balanced growth and the provision of […]

40 years of GVR

Over Labour weekend Glenbrook Vintage Railway celebrated 40 years of operations at their Glenbrook site by recreating their official opening. The station was bustling with people as they arrived to take part in the long weekend of activities.    

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