Business

Too young to GO GREY!

Like many women who celebrated their 21st birthdays a few years ago now, I’ve been battling against the grey. I’ve always had dark hair. It’s been short, it’s survived the perm trend, it’s been so long I’ve nearly sat on it! But it’s always been dark. So as the greys made themselves known once again, a trip to the salon […]

Tuakau teens equipped for life

Ten teenagers from Tuakau will enter this week with a new set of life skills thanks to Silver Fern Motorsport Charitable Trust. Programme Manager Ted Jarvis ran the free five day course called ‘Getting Started,’ for 16 to 18 year olds, from 14 to 18 May at Madill House in Tuakau. This has equipped the teenagers with a First Aid […]

Seeking electric vehicle charging site

A Waiuku business with a spare car park and the desire to promote sustainability and local electric vehicle uptake is being sought. Counties Power and the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) are jointly funding a publicly available electric vehicle fast charging station for Waiuku township. A suitable parking space however is needed to host the station. Counties Power Chief Executive […]

Baker’s Banter – 22 May 2018

Timely I guess to add my personal and up close perspective to the recent news that the Council is selling several properties. These include some former headquarters legacy of District Councils, including Franklin DC. It has been discussed and referred to for a while now, but with nothing formal. Being only one of three elected representatives in Franklin (joined by […]

Coins out for chopper appeal

With May being Chopper Appeal month, a successful cake stall was held recently to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Helen Graham and Chris Massey helped man the table, alongside Westpac staff and other locals. Onewhero Area School also got behind the appeal by donating baked goodies for sale on the day. This week, the Wesley College Boys will […]

Pain of loss prompts Pink Ribbon breakfast

When Tuakau’s Dianna Aislabie hears her gorgeous granddaughters tell her that they “went to see Daddy at the cemetery today”, it almost breaks her heart all over again. It’s been 18 months since Dianna’s son-in-law, Anthony Guite, quietly but suddenly slipped away in his sleep. The pain of loss for the entire family is still very raw. Anthony was just […]

Instructors heading to worlds

Six of Groovit’s dance instructors will be heading to Phoenix, Arizona in August, after placing in the top three at the recent Hip Hop International national competition. Ben Lowe, Amber-Lee Kelliher, Latesha Latu, Jordan Ikitule, Ezra Moe and Caitlin Browne all competed with their crews and placed in the top three of their division(s) to make the cut to the […]

Columbus Mitre10 wins a number of awards

Columbus Coffee Mitre 10 Pukekohe managed to gather a few more awards at the 2018 franchisee awards held on Monday 7 May. The awards celebrate the achievements of Columbus Coffee franchises all over New Zealand. The Columbus Mitre 10 Pukekohe team took out Local Marketing award, in which they have been finalists for the last three years. They also won […]

Hamper fit for a Queen

It’s a hamper fit for a Queen and created right here in Franklin. Paddock to Pantry, a local grocery store in Karaka, and online Gift Hamper business, was delighted to be asked to create a small gourmet and uniquely NZ artisan food hamper that was gifted to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when she was […]

Five time champions

Fulton Swim School has recently won the Outstanding Swim School of the Year for the fifth time at the recent 2018 Swim Coaches and Teachers of New Zealand Awards. In this year’s awards they were recognised for their excellence and passion in teaching children to swim. Owner of the school Daniel Fulton said he was delighted with the win. “We […]


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