New President for relativity new club

Meet the new President for the Rotary Club of Franklin, which is quite a new club itself. Karen Yates of Pukekohe has recently been elected to the role, and says that she hopes she can do her predecessor justice. Karen, who moved to the Franklin area 18 months ago from the North Shore, says she originally joined the club to […]

‘Check-out chick’ humbled by win

When the placings were being called for Checker of the Year South Auckland, Sam Gray thought she had done ‘okay’ to place in the lower end of the top 12. So you can imagine her surprise when the Pukekohe Pak’nSave ‘check-out chick’ was called out for second place in her region. This was the first time that the former Tuakau College student had […]

Franklin District broadband data consumption soaring

 According to statistics released by Chorus at the end of May, Franklin District households are consuming 57% more broadband data than last year, an increase driven by surging demand for streaming services such as Netflix. The average Franklin District home used 155GB of broadband data on Chorus’ copper and fibre networks in April 2017 compared to 99GB in April 2016. […]

Op Shop celebrates first milestone

The team at the St Andrew’s Op Shop in Waiuku cannot believe that it has been a year already since the new premises opened. Located on Queen Street, right next door to their former building, the new Op Shop was a highly anticipated build, and one year on, manager, Sharron Levestone, says she believes they are finally settled in. “We […]

Local cake decorator’s wastewater contract terminated

Techno Economics Services has had it’s contract to upgrade two drinking water treatment plants in Whataroa and Kumara terminated by the Westland District Council. Earlier this year, concerns were raised about how the contract was awarded to a company despite having no experience with such projects, and the contract was put on hold. The sole director and shareholder of Techno Economics Services, Neha […]

Nikau Coopworth leader for parasite resistance

A leading sheep breeding operation in Waikaretu, has just taken out the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Maternal Trait Leader for Parasite Resistance Award. Coopworth, was recognised at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Sheep Industry Awards in Invercargill on Wednesday 5 July. Now in their sixth year, the Awards celebrate the top performers in the field of science, innovation, […]

Upgrade to park and ride begins

Work began yesterday, Monday 10 July, on the construction of the new park and ride area as part of the Pukekohe Station upgrade. As part of the upgrade, the KiwiRail land near the V8 bridge, unofficially used for car parking, will be closed indefinitely. Public access to the overbridge will however, be maintained by the footpath running along the fence […]

Council adopts Annual Plan

The Waikato District Council adopted its Annual Plan 2017/18 on Wednesday 28 June 2017. The plan will see targeted wastewater rates rise to allow for preparation of long term plans to protect waterways and environmentally sensitive areas from overflows. The adoption of the Plan comes after a month-long consultation on wastewater services options that attracted 465 submissions and presentations on […]

New tyres for Pukekohe 500

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will revert to Dunlop’s 2016 tyres for Bathurst and Pukekohe to avoid the explosive failures seen at Phillip Island earlier in the year. Kevin Fitzsimons, manager for Dunlop Motorsport says the batch of compound tyres are already in production for Bathurst and Pukekohe. “With the importance of Bathurst and the proximity of Pukekohe to the […]

Pump causing issues at pool

By Yana O’Gorman Belgravia’s Franklin Pool and Leisure Centre is still battling with cold temperatures. The recreation centre on Franklin Road has had to cancel several of their fitness classes, which is frustrating users of the facility. Temperatures at the pool have been fluctuating since early April. Several months later, staff are still having to close the pools due […]