Lifestyle

Test your limits at triathlon

The Fulton Swim School Franklin Primary Schools Triathlon is coming up next month, so we wondered—what makes kids interested in triathlon? A resounding comment from kids we spoke with was that it’s cool to do three “things”, not just one. One youngster told us, “It can be a bit boring just doing a running race.“ Others told us they like […]

What a catch!

Waiuku’s Sheree Ritchie recently caught this marlin, on her first time game fishing, after 45 minutes of trolling. The boys, skipper Tommy, and Donkie the deckie copped a lot, but the outcome was a huge adrenaline buzz, along with the huge catch!

Two leading recruitment agencies open new office in Pukekohe

ADVERTORIAL Two of New Zealand’s leading recruitment agencies have announced the official opening of their Pukekohe office. Based at 14 Hall Street, Agstaff and Canstaff have opened their doors for business and are excited to be meeting new clients and candidates in the local area. Agstaff have been successfully recruiting and placing staff for all sectors of the agricultural industry […]

Op shop ball offers silver lining

It’s weeks away but it is time to get thinking about outfits. The Franklin Silver Lining Trust are hosting their op shop ball on Saturday 14 April. Committee member Jude Balle encourages everyone to come along with the best of their op shop attire. The Trust will be celebrating ten years of helping the Franklin community, and the op shop […]

FranCOSS supporting community

By Jess Paton Franklin Community of Social Services (FranCOSS) are an organisation that provide opportunities to network with other community service organisations in the Franklin area, and they are looking to extend. Social services are services provided by the government for the benefit of the community such as education, medical care, and housing. Jan Wallace, a member of FranCOSS who […]

Jason is outward bound

At 17 years old Jason Kelsey is about to set off on a course to develop his character, his fortitude and his mental strength. The head boy of Pukekohe Christian School is heading off on a 21 day Outward Bound Course for future leaders in Anakiwa, South Island. “I’m excited about the challenge,” he said. While he’s ready to see […]

Alcohol vs Tobacco

The government seems to severely punish smokers and continues to increase the tax on cigarettes without tackling alcohol and the harm and damage it causes including the associated social costs on our communities. I used to smoke 60 cigarettes a day for over ten years but gave up the habit on 1st July 2011. I gave up drinking over 22 […]

Sunset Beach reign supreme at BP North Island IRB Championships

A strong contingent of 10 crews saw reigning champions Sunset Beach continue their dominance of the BP North Island IRB Championships at Waipu Cove over the weekend. The Port Waikato club have been dominant in the sport over the past three seasons, including last year’s event at Oakura Beach and the previous year at Waipu Cove. While the weather presented […]

E-waste is escalating

An e-Day is coming to Pukekohe, where you can drop off any electronic products you no longer use. Ewaste.org.nz is a not for profit organisation who provide electronic waste recycling events around Auckland. They aim to increase public awareness on e-waste recycling. Electronic waste, also called e-waste, is a term for electronic products that are obsolete or non-working. Most electronic […]

Mudlarks target complete clearance

The Mudlarks are a Waiuku group of mostly older people, who have been responsible for clearing mangroves from the Waiuku Estuary and other inlets. They are keen to clear the whole of the Tamakae Estuary down to Sandspit, with mangrove forests still left off Racecourse Road, on the eastern side. Mudlarks have had to keep away from Tamakae Estuary each […]


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