Festival delights

The annual Puni Multicultural Festival has been a highlight for the Franklin community for 11 years, from its early days at Puni School to the event it has become. This year’s naming rights went to Puni Motors Ltd on Waiuku Road. “It is an amazing opportunity for schools and community groups to come together to perform on stage in front […]

Damon says thanks

Damon Jacobs would like to thank everyone involved in the fundraiser he held, saying that it was a great success. Damon used the fundraiser to assist in raising money for the drug Herceptin after being diagnosed with stage four cancer, also an HER2 positive strain of cancer which is commonly found in breast cancer. “There was enough money raised to […]

Sometimes a little change is all it takes

Jillian Arnold said that when she first arrived in Pukekohe four years ago she was given an orchid by a mum and daughter as a welcome gift. While this Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis Orchid) was in bloom when she received her gift, the plant has been sulking ever since and refused to flower. All it took though was a small change […]

Bloom surprised by cheque

Bloom Pukekohe were in for a surprise treat at the Franklin Home and Lifestyle Expo last Sunday 8 April, when Lyn Dawbin, President of the Franklin Lionesses Club presented them with a cheque for $500. This will go towards supporting craft activities at Bloom. Bloom is a social enterprise that was initiated in 2015 and provides an activity for those […]

Minister of Agriculture visits Pukekohe

Is Pukekohe’s unique vegetable growing environment at risk as housing encroaches on the fertile slopes of Pukekohe Hill and surrounding areas? This is one of the issues brought to the Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities, Hon Damien O’Connor’s attention during his visit on Friday 13 April. The Minister was invited by Horticulture New Zealand and Onions […]

Puni riparian planting project

Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities visited a riparian planting site on one of the Balle Brother’s farms on Tramway Road, Puni, on Friday 13 April. Four Puni School pupils, Tommy Gibson, Olya Eremee, Nate Molony and RJ Rapi, represented their school admirably when they met with the Minister. While chatting comfortably with the […]

Hunua Ranges kauri areas will close

At its decision to close forested areas of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Auckland Council has also agreed to close higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park in order to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. The tracks will be closed from 1 May 2018. Council said these measures aim to prevent the introduction of the disease […]

Keeping the community warm this winter

Many people in our community will be facing the upcoming winter months in uninsulated houses, garages and sleep-outs. Elim Christian Centre will be collecting blankets to gift to the community as part of their Blanket Box initiative. The vision for Blanket Box is to partner with locals to make a difference in Franklin through providing blankets, duvets or sleeping bags […]

Weather takes Franklin by storm

While most of us were tucked away in the warmth of our homes, there were groups working in the cold, the wind and the darkness to restore power. On Tuesday night 10 April through to Wednesday morning 11 April, a weather bomb hit, tearing roofs off houses, displacing trees and downing power lines all over Franklin. Fire and Emergency New […]

Dumplings a hit at Franklin Market

Regular visitors of the Franklin Markets at Pukekohe may recognise stall holder Vickie. Vickie arrived in New Zealand from Taiwan 24 years ago. She studied a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and had worked in the food laboratory for 16 years. Then she realised her passion is to interact with people directly via food. “Taiwan is a food heaven and […]

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