Food

Health the focus of sKids programme

Safe Kids in Daily Supervision (sKids) will be making health the focus of their after school programme at their Sandspit School location. Vinita Prasad, the area’s local sKids out of school care provider, announced on Thursday 1 January that she has launched ‘FoodStorm,’ an exclusive sKids cooking programme. This will be offered as a complimentary service within their sKids Sandspit […]

Four local cafes regional winners

Franklin is spoilt for choice when it comes to events, community and now food. Once again, several cafes have been named as winners in the 2018 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards. Pukekohe’s Sugar Shed won best rural accolade for the Auckland region, while Patumahoe’s Butcher’s Shop Cafe won Best Regional Town for the region, and Nick’s Cafe in Waiuku […]

Awards 2017

We have an incredible community, and 2017 has seen a haul of many awards that we should all be proud of. Here are a selection of just some of the prestigious acknowledgments made this year. 1. Terry Hatch received an Order of Merit for his service to horticulture and conservation. He has worked on local projects including planting pohutukawa and […]

Pukekohe Café wins best rural accolade for Auckland region

Pukekohe’s The Sugar Shed has been named the Best Rural Auckland region winner in the 2018 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year awards announced today, 20 December 2017. The judging team’s comments included, “We certainly enjoyed our visit to The Sugar Shed! The coffee is well made and the menu offers a great range of choices, from light […]

Patumahoe Café wins best Regional town accolade for Auckland region

Patumahoe’s The Butcher’s Shop Café has been named the Best Regional Town Auckland region winner in the 2018 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year awards announced today, 20 December 2017. The judging team’s comments included, “I can’t wait to go back to this very quaint and inviting café! It looks like something from Europe with an old black […]

Nick’s Cafe the people’s choice

The people of Franklin have spoken. For the second time running, Nick’s Cafe in Waiuku has been named as the winner of the People’s Choice for the Auckland Region, as part of the 2018 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year awards. Determined by customer votes, the People’s Choice Regional Awards recognise the most popular café in six regions […]

Winemaking in Waiuku

He’s dabbled in some good old Kiwi home brew beer making. He’s even had a crack at crafting cider (though not very successfully!) But being involved in developing a professionally made commercial bottle of wine? Well that just popped his cork completely.  Ross Voltz of Waiuku now has his name on a bottle of wine. Ross took part in the […]


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