Gardening

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 […]

Hudson’s Beach Norfolk Pine under threat

Wendy Jones, who owns a bach at Hudsons Beach, has great concern for the forty year old Norfolk Pine near her bach. “This recent storm has damaged the beach to the extent now it’s absolutely heart breaking”, said Wendy. “Now the Norfolk Pine that means so much to so many is under threat.” Wendy is a descendant of the Hudsons […]

Preschoolers dig deep to squash competition

Tuakau’s Little Stars Early Childhood Centre recently won Best Garden in the school category of the Yates Spring Vegie Growing Challenge. The children’s passion for gardening has paid off in spades, after they won the $500 cash prize plus a $500 hamper of Yates products. The children grew many vegetables including lettuces, tomatoes and leeks and have enjoyed being able […]

Franklin shows off Fuchsia

The 19th Franklin Fuchsia show was held last Friday and Saturday with many coming through the doors to see the displays and purchase flowers. The highly anticipated show, held at Waiuku’s Civic Centre was yet another success and saw fuchsia fans from all over the North Island attend. Gloria Underwood from Dargaville was the champion of the show with her […]

Back to the Fuchsia

It’s back for the 19th time and will share a fabulous display of plants and more. The Franklin Fuchsia show will be held on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 January. President of the Franklin Fuchsia group, Mary Hull, has been an organiser since the beginning and can credit the success of the shows on successful staging in the past. “It’s […]

Flower and Floral Art show a sweet success

Waiau Pa held their annual Flower and Floral Art show on 11-12 November. The show was originally part of the women’s division of the Waiau Pa Federated Farmers Club. The show began in the early 1940s, and when the Waiau Pa Federated Farmers Club closed down, lady members of the Women’s division carried on with the flower show. It has […]

Sprinkler restrictions now in place

Sprinkler restrictions now in place Waikato District, Hamilton City and Waipa District are now all on Water Alert Level 1. The move to Water Alert Level 1 was triggered by a significant increase in water consumption across the region. Water Alert Level 1 means that sprinklers should only be used between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm, but a […]


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