Rural

Hunua kiwi population suffers setback

The newly reestablished kiwi population introduced into the Hunua Ranges earlier this year has suffered a setback, with three of the birds being lost as prey to a ferret. Mayor Phil Goff says, “This is sad news and a blow to the partners, staff and volunteers who have worked hard to release kiwi into the Hunuas. “It shows that one […]

No Bull! It’s tough out there

On Tuesday last week, I popped on my sparkly gumboots and headed out to the 98th Franklin Jersey Cattle Club Annual Bull Sale held at the Tuakau Saleyards. Long time farmer Graeme Hosking was pleased to have one of his bulls awarded third place at the pre-sale judging. Graeme, aged 80, still recalls the tears as he sold his pet […]

Mauku School Country Life Day

Mauku School kicked off the local Calf Club days with their ‘Country Life Day’ on Saturday 16 September. The rain stayed away and everyone was able to enjoy the ‘creatures great and small’ theme for 2017.

Calf Club dates 2017

It’s a favourite time for children and parents alike as Franklin schools put on their annual calf club days. Here is a list of schools holding calf club/agriculture/country life days this year. Go along and check out the fun on offer while supporting your school, and don’t forget to say hello to the friendly animals and celebrate the hard work […]

Te Whangai Trust win award

In 2007, Gary and Adrienne Dalton established the Te Whangai Charitable Trust to honour the memory of their daughter Leigh. This year, the Trust won the region’s “Hill Laboratories Harvest Award”, one of the categories in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, and they’re ecstatic that the work the Trust undertakes, has been recognised. Daughter Leigh was passionate about the environment […]

License critical for rural youth

Opinion by  Jessica Paton One issue that is of huge social importance to the people of Tuakau is that a number of youth are not getting their driver licence. We should be encouraging youth to get their licences as soon as possible, especially in rural areas. There are very limited transport options available in the area. Individual mobility is vital […]

98th bull sale coming to Tuakau

The Franklin Jersery Breeders are holding their 98th Bull Sale at the Tuakau Saleyards on Tuesday 12 September. This is the oldest bull sale if it’s type, in New Zealand, and started as a two day sale in 1919 with around 200 bulls on offer. The fact that it has lasted so long is testament to the good supply and […]

Grow your own food

A beginners “Grow Your Own Food” course is offered at Pukekohe’s St Andrews Church hall on Wednesday evenings, starting August 30th. Over six weeks, the workshops will focus on practical, organic food growing techniques that don’t require a green thumb to follow. In part, says project manager John Allen, this course is a means for people to increase resilience and […]

1000 trees planted in Pukekohe

Locals helped plant a steep bank on Franklin Road, with the aim to help improve the stream health by shading the waterway and trapping pollutants before they get to the stream. It is hoped that the planting, which took place on Saturday 12 August, will also encourage more bird life to the area. Around 1000 plants donated by Craig Prescott, […]

Act of kindness goes a long way

After being shown the same compassion and encouragement at the same age, a Pukekohe gentleman has paid it back. Barry Liddle has recently donated two yearling jersey heifers to 12-year-old Boyd Ferguson of Korakonui School, after watching him perform at the NZ Dairy Event in Fielding. “You could see his expertise, his passion and enthusiasm in what he was doing. […]