Walking for welfare

Stephen Bassett has been walking around New Zealand for ten months. After starting off on January 7, 2017, the Wellingtonian has been making his way through the country with his two little travelling companions, six year old pugalier Jake, and 12 year old Chihuahua cross, Piccolo. The trio were spotted in Pukekohe, Tuakau and Pukekawa, making stops at Franklin Cat […]

Lisa and Thomas ahead of the rest

There are now only three applicants in with a chance to take out the Australasian 2018 Zanda McDonald Award. And two of them are from the Franklin/Waikato area! The award, regarded as a prestigious badge of honour in the agriculture industry, recognises agriculture’s most innovative young professionals from both sides of the Tasman. Only one Aussie made the grade to secure […]

Waiuku Group Day Results

The following are the champion results from the Waiuku Combined Schools Calf Club Association Group Day held at the end of October. Goats Junior Leading Champion: Brayden Bottomley, Otaua; Senior leading Champion: Emma Singleton, Glenbrook; Junior Child Effort: Dante Oldfield, Waiuku; Reserve Champion: Joel Watkins, Sandspit Combined; Senior Child Effort: Soraya Watkins, Sandspit Combined; Reserve Champion: Georgia Roberts, Oatua; Champion […]

Local share milker remembered

It has been just over one year since Franklin lost a long time community member. Cornelius Otto van der Poel (known as Otto) passed away on 27 October 2016. He had lived in the area since 1952, after arriving from Holland a year earlier. He was part of the Dutch army, serving in Indonesia as Communications Officer and Commander of […]

Pukekohe growers our history and our future

By Josie Vidal, Horticulture New Zealand Horticulture New Zealand was busy in Pukekohe at the end of October, visiting growers and attending meetings. That included catching up with fine culinary herb grower Jeanette Rae and hearing some of the Reynolds’ family history. Onion and potato growers, the Reynolds family has had a connection with the land in Pukekohe since […]

Erin ready for Young Horticulturist finals

After taking out Horticulture New Zealand’s Young Grower of the Year, Erin Atkinson is one of five contestants about to compete for the Young Horticulturist title next week, and credits her success to her humble beginnings on Franklin soil. Erin is the technical adviser for ApataGrow, a kiwifruit and avocado pack house and coolstore in the Bay of Plenty. However, […]

1080 drops to protect Hunua Ranges

Protecting the Hunua Ranges, Smokefree policy and Western Isthmus water quality approach approved Three years on from the first range-wide pest management operation in the Hunua Ranges, Auckland council will apply 1080 to the parkland and some neighbouring DOC and private land. At the Environment and Community Committee meeting on Tuesday 17 October, it confirmed the use of this pest […]

Developing conservation heroes

Andrew Sinclair is a member of the Whakaupoko Landcare Group, and is considered a conservation hero within the Franklin region. Concerns about pest impacts, led to the formation of Whakaupoko Landcare Group in 2004. Over 100 members from Mauku, Pukeoware, Aka Aka, Glenbrook, Patumahoe and Puni areas, are now part of the registered charity. Key activities include setting up bait […]

Battle of the brothers at Calf Club Day

The two Maitland brothers were the perfect example of healthy sibling rivalry, after they found themselves competing up against each other in the Championship round at Pukekawa Calf Club Day recently. Young Alex Maitland has held the title of Champion Dairy Calf for the last four years, after being given the opportunity to raise calves from Cloverland Jersey Stud especially […]

In focus 17 October 2017

Leonie Parker sent us this serene photograph of a Whitebaiting stand on the Waikato, near Tuakau Bridge. Send your photograph to to share with our community.  

Category Pages are limited to 90 days. Please use the archive page or the search box to find older articles.