Serious crash in Papakura

Police are currently at the scene of a serious crash on Mill Road in Papakura after two vehicles are believed to have collided just before 11am. Two people have been taken to Middlemore Hospital in a serious condition. Police have closed Mill Road between Fernag Street and Walters Road. It is not expected to reopen for at least two hours. […]

Serious crash on Waiuku Road

Police are currently in attendance at a serious crash in Waiuku Road, Mauku. Inspector Shawn Rutene of Auckland Police says the crash involves a taxi van which has rolled and ended up in a paddock, and occurred just after 8am, Tuesday 17 October. Constable Jordan Suppers of Counties Manukau Police said, “Four people received serious to moderate injuries including a […]

Franklin United Youth Academy to launch

Following several months of discussions, the Franklin United board recently announced their plans for the creation of a Franklin United Youth Academy (FUYA) for 2018. The aim is to create a full pathway from 12th grade through to senior NRFL football. The philosophy of the FUYA will be aligned to that of Ole Academy in Wellington and the committee are […]

Kingseat Road to be closed for a month

On Monday 9 October, it was confirmed by Police, that a section of Kingseat Road has been closed after a large hole formed, due to rainfall. “The road will be closed between Glenbrook Rd and Pearson Rd for the foreseeable future as engineers assess the hole, which is approximately 2m x 2m in size,” they said. Mark Hannan, spokesperson for […]

Dress up day for Friday 13th

It was a freaky Friday dress up day on Friday 13 October at the Waiuku Kids After School holiday programme. Here are some of the wacky and wonderful costumes.  

Waikato property values up more than 33%

Property values in the Waikato district have risen by an average of 33.7% in the past three years. This could mean significant rate increases for some property owners. Waikato District Council’s General Manager Strategy and Support, Tony Whittaker, says, “The new rating values will be used to calculate Council rates from the start of the next rating year(1 July 2018), but […]

Council reviewing its library contracts

Every year Waikato District Council pays more than $300,000 so its residents can access library services provided by other councils. These contracts are currently under review and Council is consulting with its communities to find out what options they prefer. “These contracts were put in place more than ten years ago because not all Waikato district communities can easily access […]

Calling all artists

The call is out for local artists to display their artwork and get paid to do so. The Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust is bringing back the Chorus Cabinet Art Competition for the third time. They are looking for artists who live, work or study in the area to beautify one of four cabinets in the south Auckland area. The theme […]

Shaky science

2017 marks 200 years since English physician, James Parkinson, first described the condition that was subsequently named after him. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative condition caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain. Movements become slow and awkward, and people with the condition often experience tremors or shaking. Despite wonderful developments in health science, what causes or triggers Parkinson’s, is […]

GVR invites community to celebrate milestone

This Labour Weekend holiday, the Glenbrook Vintage Railway will be celebrating 40 years of chugging down the tracks! Across all three days, 21 – 23 October, they’ll be putting on a party, and everyone’s invited. There will be train rides of course, and much more, with carnival rides for the kids (gold coin entry), car displays and demonstrations. A big […]