Auranga attracts 700 visitors

Sunhats, walking shoes and dogs were some of what was seen at Auranga’s Celebration Day on Saturday 20 January. The new development, near Drury, held the day to celebrate the first stage of the five kilometre coastal walkway opening. The community was invited to share in the festivities, with around 700 visitors arriving throughout the day. Dog owners brought their […]

Historic building to be relocated

Pukekohe’s 104 year old railway station building will be relocated according to an Auckland Transport spokesperson. “It has been agreed to relocate the building and investigation into relocation works are underway,” the spokesperson said last week. “Unfortunately, at this stage no further details are available.” The Franklin Heritage Forum who have been advocating for the building to remain, are disappointed […]

More safe speed cameras ready to roll

New safe speed cameras will start operating this week in an effort to lower speeds and reduce deaths and injuries on our roads. The cameras, on State Highway 2 in Maramarua, Awhitu Road and Waiuku Road are among 33 locations across the country. “Road crashes have devastating impacts on families and communities,” said Superintendent Steve Greally, National Manager Road Policing. […]

Second place for Tuakau crew

Tuakau’s Waka Ama paddlers have come back stronger than ever and shown that despite the challenges thrown at them, they’re ready to overcome. The boys’ crew placed second at the Waka Ama nationals held at Lake Karapiro from 15-20 January. After having three waka burnt in an arson attack in Tuakau late last year, the crew were stuck at a […]

Kim unleashes her science potential

Seventeen year old Kim Fowler has her eyes on science. In December 2017, Kim spent four days at Powering Potential in Wellington. Kim, who graduated from ACG Strathallan last year was one of the 40 students selected. She has an interest in science and art, and is involved in GirlGuiding NZ and is chairperson of the Papakura Youth Council. The […]

Local talent beautifies Botany

Sixteen year old Olivia King is a whizz with the paint brush and recently painted one of the Chorus cabinets in Botany Town Centre. After entering the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust’s competition, the Waiuku local was selected as one of four artists to design and paint the cabinets around South Auckland. While Olivia has done many paintings before, she said […]

Pukekohe pedestrians a focus for Franklin

Pukekohe’s pedestrian safety and troublesome intersections have been brought to the attention of the Franklin Local Board, and Auckland Transport. One resident said that the brick paved crossings in King Street, Pukekohe are confusing to both pedestrians and motorists. Signs were placed on the roadside last year and advise pedestrians that motorists have the right of way, yet there is […]

Waiuku athletes shine over summer

Whilst many of us have been soaking up the sun at the gorgeous beaches around the region this summer, the athletes from the Waiuku Athletics Club have been hard at it training and competing at various events. The North Island Colgate Games sees athletes from all across the North Island fighting it out on track and field to see who […]

All aboard thanks to Rotary

On Wednesday 24 January 2018, Laura McGregor will set off on a trip of a lifetime on board the Spirit of New Zealand.  The ship, a three-masted barquentine, will leave Auckland and sail to Opua in the Bay of Islands, over ten days. Along with 39 other participants, Laura will be tested in the sailing skills she has learned through […]

Local juniors selected for Pool Champs

Six local juniors have recently been announced for the VNEA International Junior Pool Championships in June next year. Seventeen year old Geffrina Harwood, 12 year old Rachel Harwood, 15 year old Luxman Jeram and 13 year old Zabain Jeram, all from Pukekohe High School, along with 16 year old Jarell Phillips and 19 year old Te Ahu Phillips, also from […]

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