Paraglider in serious condition after crash at Karioitahi beach

Police are in attendance at Karioitahi Beach where a paraglider has believed to have crashed. Sergeant Ben Ostler of Counties Manukau Police says a male is in a serious condition. Westpac Rescue Helicopter will transport him to hospital. There is limited mobile coverage in the area so no further details are available at this stage.

Report suspicious behaviour to Police

Time and time again, reports of suspicious behaviour is placed on social media, and yet, it doesn’t get reported to the Police. Just yesterday (Wednesday 19 July 2017), an incident where a man approached and followed a young girl in Waiuku was posted to a local grapevine site. The post has received many comments, including statements from others who had […]

New President for relativity new club

Meet the new President for the Rotary Club of Franklin, which is quite a new club itself. Karen Yates of Pukekohe has recently been elected to the role, and says that she hopes she can do her predecessor justice. Karen, who moved to the Franklin area 18 months ago from the North Shore, says she originally joined the club to […]

MPI no longer involved in possum investigation

Last week, Ministry of Primary Industries confirmed that they are no longer involved with the investigation into a fundraising possum hunt after concerns were raised over the way baby joeys were disposed of. The possum hunt was held from Thursday 22 June until Saturday 25 June, which saw hundreds of adult possums killed for Drury School’s annual fundraiser. According to witnesses, young […]

‘Check-out chick’ humbled by win

When the placings were being called for Checker of the Year South Auckland, Sam Gray thought she had done ‘okay’ to place in the lower end of the top 12. So you can imagine her surprise when the Pukekohe Pak’nSave ‘check-out chick’ was called out for second place in her region. This was the first time that the former Tuakau College student had […]

Iconic weeping willow removed

The iconic willow tree that featured on the Tamakae Wharf in Waiuku was removed Wednesday 12 July. The tree, which had heritage protection, was cut down after Auckland Council applied for resource consent to have it removed due to it affecting the upgrade of the historical wharf. Council stated that the location makes it logistically hard to work on the area, and […]

In Focus

A rather eerie looking photograph taken by Jeanette Schimanski of the full moon coming up behind the Vodafone tower on Sunday 9 July. To have your photograph featured, email your submission to  

Drury Rotary celebrates year of community service achievements

The Rotary Club of Drury celebrated the past year’s community service achievements at the weekend as it welcomed new president Dr Iain Wakefield for the coming year. Addressing members and guests at the Club’s annual changeover, outgoing president Trish Hayward outlined the achievements during the 2016-17 year. This included four major projects. The Club ran a golf tournament that raised […]

Op Shop celebrates first milestone

The team at the St Andrew’s Op Shop in Waiuku cannot believe that it has been a year already since the new premises opened. Located on Queen Street, right next door to their former building, the new Op Shop was a highly anticipated build, and one year on, manager, Sharron Levestone, says she believes they are finally settled in. “We […]

Drury resident exhibiting at Franklin Arts Festival

Drury resident, Susan Ewen, is excited to be exhibiting in the Franklin Arts Festival. A lifelong enjoyment of painting persuaded Susan in 2006 to attend a painting workshop in America given by equine artist, Lynn Maderich, who is internationally regarded as a tutor. Maderich emphasised the necessity for exact observation of a subject and detailed study of its form.These two […]