Honours flow at Waiuku Netball AGM

There was plenty of emotion and celebration at the Waiuku Netball Centre’s AGM on Monday 5 March. Anne Walters was accorded life membership, joining just seven other living members of the association with that status, while Bronwyn Sloane, Rachel Browne-Cole and Sharni Hunter were all honoured with service awards. Anne has a lengthy list of achievements and citations for her […]

Sorry not sorry coming to Franklin

‘Sorry, not sorry,’ a photographic exhibition, will be at the Franklin Arts Centre until Saturday 7 April. It will feature a mix of photographic works from Conor Clarke and Tia Huia Ranginui. Conor Clarke, who grew up near Pukekohe, says she’s chuffed to be asked to show her work on the ‘home turf’ so to say! “Even though I’ve been […]

From blue to bald for a good cause

Shave for a Cure is Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s (LBC) annual signature fundraising event. This year, a local Pokeno Early Childhood Education teacher will be parting with her fun blue locks to raise $1000 for LBC.  Heather Watson works at Suits and Gumboots Country Daycare in Pokeno and on 21 March she’ll be braving the clippers for this […]

Locals win at Dairy Awards

Local dairy farmers, managers and trainees were awarded at the 2018 Auckland/ Hauraki Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday 10 March at the Pukekohe Indian Hall. Share Farmer of the Year for the region went to first-time entrants Chris and Sally Guy. The couple are in their second season 50:50 share milking on Allan Guy’s Papakura property, milking 200 cows. They […]

New level for Waiuku Theatre Group

Waiuku Theatre Group are currently rehearsing for their latest show, Spirit Level, a comedy by Pam Valentine, directed by Glenda Hagenson. Glenda has directed many of the Waiuku Theatre Group’s shows and with a relatively experienced cast Spirit Level will be another must see. With famous crime writer Jack Cameron and wife Susie haunting their cottage—they couldn’t get into heaven […]

Ready to give back

The Grassroots Giving Programme is calling for funding applications from the local community organisations in the South Auckland area. Part of the Auckland Foundation’s annual granting, grants of up to $10,000 are available to support specific initiatives, such as youth development, literacy and numeracy, and migrant and refugee services. The programme is enabled by the generosity of The Tindall Foundation. Auckland Foundation CEO, […]

The Magic of the Mudlarks

Twenty six thousand. Let’s say that again—26,000. That’s the number of man hours the mighty Mudlarks have spent to date, bringing the Waiuku Estuary back to its former glory. The Mudlarks started back in 2010, when local resident Ian Scobie got a bit restless in his retirement and decided to carry out a wee bit of cleaning up on the […]

Retirement village aid in cyclone Gita relief

On Friday 2 March Possum Bourne Retirement Village held a Village Market Day to raise funds for the areas in Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita. They raised more than $3000 for the islands from the event. Mostly raised through a bake sale and auction. Residents and staff provided the baked goods and local businesses donated goods and services for the […]

Logan takes out premier portraiture award

Twenty-one year old Logan Moffat from Franklin has made history, being the youngest winner of the 2018 Adam Portraiture Award. The Adam Portraiture Award is New Zealand’s premier portraiture prize. Supported by the Adam Foundation the award highlights the power of portraiture and celebrates New Zealanders and the portrait painters who represent them. Logan, who took out the biennial award, […]

Hayley’s scholarship a step closer to theatre dream

By Jess Paton Hayley Va’a, a 36 year old Pukekohe local who teaches at Pukekohe Performing Arts, was recently awarded a scholarship at the Northern Area Performance Theatre Awards. These awards recognise excellence and talent in musical theatre, covering an area from Pukekohe to Kerikeri. The scholarship Hayley received was from iTicket and will help her get to the Junior […]

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