Fatbergs in Waikato district pipes too

Its size has sent shockwaves around the world and while the Waikato district can’t claim anything quite as large, fatbergs have also been plaguing our pipes for years. International media coverage of a 250-metre long, 130-tonne ‘fatberg’ blocking a London sewer pipe went viral on social media last week, but General Manager Service Delivery Tim Harty says pipes are often […]

95 octane currently unavailable at local Z stations

It has been reported that both Z Waiuku and Z Pukekohe are without 95 octane petrol due to the ruptured Marsden Pt fuel pipeline. Z’s corporate communications manager, Jonathan Hill, said in the early stages of the refinery outage the company prioritised delivery of the two essential product grades into Auckland, being 91 octane petrol and diesel. This is the […]

Next stage of work at safe speed camera site on Waiuku Road

Work is progressing on the installation of a new safe speed camera in a high crash risk area in the Counties Manukau Police District. Waiuku Road in Mauku is among 33 sites across the country where new safe speed cameras will be placed in an effort to drive down mean speeds and related deaths and injuries in these areas. “The […]

Planting day puts the love back into Drury waterways

Nature enthusiasts far and wide, regardless of political affiliation, are being encouraged to do their bit for the environment at a tree planting day in South Auckland this election-weekend. Over two thousand trees will be planted this Sunday on the banks of the Pahurehure Inlet as part of an initiative coordinated by the developers of the new masterplanned community Auranga […]

Hunua kiwi population suffers setback

The newly reestablished kiwi population introduced into the Hunua Ranges earlier this year has suffered a setback, with three of the birds being lost as prey to a ferret. Mayor Phil Goff says, “This is sad news and a blow to the partners, staff and volunteers who have worked hard to release kiwi into the Hunuas. “It shows that one […]

Science students shine

Franklin students are at the forefront of science and many have been recognised for their projects as part of NIWA’s South and East Auckland science and technology fair prize giving. The awards evening, held on Tuesday 5 September and this year, students from Pukekohe Intermediate School and Pukekohe High School came away with a range of awards. Sophie Clark, Sam […]

Pre-schoolers befriend rest home residents

Every second Thursday, nine four-year olds from Pukekohe Central Kindergarten put on their high-vis jackets and walk to the Palms Rest Home. It’s an entertaining and interactive learning experience, not just for the oldest pre-schoolers of the day-care, but for the residents at the Palms as well. Sue, a therapist at the Palms says she loves seeing the interaction between […]

Crisis at Middlemore!

Recently, under-pressure staff at Middlemore Hospital told accident and emergency patients to go elsewhere, or face a wait of up to eight hours. They put a sign up at the front of the Accident and Emergency Department warning people off because of extensive delays. “The Hospital is full,” it stated. “Expect major delays of up to eight hours to be […]

Beautiful tale of unlikey wartime friendship

Take two teachers and a property manager from the local school, throw them the challenge of performing over 20 roles between them and what do you have? A hilarious and often poignant exploration of the collision of Maori and Italian culture during WWII is the answer. In Strange Resting Places, directed by Scott Lorimer and produced by Jess Lorimer, Kramer […]

Topp Twins roadtripping to Pukekohe

World famous in New Zealand, the Topp Twins are on the road again and bringing their Heading for the Hills tour to Pukekohe. Lynda and Jools Topp are well-recognised and well-loved comedians, musicians and classic Kiwis, and Franklin fans will be lucky enough to see them live. Speaking with Lynda, she says she is very excited to be returning to […]