Pukekohe grower places second in national horticulture competition

Scott Wilcox from Pukekohe has been awarded runner-up at the Young Grower of the Year annual awards dinner in Christchurch tonight. Scott, 23, a fourth generation grower at Pukekohe family company AS Wilcox, was also awarded the Best Practical title tonight after winning the hands-on challenges. He was named Young Vegetable Grower 2017 back in May. After two days of activities in the national competition, […]

Sports co-ordinator role re-established

Only two weeks into his new role, Adam Chwesik has hit the ground running, and is excited to be getting behind the local community. The Franklin District Co-ordinator’s position through Counties Manukau Sport has been re-created after it ceased in 2015 due to lack of funding. After seeing a huge demand and need for the role back in the Franklin […]

All Blacks prevail in Pukekohe

The All Blacks arrived in Pukekohe on Friday night to a welcoming and excited crowd. It was an entertaining and crowd-thrilling game of three halves as the Counties Manukau Steelers hosted the Taranaki Bulls and the All Blacks at ECOLight Stadium. The Counties Steelers kicked off the game against the Taranaki Bulls, triumphing 28-7, before the Bulls faced off against […]

Events in brief 15 August

Record entries for Franklin Arts Festival The 2017 Franklin Arts Festival will be one worth visiting and revisiting. President Patrick Holden reports a 50% increase in entries over 2016. This year there will be more than 1000 exhibits and the depth of talented artists showing work is exciting. The president is sure that there will be something to satisfy everyone […]

Feedback: New World supermarket

Last week we asked for your feedback on the proposed New World for Paerata Road, Pukekohe. Here is what our readers had to say: Great news. We are in full support of a new world supermarket in Pukekohe. – K Spratt You wanted people to email their thoughts of the new “New World” that’s planned for Paerata-Pukekohe. I really don’t see […]

Port Waikato Hall’s future discussed

Waikato District Council held two constructive meetings in July with the Port Waikato Residents and Ratepayers Committee and the Port Waikato Hall Committee regarding future options for the hall.  As has been discussed with the community in the past, the rate of erosion at Sunset Beach and the location of the Port Waikato Hall mean that an alternative venue for […]

Pukekohe High students exhibit art

Pukekohe High School student artworks are to be housed in a permanent collection at Tutt Library Colorado College. Earlier this year, Year 13 painting and printmaking students were asked to make a protest sign about an issue significant to them. They could take the task seriously or humorously, but it had to be something they were willing to hold up […]

Tuakau Districts Sea Scouts on a fundraising mission

Tuakau Districts Sea Scouts are on a fundraising mission. Their aim is to fundraise enough to send 25 youth aged between ten and18, and six leaders to the 28th National Sea Scout Regatta being held in Wellington at the end of this year. This will be the third time Tuakau Sea Scouts have attended this event which is held every […]

Students win with Tiaki project

A group of students from Waiuku College were among ten high schools that took part in the Tiaki Expo for 2017. Waiuku College’s Tiaki group took part in the project for the first time, and took out the first place senior award on Friday 11 August. Cody Ohms, Cameron Slattery, Marius Jansen Van Rensburg, Gaby Gandionco, Tyla Stokes and Emily […]

Local governance flashback

The final celebration of the Waiuku War Memorial Hall centennial was a reunion of former Waiuku local governance organisations that have had the hall under their administration. Representatives of the former Waiuku Borough Council, the Waiuku Awhitu Community Board and the current administrators of the hall, the West Franklin Community Trust. The reunion saw many old friends and colleagues renewing […]