Serious crash on Waiuku Road

Police are currently in attendance at a serious crash in Waiuku Road, Mauku. Inspector Shawn Rutene of Auckland Police says the crash involves a taxi van which has rolled and ended up in a paddock, and occurred just after 8am, Tuesday 17 October. Constable Jordan Suppers of Counties Manukau Police said, “Four people received serious to moderate injuries including a […]

Franklin United Youth Academy to launch

Following several months of discussions, the Franklin United board recently announced their plans for the creation of a Franklin United Youth Academy (FUYA) for 2018. The aim is to create a full pathway from 12th grade through to senior NRFL football. The philosophy of the FUYA will be aligned to that of Ole Academy in Wellington and the committee are […]

Council reviewing its library contracts

Every year Waikato District Council pays more than $300,000 so its residents can access library services provided by other councils. These contracts are currently under review and Council is consulting with its communities to find out what options they prefer. “These contracts were put in place more than ten years ago because not all Waikato district communities can easily access […]

Calling all artists

The call is out for local artists to display their artwork and get paid to do so. The Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust is bringing back the Chorus Cabinet Art Competition for the third time. They are looking for artists who live, work or study in the area to beautify one of four cabinets in the south Auckland area. The theme […]

Rotary gifts donation

Following the recent donation of $6000 to the yacht club, Waiuku Rotary have presented another cheque to a local organisation. They donated $3327 to the Waiuku St Andrews Community Trust at their last meeting. Pauline Livesey, president and treasurer of the trust accepted the donation. It was given to the SACT in apprectiation of their assistance with Rotary’s recent book […]

Was the driver charged?

Readers may recall our story about the car that crashed and rolled on Karioitahi Beach in August. Witnesses to the crash said the driver was attempting to ‘pull skids’, before losing control and overturning the vehicle. The permit situation at Karioitahi Beach, led to questions as to whether Council would take action against the driver. Our understanding from communications with […]

Yes, Council is moving

Auckland Council is moving from Franklin, but 20 staff are expected to stay. Kotuku House in Manukau has been identified as the council’s southern hub, which will house all southern-based regulatory services staff, which includes Resource Consents, Building Consents, Regulatory Engineering and Licensing and Regulatory Compliance. The move will take place on Monday 6 November. Penny Pirrit, Auckland Council’s Director […]

This leopard can change its spots

In October, New World supermarkets ran “bagvote”, a campaign asking customers to vote on whether a 5c, 10c or no charge, should be made on single-use plastic bags. It’s been reported that in Auckland alone, around 17,000 tonnes of household soft plastics went to landfill in 2016. That’s 17 million kilograms! More than 200 fully laden, massive milk tanker trucks. […]

Break away, brings light after dark times

Watching your baby wilt as life seeps away, would have to be one of the hardest experiences for a parent to face. Melissa and Nigel Broomhall have vivid memories of the time they nearly lost their son Grayson Broomhall. Mum Melissa now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after witnessing the distress young Grayson endured, battling a congenital heart condition. Those […]

In focus 17 October 2017

Leonie Parker sent us this serene photograph of a Whitebaiting stand on the Waikato, near Tuakau Bridge. Send your photograph to to share with our community.