Competitions

Your chance to be part of Red Bull Holden Racing pit crew

An opportunity for a local has arrived and Franklin locals can have the chance to get behind the scenes at the ITM Supersprint in Pukekohe this November. Ever wanted to get up close and personal to the adrenaline pumping ITM Supersprint? Hardware Engineering Supplies (HES) Pukekohe, on Manukau Road, in conjunction with Gear Wrench and Red Bull Holden Racing team […]

Artflow Waikato

Mix art with high tea this spring! Footbridge Lodge and Artflow Waikato will be putting on an afternoon of art and high tea on Sunday 7 October. The exhibition is free to enter and all the displayed art and furniture will be available to purchase. The exhibition features works from local North Waikato Artists including Sue Hull, Eve Hawkins Green, […]

Words Will Work festival

Franklin Writers Group and South Auckland Writers, are putting together Words Will Work: festival; to be held on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October at Mangere East. This is a first-time festival and it is hoped it will become a biennial event. Sponsorship from Manukau Counties Writers Fund has enabled presentations from 17 already-published Auckland authors; whose workshops will cover […]

Third hole in one for Onewhero Golf Member

On Saturday 25 August, Onewhero Golf Club had a bit of a celebration one of their members who got his third hole in one ever. He had two in 1997 so it has been a long time coming. Robert Burke has been an active member of the club, on various committees he has even done his part as a past president. He currently […]

Cadets compete in Counties competition

Cadets from Pukekohe and Waiuku took part in the Counties District competition for St John earlier in August. The individuals and a team competed in drill, medical and trauma scenarios. “It was almost a clean sweep,” said Pukekohe divisional manager, Aimee Courtney. The team was made up of cadets from Pukekohe and Waiuku divisions, while the individual competitors were all […]

Local artists shine at Franklin Arts Festival

The opening night for Franklin Arts Festival was held on Friday 31 August and about 300 people attended. Many local artists came away with awards, and the 2018 Supreme Award was taken out by glass artist, John Hanson, for his glass work ‘Rainbow.’ Patrick Holden, president of Franklin Arts Festival, said “Hopefully there will be 3000 visitors over the next few […]

Silver medal for Matt

Waiuku’s Matt Bradbury is an Aquabike champion. Aquabike is an event featuring a three kilometre swim and a 120 kilometre cycle race. In July this year he returned from Denmark where he represented New Zealand in the 2018 ITU Aquabike World Championships, coming home with a silver medal. “I qualified for the Worlds earlier in Wanaka. I won that overall,” Matt […]

Glenbrook students build their skills

Glenbrook School students put their thinking caps on and completed a number of challenges as part of the Vector EPro8 challenge last week. On Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 August, the students took part in the challenge, a series of activities where points are given. The idea is to allow students to think critically to problem solve, by using maths, engineering […]

Yana’s Yarn— 07 August 2018

I don’t always get invited to awards, but when I do it’s for the NZ Pie Awards. Last year, I ate my fair share of pies, and I became a connoisseur in my own right. However, this year I was invited to attend the Bakel NZ Supreme Pie Awards held at SkyCity. (I wasn’t invited because of my pie-eating abilities […]

A royal exchange

“They wrote back!” This was the cry of delight shared between Rhonda Gillbanks and her granddaughter Mila, as the young girl held the letter bearing the royal crest in her trembling little hands. The six year-old Waiuku Primary School student had taken it upon herself to write the Queen a wee letter in the lead up to Prince Harry’s wedding […]


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