Bringing Hope to Waiuku

After being devastated by the deaths of close family members, Lynda Grimmond-Reichel and Tracey Collins decided to do something about suicide in Waiuku. Weeks of planning has led to a fundraising event this Friday 24 November, with proceeds to go to their newly created charity, Sunset Hope. The charity was set up to assist those in the direct community. “We […]

Tuwhera to host drug resource awareness expo

Glenys Taupo is a woman well-recognised for the work she does in the community. As the founder of Tuwhera Open Doors Support Group, she has been able to help hundreds of people and families battling drug addictions and supporting whanau through the process. The focus of the group is supporting those with Methamphetamine or ‘P’ addictions. “We are a non-funded […]

Harnessing the power of correct car seats

Car seats are being checked around Waiuku once again, but this time a slightly different approach is being taken, with Police, Auckland Transport and Plunket heading to Early Childhood centres instead of the road stops. The car seat checkpoints have been well-received in the past, and this is another step to ensuring kids are safe in cars. On Tuesday 14 […]

Student artists brighten up hospital unit

A group of year 12 art students from Onewhero Area School are working hard to brighten rooms and people’s lives. The students have created murals to be put up at the Renal Unit in Middlemore Hospital as part of their NCEA level two internal assessment. The idea was born after a local community member, Liz Alexander approached the art teacher suggesting […]

Counties Power helps local bright sparks

Local lines company Counties Power has launched a scholarship programme. The Counties Power Scholarship is open to Franklin students who are enrolled in 2018 for second or third year study in a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical) at either Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) or Wintec. Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl says the company is excited to support local […]

Ramarama School’s sesquicentennial

Ramarama School held its 150th jubilee on Friday 3 to Sunday 5 November, with dignitaries, past and present students, and friends of the school attending.  The weekend of events started on Friday with games for the students, and chatter and platter in the evening. Saturday was the official ceremony and cake cutting in which the oldest past student Arkley Smith, […]

Blossoms celebrates fifth birthday

Cake, a bouncy castle and a BBQ were all part of the fifth birthday and Diwali celebrations at Blossoms Educare in Pukekohe. On Friday 3 November, students were treated to a day full of activities, and were also invited to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. “We acknowledge the diverse cultures represented in the Pukekohe community,” said Centre Manager, Luxmi Devanesan. […]

200th student marks historic milestone

Next Monday marks a monumental milestone for Pokeno Primary School. November 27 will see five year old Indigo Blok attending her first day of primary education, but what makes this day even more special, is that her enrolment marks the largest the school roll has ever been. Indigo, who will be joining her big brother Evan, is the 200th student […]

Charlotte publishes first story

Charlotte Muir is officially a published author. The Patumahoe School student was one of ten students selected to write for Barfoot & Thompson’s Young Authors Challenge. The challenge saw more than 2240 entries from children around Auckland and Northland. Charlotte, who wrote the story ‘Speak Up—Soccer Star’, will now see it featured in the book ‘Triumphs, Twists and Tasty Treats’, […]

Resource donation greatly appreciated

Thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Waiuku, students at Waipipi School will be further assisted with their reading, writing and speech activities. On Tuesday 14 November 2017, President Ron Murgatroyd, presented the school with a cheque for $2000 to help purchase kits from the Rainbow Reading Programme. The Rainbow Reading Programme is designed to present students with […]

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