Education

Kim unleashes her science potential

Seventeen year old Kim Fowler has her eyes on science. In December 2017, Kim spent four days at Powering Potential in Wellington. Kim, who graduated from ACG Strathallan last year was one of the 40 students selected. She has an interest in science and art, and is involved in GirlGuiding NZ and is chairperson of the Papakura Youth Council. The […]

Year in Review: October – December 2017

We take a trip down memory lane, and revisit some of the stories that we shared with the community between October and December last year. October Tuff Mudder: Police working with Auckland Transport and Pukekohe High School organised an event for the year 13 students at PHS. Franklin’s Special Olympic athletes joined Police to run with the Flame of Hope […]

Year in Review: April – June 2017

We take a trip down memory lane, and revisit some of the stories that we shared with the community between April and June last year. April The community came together to support Bryan Millar after his workshop was ransacked by thieves. He was donated lots of tools to make up for the ones that were stolen and allowed him to […]

Year in Review: January – March 2017

We take a trip down memory lane, and revisit some of the stories that we shared with the community over the last year. January After an alleged ‘bomb scare’ in Pukekohe, the object was announced as a primer for an ordnance bomb (a bomb that has not exploded) which dated back to the World War I era. Glenbrook Vintage Railway […]

Awards 2017

We have an incredible community, and 2017 has seen a haul of many awards that we should all be proud of. Here are a selection of just some of the prestigious acknowledgments made this year. 1. Terry Hatch received an Order of Merit for his service to horticulture and conservation. He has worked on local projects including planting pohutukawa and […]

Local Legends – In Memoriam

We take a moment to remember some of the stalwarts of our local community that have passed away this year. 1.Don Glasgow ~ Passed away January 6 2017, aged 86. He helped lay the Franklin Trotting Club racetrack and later became a life member and patron. 2.Tokoroa (Toko) Te Waru Hikaka Pompey ~ passed away 9 February 2017. Toko, from […]

Glenbrook School making their mark

While schools gear up for the summer holidays, Glenbrook School students haven’t stopped achieving. Angelo Hubers, William Lomas, Charlize Aickan and Millie Thompson represented Glenbrook School at the Vector EPro8 Auckland Championships on Thursday 7 December 2017, coming in as runner up. Vector EPro8 is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical) challenge where students need to problem solve, build and work […]

Christmas comes to First Steps

It was a jolly occasion at First Steps Childcare Centre in Waiuku on Friday 8 December. All dressed up in festive colours, the kids and teachers enjoyed welcoming in the Christmas season. 

Franklin Heroes awarded

Four Franklin residents were among 59 New Zealanders honoured for their service to the community at the KiwiBank Local Hero awards held on Monday 4 December. Christine Cowell, Valerie and John Robinson, and Leanne McMurtrie were all recognised for their commitment to the community through their various roles. For eight years, Christine Cowell has been a volunteer with Victim Support, […]

Students now cool for the summer

The sun was shining, and the swimming gear was on for students at Mauku School, as they prepared to test the waters of their recently refurbished pool on Thursday 7 December. The school received a $50,000 grant from Transpower, which allowed the 1953 pool to undergo a revamp. New changing rooms, a deck with sun cover, new tiling and paint […]


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