From blue to bald for a good cause

Shave for a Cure is Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s (LBC) annual signature fundraising event. This year, a local Pokeno Early Childhood Education teacher will be parting with her fun blue locks to raise $1000 for LBC.  Heather Watson works at Suits and Gumboots Country Daycare in Pokeno and on 21 March she’ll be braving the clippers for this […]

Pukekohe High head students ready for action

In a town that is growing, with a school that is growing, Pukekohe High School’s Head students for 2018 have a big job ahead of them. Seventeen year olds Shey Eva, Angus Eason, Kate Fryer and Ellie Cato are ready to bring about change and incite school spirit. Having been part of the school since year nine, they are proud […]

Wheels spin on Children’s Day

Waiuku families enjoyed an action-packed day on Saturday 3 March at the third Waiuku Children’s Day on Wheels hosted by the Waiuku Toy Library (WTL). A non-profit organisation set up to provide low-cost toy hire to local families, the WTL’s aim to provide opportunities for the community. Spinning plenty of wheels-related tunes throughout the day was Auckland DJ Skin & […]

Police search for offender in Tuakau

Tuakau Primary School students were kept inside their classrooms on the afternoon of Tuesday 6 March, due to Police trying to track an offender.   A police spokesperson said they were in the process of tracking a known offender who had fled through the school grounds. “Police asked for the students to stay inside the classrooms briefly while the delta dog unit […]

New owner for Wise Owl

A centre that nurtures children and families is the new vision for Wise Owl Early Learning Centre. Owner Anette Blair took over the Pukekohe centre at the end of January and has already seen positive changes in the month she has owned the facility. “We want it to be family orientated, with mixed ages, just like a family,” she said. […]

Country Boys Toys gearing up

Country Boys Toys, a festival held at Aka Aka School, will be back in full swing on Saturday 10 March. The event, held from 10am until 4pm, is a plethora of large machinery, cars and everything country boys like. It is held to lift the profile of Aka Aka School. Stu Muir, Aka Aka School board chairman and PTA member, […]

Tuakau’s Tayla Norman a young star

By Jess Paton Tayla Norman, a 13 year old from Tuakau, has recently been selected for the 2018 New Zealand Under 16 Girls Development Touch team. Tayla, who is already in the Counties Manakau Under 21 Touch team, said “I played at a tournament in Manurewa and was selected for the team from there. It’s very frightening being younger than […]

ACG takes strides with new running coach

ACG Strathallan has appointed a coach to develop running and fitness training at the school and get more students participating in the sport. Drury local James Kuegler is a professional running coach—and well-known competitive runner himself, who uses his background, in which he studied as a Doctor of Chiropractic. He has initiated the school’s first running club, with more than […]

Students make a splash

It was another roller coaster day of weather on Thursday last week as the Waiuku Primary School Swimming Sports got underway at Whiteside Pool. The sun shone, the rain poured. Repeat. But nothing could dampen the spirits of the kids as they dove, stroked, paddled, and in some cases, stumbled to the finish line in each of their races. Every […]

Local scholar channels her passion

The University of Auckland’s youngest researchers are nearing the end of a summer spent taking on real-life research under the guidance of leading academics. More than 400 students were selected as Summer Research Scholars in the 2017/2018 cohort. One of these was Pokeno’s Natasha Oliver. The 22 year old who studies social work found it was an opportunity to channel […]

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