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95 octane currently unavailable at local Z stations

It has been reported that both Z Waiuku and Z Pukekohe are without 95 octane petrol due to the ruptured Marsden Pt fuel pipeline. Z’s corporate communications manager, Jonathan Hill, said in the early stages of the refinery outage the company prioritised delivery of the two essential product grades into Auckland, being 91 octane petrol and diesel. This is the […]

No Bull! It’s tough out there

On Tuesday last week, I popped on my sparkly gumboots and headed out to the 98th Franklin Jersey Cattle Club Annual Bull Sale held at the Tuakau Saleyards. Long time farmer Graeme Hosking was pleased to have one of his bulls awarded third place at the pre-sale judging. Graeme, aged 80, still recalls the tears as he sold his pet […]

Community invited to review speed limits

Speed limits are under review this month as Waikato District Council asks the community to have a say on proposed amendments to its Speed Limits Bylaw. Rural roads in the northern area of the district will be addressed first as Council follows recommendations in the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Speed Management Guide. Within that document, speed limits on all roads […]

Crisis at Middlemore!

Recently, under-pressure staff at Middlemore Hospital told accident and emergency patients to go elsewhere, or face a wait of up to eight hours. They put a sign up at the front of the Accident and Emergency Department warning people off because of extensive delays. “The Hospital is full,” it stated. “Expect major delays of up to eight hours to be […]

Topp Twins roadtripping to Pukekohe

World famous in New Zealand, the Topp Twins are on the road again and bringing their Heading for the Hills tour to Pukekohe. Lynda and Jools Topp are well-recognised and well-loved comedians, musicians and classic Kiwis, and Franklin fans will be lucky enough to see them live. Speaking with Lynda, she says she is very excited to be returning to […]

Eve says “Thanks St John!”

It’s great when our kids develop their independence. And being able to make yourself lunch is a great foundation for future teenage survival! But in life, things don’t always go to plan, and how you deal with a problem, is what it’s all about. Last month, 11 year old St John Cadet, Eve Harris, was at home making some lunch […]

Council inspect Recycling bins

Auckland Council is making an effort to encourage residents to recycle the right materials, by inspecting recycling bins. Parul Sood, Acting General Manager for Waste Solutions at Auckland Council, said a contamination inspection recycling bin program is in place in the Auckland region, including Franklin. “Some of the most common contamination materials that we find in recycling bins are plastic […]

Discovering Ella

Having someone like music industry icon Mike Chunn hear your original music, is one thing. Having someone of that calibre encourage you to submit your music for a competition, is what you’d call “next level!” Ella Barwick who attends Pukekohe High School, was at a recording studio when Mike Chunn heard her song “Last Day”. A quick email from Mike […]

Locals support air ambulance appeal

Waikato and Franklin residents who took part in SKY TV’s major fundraising drive for Starship, raised more than $5500 for the Starship National Air Ambulance last month. The $5500 was part of $60,000 raised throughout the country during SKY’s annual Channel for Starship initiative. SKY TV Communications Advisor Kirsty Way said the total raised was another amazing effort. In the […]

Question mark over Family Court Outcomes

It’s a complicated issue and one that is extremely emotive for those involved. We’ve all heard comments around perceived shortcomings of the Family Court system. Whether it be what some consider as poor decision making by Family Court judges, or the lack of strength in the actual legislation it’s tasked with upholding. What is clear though, is the groundswell of […]