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Baker’s Banter— 20 February 2018

It is pleasing to see Mayor Goff come out swinging about those who think it is ok to dump their rubbish on the sides of the roads. Being a mainly rural area with fewer houses, less traffic and obviously less chance of being seen, Franklin is a popular destination for the toe rags who do this. However it is not […]

Out of the box with Tim Gregory—Dropped dreams and aspirations

Today is a very significant day in my life. February 20, 2018 marks three years since I got within a chewed fingernail of telling my boss to shove it where the sun don’t shine and retire to the alps as a recluse alpaca farmer. However, things didn’t quite turn out that way. Rewind 23 years and among my earliest memories […]

Letter— Thoughts on our water

I would like to know if Watercare actually drink our water because if they did they would know that it is undrinkable and destructive. Our house is not even three years old and everything that water passes through is ruined e.g: our young jug, tap ware, shower doors, hot water cylinder and washing machine, some of these need to be […]

Yana’s Yarn— 20 February 2018

It was all go in Pukekohe over the weekend, with the Pukekohe Show and the Rebel Round up on. The rain stayed away for the most part and instead everyone was hit with the glorious summer mugginess and over 90 percent humidity. I was lucky enough to go to the Pukekohe Show on Saturday and had a great time looking […]

Government ‘heat plan’ an overkill?

Opinion by Jess Paton The New Zealand Ministry of Health recently announced that they are starting to plan for hotter summers bought on by global warming. Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said “climate change means summer temperatures are expected to rise across both the North and South Island, increasing the risk of heat stress and subtropical diseases.” So, the […]

Out of the Box with Tim Gregory—13 February 2018

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in full swing, there has already been a world record set during the games. However it wasn’t set on either the snow or the ice, but rather the games village dorm rooms. The South Koreans have smashed the previous record of distributing the highest amount of condoms to athletes in Olympics history. A grand total […]

January was a scorcher!

A few weeks back as the temperatures soared and sweat ran down my cleavage even while I was trying to sleep—I say “trying” because not many of us have been getting a lot of sleep lately—I took an emergency trip to one of the big stores in search of a sanity saving fan. There were none. I nearly cried. I appreciate […]

Out of the box with Tim – Summer camping

This week’s topic: Summer Camping. If you think about it, we are a funny wee bunch, us Kiwis. Summer rolls around each year and the first thing we are desperate to do is leave our air conditioned houses—that we pay inflated rent or mortgages on—to pack up the family and stay in sweltering dome shaped abodes known as a ‘Tents’. […]

Police report – 6 February 2018

Last week we executed a search warrant at a local address and located a large cannabis growing operation. A local resident will be appearing in Court on a Cultivation of Cannabis charge. Any drugs are an absolute blight on any community. They are also a driver of crime. People become addicted, crimes are committed, such as burglaries and thefts, to […]

Gone Fishing— Smudge says—30 January 2018

Game fishing for tuna and marlin is in full swing with warm blue water in very close to shore. Skipjack and albacore tuna seem to be everywhere with 110m being the depth that most marlin are being caught up until now. So far the biggest to cross the scales at Te Toro is a 142kg striped marlin for Vance Hodgson and crew aboard […]


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