Air Chathams inaugural flight to Kapiti Coast

By Darren Masters Sunday 19 August 2018, is a day that will go down as aviation history in New Zealand. Earlier this year, in April, the national carrier decided to pull the pin on regional flights from Auckland to the Kapiti Coast, North of Wellington. It angered Auckland residents and quite a lot of Franklin residents who were flying there […]

Fishing with Smudge— August 2018

One thing I have learned in my years as a recreational fisherman is that there are times when everything seems so predictable and other times when the complete opposite is true. An example of that are my usual reports for this time of the year with regard to fishing off the coast. My usual advice is to head out wide […]

Police Patch— 28 August 2018

With the whitebait season underway just remember your vehicle security while your down the river.  Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle.  Take anything valuable with you or leave them at home. Don’t leave such things as your wallet, phone or nav-man  in the vehicle it may not be there when you return. We will be doing regular patrols at the boat […]

Police Patch— 21 August 2018

Just a reminder about reporting things to police in a timely manner. If you come home or you’re at home and you find someone on your property that obviously shouldn’t be there you need to ring the Police immediately on 111. The same applies if you are out and about and see someone doing something that is obviously against the law […]

Yana’s Yarn— 21 August 2018

I jinxed the weather last week, so I’ll stay away from that topic from now on. That’ll teach me for making small talk haha. This past weekend was a super busy one. I went and watched some sports finals and grabbed some photos. Pukekohe High School’s First XV took on Manurewa High School first XV in the CMRFU Secondary School […]

Cool, clear Franklin mornings

Occasionally, this time of year, we are treated to some fantastically cool, clear mornings here in Franklin with a little wind. I witnessed one of these not long ago and it made for some fantastic photography of the Steel Mill. Naturally the steam from the Mill is hot and hot air rises. It’s during these calm mornings that one can […]

The Review— Bersantai Day Spa

Slow down. That’s what my body tells me as I step through the grand doors of Bersantai Day Spa. Calming music floats by and the muted lighting immediately slows my heart rate. Feeling a bit winter weary, I’ve come to the expert team at Bersantai for a wee bit of rejuvenation. Located on the clifftops at Castaways Resort overlooking the surf […]

Yana’s Yarn— 24 July 2018

I was in Auckland for the week. Rather than take a car and give a limb as payment to the ridiculous parking price authorities, we decided to take public transport. Naturally, the one time I use the service, would be the time that the southern train line was closed, and the somewhat straightforward journey turned into an adventure through south […]

Bakers Banter – 17 July 2018

A few weeks back, I was at a sporting club enjoying afternoon sport. The club is located about 10 minutes drive from the nearest Ambulance station and A & E clinic and 25 minutes from Middlemore Hospital. During a game a young competitor suffered a broken ankle. As is the practice now, he was made comfortable, the game shifted to […]

Police Patch—10 July 2018

This week another search warrant was executed at a local Waiuku address. A large quantity of drugs were located all nicely prepared for sale. Two people will be in Court shortly on Possession of Cannabis for Supply charges. It would have been good while it lasted, all that quick money, but it comes with a number of risks. You may […]

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