Locals win at Dairy Awards

Local dairy farmers, managers and trainees were awarded at the 2018 Auckland/ Hauraki Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday 10 March at the Pukekohe Indian Hall. Share Farmer of the Year for the region went to first-time entrants Chris and Sally Guy. The couple are in their second season 50:50 share milking on Allan Guy’s Papakura property, milking 200 cows. They […]

Pukekohe Fire report: 1-6 March 2018

1/3 Car fire (truck trailer brakes on fire)  motorway Ramarama/Drury 1/3 Scrub fire Pinnacle Hill Road Bombay 1/3 Bush fire Flynn Road  Pukekohe 2/3 Bus fire (false alarm) Southern Motorway Bombay 2/3 Fire in vicinity Nandina Lane Pukekohe 2/3 Skip bin fire King Street Pukekohe 3/3 Hedge fire Logan Road 3/3 Medical call The Glade South Pukekohe 4/3 Fire in paddock Pinnacle Hill […]

Letter: Plastic waste at transfer stations

I have received a response similar to the one you had from Auckland Council. It said that the Transfer Stations are privately owned but failed to explain why the signs as you enter one of these stations clearly say “AUCKLAND COUNCIL”. It went on to say that Council had a policy to advocate for “Product Stewardship which would include a […]

The Magic of the Mudlarks

Twenty six thousand. Let’s say that again—26,000. That’s the number of man hours the mighty Mudlarks have spent to date, bringing the Waiuku Estuary back to its former glory. The Mudlarks started back in 2010, when local resident Ian Scobie got a bit restless in his retirement and decided to carry out a wee bit of cleaning up on the […]

Can we get in the water? No you can not

The recent cancellation of the swim leg of the Fulton Swim School Triathlon due to a water quality warning being in place, got us wondering what’s actually going on with the water at Clarks Beach? We approached Auckland Council with the following questions and Auckland Council Safeswim Program Manager Nick Vigar responded (responses are abridged for brevity): What was the […]

Meeting to discuss Kauri dieback in Franklin

The Whakaupoko Landcare Group is hosting a public meeting on Kauri Dieback at the Patumahoe School Hall at 7 pm on Monday 19 March. All interested in the future of the kauri are invited to attend. South and West Franklin has very few original stands of Kauri trees left, but many landowners have planted Kauri on their properties. In recent areas […]

Council deem trees survivable

An Auckland Council arborist assessed the trees on the Awhitu Peninsula including Wattle Bay and Hudsons Beach on Tuesday 27 February. “Following a bout of storms last month, a number of trees on the Awhitu Peninsula suffered superficial damage and have been assessed by an Auckland Council arborist,” said Agnes McCormack, Auckland Council Head of Operational Management and Maintenance. “The […]

Tamakae Wharf update

Work is progressing on the Tamakae Wharf, with the expected completion date moved forward to Friday 27 April. The current status sees wharf decking ongoing, and fish hook seat base being installed. The date will run close to the Steel n Wheels event which this year is on Sunday 29 April. “The festival timing and criticality around it has been […]

Local shearers place in Counties competition

While the Pukekohe show had plenty of animals, one event that stood out on Sunday 18 February, was the Counties Shearing competition. Reigning Golden Shears and New Zealand shearing champion Rowland Smith from the Hawkes Bay added another win to his collection, taking out the Counties Shears title. Locals James Lowry, Blake Hewes, Michaela Lowry and Liam Lowry of Glen […]

Protecting our elite soils and food security

Pukekohe’s elite soil and the future of food supply for Auckland has been the hot topic for Auckland Council, concerned horticulturists and MP for Hunua, Andrew Bayly. “In the Franklin area there are elite soils that, together with a temperate climate, mean growers can produce crops at all times of the year when many parts of New Zealand can’t. For […]

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