Accident highlights rescue services

Two people were taken to hospital on Sunday morning after a two-car crash on the Waiuku-Awhitu road, near the intersection with Kaihau Road. The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter transported one of the patients, the incident again highlighting the value of the service in rural areas such as Franklin. In the seven days up to May 28, the rescue helicopter was […]

End of an era as IMG relocates to Wiri

One of the region’s biggest employers, and a fixture in the Waiuku business community for more than two decades, has moved its engineering factory to Wiri. IMG, (Integrated Maintenance Group), is owned by Waiuku’s Bruce and Sue Bonner, who bought into what was then Brady Engineering 20 years ago, forming IMG in 1998. In fact, the move on Thursday was […]

Editor’s Desk

Last week I was privileged enough to see one of the bravest things I have ever experienced. We have been raised on tales of wartime bravery, of heroes on our sporting fields who carried on with multiple broken limbs to take their team to glory, but this was something very different. I was backstage at Waiuku College, waiting in the […]

Pukekohe; just another suburb

With regard to the law firm fighting parking tickets in Pukekohe; The concerned lawyer refers to “rural communities”, sadly this term became redundant with the advent of the super-city. Franklin is simply an acquisition of Auckland Council that will see rampant development over the next 30 years. And Pukekohe is becoming just another suburb like Papatoetoe, once a market gardening […]

Pokeno water changes

Waikato District Council is about to change water connections in Pokeno. Over the last month work has been continuing on the $2.6 million upgrade of Pokeno village’s water supply to connect to the water treatment plant in Tuakau. “In preparation for the changeover we need to ‘flush’ the existing system to make sure it’s ready to take the new supply,” […]

NZ Steel firemen tackle Tower

A crew of 17 firefighters from the New Zealand Steel Glenbrook Industrial Fire Brigade were part of a combined effort that raised over a million dollars for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ. “We had the most participants from all the brigades in the Franklin District,” said team captain Clint van Eyssen after the event, which saw more than 100 fire […]

Six hour crime wave by local youths

Waiuku Police have dealt with four youths who committed a numbers of crimes in about a five to six hour period in one night recently. Their offending first started in Waiuku and spread to the North Shore before they returned to Waiuku. “In fact they were lucky to return to Waiuku after crashing on the motorway,” said Waiuku’s Sergeant Graeme […]

Kariaotahi lifeguards win national award

Working as part of a multiagency response in the search for a missing vessel has won Kariaotahi Surf Life Saving Club a national award. Each month, Surf Life Saving New Zealand selects a winning rescue from each region as well as an overall national winner for the title of BP Rescue of the Month. Kariaotahi has won the Northern Region […]

Community planting day on Peninsula

The plants in the Awhitu Peninsula Landcare’s nursery are well and truly ready for their new homes (above) and a community planting is planned for Sunday June 14. The planting will be at Pollok Wharf (down Pollok Wharf Rd). “We are planting and weeding this harbourside reserve – which is looking dramatically different since we first started clearing and planting […]

Exhibition a success

A very successful exhibition of the photographic work from members of the Waiuku Camera Club was held at the Waiuku Mitre 10 recently. “It had been a couple of years since the last exhibition and as we now have many new members it was decided we should showcase some of our recent work,” one of the organisers said. “Several hundred […]


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