$116 million project transforms Franklin’s water

The opening of the Clarks Beach reservoir on Thursday marked the end of a four-year, $116 million Watercare project to transform Franklin’s water supply. Franklin Local Board members, Clarks Beach residents and Watercare staff attended the open day at the reserve on Leaming Place. Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram says the extensive infrastructure programme implemented for Franklin means every Aucklander […]

‘Competition’ makes no change so far

Interesting how a new service station opens in town and the other stations do not seem to want to compete at all in pricing. Looking at the other service stations they are, on average, 10 cents per litre higher than the new kid on the block. Will be interesting to see if they do follow the new player in pricing […]

Don’t go bleating to Council, just do it!

I have on only a very few occasions been driven to writing a letter to the Editor. However, the article about the skateboard park on page seven of your June 2nd paper really made my blood boil. Once again I hear locals bleating about public facilities not being provided or maintained by Council. While I have some sympathy towards those […]

Residents gear up to fight as confidentiality issues raised

Residents adjacent to the proposed Waiuku Sports Park development have emphasised their concerns over draft plans in a written statement signed by around 30 neighbours. The letter follows a flyer drop by one of the neighbours in the area prior to a meeting of the Rugby Club members recently, a flyer which has been described by Franklin Local Board deputy […]

40 arrests and five stolen cars in police crackdown

A major police operation in Counties Manukau resulted in 40 arrests across two nights of a crackdown on stolen vehicles and bail checks. Operation Focus appears to have had a considerable impact on the Counties Manukau District resulting in decreased criminal activity on both Thursday and Friday nights, a spokesperson said yesterday. 40 arrests were made in total over both […]

Idiots trash local parks and reserves

Local ratepayers will be hit in the pocket again, this time not as a result of the Supercity, but most likely by someone closer to home. Last week, (Thursday), a number of local sports fields and park areas were hacked up by a vehicle. An Auckland Council contractor says it will cost a lot of money to fix. Anyone who […]

Jail after ‘terrible’ Waiuku assault

A 33-year-old man has been jailed for 16 months after what police describe as a vicious and terrible daylight assault on a woman in Waiuku’s main street. Waiuku’s Sergeant Graeme Wood says the outcome would not have been possible if local people had not been prepared to stand up and make statements about what they saw. “Without these people doing […]

Taxi getaway after Subway robbery

A man who hid behind a counter before stealing cash from the till at the Waiuku Subway store is believed to have made his getaway in a taxi. Jason Tang, owner of the Waiuku Subway, says he, his wife and an off-duty staff member were in the store on Friday evening when they heard the store’s buzzer sound. “We came […]

Local principals meet with their Minister

Franklin’s school leaders had the chance to discuss education policies and the challenges of rapidly-growing school rolls directly with their Minister last week. Hunua electorate MP Andrew Bayly hosted Minister of Education Hekia Parata on a tour of the region, visiting several schools before a meeting with 10 Franklin principals in Pukekohe. Among the highlights of the oneday visit was […]

Volunteers respond to car on fire

Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade members responded to a callout on Friday evening after a vehicle, believed to be a Range Rover, caught fire near Otaua. The brigade quickly put the fire out, but the vehicle could not be saved. Picture by Simon Honey.

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