50 years with Waiuku brigade

Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade member Jim Snedden became only the third Waiuku representative, and number 125 in the history of the New Zealand Fire Brigade, to be honoured with a Double Gold Star to mark 50 years of service. That occasion was marked with a celebratory evening at the Waiuku War Memorial Town Hall on Saturday night for an evening of remembrance, laughter and cheers […]

What a wonderful language

I had occasion to contact Auckland Transport on the weekend after a young friend of mine was trying to catch a train from Auckland to Pukekohe. It took but a moment for me to find that a train was leaving at 4.28, and I advised him to be on it. At 4.27, he rang me to say there were no trains to Pukekohe. I told him to ask at information, […]

Abandoned house a waste

There is an empty fast decaying, formerly pleasant house at the end of View Rd. It used to occupied by the school caretaker. It has been unoccupied, neglected and vandalalised for ten years . I wrote to the Minister of Housing pointing out someone in need could be living in it perhaps someone who needed a hand up. I was told the land had been […]

Government to blame for rates rise

I have just read your article in The Post on the new rate rise, and here is my feedback: The real problem is the National Government. In the feedback to Auckland Council transport consultation recently the majority of Aucklander’s said they were willing to pay extra to fix the city’s transport problems and would prefer to do so via motorway charging or with a fuel […]

Sports Park issue not clarified yet

Can you please clarify what the proposed sports park will look like. I believe that the original proposal was to accommodate most major sports based on current and projected playing numbers. Your article suggest that this is not the case and appears to be an extension of the Waiuku rugby club? Tony Sibley, Waiuku Until an agreement is reached between Rugby, the College and Council, formal […]

Fees add to pain for grieving families

Many grieving local families will be hit hard by the council’s new fees for burial plots, ash plots and interments which came into effect on Wednesday, says the Funeral Directors Association of NZ (FDANZ). Franklin has been one of the hardest hit, with rises of up to 122%, fee charges slammed as ‘insensitive and unfair.’ The FDANZ say the new charges mean a children’s burial plot in Franklin has risen from […]

Support for night patrols

Counties Toyota Pukekohe Branch Manager Gavin Murdoch says the company is excited about their latest sponsorship initiative, as they are part of the team behind the Pukekohe Community Patrol group. The new vehicle for the group was officially handed over last week, with a sponsorship team of Counties Toyota Pukekohe, Pukekohe Rotary and Wired Auto Electrical. Gavin Murdoch says the support from his company is an excellent investment in the local community, and adds that the patrol group, made up entirely of volunteers, […]

New playground open at Sandspit

Among the first to tackle the new pirate ship-themed playground at Waiuku’s Sandspit Reserve on Opening Day on Saturday was three-year-old Ruben Hunter. Ruben was joined by Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker in a festive opening morning, with facepainting, games, a Lions barbecue, and spot prizes for youngsters as Auckland Council staff and elected representatives mingled with local families.

Young speakers compete

The Waiuku Rotary Club’s annual primary schools’ speech contest was held last Wednesday, with the winning speech, on the subject of overpopulation, delivered by Waiuku Primary School’s Emily Hewitt. There were nine finalists, including Anna Williams (Awhitu), Georgia McCabe (Otaua), Olivia Hopping, (Waipipi), Mason Burrell, (Sandspit), Emily McGregor (Glenbrook), Hannah Danes, (Aka Aka), Briar Engelbrecht, (View Road), and Maddie Hardie, (Pukeoware.)

Support for plastic bag levy

Waikato regional councillors have thrown their weight behind remits pushing for a levy of plastic shopping bags and a re-introduction of subsidies for water and wastewater schemes. The remits are being considered by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) at its annual general meeting in Rotorua on 19 July. Last week’s regional council meeting agreed to support the remits. A plastic shopping bag levy has been proposed by Palmerston North City Council, asking that central Government impose […]


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