Calf Club 2015

Glenbrook School Alexandra Stuart-Burton with her calf Rainbow Dash

Rates uproar

 COMMUNICATION: a major bone of contention for new Pokeno ratepayers. Calls made for council to reduce costs and pass savings on to ratepayers. A group of unhappy Pokeno ratepayers have gone as far as writing a letter to the Minister of Local Government requesting he allow Pokeno to revert back to Auckland At least 100 Pokeno residents attended the town meeting about rates last Thursday. The council was represented […]

A note from Emma’s desk

Last week, I learnt a very valuable lesson — not to leave everything  to last minute. They say that things usually happen in threes and that was certainly the case for me. Lesson one was to not leave writing your column to four hours before the newspaper goes to print. The boss man, Steve, found it highly amusing that several sentences didn’t actually make sense, and he hasn’t let […]

Collingwood and Kitchener Roads

“I have had a response to the questions I asked on your behalf regarding the angle of the intersection at Collingwood and Kitchener Roads,” says Andrew Baker. I asked AT to undertake an assessment of it based on the concerns you raised in your article and to look at crash history and engineering. AT have undertaken the assessment. They state that the angle of the […]

Miracle parking bays

A customer came into our office last week, with a photograph complaining about vehicles constantly parking in the disabled parking bays on Bowen Street. It is so often the case and shortly after the photograph was taken, another vehicle casually pulled into the same bay – this time a delivery vehicle. The customer now concludes that, if the people who parked in this disabled parking bay […]

End of an era for Trust

Bill Deed – bill@deedprint.co.nz The final resolution of the Barbara Hull Charitable Trust was enacted last week, when the disclosing trust vested its remaining funds into the Franklin Hospice Charitable Trust. The Barbara Hull Trust donated almost $10,000 to the Hospice last week. “It has been increasingly difficult for us to raise funds in recent years, and medical conditions that we used to fund are now being covered […]

Rachell graduates as a Global Messenger

After a year-long training programme and four coaching workshops later, Rachell Prestidge has graduated from the Global Messenger class for the Special Olympics New Zealand. The Franklin resident was one of the eight selected as a Global Messenger last year and proudly represents the Counties Manukau region. The key focus of the programme is to equip messengers with the skills and confidence to take on the leadership role of ambassador. The students […]

Family thanks Pokeno

“The Pokeno community has been brilliant,” says local resident Teresa Wine in response to help she has received after her house on Market Street burning down on July 10. Teresa’s family: husband, son and nephew barely got out in time. Within minutes the house was well ingulfed in flames. Teresa herself wasn’t home, having just nipped down the road to see a friend. The neighbours came over to help and give the devastated family hugs. “Within […]

Waiuku Primary welcomes new Principal

After teaching in Rarotonga for nearly three years, Simon Drewery will now call Franklin home, as he recently joined Waiuku Primary School as the newly appointed Principal. It was always planned that Simon, and his family, were to return to New Zealand this year. After seeing the role advertised, Simon was surprised to see what Waiuku had on offer. “I had never been to the township before, […]

Sep: Why the siren sounded…

2nd 04.51 am Colbeck Rd MVA stood down 3 rd 17.43 pm Queen St PFA Investigation only 6th 06.55 am Park Rd Transformer on fire 8th 13.07 pm Modello Lane medical 9th 12.56 am Kitchener Rd PFA Investigation only 15th 03.30 am Kitchener Rd PFA Investigation only 17th 13.22 pm John St Back up Patumahoe 18th 21.37 pm Cemetery Rd […]


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