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Ww644 was all fired up and ready to celebrate her 100th birthday with a cool coal cake. Fireman Tim Major looks on as Ayla and Logan Stichbury, grand children of John Stichbury, founding member of GVR, feed Ww644 her cake. Photo by – Simply True Photography

Trans Tasman sporting rivalry set to reignite this weekend

Tim Gregory previews this Weekend’s ITM 500 Right on the back of the All Blacks’ resounding victory over the Wallabies, the Australasian sporting focus now lands very much on Franklin. This years ITM 500 at Pukekohe Park Raceway will feature four Kiwi drivers taking the battle to the Aussies for supremacy on the tarmac. The New Zealander currently in the richest vein of form is Manukau’s Shane Van Gisbergen. The 26 […]

A note from Emma’s desk

I have to say, the Waiuku Business and Development Association have outdone themselves again. What a spectacular event Blast to the Past was. The number of people and stall holders that filled the streets was huge, and even more lined the Tamakae Reserve to watch the fireworks display. These type of community events are hugely beneficial for our smaller towns. Not only do they allow us to showcase what we have to offer, but they […]

When did the law change for mobile use while driving?

I was wondering when the law against using mobile phones whilst driving was rescinded? This must surely be the case as the only explanation for what I saw on Tuesday morning. I was walking my dog towards Waiuku, on the Waiuku-Otaua Road (after Cemetery Road) at about 9:30am and was passed by a tractor, followed by a police car, followed by a ute. The driver […]

Concerns over Grease performance review

Regarding your review on ‘Grease’ at Harrington Theatre, I find it appalling that the director’s name was not mentioned in the article. As a writer who has been working in community theatre’s for the past twenty years I am shocked that an article reviewing any production would omit the name of the director, and worse still, attribute the success of the production to that of […]

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Congratulations to Su Burgess of Waiuku for winning the All Good Adult New Zealand Colouring Book and Kyle Armstrong for winning the watch from Wrights Jewellers

Success for RAD Roadsigns

FROM starting off as making decommissioned road sign clocks for their NCEA school requirements, the Waiuku College Year 13 Business Studies company, RAD Roadsigns, has grown rapidly, with the young entrepreneurs taking out South Auckland Regional Company of the Year. The students were part of 3000 students from 136 schools around New Zealand participating in the annual Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme. They were selected from over 630 […]

Awards for Sarah the gardener

Within weeks of each other, Aka Aka’s Sarah O’Neil has been awarded not one, but two prestigious awards, which has been described as a huge achievement for the local gardener. Not only was Sarah awarded Esme Tombleson Award for the Person with Multiple Sclerosis of the Year at the beginning of October, she also took out Brightstar Emerging Speaker of the Year award from the National Speakers Association of New Zealand three […]

Lawson wins first championship race

Pukekohe teenager, Liam Lawson, won his first championship race at Taupo over the weekend. In just his second-ever New Zealand championship car race meeting, Liam won the third and final race to follow up a third-place finish earlier in the day. Liam, who is 13 years old, won the annual SpeedSport Scholarship young driver program earlier this year and apart from being the leading rookie driver, is now […]

Under The Grill with Tim Gregory

James Moffat, Driver for Nissan Motorsport What are the first words you think of when I say ‘New Zealand’? “Choice hey bro” You have raced here both domestically and at V8 supercar level, have you got a favourite part of the Pukekohe circuit? I really enjoy the whole circuit, but my favourite part would be the final turn. It is a fast and bumpy fifth gear […]


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