Sky’s the limit

The Mercer Volunteer Fire Brigade have taken their training for the annual Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge to new heights. For the last two months, the team from the Mercer Fire Brigade have taken to the stairs at Pokeno’s Yashili Dairy Factory, to train for the annual fundraiser. One could even say that the training has given them an edge over their competition, as the team trudge […]

A note from Emma’s desk

When I was invited to catch up with the Mercer Volunteer Fire Brigade last Wednesday and hear how they were going with the training for the stair challenge, I jumped at the opportunity. I had been hounding them since before Christmas, and even sacrificed the all important soccer training for this story, much to the coaches’ disgust. This saw me have to do laps of the field when I did eventually arrive, […]

Whose responsibility is it?

On the grounds of the Tuakau Recreation Reserve formerly known as The Domain, the ablution block owned by the Tuakau League Club has become a roosting place for many birds over the last few years. The League Club has not played any games on the reserve this year. Dialogue between the Waikato District Council and the League Club in handing over the premises […]

Strathallan gymnast to compete in Washington

A quiet and reserved demeanour hides what must be a persistent and determined nature of a highly competitive gymnast. ACG Strathallan Year 11 student, Grace Schroder, has recently won the selection competition to represent New Zealand at the Pacific Rim Championships to be held this April in Washington, USA. Grace isn’t new to competing internationally, with her first international competition in Singapore at age […]

We farewell a true local legend

E maringiringi ana nga roimata E heke ana nga hupe E hotuhotu ana te Manawa E tangi ana te ngakau Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane E Tahuna. i korowaitia to aroha, to kaha, o pukenga manaaki ki te iwi I rarangahia o tukutuku whakaaro rangatira, tirohanga whakamua ki te rangi Aue te mamae Aue te wehi o te ohorere Ka pumau tonu ki te wairua o nga whakaritenga ou Ekore […]

Georgia awarded Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship

Former ACG Strathallan student, Georgia Nicholls, is one of five Auckland locals who won’t have to worry about university fees after being awarded a hefty scholarship from the University of Waikato. Georgia, along with students Holly White, Luke Dewar, Melissa Tsoi and Zoe Flemming, were awarded a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship – an all-fees paying scholarship that supports students in a chosen discipline, and provides mentoring, personal development and leadership opportunities while they study. […]

Franklin loses local icon

The Franklin community has lost another local icon. Travelling in style behind his beloved Clydesdale horses, Paerata’s Dan Dufty was remembered last Friday as a man who was an absolute character, quick with a joke and always willing to part with some colourful vocabulary and great advice. Growing up in Runciman, Dan spent the last 25 years or so based on the hill in […]

March 20 Karaka Vintage Day

The Karaka Vintage Day is taking place again this March showcasing the changing and ever evolving display of machinery used to shape New Zealand during the last century. Held on Sunday, March 20, 2016, vintage engines, antique machinery, classic cars and more will be brought to life at the event. It will take place at the Karaka Sports Park in association with the Karaka Historical Society, Vintage Engine Restorers Auckland […]

Auckland Westpac Rescue

Waikato- On Thursday, March 3, at 11.10am, Westpac 2, Mechanics Bay crew tasked for a hospital transfer of a baby from Waikato to Starship.

Police Report

There has been some commentary recently about the Policing coverage in the Waiuku area. Let me reassure you that the greater Waiuku area is covered by Police twenty four hours a day. Not only do we have the local staff, we also have Police from Pukekohe and other parts of the Counties Manukau District covering and policing the area. These include such units as dedicated Road Policing Units, Road Crime Units, Tactical […]


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