A note from Emma’s Desk

I seemed to have blinked and just like that, our summer is nearly gone. It has to be my favourite season, and there are so many reasons why. Swimming, maxi dresses, fishing and lets not forget the fantastic range of delicious food just to name a few. And so it seems, that as soon as the change of season struck […]

A warm welcome to Waiuku?

As a new Waiuku resident, I was shocked to be the victim of theft so early. To the person who stole my easily identifiable ‘Red Rover’ easy start, 4 stroke mower, could you kindly: A: return it B: finish mowing my lawns C: bring back the clippings for compost D: or leave it at the Police Station. I am an […]

Mark placed in top ten in Ironman

Glenbrook’s Mark Bowstead has just completed his first full Ironman last weekend, and was placed tenth overall. Glenbrook’s Mark Bowstead, attempted his first full Ironman, and came tenth overall. Photo courtesy of Darryl Carey. While Mark was personally stoked with the placing, the professional athlete in him has come away from the competition with mixed emotions. “If you had of […]

Dirty pavers causing a stir in Waiuku

Waiuku business owners are up in arms over the state of the town pavers and the lack of an adequate cleaning regime. The Franklin Local Board passed a resolution for a portion of the town’s pavers to be replaced with new pavers that would handle the dirt better, cost less to clean and enhance the whole appearance of the township. […]

Auckland Westpac rescue Helicopter Missions

8 MArch: 6:58 PM W1 Clarks Beach – Crew tasked for a female patient in her 40s who was crushed between her car and a fence. She had accidentally left the handbrake off and the car had rolled, pinning her to the fence. She was able to get herself free but was unable to walk. The crew treated her and […]

Customkit gives back to community

Dylan Crisp has been given an opportunity by a local business that will set him up for the rest of his life. The former Tuakau College student has been accepted as the recipient of Pukekohe’s Customkit Carpentry Scholarship, in association with the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation. This will see all his fees paid for over the four year […]

Webb Ellis Cup visits

Rugby World Cup was the star at four Counties Manukau high schools last Wednesday. Tuakau College’s Deputy Head Girl, Karly Brough, and Head Boy, Grant Tuhaka, were just a few of the rugby mad students who got up close and personal with the Webb Ellis Cup. Rugby players, students and teachers from Strathallan College, Papakura High School,Wesley College and Tuakau […]

Constable and volunteer honoured with awards

A police constable who saved two women in separate incidents and volunteer, Gaye Dickey, were both honoured at the Counties Manukau Police district awards ceremony at Otahuhu Primary School last Friday. Constable Richard Jellyman was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for locating a woman in danger on Wednesday, February 17. Area Commander for Counties Manukau West Inspector, Jason Hewett, said […]

Aka Aka students raise funds for Fiji

Above: Kyle Reid had the job of ensuring all the sausages were cooked. On Friday, March 4, Aka Aka School had a Bula Fiji Day to raise funds for those affected by Cyclone Winston. Sausage sizzles and tropical ice-creams were the order of the day. Students paid a gold coin donation for wearing mufti, as well as donating household items […]

Manukau Peninsula Playcentre host open day

Last week, Playcentres all around New Zealand celebrated 75 years since the first establishment opened. Manukau Peninsula Playcentre also took part in the week long festivities, and is now inviting members of the community to attend their open day in April. Playcentre Awareness Week is celebrated in March each year to promote the value of parent-led early education for children. […]

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