Creating community spaces in Pokeno

Pokeno residents are invited to a workshop ahead of the next meeting of the Pokeno Community Committee to discuss ideas for revitalising community and public spaces in the township. The workshop will be held at the Pokeno Community Hall, from 6pm on Tuesday, August 9. It will provide an opportunity for Waikato District Council staff and the Committee to discuss […]

Proposed poochie play area in Pokeno

Waikato District Council is proposing to turn part of the Pokeno Domain into a dog exercise area under the Dog Control Bylaw. There are currently 715 dogs registered to residents in Pokeno but, at the moment, there are no off-lead dog exercise areas for the community to use. “When Waikato District Council reviewed its Dog Control Bylaw and Policy in […]

Pukekohe & Papakura among more affordable

Pukekohe and Papakura are among the more affordable places to buy first homes in the Auckland area according a new home loan report. The First Home Buyers Affordability Index divided Auckland into districts to show where the differences lie, and measures how much of their weekly income a typical first home buying couple would need to set aside to […]

Pet Care Advice Line

 When you think of Purina, many people think of the well-known and trusted pet food brand. However, what many people don’t know is that Purina has a PetCare Advice Line that they offer for free. If you’re having trouble with your pet, The Purina PetCare Experts are answering all of your hard-to-know questions. If you want to give them a […]

Survey reveals more than half of NZ businesses have a dog at work

Kiwi workers more likely to ramp up productivity when there’s a dog in the workplace When it comes to perks in the workplace, bringing your dog to work is one of them.  More than half (55%) of New Zealand companies regularly had canine visitors at work, according to a survey of 31 employers representing over 7000 employees by leading recruitment agency, […]

Aucklanders contribute to another great result for local rescue chopper

This year’s Westpac Chopper Appeal has raised $340,569.10 for the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter. This is part of $1,307,810.53 raised across the country. All donations from the Westpac Chopper Appeal are distributed back to the 16 rescue helicopter services across the country, meaning money raised locally, stays local. Westpac’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Sue Foley, says the total raised is […]

Heart attack sufferers delaying 111 call

The Heart Foundation is calling on Kiwis to put aside their ‘she’ll be right attitude’ and dial 111 immediately if they suspect they or another person is having a heart attack. Heart Foundation Medical Director Dr Gerry Devlin said too many New Zealanders are placing themselves at increased risk of death or permanent heart damage by putting off that important […]


Five Shows Only!!  (all on one weekend 12-14 August) “Porridge!” is a fun-filled, laugh-a-minute family comedy suitable for all ages!  With all your favourite Fairytale characters including Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Red Riding Hood and many, many more, there is a character for every member of the family to love.   A sassy Goldilocks and her best friend Baby Bear take […]

Bonsai Club Meeting

It’s coming up to late Winter and Spring is just around the corner! This means our trees are about to wake up from their winter dormancy. In the bonsai world this time of year is the best time to collect wild bonsai material from the ground and transplant into a container/pot. It is also time to get all your supplies […]

Franklin Service Hero – Scent, Pukekohe

If you haven’t smelt the store while walking down King Street, then you are missing out. The shop, as you may gather from its name, sells sweet-smelling products, from soaps to flowers. Denise Fairburn and her husband John have been owners and operators of Scent for four years. “I happened to mention I’d like to have a florist shop,” Denise says. Then, […]

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