Waiuku beauty crowned Miss Universe NZ

Waiuku’s Tania Pauline Dawson was crowned Miss Universe NZ last Saturday night at  a colorful show in Auckland’s Sky City Theatre. Tania was one of 20 finalists who came from all over New Zealand and, before a theatre, packed with extremely vocal supporters waving placards, she was a popular choice when the judges delivered their verdict at the end of […]

Pukekohe raised ballet dancer to perform in The Australian Ballet

Pukekohe raised Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer, Joseph Skelton will dance the leading role of Albrecht in The Australian Ballet’s production of Giselle in October as a guest principal artist. “This is the first time a RNZB dancer has been invited to be a guest with The Australian Ballet and it’s a wonderful opportunity for Joseph and the RNZB to […]

Suicide strategy evaluation urgently needed

Earlier in July this year, Barbara Stewart, MP and Spokesperson for Health, raised the concerns that something needs to be done about the nation’s suicide ‘epidemic.’ “The continuing ‘epidemic’ of suicide in New Zealand demands changes to government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy – yet the strategy has not been reviewed in 18 months,” says New Zealand First. “The current New Zealand Suicide […]

Franklin Arts Festival wows judges and rewards artists

The annual Franklin Arts Festival kicked off its 27th annual event over the weekend. The exhibition is being held at the Pukekohe Town Hall and the NZ Steel Art Gallery, with items on display. Paintings, wood carvings and glass, sculptures and school art are all part of the featured pieces. On Friday, September 2, the opening night and prizegiving was held, awarding […]

How Safe is Your Child Online?

I was sitting in front of the laptop the other week, checking out local goings-on through social media (as I do) and a disturbing post from a mother in Waiuku came up. It was regarding her daughter who had been receiving Face Book messages from a male along the lines of ‘Be careful what you do. I’m watching you’. Even […]

Rotary’s monster book fair approaches

Waiuku Rotary club are hosting their annual book fair on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, 11 at the Waiuku War Memorial Hall. Rotary’s first book fair was held in 2006, at the St John’s Hall in Waiuku. Don Armstrong collected the books, keeping them in his garage. In 2007, it was decided that another book fair would be held, however […]

Bowls Counties Manukau officially opens

The official opening of the 2016/17 Lawn Bowling season for Bowls Counties Manukau 2010 Inc. was on Sunday, August 28. Other bowling clubs within the Counties area have also held their respective opening days. Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Bowling Club held their opening on Saturday, September 3, 2016. An official opening by the Club Secretary welcomed all members, and a special welcome was made to […]

Pukekohe Windscreens show off new space

Dave Thompson and the team at Pukekohe Windscreens have moved. The long-standing business opened the doors at their new location yesterday, Monday, September 5. Now at 155a Manukau Road, they will now be operating out of this building, a shift just down the road from their former 87 Manukau Road address. The business has been in the community for many […]

A note from Emma’s Desk

Between the death of Sarah Higgins, which rocked the nation, and attending the sentencing of a male for sexual contact with a young girl, I have tried my best not to let my personal emotions interfere with reporting or publishing the facts. This is one of the biggest struggles I have in my role as a journalist. Journalists tend to […]

Pukekohe main street illegal parking

Most people in our district of Franklin are good citizens law abiding and considerate to others. We have 60 minute parking restrictions in the main street which is satisfactory most of the time. However, through no fault of our own, at times we over stay the limit for a short period (perhaps 15 minutes). Council traffic wardens issue us a with a ticket; we grumble but pay […]


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