SPCA launches Learn-to-Read Storybooks

The SPCA has today launched a series of original storybooks into schools with the aim of helping Kiwi kids to both improve their reading skills and learn to care for and respect animals. The six books in the series cater to different ages and reading levels. Each story is based on a real-life animal rescue from the SPCA, and contains […]

David honoured with Queen’s Scout Award

Waiuku Scouts Venturer, David Preston, was honoured in a special ceremony at Schlaepfer Park, Pukekohe, where he received the highest scouting achievement award as a venturer. David, who is only 18 years old, was presented with the Queen’s Scout Award, which marks the pinnacle of effort and achievement within the scouting movement. David, who is previously from Waikowhai Scouts in Mt […]

A Birds Tale exhibition attracts art lovers

Last Saturday saw the opening of local artist Claire-Erica’s exhibition titled ‘A Birds Tale’. Claire-Erica has been painting for homes and offices, both privately and commercially for the past eight years. Many of the murals around Waiuku are painted by Claire, and she is often referred to as the “lady with the nails.” She has recently focused her art on […]

Cat rescues receive cheque

Melanie from Franklin Cat Rescue came in to accept a cheque from the adopt-a-cat campaign that ran in our paper in July.  The campaign was to raise awareness for Franklin Cat Rescue, and Waiuku Colony Cat Rescue, and to find loving homes for some cats who needed them.  "It was very successful," Melanie says. "Every cat from Franklin Cat Rescue […]

Lions sheep manure drive in full swing

It is that time of the year again, as the Tuakau Lions are out in full force with their annual Sheep Manure drive. The project, which has been running for over 12 years, sees the Tuakau Lions members bag sheep ‘pellets’ and sell them outside Mitre 10 Mega, Pukekohe, every morning from now until further notice. The funds raised from […]

Counties Shotokan members prepare for Canada

With the World Karate Championship in Canada approaching, members from Counties Shotokan have been preparing in earnest. Several weeks ago, Counties hosted a tournament at the Pukekohe Indian Association Hall. It attracted more than 300 avid Karate practitioners from all over Franklin and beyond. For 12 year old Julijana Valach, it was the opportunity to show off her skills in […]

Pukekohe boy with All Blacks goals

Pukekohe’s Damon Abraham has had a whirlwind experience, and one that he hopes will become more of a reality in days to come. The year 13 student at Sacred Heart College was selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools (NZSS) rugby team to play against Fijian and Australian Schools. Damon says, firstly he was relieved to be selected, “Then I […]

Sea Scouts hit the pavement for fundraiser

The Tuakau Districts Sea Scouts have been walking the streets of Franklin, delivering yellow phone books. They are raising money for their club to compete in a national regatta in Wellington at the end of next year. The scouts, aged between six and eighteen years old have delivered 3000 books over the past week.  Michael Frater, Tuakau Districts Sea Scouts […]

CEO Of Pukekohe Park heads up new foundation

If the role of CEO of Pukekohe Park didn’t take up all of his spare time, Lance Bickford has just been announced as chairman of the newly established foundation that aims to tackle a cause close to his heart. The New Zealand Sleep Help Foundation foundation of the New Zealand is set to take on one of New Zealand’s biggest […]

Local cafes leading competition

Two local cafes are currently in the top five on the leader board for the annual Cafe of the Year competition, and need the community’s help to maintain those positions. Meadow Fresh NZ Café of the Year is an annual national café competition aimed at finding the best and most loved café’s across the country. Calendula Cafe in Glenbrook  is going […]


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