Farmers wanted! Entries closing soon for Farm Environment Awards

Entries for the 2017 Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA) are closing soon, and rural property owners across the region are encouraged to enter. All farmers, including orchardists, horticulturists and viticulturists, are eligible for the awards which have been running nationally since 2002, and started in Auckland in 2016 supported by Auckland Council. All entrants go through a judging process which considers the […]

Fund to help improve environment and water quality

Applications are open for Franklin Local Board’s Waterway Protection Fund. It supports projects that will help the natural environment and improve water quality in the Mauku Stream area. If you are a landowner, or a community or environmental group based or operating in the catchment area, you could be eligible for funding for your project. Applications will be considered for […]

New sexual violence court pilot welcomed

A new pilot that aims to speed up sexual violence court cases should help reduce trauma for victims during the court process, says Justice Minister Amy Adams. Ms Adams today welcomed the announcement by Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue that two dedicated sexual violence courts will be trialled in Whangarei and Auckland. The pilot is scheduled to begin on […]

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My top picks: ITM SuperSprint Where: Pukekohe Park Raceway When: November 4-6 What: Watch as NZ and Australia go head-to-head in a high speed battle which will see the Kiwis eager for domination. Secure your tickets now and save! Kids 12 and under receive free trackside admission with a paying adult. Visit Don't miss your chance to see one of […]

Operatunity’s Daytime Concert Series brings its favourite artists to Papakura

Operatunity’s Daytime Concert Series brings its favourite artists to Papakura for their 15th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday 1st December. Operatunity brings seven of its favourite artists to the Hawkins Theatre in Papakura in a special celebration gala at 11AM on Thursday 1st December. Their 15th Anniversary Gala will feature a variety of musical styles from their past 15 years, including musical theatre, proms, […]

New Chair for Franklin Local Board

Angela Fulljames has been elected chair of the Franklin Local Board—the first female to lead the board in its six year history. The recently elected board members were officially sworn in to office at an inauguration ceremony in Pukekohe on Wednesday October 26. Andy Baker was appointed Deputy Chair.  Mr Baker has been chair of the local board for the past two terms. Mrs Fulljames, who has represented the […]

Thomas the Tank Engine is back

Thomas the Tank Engine is back, and will be operating in steam at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway over the weekend of November 12 and 13. This time he’s brought his friends Rusty (the little narrow gauge diesel locomotive), Trevor the Traction Engine, Terence the Tractor and Bulgy the grumpy double-decker bus which will be taking passengers for jaunts around the […]

It’s time to write to Santa

Write to Santa, c/- NZ Post It’s that time of year again when Santa’s elves are gearing up to receive letters to Santa – with a little help from New Zealand Post. Every year New Zealand Post receives tens of thousands of letters from children with their Christmas wish lists to deliver to Santa. “Sitting down and writing a letter […]

Diabetes Action Month

WHAT:           Diabetes Action Month WHEN:           November 1 – 30, 2016 WHERE:         Nationwide WHY:              To raise awareness of diabetes and encourage all New Zealanders to take action to reduce the risk of diabetes. New Zealanders will be encouraged to Join the MoveMeant for a healthy lifestyle this November during Diabetes Action Month. Everyone is at risk of diabetes, […]

Clarks Beach Bowling Club

It was a typical spring day with brilliant sunshine and a small chilly breeze keeping players changing clothing for the second day of the Bill Osborne Memorial Shield competition, held at Clarks Beach Bowling Club on Thursday 28 October. Our thanks to this month’s sponsors, Longford Park Retirement Village. Winners were: 1st. Dominators. Don Kirkbride, Don Cameron and Andrew Marshall. […]

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