Family businesses holding onto horticultural land in Pukekohe

By Josie Vidal Horticulture New Zealand Generations of investment, innovation and hard work have gone into the prime vegetable growing land in the Pukekohe area. Keeping land to produce fresh vegetables year round is one of the key issues for the horticultural businesses in the area, many of which are inter-generational family run companies. The squeeze is on between demand for […]

Katya Kanon named Tuakau College Dux

Year 13 student Katya Kanon was all smiles on Thursday 3 November, after the Tuakau College senior prize giving where she was announced as Dux for overall academic excellence for 2016.  The 17 year old student came first in Biology and Chemistry, with commendations in Physics and English and the Tuakau College Science Cup for Excellence in Senior Science for […]

Schools recognised for their commitment to safety

Several Franklin schools were recognised for their involvement in Auckland Transport's Travelwise programme. The travelwise programme offers a wide range of resources that aims to make travel to school safer, healthier and more fun. It encourages students to use active travel modes and public transport, providing safer facilities for road users and reducing congestion around schools. Among them were Buckland […]

Summer maintenance tips for home owners

By John Le Prou Absolute Building Inspections Now that summer is finally upon us and the days are longer it is a good time to get on top of general home maintenance to ensure your dwelling stays in good condition. Also with holidays coming up, and a lot of houses remaining vacant for a week or two, it is important […]

Elected Members Community Clinic

The Wairoa subdivision has the chance to meet their local elected board members at a community clinic they are holding this weekend.  Brendon Crompton and Sharlene Druyven will be holding the first community clinic meeting on Saturday 3 December. Franklin ward councillor, and deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore may also be attending, making it a chance for the locals to hear […]

Letter – community spirit

Spotted outside The Post in Bowen Street, Waiuku today, a family with a flat battery in their car. With help from the community they were up and running again within 15 minutes. Now that's community spirit! KW, Waiuku

A note from Emma’s desk

I complained and it seemed mother nature listened! Well, not really. Those two days of summer last week were just a sneak peak of what we are in store for this season. However, I didn’t really get much of a chance to enjoy them, being ball and chained to my desk and computer much of this week. However, I did […]

End of an era at Franklin Parents Centre

Franklin Parents Centre said farewell to one of their longest serving members with a family day on Saturday 19 November. Charlie Saunders is retiring at the end of the year. She has been the main child birth educator since 2005. The Waiuku mother of four has facilitated antenatal classes for over 1300 pregnant women and their support people, as well […]

Rural Trust tackles adult literacy problem

By Christine Ramsay Surviving the school holidays with sanity intact can be a major achievement for parents and caregivers when there are daily downpours. Yet devising wet weather family fun is challenging when words cannot be part of an activity. Think such standard favourites as Monopoly, Cluedo, Scrabble, Boggle or Logo, wordfinds, crossword puzzles and reading:  there’s little enjoyment in […]

Franklin Z stations get a jumpstart with new defibrillators

Z Energy, along with St John, have partnered to put defibrillators in all of its 212 sites across the country, with the aim of making more defibrillators available after hours. Pukekohe and Waiuku stations are among those sites who also received their defibrillators earlier this month. Z Spokesperson, Georgina Ball says due to opening hours at sites like Z, people […]


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