Letter – increased machinery on roads

I love this time of the year as many of us do, the fishing is great, the scollops are in prime condition, and those into gardening will be assisted by the extra daylight in the evenings and, you can almost see the grass in the paddocks growing and bending with the wind. One thing that does irk me sometimes is […]

Letter – Spirit of Christmas

In the Spirit of Christmas, it is for the sake of children. Let us not forget the meaning of Christmas is about Santa Claus and Children. I think it is time the world moved forward and accept this event as children’s week. A gift the world has to share is family bonding. Let the children see a little of the […]

Class of 51 muster for annual reunion

For the last three years the classes from 1951 and 1952 at Waiuku District High School have reunited for a lunch and catch up. The former students met at the Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club on Saturday 29 October and reminisced about the ‘old days.’ Organsier, Bev Cochrane, said those who came really make an effort in attending, with some travelling as far […]

A note from Emma’s desk

Our office in Pukekohe is located a hop, skip and a jump away from Pukeko’s Nest Cafe – which is fantastic for the coffee addicts like myself in our office. We even have their staff member, Danielle Mills, deliver our coffees to our desks, now how is that for service? So when we found out that they would be closed […]

Student walking for arthritis

Kaz Noiri is less than two weeks away from completing his goal of walking the length of the country, while raising funds for Arthritis New Zealand. Emma Sharplin caught up with the second-year Bachelor of Nursing student, who made a stop in Pukekohe on his 50th day of walking last Wednesday. After a year of preparation, including tramps and staying on […]

Invitation to celebrate Mr Gaham’s retirement

View Road School would like to invite past students, staff and friends of the school to a special assembly, celebrating the retirement of well known teacher, Mr Ian Graham. Mr Graham has been a stalwart of View Road School since the early 1970s and as a way of saying thank you, the school has organised a presentation for him at View Road […]

$11m Christmas windfall for Counties Power customers

Christmas is coming a little earlier to power users from southern Papakura to Mercer with a welcome discount on their power bill thanks to local lines company Counties Power. Counties Power provides a discount to power customers connected to their network as at 4 November, based on power consumption over the year. This discount is paid as a credit on […]

Blue Light dinner with Prince Edward

Some may recognise Brendon Crompton from his role as a Franklin Local Board member, however, he is also the National Development and Relationships Manager for New Zealand Blue Light, which saw him dining with royalty last week. New Zealand Blue Light is a registered charity and community policing youth program that for the past 35 years, has worked alongside the New […]

Cart rides with Charlotte and Carlos this Saturday

While most would be expecting to see truck and trailer units turned into floats at the upcoming Waiuku Christmas Parade, Charlotte McDonald is bringing something unique to the annual event this year. Charlotte and her trusty steed, Carlos, will be pulling a carriage and offering rides this Saturday. The former Waiuku College student came up with the idea after moving […]

Young film maker’s heartbreaking story amongst winners

For someone so young, Ararimu’s Luka Wolfgram has shown strength beyond his years to help raise awareness for child cancer. Luka has lost his brother, Kosta, in March this year, after a year long battle with brain cancer. In honour of his little brother, the 12 year old was inspired to share his personal story about grief, loss, childhood cancer […]


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