‘Tiny library’ installed

Pokeno’s new ‘tiny library’ was unveiled last Tuesday on a site chosen specifically by the community. Positioned in the heart of the village, between the Pokeno Community Hall and the old post office, a small gathering attended the official opening. “It’s designed to help people to enjoy our village and to spark off other ideas among our residents on how […]

Man dies after quad bike rolls

On Saturday 17 December, emergency services were notified around 7.50pm that a quad bike had rolled on a beach track at Port Waikato. The male rider died at the scene. The Police Serious Crash Unit will be investigating the incident further.

Cancer survivor brings world cycle tour to Franklin

Of the 18 countries he has cycled through, Rudy Pospisil says New Zealand has to be the friendliest country so far. “I will admit though, it certainly has been the windiest and the country with the worst drivers,” he laughs. Rudy, a fire department captain from Vancouver and a cancer survivor, has set himself a challenge; to cycle around the […]

Ray White playhouse winner drawn

The team at Ray White Waiuku have gotten into the Christmas spirit of giving by donating a playhouse. Wanting to give back to the community, they had the playhouse made, and the team decorated it themselves just in time for the Waiuku Christmas Parade two weekends ago. They had it on display and handed out flyers to the public who […]

Have saddle, will travel

Alysha Collett’s motto is pretty simple these day; “have saddle, will travel.” It stood her in good stead when answering a distress call from Awapuni trainer Gary Vile that saw her rack up back-to-back Group successes on Sunday. “I only took the rides at 4pm yesterday and booked my flights last night,” Collett said, after taking out the Gr.3 Hotel […]

Drury sign with Franklin United

It was a momentous day on Thursday 1 December for Franklin United. Drury United FC has seen the value of the Franklin United elite football vision and signed up as a partner to the venture. This will provide the Drury footballing community the opportunity to assist in developing the pathway for the wider Franklin region, whilst ensuring that any aspiring […]

Buckland Bowls results

On Wednesday 7 December, the Buckland Bowling Club held its annual Christmas Hams Optional Fours tournament. 23 teams from 11 different bowling clubs enjoyed some good weather for a change with not too much wind. The host club provided the winning team with four wins skipped by Jim Ballard with Bruce Hudson at 3, Graham Jones at 2 and a […]

AFB affecting hives in Waiuku

Two weeks ago, a local bee keeper made the devastating discovery that American Foul Brood (AFB) bacteria had affected one of their bee hives.  The bacterium causing AFB exists in two forms, the spore form and the vegetative form, both of which are microscopic in size. Bacterial spores can be thought of as seeds that assist the bacteria in spreading […]

Student gets taste for life at The FoodBowl

Food Technology student Brad O’Callaghan has always had a passion for food, science and engineering, now his career is combining the three. The 22-year-old former ACG Strathallan student graduates in April, but recently started work at The FoodBowl as an assistant process engineer. "I assist clients with manufacturing and the full set-up and clean-down of the process equipment. Alongside this I […]

Grace nationally recognised as ‘gold’ super hero

It can be said that Grace Van Der Brink is a local hero in Waiuku, and she has just been recognised nationally for going above and beyond expectations in the community. For those who don’t know her, Grace is director of Te Marama Hou Ministries Trust, which is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the community work […]


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