The Big Dig at Port Waikato

Maraetai Bay in Port Waikato was the setting for the annual Kids' Big Beach Dig in December 2016. Organised by the Port Waikato Residents and Ratepayers Association, it has proven to be a popular event for holiday makers to the area. Over 60 children and just as many parents, lined the ropes waiting for the 11am start time. Within seconds, the […]

Tania Dawson preparing for 65th Miss Universe pageant

 Franklin’s Tania Dawson is currently in the Philippines, preparing for the 65th Miss Universe pageant as New Zealand’s representative. Described as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity,’ Tania is hoping to put her best foot forward. “The competition itself revolves around seeing the beautiful Philippines and a range of preliminaries such as evening Gown, swimwear and national Costume. I am half-Filipino and […]

Positions now open on council advisory panels

Applications are now being sought for new members on five demographic advisory panels. It is a unique opportunity for passionate and motivated Aucklanders to play a key role in influencing council policies, plans and initiatives. Eight positions are now available on the Disability Advisory Panel, Seniors Advisory Panel, Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel and Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel. There are also […]

Bike riding, science storyteller to come to Pukekohe

David Klein is a science storyteller and this summer he’s cycling the country with his award-winning one-man show about curiosity, learning and the universe. Cycling from town to town on a “Big Dummy” cargo bike, Tour de Science will be performed in over 60 locations from November to March. The journey began on 2 November and is covering the deep […]

Waiuku Netball invite coaches to enhance skills

The Waiuku Netball Centre are giving those who are interested in coaching the opportunity to enhance their skills by offering courses, free of charge. The initiative came about when the team saw many people not interested in taking up the role. “Last year was the first time that we ran the coaching modules, and we had a good response. We see it […]

Zoe to reduce cat rescue numbers

After nine years of dedicating hundreds and hundreds of hours to the Waiuku Colony Cat Rescue, Zoe Thomson is taking a step back from the ever growing charity. The Waiuku resident announced last week that the rescue centre would no longer be taking on any more cats or kittens until further notice. An action that has broken her heart, Zoe […]

Local cricket legend presented with life membership

 The Waiuku District Cricket Club has farewelled and honoured one of their member’s who can only be described a legend. Saki Saunokonoko was awarded with a life membership with the long standing club, just before the stalwart of the community headed south on a new adventure. The gesture had Saki ‘completely stunned.’ “It was completely out of the blue and […]

Shopping locally sees Steph win ring

Pukekohe woman and local teacher, Stephanie Lee, has had an 'exceptional beginning to 2017' after shopping locally saw her win a 9ct gold ring.   Stephanie purchased some jewellery from Wright’s Showcase Jewellers in Pukekohe as a Christmas gift for her daughter. The purchase earnt her an entry into the draw to win a diamond ring valued at $1399 and […]

Fishing trip leads to kayak rescue

It was meant to be a fun day fishing for Waiuku’s Mason Gilmour and Doug Gericke who were out at Waitawa National Park, near Kawakawa Bay. 13 year old Mason, who was fishing off the wharf and enjoying the sunshine, had seen two kayakers paddling around the area. What he didn’t realise was he would later help these two men […]

Calendar 24 Jan

TOP PICKS Franklin, You're Dreaming Wednesday 25 January Where: St Andrew's Centre Waiuku When: Doors open 6:30pm What: A crowd-dreaming event to make 2017 your best year ever. Join multi-award winning speaker and international best selling author Tom O'Neil. $15pp (bring a friend for free!) or $20 per family/group (max 6 people). Phone 021 264 8654 to book. Awhitu Market […]


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