‘Action’ at Qatar Airways office

Qatar Airway's inaugural flight touched down at Auckland Airport on Waitangi Day. Prior to that they were very busy setting up their office in the airport terminal and local company Action Office Products Depot Ltd secured the contract.  "We were very excited to be awarded this contract, which came from a reference from one of our Australian counterparts," said Action […]

Ngati te Ata celebrates mokopuna

Ngati Te Ata celebrated 25 years of acknowledging the achievement of their tamariki mokopuna on Monday 6 February, Waitangi Day at Tahuna Pa Marae in Waiuku. The event was proposed and financially supported in 1992 by the late Tahuna Minhinnick, Lead Negotiator of the Ngati Te Ata Treaty of Waitangi Claims, who died in March 2016. Members of Ngati Te […]

Two winning Lotto tickets sold in Franklin

Nine Lotto players have come away nearly $14,000 wealthier after each have won $13,940 with Lotto Second Division in Wednesday's live Lotto draw. One lucky player also won Powerball Second Division, taking their total winnings to $17,329. Two of the nine tickets were sold in Franklin area. The winning Powerball Second Division ticket was sold at Countdown Pukekohe South, while one lucky […]

Red Shed national ‘country gem’

Red Shed Palazzo, Karaka has been presented the national Tucker’s Ridge Pies Best Rural award at the 2017 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year announcement event, held in Auckland Thursday 9 February. For the fifth year running, the annual Awards highlight the diverse, the delicious and the most delightful of the great NZ café culture, shining a light […]

Emerson begins round one of Kart Championship in Australia

Young Pukekohe karter Emerson Vincent will be gaining airpoints as well as championship points as he travels between Australia and New Zealand as part of the Australian Kart Championship for 2017. The first round of the championship took place at Mount Sugarload Raceway in Newcastle, New South Wales.  Emerson was one of six New Zealanders who went to Australia to […]

Local Lad wins MITO Scholarship

Daniel Barber is one of the 45 recipients who have been awarded a MITO Scholarship. They were presented to 45 outstanding individuals working within New Zealand’s automotive, industrial textile fabrication, transport and logistics industries as part of their 2017 scholarship programme. Developed to assist aspiring and successful graduate learners to progress their skills and knowledge, the MITO scholarship programme contributes funding […]

Counties calls for more referees

The Counties Manukau Rugby Referees Association (CMRRA) is putting out the call for more referees for the upcoming season. “It’s a great way to stay fit and involved in rugby. We are catering for all levels, from juniors right through to seniors, and the opportunity is open to both men and women. There is also the chance for players retiring from […]

Colourful Waikato entertainer passes away

 78-year-old Tokoroa (Toko) Te Waru Hikaka Pompey from Ngāti Tamaoho passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning at Franklin Village Rest Home in Pukekohe from a long-term heart condition. Born in Mercer, alongside the Waikato River, to parents Te Waru Pompey and Rangiwhakaki, Toko grew up at Mangatangi in Franklin-Waikato. Toko was a consummate performer, saxophonist, singer and songwriter, who […]

Call for families who have not yet been screened

Pukekohe Intermediate Dental Clinic Specialist public health nurses from Counties Manukau Health (CMH) have now made contact with close to 90% of the families of children who attended the Pukekohe Intermediate Dental Clinic from 13 September 2016 until it closed on 23 January 2017. The majority of these children have now been tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV […]

A note from Emma’s Desk

I never thought I would say this, but I am actually glad to have our Mondays back. While most of you can’t get enough of the long weekends, for us, they are killers. Our deadlines are moved forward, and Waitangi weekend saw Lynn and I up until well after 3am on Sunday, trying to get the paper to the printers. […]


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