2017-03-07 E-Edition

Iron Maori coming to Clevedon

The annual Iron Māori is coming to Clevedon this year, and will be hosted by Umupuia Maraetai. This year’s event is expected to be bigger than last year’s inaugural Auckland Iron Māori. “It’s about whakawhanaugatanga (participation) and completing, rather than competing,” says Iron Māori founder and CEO Heather Skipworth. She says hundreds of people came for the pleasure of getting out and […]

Franklin towns in trial

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. “Social Bonds are an innovative method of providing social services for people with complex needs—where a financial incentive is offered to a consortium of providers and investors if they can achieve a result with […]

Masala sell property to recover debt

On Tuesday 28 February, on application by the Commissioner of Police, the High Court made assets forfeiture orders of $8 million in respect of persons and companies associated with the former Masala chain of Indian restaurants. One of these stores was located in Pukekohe. In December 2015, the Commissioner of Police successfully sought restraining orders under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) […]

Guilty verdict for killer

Michael Waipouri was found guilty of the murder and kidnapping of Waiuku man Lance Murphy last Wednesday 1 March. The jury deliberated for two hours before returning with the guilty verdict. Mr Murphy’s body was found in a ditch near Wellsford in December 2015 after he had been recorded as missing for nearly three weeks. Waipouri bludgeoned Mr Murphy with […]

Letter – NZ Post

It would be very interesting to know how NZ Post works these days, as there was an increase in the cost of stamps. Plus extra if the envelope is above the standard size. Recently, it took nine days for a birthday card to go from Pukekohe to Papakura and eight days from Waiuku to Manurewa. Delivery days changed from six […]

Bakers Banter – Column

We are heading into Council Plan Consultation season with Councils in the wider Franklin area embarking on a number of public consultations for a variety of plans. For both Auckland and Waikato. The first off the block is going to be asking for feedback on what we call our Annual Plans which is the financial budget for the year starting […]

Regional lifeguards wrap up for the season

As summer comes to an end, so has the seven weeks of regional lifeguard patrols for the season. The Sunset Beach regional guard took place from 19 December 2016 to 3 February 2017 and included Monday to Friday and Public Holidays. They saw huge beach usage over the seven week period, with 350 people on the beach being the most […]

Awhitu Golf open day

The annual Cocky’s Corner Golf Open Day was again a highly successful event, with visiting players coming from far and wide to assemble a competitive field. Former golf professional and scratch golfer, Douglas Millington, was the leading player of the day shooting a three under par 67, only three shots from the course record. Fellow Hukanui Club member Barry Waldron […]

Golfers prepping for qualifier round

Keen players are currently working on their tee as the Counties-Manuakau Veterans Inter Club golf pennants play gets underway at Maramarua Golf Club on the Friday 10 March. This is the first of six qualifying rounds after which the field is split into two groups of six teams playing for the COVIC Shield and Plate. Club Conveners are at present busy […]


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