2017-03-21 E-Edition

Letter – Karioitahi spelling

One of our keen eyed readers contacted us two weeks ago to let us know that we had three different ways of spelling Karioitahi in our lifeguard story.  We really appreciated Katie contacting us, as this highlighted the fact that there are two ways of spelling Karioitahi.  While the first two spellings of Karioitahi in the article was correct, the […]

Sharemilker’s successful change of strategy to get somatic cell counts down

Changing dry cow strategy slashes cell counts Tom Carter, a sharemilker at a farm at Ohinewai near Huntly, has discovered a new way to get his 340-cow herd's somatic cell count down. Having a reasonably well producing season, Tom found himself noticing that the milk from his dairy cows had uncomfortably high somatic cell counts, between 250,000 and 280,00. Somatic […]

Allegations of bribery and corruption

In 2013, Auckland Transport began an investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption within the road corridor maintenance area and subsequently handed the matter over to the Serious Fraud Office. "Auckland Transport welcomes today’s sentences handed down in a corruption and bribery case against a former Rodney District Council and Auckland Transport manager, Murray Noone and Stephen Borlase, a director of a […]

Auckland Transport opens books

Auckland Transport will be publicly releasing details of all its contracts. Since it was established in 2010 AT routinely publish on its website the details of all contracts valued over $50,000. That threshold has now been dropped to zero. AT Chairman, Dr Lester Levy, says that as a publicly funded body, the organisation wants to be as transparent and accountable as […]

No Neighbours Day grants for Franklin

Last week, the Post Newspaper was contacted by a reader who shared concern of local boards in Auckland are spending $27,000 of ratepayers’ money on grants so that residents can ‘get to know their neighbours better.’ We were advised that $200 grants are being offered to 114 residents to host a BBQ for ‘Neighbours Day’. The reader felt that the money could be spent elsewhere, […]

Council fund ecological community projects

The Waikato Regional Council says that applications for the Small Scale Community Initiative Fund are now open. The SSCIF supports volunteer community groups undertaking ecological restoration via animal and plant pest control. This is the second round of funding applications for the financial year, with $70,000 left to award to groups in the Waikato region. Volunteer community groups and individuals […]

60 years of biscuits

March is the time when Girl Guides sell their infamous biscuits, and local girls will be having stalls across the Franklin area to make sure the community doesn’t miss out on these delicious treats. This year is extra special as it marks 60 years of selling Guide Biscuits in New Zealand. GirlGuiding New Zealand says their biscuits are just as […]

Truancy operation underway

A major police operation will see officers across Tāmaki Makaurau engaging young people not attending school or alternative education in an attempt to reduce crime. Over the next two weeks, police will be patrolling a number of locations where they know youths congregate during school hours. There is evidence to suggest that a small number of these children and teenagers […]

Have a say on Waikato’s future

It’s time to hear what the people say! Feedback is being sought on a major new plan for a more prosperous future in the Waikato. The Waikato Plan was signed off last month for public consultation in a strong display of regional unity. It followed extensive discussion between councils, government agencies, iwi and stakeholders. Submissions from all sectors of the […]

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