2017-04-18 E-Edition

Bill’s Cashmore – Franklin Ingenuity

Bill Cashmore Franklin ward councillor, Deputy Mayor We are a pretty tough and resilient bunch here in Franklin. March and April this year have been like no other I’ve experienced. We have had almost half the yearly rainfall in 35 days! Although we are all sick of the pressure and stress these weather events bring, they also bring out the […]

Format change to Waiuku Anzac service

The Waiuku Anzac organising committee has made some changes to the traditional service in the War Memorial Hall after the parade to and from the Waiuku cenotaph. Service organiser Bill Deed says that the new format at the hall will be one more leaning to a concert than a religious service. Some of the traditional segments will be retained, but […]

Furrycon not for pets

Furrycon not for pets In the US, a woman took her therapy dog to an event called Furrycon, thinking it was an event for pets. Cheryl Wassus is involved with an organisation called Pets for Vets, a charity that pairs dogs with soldiers. She thought the event was for animals when Pets for Vets was invited as Furrycons charity organisation, […]

Rainbows End Giveaway

 Night Rides are here at Rainbow’s End on 22 and 29 April, and thanks to our good friends at Rainbow’s End, we have two double passes to give away to our readers. Grab your friends and family and head along to experience the fun and excitement for yourself. All the rides will be open with awesome entertainment on Centre Stage. […]

Taniwha unveiled in Waiuku

The pre-schoolers at First Steps Waiuku celebrated the official unveiling of their Taniwha last month. The Taniwha, made from recycled bottle tops, was shown off to friends and family of the youngsters, who spent close to five months on the project. Throughout the project, the children learnt about their local area and also about taniwha and their guardianship. "We spoke […]

Gardening with Ruth

Wow what a plethora of weather nature has thrown at us in the past few weeks! I am thankful we live on a hill and that we have not had the flooding that other parts of Franklin and New Zealand have experienced. The wind has been harvesting our walnuts for us. Every morning we pick up good quantity off the […]

Local cyclists have the drive

Joanna Sharpe and Bronwyn MacGregor are preparing to represent New Zealand at the Amateur Cycling World Championships (UCI Gran Fondo World Championships) in France later this year. Joanna has lived in Clarks Beach for 13 years, and the upcoming Championships in France will be her second opportunity to race for the coveted rainbow jersey. Her friend and training partner, Bronwyn, […]

Local cheesemaker nationally recognised

What began as a way of using up left over milk from a house cow has now become an award winning cheese. Nearly ten years ago, Lyn Haycock of Glenbrook struck a friendship with neighbour Sue Cole, after helping milk her cow that was producing too much milk for Sue’s calves. Rather than letting the milk go to waste, Lyn […]

Local artists opens studio for public use

800 Degrees Glass is opening up its fully equipped studio for public use under Susan K Louie’s guidance. This initiative is part of Susan’s objective of bringing glass awareness to the region of Franklin. Weekend workshops are already in place and proven very popular. Susan says she has been busy working within the Franklin community to provide weekend workshops and […]


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