First kicks for kids

The Franklin A&P Showgrounds were a hive of activity on Saturday 8 April. Pukekohe Football held their Open Day for children aged 4-9 years old to try out their First Kicks programme, supported by the McDonald’s Roadshow.It allows players as young as 4 years old into the game giving them the opportunity to discover the game, learn basic fundamental movement skills […]

First visit to Awhitu for Deputy Speaker

Hon. Chester Borrows, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, was treated to the spectacular sights of the Awhitu Peninsula last week. This was the first time Mr Borrows had visited the area, and MP for Hunua, Andrew Bayly, was able to take him on a tour to the Lighthouse and the Awhitu Landcare Nursery on Tuesday 18 April. After speaking to the Waiuku […]

Jazz musicians among the best

Pukekohe High School Stage Band has come away with an array of awards at the 40th national youth jazz competition held in Tauranga on Friday 14 April. Pukekohe Stage Band received the New Orleans trophy for most outstanding big band, as well as Best of Festival trophy for the most outstanding jazz band. Along with these prestigious awards, the Stage Band received […]

Black type beckons in-form mare

Untamed Diamond’s latest success has confirmed her first tilt at black type in Australia. “There’s a 1300 metre race at Hawkesbury for her in a fortnight’s time,” said Pukekohe trainer Richard Collett, referring to the Gr.3 Godolphin Crown. Untamed Diamond had been troubled by a foot issue since a runner-up finish in February, but she showed she was back to […]

Short film for Anzac Day

A short film involving the work of approximately 150 students from Pukekohe High School will be screened at Pukekohe Town Hall on Anzac Day. ‘A Time to Dance – An Anzac Day Story’, follows the lives of two childhood sweethearts separated by the outbreak of World War II. The film follows their experiences as they struggle with the despair of […]

Emerson second at National Championships

Emerson Vincent competed at the 2017 KartSport New Zealand National Sprint Championships over Easter weekend. Taking place in Invercargill, Emerson came second place in the Cadet ROK class, beating other competitors from Auckland, Palmerston North and Dunedin. However, he was unable to beat reigning champion Louis Sharp from Christchurch. The eight year old Karter from Pukekohe worked his way up […]

Coastguard involved in search for missing man

Waiuku Coastguard were among one of the many emergency services who were searching for a missing man in the Manukau Harbour on Wednesday 19 April. Police received a call from a fisherman who found an empty dinghy in the Papakura Channel at around 4:30pm on Wednesday 19 April. Police notified Coastguard, with Waiuku Coastguard receiving an urgent call at 5.17pm […]

ANZAC on display

The dedicated team of volunteers at the Franklin Hospice Shop, Simply Giving, have created a unique window display for ANZAC Day. From collectible tins, to hand crafted poppies, the team wanted to make something special in the lead up to the National Day of Commemoration. “We always try to make a window display for themes and days, and this year, […]

Buckland Bowls Results

The Buckland Bowling Club ran another of the very popular Pairs Medley tournament on 12 April. However, for the fourth time this season, Mother Nature failed to cooperate and sent one her regular deluges after play had been in progress for 40 minutes or so. This ended play for the day and forced the organisers to resort to the use […]

Ice rink coming to Tuakau

Winter is arriving early, as Tuakau College hosts the Ice skate tour. The artificial ice rink is a PTA fundraiser which will be going towards the other side of the LED school sign.  The Ice Skate Tour will be at Tuakau College on Monday 8 May from 3pm to 6pm and Tuesday 9 May from 3pm to 8pm.  Children are […]


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