Franklin retirees set Ryman record

Residents from the Possum Bourne Retirement Village took part in the biggest, and definitely oldest, synchronised fitness class last Thursday 4 May. The class celebrated 10 years of Triple A (Ageless, Active, Aware) fitness classes, with a total of 3026 residents from 31 Ryman Villages across New Zealand and Australia taking part. The village was linked via YouTube. A group […]

Hearts set Free a success

By Emma Sharplin – If the people lining up outside the door of Chapters Bookshop were anything to go by, Elaine Blick's book launch was a great success. Held on Thursday 27 April, the Clarks Beach resident launched her latest novel, Hearts set Free, a historical novel set in a modern time frame. Set in Bristol, England, the novel […]

Tinker, tailor, tractor maker

By Yana O’Gorman Jim Watt is 81 years old and takes tinkering to a new level. The retired pensioner takes apart old machinery and recycled materials, then from this ‘trash’ he creates treasure, like model tractors and cars. His creative streak came after he saw someone’s creations in a magazine. “I saw what they had done and thought, ‘I […]

Students step back in time

By Emma Sharplin – The year 12 technology and woodwork students at Waiuku College are taking a step back in time as they prepare for an incredibly unique project for the community. Waiuku College is one of 15 schools nationwide that are taking part in the annual BCITO Build-Ability Challenge. This year they will recreate a street replica of […]

Hard work pays off for Mia

By Emma Sharplin – She may only be 12 years old, but Mia Sargent is a firm believer that hard work pays off. The Glenbrook School student was recently selected for the nationally renowned hiphop crew, Bubblegum, and they won the Street Dance New Zealand (SDNZ) National junior title. This will see Mia and the Bubblegum crew travel to the […]

Local vet still missing

Police are still appealing to the public for sightings of missing Whitford man and local veterinarian, John Prangley. John Prangley, who has been with the Franklin Vets Papakura branch since 1999, was last seen leaving his home in Whitford on Thursday, 13 April 2017. He has not made contact with family or friends and this has been described as out of […]

WOW Award

One of our readers would like to nominate Christine Robbins from the Waiuku Family Support group. Christine has been one of the long time volunteers at there, and her hard work and dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed. Our reader would especially like to recognise Christine for her commitment and hard work around project managing the recent building renovation. Christine has given […]

Letter: Rural recycling

Firstly, I would like to say Well Done to Claire Harris and her young sons for picking up the litter. I too, have contacted the council re collection of bags of litter that I have picked up around Pukekohe (in town) and sadly I have also been told 'don't do it' and you will have to get rid of the […]

Slow down in the valley

Students at Valley School were at their East Street entrance last week, encouraging motorists to slow down.  The Valley School Travelwise Team are working with Auckland Transport to promote safety around the school. This term, the school is promoting WOW—walking or wheeling to school. The students are encouraged to use the Walking School Buses, or park further away from the […]

Pukekohe Rotary raises $21,000 for AEDs

Rotary Pukekohe are gifting five AEDs to local response units, with funds raised from their successful charity golf tournament. The 19th annual Rotary Pukekohe Charity Golf tournament was held on Friday 21 April at the Pukekohe Golf course. This project saw them raise $21,000, which they say is of great credit to the many generous sponsors who supported the event, and […]

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