New programme to boost kids self-esteem

Six children chosen from three Franklin schools are getting the chance to take part in a new sports and fitness programme, that aims to boost their self-esteem and strengthen their social skills. The ten week Creating Future Leaders programme, which began last week, is the brainchild of Kaz Orr. Kaz is one of three social workers who work for ten […]

Karaka Museum celebrate

On Sunday 7 May the Karaka Historical Society celebrated their twentieth birthday. President Violet Eggleton welcomed guests and committee members to an afternoon tea in the Karaka War Memorial Hall. She particularly made welcome the President for the first five—and formative years—Mr John Tucker. The Historical Society was successful in getting $50,000 interest free loan form Franklin District Council to start their […]

A note from Emma’s Desk

I am meant to be a person who is great with words—I work with them day in and day out. Some would even say that I am a person who speaks far too many words at times. But words are failing me right now on just how we are all feeling about the sudden departure of our one in a […]

Pokeno advocate honoured

  Proactive, enthusiastic and a great listener are just a few of the reasons why Helen Clotworthy was recognised at the Waikato District Council biennial Mayoral Community Awards recently. The award came as a bit of a surprise for Helen, who has been a resident and advocate for the Pokeno township for over 40 years. “In the beginning, when I […]

Trip to Antarctica gets seal of approval

 Two former Pukekohe High School students have taken a humbling trip to the most southern, and chilliest, continent on earth, Antarctica. Zach Butters and Olivia Pointon, recently completed a postgraduate course in Antarctic studies at the University of Canterbury, which allowed them spend two weeks on the ice. Before leaving on the field trip, they studied the continent and the […]

Waiuku Museum’s golden year

On Sunday 29 April the Waiuku Museum Society celebrated exactly 50 years since they opened their doors for the first public visitors. The Society had been officially formed on 8 July 1965 but it took two years of hard work and preparations to establish their displays. Some of the original members and current supporters of the Museum attended an afternoon tea. Guests […]

Gold service award for Grant

Local hockey identity, Grant Litchfield, has been awarded with a Gold Service Award at the 2017 Hockey New Zealand Awards. Held at the Ibis Ellerslie Hotel earlier this month, Grant has been acknowledged for his dedication to the game in a non-playing capacity. The awards recognises a minimum of fifteen years service, yet Grant was awarded the highest level, which […]

Pukekohe bands power their way to regional finals

By Yana O’Gorman Pukekohe High School music students struck a chord with audiences and judges at the Smokefree Rockquest regional heats, with two of their bands making it through to the top 13 teams, and on to the regional finals. Year 10 student Richard Petty, year 12 William McIntosh, and year 13 students Jak Hartley and Reece Hoskins make […]

Students on right paths see results

By Emma Sharplin – For the third year a in row, Tuakau College has been personally congratulated by the Minister of Education, Hon. Hekia Parata, for their outstanding overall NCEA results. The significant improvements in  NCEA Levels, 1, 2 and 3 were better than Principal, Chris Betty, had predicted. “We were all grinning like Cheshire cats with the results. We are […]

Celebrating the many roles of men in ECE

Did you know that men only make up only 2% of the population of teaching staff in mainstream early childhood education in New Zealand? EC-Menz, a New Zealand’s nationwide network supporting men in the field of early childhood education (ECE), has a goal to change that. Earlier this month, they held their eleventh annual national summit—Blokes in Auckland (Tamaki), at […]

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