2017-05-30 E-Edition

Young rider wins national award

At only six years old, Pukekohe’s Alexia Thomas is an award winning horse rider. She has recently won a national youth award at the New Zealand Arabian Horse Breeders Society National Championships, making her the youngest rider and handler top compete at a NZ Arabian national show at the tender age of five years old. Further to that, Alexia won […]

Letter – Buckland Anzac Service

Thanks for the reports on various Anzac Day parades, except there was one glaring omission—Buckland. This little country service (about 150 attend), held with the highway through the village closed off by police is a delightful, intimate occasion, in which everyone feels very much part of it. Andrew Bayly, our local MP, attended this year, poems were read by young […]

Offroaders gear up for Woodhill

Waiuku Offroad Racers Justin Davies and Gerrard Chitty ‘Chitz’ are gearing up for the Woodhill 100. The annual race is one of the longest running offroad competitions in New Zealand, and is described as the oldest, fastest, toughest, one-day endurance races. Taking place over Queen’s Birthday weekend, on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June, Justin and Chitz are preparing their […]

End of another season

By Zoe Allan  The Waiuku Yacht Club season has ended and the water has turned cold. We had another great season and here’s some of the highlights. The start of the season greeted us with harsh conditions, wind and rain—one day we even had waves! As we neared Christmas the weather evened out and we had some great sailing days. […]

Franklin Basketball shoot into season

The teams at the Franklin Basketball Club have had a successful start to the season, coming away with several placings from tournaments held across the region.  In April,  both the Franklin U15 and U17 girls teams made it to their finals after five weeks of tournaments. Beating both the Counties and Auckland teams, the final game score was 42 to 33 […]

Future PM clear for Cody

Cody Ohms is a teenager who is certain on his career choice for his future, and is currently ensuring that he takes the correct steps to succeed. The Waiuku College student has his sights set on politics, and after a recent meeting with Prime Minister, Bill English, Cody is certain that he wants to follow in his footsteps. After being […]

Onewhero’s own Calendar Girls

Franklin ladies braved a chilly afternoon to take their tops off to help raise funds for cancer research. With their latest play, Calendar Girls, about to hit the stage, the ladies at the Onewhero Society of Performing Arts have been inspired to produce a calendar of their own which follows a similar storyline to their performance. On Saturday 13 May […]

From Waiuku to space

When Alex Anderson was a teenager growing up in Waiuku, he read a lot of science fiction and dreamt of one day “building futuristic things like robots”. Today Alex has arguably done even better than that. At 30 years old, he has graduated from the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and now builds rockets […]

Awhitu Golf Open Day

A good selection of golfers from visiting Clubs took part in the most recent Open Day held at the Awhitu Golf course in April.  The best score of the day was from local player Glenn Harper with a 76 as well as taking the longest drive prize, nearest the pin on the 10th hole and the only two.   Karl […]


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