Northern Stars train local netballers

Northern Stars players, captain Leana de Bruin and Sulu Fitzpatrick were at Waiuku Netball Centre launching a new netball training session on Thursday 25 May. The skill-based training sessions aim to give netballers in smaller populated areas the chance to experience and receive top quality training to improve their game. Leana de Bruin is spearheading the new programme. “I started […]

Community stands up against drugs

Around 100 people marched on Sunday morning to raise awareness and support against methamphetamine use in the community. The Kotahitanga Hikoi began at Tahuna Marae in Waiuku, and finished at the rugby league fields in Hamilton Drive, where guest speakers and community resource groups were made available to share experiences and to offer support. The main aim of the Hikoi […]

Local Westpac supports appeal

It has been a month of baking and fundraising for the Pukekohe Branch of Westpac, as the team have fully backed the annual Chopper Appeal. Running throughout May, the Westpac Chopper Appeal is the national fundraising event where awareness and funds are raised for the charities that provide New Zealand’s rescue helicopter services. One hundred perecent of the money raised […]

Port Waikato tickled pink

The fifth Port Waikato Pink Ribbon Breakfast was held on Saturday 27 May, and it has been described as a huge success. Attended by over 100 people, everyone dressed in their favourite shades of pink. This year, the committee were grateful to have a Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Ambassador, Jacquie Nairn, attend as a guest speaker. Jacquie, who is well […]

Waiau Pa School gets some TLC

Microscopes, lightbulbs, worms and snail shells. A combination of things that students from Waiau Pa Primary School explored and learnt about when the Tread Lightly Caravan (TLC) visited their school last week. Experiencing the best of enviro-learning, the classes spent one and a half hour sessions participating in activities that helped them to understand their environment and the impacts their […]

AFS celebrates 70 years

The South Auckland Chapter of AFS New Zealand celebrated 70 years of the organisation earlier in May. AFS offers international exchanges, study abroad and volunteer programmes. On May 12 and 13, AFS New Zealand held a celebratory evening at the St Matthews Church, with several of the AFS students from abroad, host parents, volunteers and past and present participants in […]

Car vs power pole

Patumahoe Volunteer Fire Brigade had an early wake up on Tuesday 9 May after being called to a motor vehicle accident.  The driver lost control of his vehicle, taking out a power pole and fence on Woodhouse Road around 1:40am.  More than half of Patumahoe lost power, including the Fire Station. The driver of the car walked away relatively unharmed, […]

Siren Sounded – Waiuku

  4th 08.03am Country Club Lane Medical 5th 04.34am Glenbrook Rd Flooding 5th 13.39pm Mission Bush Rd MVA (Motor vehicle Accident) 8th 20.07pm Queen St PFA (Personal Fire Alarm) 15th 23.39pm McLarin Rd Medical 17th 11.58am Glenbrook Rd MVA 19th 05.33am Waiuku Rd MVA 20th 19.34pm Noble St Caravan on fire 22nd 17.23pm Grahams Beach Rd Vegetation 22nd 17.51pm Collingwood […]

Franklin’s future in your hands

A series of feedback sessions are approaching, with your chance to share your thoughts. Franklin Local board are asking for feedback on the draft plan, which outlines projects and outcomes they want to focus on over the next three years. One issue the local board is keen to get community feedback on is whether it should investigate a local targeted […]

Adult Literacy available in Franklin

Adult Literacy Franklin (ALF) provides free education for adults in literacy skills. ALF also offer Home Based Learning which is structured around student’s needs. With flexible timing, and providing all the resources the students need, the programme sees results. “They can study a range of levels and subjects, from learning to learn, and financial literacy through to preparing for work. […]


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