Repair work to damaged roads begins

Repair work on roads in the Waikato District closed by the storms in April have begun.  Roads still closed include Koheroa Rd (Mercer), Pioneer Road (Pokeno), Clarke and Denize Road (Pukekawa). After an extensive period of road assessment throughout the district, Waikato District Council staff will undertake a work programme consisting of short term repairs to damaged roads, prioritising those […]

Young Footballers tackle Tournament

Schools in Franklin took part in the Franklin Schools Football Tournament on Thursday 25 May. A record 62 teams took place, the most so far.  Year three and four students participated in the event, and while there was plenty of fog, that didn't stop the youngsters from having a go. Muddy shoes, wet socks and grassy shins were a sign […]

Young rugby players tear up the field

Simon Brown took this photo of David Waru, Kees Hobman and Aiden White, playing for the Under 8s at Waiuku Rugby Club on Saturday 20 May. 

Winter Bowls at Pukekohe Cossie Club

Winter lawn bowls is under way at the Pukekohe Cossie Club. Every Thursday afternoon from 12.30 bowlers gather for a friendly afternoon of two games of bowls with a break for a cuppa and biscuits. In the photo is a famous bowler from Waiuku, offering direction to his skip, while a Buckland bowler casually observes the progress. Watching in the […]

Mahanihani Project calls on community

Two years ago a significant community project was launched at Manukau Heads when 50 locals and visitors planted 2000 trees grown by Awhitu Landcare. This was the beginning of the Mahanihani Project—restoring a remnant of native bush containing threatened plants. Despite fierce westerly winds, which was not unusual for Manukau Heads, the planting was a great success and everyone had […]

Frosty plunge for local swim facility

It has been a chilly few weeks for members of Belgravia’s Franklin Pool & Leisure group in Pukekohe. After the heat pumps failed in early April, the lack of heating in the lap and toddlers pool has prevented use of those facilities, including causing disruption to several swimming classes during this time. While the manager of the facility was unable […]

Sponsors Day delights

As a way of saying thanks, and giving back to those who support them, the Waiuku Rugby Club held their annual Sponsors’ Day on Saturday 27 May. With both Waiuku teams playing on home turf, the sponsors and supporters were delivered a real treat watching the Reserves and Premiers play action packed games. Pictured right: Waiuku’s main sponsors, Hannah Cassidy, […]

Groups ready to take action

Emma Sharplin – Youth are often branded as trouble makers, but this group of teenagers are planning on putting an end to that stigma. The Youth Action Group at Tuakau College are hoping to make a difference in their community by planting fruit trees in local backyards. The initiative has come from a “Govern Up” youth programme, which is […]

Please return stolen phone

At about 3.56pm on Monday 15 May 2017, an elderly lady purchased a pizza from ‘Just Pizza’ on Queen street, Waiuku. She had her wallet, containing money cards etc, in her hand, but forgot her hand bag, which she had placed on a seat in the shop, when she left. This seat is out of sight of the staff behind […]

Sophie commended for big heart

Yana O’Gorman – Sophie Griffiths is a young girl with a big heart. Her desire to help others has been recognised by HELL, as the runner up in the Satan’s Biggest Little Helper. The inaugural awards were established by HELL on the back of its Satan’s Little Helper programme, which has been running since 2013. The SLH programme aims […]

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