In Focus

Jeanette Schimanski snapped this photo of the Port Waikato wharf from Cobourne Reserve last Tuesday 20 June.

Pukekohe racer eyes Championship title

Pukekohe Formula Masters Series driver, and Waikato University Student Taylor Cockerton is placed second overall on the points table after reaching podium placings in the third round of the 2017 China series. After three races at the Zhuhai International Circuit, in China, he also came away with a win, second and fourth places. He now sits behind China's Daniel Lu […]

Community donates food generously

By Emma Sharplin – As part of the National Parent Centre week celebrations, the team behind the Franklin Parent Centre banded together to complete a food drive for the Waiuku Family Support Network. National Parent Centre week is celebrating 65 years of supporting great parents to grow great children, and centres are encouraged to take part in community focused […]

Quota’s award winning Antiques Fair is back

Plans are well underway for the 2017, 28th Annual Antique Fair by members of Quota International of Papakura. The award-winning fair has been described as one of the best by antiques dealers and is now the longest running Antiquse Fair in New Zealand. The Antiques Fair will be held in the Drury School Hall on Youngs Crescent, Drury on Saturday […]

New classrooms for Eden Christian Academy

Eden Christian Academy held an official opening last Sunday for their new classrooms. Plans for the facility began in May 2016 and exactly a year later, were completed. The facility holds two specialist classrooms, for sciences and for Information and Communication Technology (ICT). There are also bathroom facilities for the senior students. The decision to make more classrooms was to […]

Franklin pool players represent in Pennsylvania

Three Franklin locals have come back winners after attending the VNEA World Pool Junior Championships in Erie, Pennsylvania. 17 year old Geffrina Harwood from Tuakau came first with her teammates from Christchurch and Auckland. Their team, the OB Cues Southern Stars, were crowned the 2017 Junior VNEA Team World Championship winners.  13 year old Zabian Jeram also from Tuakau, and […]

Downer undertakes station construction

Auckland Transport has chosen Downer to undertake the main construction works on the Pukekohe Station upgrade after a competitive tender process. The $15.4 million project will cover the build of the new park and ride area, improved bus station facilities and a pedestrian overbridge at the new integrated bus and train station. Construction is due to begin in July and […]

Fishing with Smudge – June 2017

While I am a big fan of winter fishing even I have to admit that it has been pretty tough over the last month or so. The good days will come. I hope. As they say that’s why it’s called fishing and not catching! If you do manage to get out, there will be some snapper and gurnard somewhere in […]

Crane called for crash

Motorists were delayed when Glenbrook Road was closed last Tuesday, as a crane was called to help clear the road from an earlier crash. A truck was involved in a crash on Tuesday 20 June 2017, and the trailer needed to be lifted back onto the road to enable the route to be clear. The section of Glenbrook Road in […]

Tiley eyeing Australian spring campaign

Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley is currently testing the waters in Victoria with promising stayer Megablast ahead of a potential Australian spring campaign for the grey gelding. The Shinko King five-year-old finsished finished a close second at Mooney Valley on Saturday. “We’ve come here (Melbourne) because we’re seriously considering bringing him back in the spring and we just wanted to bring […]

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