Privet Control

Privet is such a serious contributor to hay fever and asthma that it should be mandatory to remove any specimens from ones property.  I don’t know of anything that has such a negative impact on people’s lives which is not controlled or totally forbidden. Mark Treadgold, Franklin

Waiuku Skatepark Upgrade begins

The dream of the Waiuku Skatepark Upgrade is becoming a reality, as stage one has recently begun construction. Since 2014, the committee have been fundraising extensively to upgrade the park, which is situated on Queen Street. The Franklin Local Board confirmed that $65,000 had been allocated for stage one of the upgrade of the park, and that further $65,000 would […]

Westpac called to Awhitu twice in one week

On Monday 26 June 2017, at 2.35pm, The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helipcoter crew of W1 were tasked to Awhitu. A male patient in his 80s was suffering a medical complaint. He was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a moderate condition. Only two days later on Wednesday 28 June 2017, at 1.55 pm, W2 was tasked to Pollok. The Crew were […]

Onewhero to face Lions supporters

A slice of Britain will come to Onewhero as the Honey Badgers take on the Lions supporters in a rugby match this Thursday 6 July. Andrew MacEwan has been the driving force behind the game and wants to show the supporters some good old New Zealand Country Club hospitality. “I was at the match we had at the club 12 […]

In Focus: Muddy Waikato River

Stuart Graham sent in this photo of the Waikato River in flood, back in April from Onepoto Hill.

A note from Emma’s desk

I am going to be completely honest here, I don’t really follow our national sports teams. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is great that New Zealand has such a strong sporting influence over countries who are ten times our size. I am just not about to jump on the band wagon and post a social media status about […]

New band gets ‘real’

Learning came alive last Monday when students from Pukekohe and Waiuku played in public after meeting just three months ago. The band, Secondary Soundz, were taking part in a new venture by the Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) Auckland office.  As New Zealand’s state distance education provider with over 23,000 students, the school finds innovative ways to enable students […]

Counties Power national finalists

Local power distribution company, Counties Power, has been announced as a finalist in a nationwide energy awards competition. The company is one of four in the running for the Innovation in Energy category at the prestigious Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards. Counties Power’s award entry is INDI, the new high-tech on-line system that delivers automated fault identification and servicing. The system […]

His Word – Parakletos: Our Friend

Jesus Promised the Disciples; “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient that I go away: for if I don’t, go away, the Comforter (Greek: Parakletos) will not come unto you, but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7 AKJV. Facing difficult and stressful situations we always need someone alongside us. Someone who understands us […]

BCITO helping construct futures

By Emma Sharplin – Local students were taken for a grand tour of several construction sites around Franklin last Thursday 29 June, in hope of encouraging more to step into a career in the trade sector. The Big Construction Tour is held every year, and is organised by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). The tour takes […]

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