1000 trees planted in Estuary

Around 1000 native plants from local nurseries were planted along the banks of the Tamakae Reserve over the weekend. On Saturday 1 July, a group of keen and resilient members of the community, including Deputy Mayor, Bill Cashmore, braved the wet weather conditions to replant the shorelines that have been cleared of mangroves by the Mudlarks. The aim of the […]

Navy Band wows capacity audience

On Sunday 2 July the Royal New Zealand Navy Band entertained a full house at the Waiuku War Memorial Hall. The concert was part of the centennial celebrations for the Hall and organised by Chief Petty Officer Michael Miller and West Franklin Community Trust’s, Bill Deed. The band played brackets of music from the 1950s through to this century, with the marches being […]

Silver Fern has a go at ball girl

Silver Fern, Grace Rasmussen, pictured centre, with Tara Coe and Monique Raaymakers, was the ball girl for the Otaua Senior netball team as they took on Frenz Blue on Saturday 1 July. Grace, who also plays for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, stuck around in Waiuku after being one of the guests of honour at the Waiuku Netball Centre’s 60th […]

Local farm owner nominated in industry awards

Owner of Nikau Coopworth, a leading sheep breeding operation, Kate Broadbent has been nominated for the Sheep Industry Awards for Parasite Resistance. Nikau Coopworth in Waikaretu has been selecting and breeding sheep for Facial Eczema and parasite tolerance for over 40 years. Originally from Canada, Kate fell in love with New Zealand on her OE in 1987. She spent her […]


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