Hobby photographer takes international shot

A self described hobby photographer, Doug Crowther has won the Lions Clubs International Environmental Photo contest. Held at the Centennial Convention in Chicago, Doug’s award winning shot of two starlings in an aerial combat was selected by public vote from 61 finalists entered from countries around the world. The Lions Clubs International Environmental Photo is an annual photo competition and […]

Students persuade with speeches

The 28th Waiuku Rotary Speech contest was held on Wednesday 5 July, with students from schools throughout west Franklin taking part. Held at the Waiuku War Memorial Hall, there were a range of speech topics including, women’s rights, gender discrimination, environmental pollution, animal testing and why war is not okay. The calibre of talent was high and it was a […]

Authors share stories

After 23 years of hosting Festival Family Days throughout New Zealand, the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand brought its Festival Story Tour directly to schools throughout New Zealand. In the last week of June, this dynamic and exciting interactive tour which consisted of presentations and storytelling, visited View Road, Sandspit School and Waiuku College. Storylines Children’s Literature […]

Summiting Mt Kilimanjaro for mental health

Paul Emery is a man on a mission, to help raise awareness and make a difference for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. As well as fundraising $4000 to help this national charity continue their work, Paul is taking his campaign one step further by summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. While Paul enjoys the occasional walk or two for […]

Waiuku’s newest novelist

Joanne Ganley is officially a published novelist. The 59 year old Waiuku resident has recently self-published her latest novel, ‘Third Person Present’. The story focuses on three aspiring writers who enrol in an online writing course and covers themes of struggles in personal life, friendships, and relationships and was drawn out of Joanne’s own experiences of becoming a writer. While […]

Waiuku Golf Results

Waiuku Golf Results Tuesday 4 July Haggle 1st Michael Croucher 38 2nd Jury Reedy 38 3rd Wiremu King 36 Two`s Graham Hira Wayne Nepia Saturday 8 July Haggle Div One 1st Fred Watts 39 2nd Wiremu King 38 3rd Grant Wilcock 37 Div Two 1st Kalvin Lowe 44 2nd Brian Deadman 3rd Arataki Minhinnick 38 Best Gross Div One Fred […]

Counties Power Rugby Round Up

A thrilling finish to the round robin saw Bombay Gough Cat and Karaka book home semifinals where they will play Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors and Patumahoe Hotel respectively. The tight finish caps a terrific regular season in Counties Manukau club rugby this season. Pukekohe Mitre 10 Mega did their part in trying to sneak a playoff spot – winning […]

Prize winners at golf open day

A small number of players took part in Awhitu Golf Club’s June Open Day tournament. This was their third open day event for 2017 and was sponsored by Bugs Bleeker from Special Wire & Tube, who also presented the prizes to the winning players. The Onewhero visitors scooped the main prize table with Brenda Tulp recording the best stableford score […]

Car crashes into ditch

On Thursday 6 July 2017, a car crashed into a ditch along Waiuku Road. The crash occurred at 6:20pm, just near Puni, and while Police were called, fortunately no one was injured.    

A note from Emma’s Desk

Again, I apologise to our readers for not watching the All Blacks vs Lions match over the weekend. I didn’t really need to, as not even five minutes into the game the Facebook commentators and keyboard/smartphone referees had already started. Judging by some of the comments it seemed to be a close game! But then again, it got me thinking […]


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