No plea from Palms Rest Home thief

A 20 year old woman who stole from the Palms rest home appeared in Pukekohe District Court last week. The woman, who worked as a cleaner at the Palms stole items from residents. She was dismissed from her job after staff found out. She has not yet entered a plea for stealing close to $30,000 worth of money,jewellery and money […]

New President for relativity new club

Meet the new President for the Rotary Club of Franklin, which is quite a new club itself. Karen Yates of Pukekohe has recently been elected to the role, and says that she hopes she can do her predecessor justice. Karen, who moved to the Franklin area 18 months ago from the North Shore, says she originally joined the club to […]

Andrew Little in Pukekohe

The local Labour Candidate for Hunua, Ms Baljit Kaur, said she enjoyed welcoming the leader of the Labour Party, Andrew Little to the Pukekohe Markets  on a wet winter Saturday 8 July. Ms Baljit Kaur was there to greet him, and along with a team of supporters, took a walk around the market, chatting with most of the stall holders […]

Westpac Daily Missions for the week ending Monday 17 July 2017

Monday 10 July 2017, 544 2.52am W2 Grahams Beach – Crew tasked to Grahams Beach to assist a male patient in his 80s who was suffering a medical complaint. He was transported to Middlemore Hospital in a moderate condition. Thursday 13 July 2017, 548 11.00am W2 Waiuku – Crew tasked to Waiuku to assist a male patient in his 70s suffering a medical complaint. […]

MPI no longer involved in possum investigation

Last week, Ministry of Primary Industries confirmed that they are no longer involved with the investigation into a fundraising possum hunt after concerns were raised over the way baby joeys were disposed of. The possum hunt was held from Thursday 22 June until Saturday 25 June, which saw hundreds of adult possums killed for Drury School’s annual fundraiser. According to witnesses, young […]

‘Check-out chick’ humbled by win

When the placings were being called for Checker of the Year South Auckland, Sam Gray thought she had done ‘okay’ to place in the lower end of the top 12. So you can imagine her surprise when the Pukekohe Pak’nSave ‘check-out chick’ was called out for second place in her region. This was the first time that the former Tuakau College student had […]

Iconic weeping willow removed

The iconic willow tree that featured on the Tamakae Wharf in Waiuku was removed Wednesday 12 July. The tree, which had heritage protection, was cut down after Auckland Council applied for resource consent to have it removed due to it affecting the upgrade of the historical wharf. Council stated that the location makes it logistically hard to work on the area, and […]

In Focus

A rather eerie looking photograph taken by Jeanette Schimanski of the full moon coming up behind the Vodafone tower on Sunday 9 July. To have your photograph featured, email your submission to  

Drury Rotary celebrates year of community service achievements

The Rotary Club of Drury celebrated the past year’s community service achievements at the weekend as it welcomed new president Dr Iain Wakefield for the coming year. Addressing members and guests at the Club’s annual changeover, outgoing president Trish Hayward outlined the achievements during the 2016-17 year. This included four major projects. The Club ran a golf tournament that raised […]

Franklin District broadband data consumption soaring

 According to statistics released by Chorus at the end of May, Franklin District households are consuming 57% more broadband data than last year, an increase driven by surging demand for streaming services such as Netflix. The average Franklin District home used 155GB of broadband data on Chorus’ copper and fibre networks in April 2017 compared to 99GB in April 2016. […]

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