Jennian Homes win award

Jennian Homes Franklin, are the proud winners of a silver award in the PlaceMakers Volume/Group Housing New Home $450,000 – $700,000 category. This was awarded to them at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards held at SKYCITY Auckland last weekend.

Feedback: New World supermarket

Last week we asked for your feedback on the proposed New World for Paerata Road, Pukekohe. Here is what our readers had to say: Great news. We are in full support of a new world supermarket in Pukekohe. – K Spratt You wanted people to email their thoughts of the new “New World” that’s planned for Paerata-Pukekohe. I really don’t see […]

Port Waikato Hall’s future discussed

Waikato District Council held two constructive meetings in July with the Port Waikato Residents and Ratepayers Committee and the Port Waikato Hall Committee regarding future options for the hall.  As has been discussed with the community in the past, the rate of erosion at Sunset Beach and the location of the Port Waikato Hall mean that an alternative venue for […]

Valley School students ask hard questions

Room Seven at Valley School had the opportunity to grill Emma Sharplin recently, as she went in to chat to the students about reporting and article writing. Not used to being the one interviewed, the nerves certainly set in for Emma, as the students had a great list of questions to ask, including what made her want to become a […]

Pukekohe High students exhibit art

Pukekohe High School student artworks are to be housed in a permanent collection at Tutt Library Colorado College. Earlier this year, Year 13 painting and printmaking students were asked to make a protest sign about an issue significant to them. They could take the task seriously or humorously, but it had to be something they were willing to hold up […]

Tuakau Districts Sea Scouts on a fundraising mission

Tuakau Districts Sea Scouts are on a fundraising mission. Their aim is to fundraise enough to send 25 youth aged between ten and18, and six leaders to the 28th National Sea Scout Regatta being held in Wellington at the end of this year. This will be the third time Tuakau Sea Scouts have attended this event which is held every […]

Students win with Tiaki project

A group of students from Waiuku College were among ten high schools that took part in the Tiaki Expo for 2017. Waiuku College’s Tiaki group took part in the project for the first time, and took out the first place senior award on Friday 11 August. Cody Ohms, Cameron Slattery, Marius Jansen Van Rensburg, Gaby Gandionco, Tyla Stokes and Emily […]

Waikato teenagers inspired

Three teenagers arrived back at school this week after the trip of a lifetime to China. They were supported to apply for the trip as a result of joining a Waikato District youth action group. After joining the Te Kauwhata and Onewhero Youth Action Group to develop their leadership skills, Marina Wihongi (from Meremere) Caleb Monk and Tuene Henderson (both […]

Local governance flashback

The final celebration of the Waiuku War Memorial Hall centennial was a reunion of former Waiuku local governance organisations that have had the hall under their administration. Representatives of the former Waiuku Borough Council, the Waiuku Awhitu Community Board and the current administrators of the hall, the West Franklin Community Trust. The reunion saw many old friends and colleagues renewing […]

Yorkshire Day celebrated in Franklin

The members of the Yorkshire community came together in Franklin recently, to observe the national day given to promote the historic English County. The local community started observing Yorkshire Day in 2010 after several members learnt about the dedicated day during a visit to the UK in late 2007. This year several events were organised, including a day of activities […]


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