Plenty Of Muddy Action at Zone Day

On Thursday last week, with thunderous looking clouds looming, the best Year 5 – 8 cross country runners from the Franklin region battled it out at the Pukekohe Showgrounds for the Zone Day Cross Country Competition. To reach this stage, all runners had to have placed well in their school cross country event to qualify for the Group Day Cross […]

Franklin United Match Day Report – U19 Match

Franklin United were ready to play against the only team to have beaten them in the first round, East Coast Bays.  Franklin were struggling for players due to several factors but were still able to put out a very competitive team.   Franklin quickly settled into their routine style and soon took the lead and were creating some good chances one […]

Acclaimed sculptor wins Supreme Award

Acclaimed Waiuku sculptor Fred Graham has been awarded the Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu (Supreme Award) at the 2017 Te Waka Toi Awards for excellence in Māori Art. One of the most influential figures in Māori art over more than five decades, Fred Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui), started the Māori contemporary art movement in the […]

Little Ants make a big difference

The children and staff of Little Ants have been very busy recently working to help a sick friend. Grayson Swann, one of the children at Little Ants was recently diagnosed with leukaemia. “It has been a tough time for him and his family, so we wanted to do something to try to help,” said centre manager Linda Dyer. “Daffodil day […]

A draw sees Franklin’s hopes dashed

Franklin United 0 – Waitemata 0    Franklin United travelled to Waitemata this weekend knowing that a win would preserve their spot in Division 1.  The game started with Waitemata on the attack and clearly in no mood to do Franklin any favours. Using both wings they managed a number of raids into the Franklin penalty area only to be […]

New Freedom Camping bylaw to be developed

Auckland Council is to develop a new region-wide bylaw to manage the demands caused by the growth of freedom camping across Auckland. The council’s Regulatory Committee agreed earlier in August, that a new bylaw will be developed under the Freedom Camping Act 2011. Under the Act, freedom camping is permitted everywhere in a local authority area unless it is prohibited […]

98th bull sale coming to Tuakau

The Franklin Jersery Breeders are holding their 98th Bull Sale at the Tuakau Saleyards on Tuesday 12 September. This is the oldest bull sale if it’s type, in New Zealand, and started as a two day sale in 1919 with around 200 bulls on offer. The fact that it has lasted so long is testament to the good supply and […]

Where to vote

      You can vote from Monday 11 September to Friday 22 September at any advance voting place. You can also enrol, check or update your details at the same time. On election day, Saturday 23 September, all voting places will be open from 9.00am to 7.00pm. Advance Voting Places If you want to vote before election day, for any reason, […]

Adventure runner meets Paralympian

When Waiuku’s Michael Johnson was asked to catch up with adventure racer, Marcelo Vanzuita, who was running the length of the North Island for Paralympics New Zealand, his initial thought was ‘this guy is crazy!’ But that soon changed after the Paralympic shooter spent nearly two hours chatting to Marcelo at the Tuakau Hotel, after he had spent the day […]

Strathallan students raise $1900

ACG Strathallan students of all ages celebrated Daffodil Day with a raft of activities to raise awareness and funds for The Cancer Society. Senior students dressed in yellow, sold Cancer Society bracelets and broaches and ran swing ball, giant Jenga, noughts and crosses and music activities at lunchtime to markraise funds. Primary students took part in a colouring competition while […]

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