Hitting cows on rural roads

Just some simple advice—use your high-beam lights on rural roads at night, dim them of course when following other traffic or for opposite traffic. It gives you a lot more time to react. An added advantage is that opposite traffic sees you much earlier and will not be tempted to cut corners! By the way, I was also taught to use […]

Festival brings out Franklin’s finest

It was a fine affair as the Franklin Arts Festival Awards evening was held on Friday 1 September at the Pukekohe Town Hall. Thousands of photographs, paintings and sculptures were entered this year, in what was the largest festival to date. The overall winner was Debbie McLachlan from Epsom, taking out the printmaking category and the supreme award sponsored by […]

Road Damage

Heading to Tauranga over the Kaimais. Reaching the lookout rest area, we alighted to have a cuppa and view the valleys. The noise from trucks grinding up from Matamata way was deafening. On leaving to go down to Bethlehem turn off, I counted 70 trucks of different agenda heading to the top. No wonder roads are in need of repair- […]

Shop owners and Police join together to combat crime

Offenders beware! Waiuku shop owners have had enough of falling victim to intimidation and petty crime. Over 60 Waiuku based shop owners, staff and concerned parties attended a meeting with Police on Wednesday night 30 August 2017, to discuss how to reduce crime in the Waiuku CBD area in response to a recent spate of petty theft and intimidation incidents. […]

A waste of time?

In the light of a vehicle rolling on Karioitahi Beach recently, it has been brought to our attention that the vehicle was not registered with a permit, so the driver should not have been on the beach at all. Upon further investigation, it doesn’t appear that the driver will be facing any consequences from the lack of a permit, or […]

Candidates meet as election nears

The election rolls around every three years. For those who argue that politics is boring, think again, as this year has been one of the juiciest ever. With shock confessions and resignations, it’s like something out of a TV drama. However, no matter how much is printed or broadcast about the election, it seems the public’s interest is not there. […]

A note from Emma’s desk

I have been put into some situations that have been really out of my comfort zone in my line of work. Being put into a supertruck, walking to the top of a dairy factory for a front page photo when I am ridiculously scared of heights, and having to interview the Prime Minister just to name a few. But nothing, […]


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