Co-Captains return for Steelers away clash against Canterbury

PIC Counties Manukau Steelers welcome back Co-Captains Jimmy Tupou and Augustine Pulu for their Mitre 10 Cup match against Canterbury in Christchurch on Wednesday evening. The match, which doubles as a Ranfurly Shield challenge, is four years almost to the day since the PIC Steelers won the symbol of supremacy in New Zealand provincial rugby for the first time in […]

Julia takes out Awhitu’s open day tournament

A good number of golfers assembled for Awhitu Golf’s August Open Day tournament. The event was generously sponsored by club members Ernst and Daniela Schwarz. Julia Kuggeleijn was the major prizewinner of the day taking away the leading lady golfer award with a 72 net score, longest drive and nearest the pin on the tenth, which she converted into the […]

Franklin JPs recognised

In August, eighty-six Justices of the Peace from the Franklin and Districts Justices of the Peace Association, gathered for their annual luncheon.  Barry Watkin, a retired paramedic from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust, was the guest speaker for the event, providing a very interesting first-hand account of the work carried out by the Trust. A total of $930 was contributed […]

Franklin Pakeke Lions Club closes

It has been a fabulous run for the Franklin Pakeke Lions Club, but after 34 years of service to the Franklin and wider community, they closed their doors at the end of June this year. While membership numbers were strong, too many restrictions imposed by age and physical limitations led to a situation where there were insufficient able-bodied members available […]

Pukekohe Dominate club nationals

Indoor bowlers from the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club dominated the men’s and women’s club nationals held recently. The men’s nationals were held in Upper Hutt in June, with the Pukekohe team coming away with two titles and a runner up. Their first title came in the men’s pair with Roger Andrew at skip and Jason Parker at lead. Both bowlers showed […]

Rare Opportunity for keen kids

This summer, the North Island Colgate Games will celebrate its 40th anniversary, and Auckland has been chosen as the location. The event is open to children aged 7-14 and will be held at Mt Smart Stadium, providing a fantastic opportunity for kids to get involved with athletics, and to compete in a large scale competition without costing Mums and Dads […]

$100,000 raised for Big Buddy programme

The sale of a G.J. Gardner Home in Pukekohe is expected to raise over $100,000 for the mentoring program Big Buddy. Big Buddy, a New Zealand organisation that partners fatherless boys with a positive male role model, hopes to expand to more regions across the country. But with only 9% of funding coming from the Government, they rely on the […]

Kurtis Selected to take on the Aussies

If running 60 to 80kms per week, and traipsing up and down hills as part of your weekly training regime sounds like hard work, you’re not Kurtis Shuker. The 18 year old Waiuku College student has been selected to represent New Zealand as part of a four strong team, competing for the Southern Cross Trophy at the upcoming 2017 Australian […]

Calf Club dates 2017

It’s a favourite time for children and parents alike as Franklin schools put on their annual calf club days. Here is a list of schools holding calf club/agriculture/country life days this year. Go along and check out the fun on offer while supporting your school, and don’t forget to say hello to the friendly animals and celebrate the hard work […]


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