Beryl votes for 30th time

Age was no excuse for Waiuku’s Beryl Baguely who voted in this year’s election. The 108 year old, along with residents at Franklin Memorial Hospital were invited to vote on Wednesday 20 September, with Beryl voting in what is possibly her thirtieth election. Beryl was born in 1909.

Falling windows cause scare on Pukekohe’s King Street

A simple walk down the main street of town turned into a frightening experience for several locals just after midday, Tuesday 26 September, after high winds caused a window pane to blow out and smash onto the footpath below. The locals were walking on King Street, Pukekohe, when a window pane from the abandoned Pukekohe Arcade crashed down. Luckily, no […]

His Word – Who Created God

I came across a short film clip, where an average Christian Joe was being seriously mocked by a University Professor type about, “Who made God,” and his reply was amazing and very advanced, so I will endeavour to do him justice and yet explain it in something that we all can better understand, and let academics play in advance mental […]

Nats take it out, but Labour makes the big gains

“Let’s do this!” was Labour’s byline. On Saturday night as the election drew to a close, it seemed the message had gotten through. At least to many in the Hunua and Waikato electorates. With a party vote increase from 13.1% to 20.9%* in the Hunua electorate, and 14.7% to 23.2%* in the Waikato electorate, Labour made the big gains on […]

Wild weather causing vege worries

Horticulture New Zealand are warning that a shortage of spring vegetables is likely, and this will affect prices. “Our growers are telling us that rain has been plentiful since March. Significant hail storms have damaged some crops which will affect the quality and the quantity of vegetables”, said Chief executive Mike Chapman. “Consumers need to understand that lower than normal […]

Patumahoe Calf Club Day

It felt like summer on Saturday 23 September at Patumahoe School’s Calf Club Day. With fresh produce, games, stalls and snowcones, along with goats, calves, lambs and chickens on display, it was a day everyone could enjoy.

Happy handover for Hospice

It was a joyful occasion on Monday 18 September as Franklin Hospice received a generous donation from the Pukekohe Hot Rod Club. Each year, the club chooses an organisation to support, and this year they were proud to present a cheque for $1000 to the charitable organisation. Franklin Hospice provide services for people with life-limiting illnesses, allowing them to stay […]

Fun garden projects for the school holidays

National Gardening Week returns 6th-13th October and it is the perfect time to educate children about the joy of gardening and all the fun things to do.  The Week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature.  Gardener and author, Sarah O’Neil […]

Speak up and have your say on growth

Land around Drury and Pukekohe-Paerata has been identified for future urban development. This is to accommodate significant growth over the next 10-20 years. Auckland Council is preparing structure plans for these two areas. Public feedback is now being sought, on the opportunities and constraints for housing and business development. Structure planning is the first step in considering how and when […]

Shani gets set to inspire

Concern for the plight of refugees. Desensitised towards poverty. These are not the usual concerns expressed by the teen generation. But then Shani Apelu doesn’t strike you as an average teenager either. Shani, a prefect in her final year at Pukekohe High School, has been selected as a 40 Hour Famine Youth Ambassador. “The World Vision people called to tell […]


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