Police Patch 10 October 2017

This week we got another indication that Auckland is getting closer. Like it or not, we are part Auckland. You will have noticed a lot more new people in the area and on the Glenbrook Road in the morning or afternoon. It is a steady flow of traffic heading in or out of town. So as the sprawl of the […]


I consider myself to be pretty open minded. But a recent experience caused me to question just how open minded I should be. Having drawn the short straw, it was my job to traipse through the supermarket aisles, replenishing the endless amount of food my kids seem to devour these days. They’re only nine and eleven. I hate to think what […]

CAB report shows employers breaking law

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have released a report that shows many employers are breaking the law in Papakura and surrounding Franklin by denying workers their entitlement to a written employment agreement. “When there is no written employment agreement, employees are vulnerable to being treated badly by their employer” said Judy Boyd Manager of Citizens Advice Bureau, Papakura. “When people come to […]

McLaren Formula 1 car on display

Formula 1 fans can take a glimpse back in to the past as the McLaren Formula 1 car will be on display at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park this month. As part of the celebration of 50 years since the Formula 1 World Championship win by Kiwi driver Denny Hulme in 1967, his car, the McLaren M23 will be on display. […]

Trust treats teens to day out

Last week, The Franklin Silver Lining Trust held it’s October “Teen Day Out”. The Trust offers support to families in the local community who are facing adversity. Over 1000 families have received support since the Trust was founded nearly ten years ago. For the “Teen Day Out”, local schools were asked to nominate children aged between 11-13 years-old to attend […]

Butter prices

The price we pay for New Zealand butter is $6 or more for 500 grams. We all need a certain amount of butter a day, to balance body functions. Fonterra just paid $8million to Theo Spierings their executive. This equals a $160,000 per week raise. Have they lost the real plight in this country? Let’s get sane—drop the butter price. […]

Ride to make wishes come true

On Sunday 15 October, Counties Honda and Bayleys Counties will get their motors running for a good cause. They’ve joined forces to arrange a charity motorcycle ride for the Make-A-Wish charity. The charity grant wishes for children facing life threatening illnesses, giving hope, strength and joy, at a difficult time in their lives. Since inception, Make-A-Wish have granted over 2000 wishes. […]

Highest Scouting award for Bridget

It’s the highest award you can get in the Scouts arena, and one that Bridget has worked hard to achieve.  The nineteen year old from Pukekawa received her Queen’s Scout Award earlier in July. Signed by the Queen, and presented by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, Bridget was the first of her Venturers group at the Tuakau Districts Sea Scouts […]

No Vin Diesel, but more bang for buck at Hampton Downs

Innovation continues to take the flag at Hampton Downs. Owner Tony Quinn has now developed a “Fast & Furious Racing” concept. The goal is to deliver short, action-packed races that give spectators and drivers alike, more bang for their buck. Cars will line up on the starting grid in the usual 3×3 format. Three laps into the race, cars regroup behind […]

Awhitu Golf Open

Players enjoyed excellent spring conditions for the Club’s September Open Day. Player of the day was Glenn Harper who shot a good round of 74. Richard Brown who was part of a visiting group of players from the Maungakiekie Club had the best nett score of 66 in division two and was one of two players on the day with […]

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