Influential humanitarian ‘honoured’

Franklin local, Peter Fa’afiu, has described being named as an Influential Humanitarian by University of Auckland as ‘an honour.’ The Pukekohe resident has been named as one of the inaugural influential 40 Alumni under 40 years of age, after a number of leaders in their fields nominated him for his work with communities. “They (University of Auckland) approached me back […]

Karaka Bowling Club

The following are the results  from the Karaka Bowling Club Open Triples Tournament, held on Friday 13 October. The winners were Mike Stone, Martin Wijdeven and Mike Moffat from Buckland. Second were Ian Gordon, Bruce Bougen and Dick Carter from Manurewa. Third were Don Kirkbride, Graham Barber and Lenore Ford from Karaka. Best Karaka Team: Bryan Cartwright, Richard Power, Irene […]

Fuel tax proposed for Auckland – opinion

New transport minister, Phil Twyford, said the tax could be introduced in the next four to five months and would help to pay for a $1.5 billion light rail transport network (likely a tram network) which would operate from Auckland CBD to the airport and from the city to West Auckland. While the plans may be a win for Auckland, […]

Children given taste of ‘new’ sports

Golf, hockey and martial arts were just a few of the 13 different sports Franklin school students were able to participate in last Wednesday. Counties Manukau Sport (CMS) hosted the first in what is hoped to be a series of ‘Have a Go’ days, where children are given the opportunity to participate in new sports or learn skills that may […]

Awhitu Golf Open Day

The golf course was in excellent order for the Awhitu Golf Club’s October Open Day, with a good contingent of visiting golfers from the Waiuku and Onewhero Clubs taking part in the event. The leading golfer of the day was Mike Conroy, who had an excellent round of 60 nett to take the division one category. Val Cosseboom was the […]

Onewhero netballer chosen for development team

Sixteen year old Olivia Carey from Pukekawa loves her sport. She plays netball and basketball, and while basketball is the preference, it’s netball that’s seen her take off. She has played netball since the age of seven, when she was old enough to start. “I’ve been playing since day one,” she said. This year she captained her Onewhero Area School’s top netball […]

Warbirds Open Day

Ninety Nine years ago Armistice Day marked the signing of the agreement that ended World War I. On Sunday 12 November NZ Warbirds will commemorate this event and the sacrifice of those who served by opening the doors of their hangars to display their huge variety of flying warbird aircraft from all eras. The centrepiece of this year’s event is […]

Letter: What is family violence?

What is Family Violence? I have asked myself this many times. I have wondered at the pain it causes, yet I have not seen it. Not in my family, not in other families. Why is that? We see it on the TV news, reported in the paper, magazines tell of it, even Hollywood uses it. Is it true? Of course […]

Speed Weekend approaches for Pukekohe Car Club

Pukekohe Car Club’s annual Speed Weekend is fast approaching. Held on 18-19 November, the event consists of two hill climbs; a sealed road on the Saturday, and a gravel event on Sunday. This year’s tarmac event will be at Port Waikato-Waikaretu Road, which the club hasn’t used for a few years, and the Sunday will be in the traditional location […]

A note from Emma’s desk

This is my good friend Hazel, and together, we are shaving our heads for the New Zealand Cancer Society, and our mums. On Saturday 11 November, around 7pm at the Tuakau Cosmopolitan Club, we are braving the shave and donating our locks to become wigs. This is a very personal journey for both Hazel and I. Her mum, Tania, was […]


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