Armistice Day commemorated

On Saturday 11 November 2017, people all over Franklin and New Zealand joined in the commemorations of the 99th Armistice Day. Signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Armistice signaled the end of the First World War that had been ongoing for four years. In Pukekohe, a parade and service was held at the Pukekohe […]

His Word – New Exodus

Israel, “Gods People” are in Egypt, and Egypt = Sin, so God’s Kids are in a land and environment hostile and alien to them, Sin; when God desperately wants them at “His Place,” over there, which is the “Promised Land” and that is a Land where God is, and where Sin is definitely not ever present. Exodus 8:1 “And the […]

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Issued by MetService at 01:20 pm Tuesday 14 November 2017 – Valid until 10:00 pm Tuesday 14 November 2017   This watch affects people in the following weather forecast districts:   Northland Auckland Coromandel Peninsula Waikato   Thunderstorms have formed in Auckland and Northland and may become more widespread this afternoon, also affecting the north of Waikato and Coromandel Peninsula. These […]

Westpac Pukekohe Branch officially opened

The new Westpac Branch in Pukekohe is now officially open for business. The new purpose-built branch is located at 108 King Street and took ten weeks to fit out. It features an open plan design with Smart ATMs and cash exchange with a 24hr access lobby. Victoria Cross holder and local Pukekohe resident, Willie Apiata, led the formalities at the […]

Consenting made easy

By Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore Changes for Franklin “Consenting Made Easy” is being rolled out through out Auckland. Several things are happening. Digital Consenting is being promoted especially for professional planners and building firms. This is receiving very favourable comment from participants in the industry. This system is available for all applicants and the on-line system leads you through the […]

Sharp jump in values across Waikato District reported

Waikato District Councillors received a detailed report from Quotable Value (QV) this week on the district’s Rating Revaluation for 2017. The rating revaluation figures compiled by QV show the total rateable value of the 31,271 properties within Waikato District Council is now $27.69 billion with the land value of those properties now valued at $17.12 billion. The Council reported last […]

A note from Emma’s desk

It was recently announced that Auckland Council euthanised nearly 2846 dogs in three of their animal shelters last year. Several animal welfare groups have raised questions as to what is council doing with regards to education, and how they are remedying the ‘situation,’ (meaning how come so many of the dogs were from South Auckland). They also asked if those […]

Liam eyes Indy shoot-out

It’s been a remarkable twelve months for 15-year-old Pukekohe High School student Liam Lawson. In less than a year, Liam has won the New Zealand F1600 championship and finished runner-up in the Australian Formula 4 championship. From the points he’s scored in both series, Liam is mathematically eligible for a CAMS Super License—required to race, for example, a V8 Supercar—but […]

Aaron skiing his way to success

“Four years ago, I wouldn’t have dreamt that I would be representing my country, not in a million years.” That statement sums up how Tuakau’s Aaron Ewen feels about being recently named in New Zealand’s national skiing team. “You don’t think about that sort of thing, but the longer you participate in a sport, the more competitive you get,” he […]

Dylan takes out Cardboard Car Rally

On your marks, get set, go! The town centre was transformed into a mini racetrack on Friday 3 November, as the Pukekohe Cardboard Rally was held to help celebrate the V8s coming to Franklin. Pre-school to year 8 children  from the surrounding area were encouraged to create a wearable cardboard car, which they proudly displayed. Nickson from Mai FM was […]


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