Rangatahi empowered by Tu Maia

Their newfound confidence shone through their smiles, as the very first squad of the Tu Maia Programme graduated last Friday. Tu Maia has been formed by Te Ara Rangatahi, and is a six week programme that has been specifically designed to inspire and motivate ten Franklin youth. The aim is to enable them to identify and action their dreams. Six […]

Busy week for Westpac in Franklin

The following are the Daily Missions for the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter, week ending Sunday 12 November 2017. Monday 6 November 2017 849 8.19am W2 Waiuku Crew tasked to Waiuku for a male patient in his 30s suffering a medical complaint. He was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a moderate condition. Tuesday 7 November 2017 852 11.25am W2 Otaua Crew […]

Helicopter rescue at Destruction Gully

At 4.00pm on Sunday 12 November, W2 Crew were tasked by Maritime Police to Destruction Gully (North Manukau Head) to assist with the winching out of a male in his 60s and a female in her 50s who were trapped by the tide. The patients were unharmed and air transportation to hospital wasn’t required. CAPTION: The male being winched out […]

Waiuku Group Day Results

The following are the champion results from the Waiuku Combined Schools Calf Club Association Group Day held at the end of October. Goats Junior Leading Champion: Brayden Bottomley, Otaua; Senior leading Champion: Emma Singleton, Glenbrook; Junior Child Effort: Dante Oldfield, Waiuku; Reserve Champion: Joel Watkins, Sandspit Combined; Senior Child Effort: Soraya Watkins, Sandspit Combined; Reserve Champion: Georgia Roberts, Oatua; Champion […]

Solar panels stolen from cenotaph

Members of the community were shocked and disheartened to find that the solar panels, battery and controls had been stolen from Waiuku cenotaph. On Sunday 12 November, those who were preparing to pay their respects for Armistice Day came across the theft, which is believed to have occurred sometime over the weekend. “The stainless control box had been forced open […]

Local share milker remembered

It has been just over one year since Franklin lost a long time community member. Cornelius Otto van der Poel (known as Otto) passed away on 27 October 2016. He had lived in the area since 1952, after arriving from Holland a year earlier. He was part of the Dutch army, serving in Indonesia as Communications Officer and Commander of […]

Social Media helps nab offender

A Facebook post helped Police identify and locate an offender who stole a vehicle from an Otaua property. The vehicle was taken from the rural property over Guy Fawkes weekend. After lodging the theft with Police, the complainant also placed a post on Social Media, which happened to identify a key witness to the event. The information provided led local […]

Pukekohe Police found property

The Pukekohe Police currently have the following found property: a pushchair, a silver bangle, two fishing tackle boxes found in Tuakau, a Samsung Notebook, and a guitar and hockey stick. They also have property belonging to: Tom J Smith, Jazmin Webby, Rachel Makea, Harmony Hawkins and Morgan Savage. If you believe that the property belongs to you, call into the […]

Pukekohe Christian School expanding in 2018

Staff and students alike are excited about the future growth of Pukekohe Christian School (PCS). The private school, which now has a roll of around 280 has grown rapidly and is expanding with new facilities. They plan to have a new hall and two new classrooms, and have employed two new teachers. “There will now be one classroom for each […]

Police Patch – 14 November 2017

You may have heard, or seen, reports about the recent high number of road fatalities around the country. One thing we can all do locally that will make it safer for yourselves, and other road users, is to slow down. The speed limit is set for a reason. For example, around town it is 50km. There is a lot of […]


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