Update – Missing Pukekohe man located

Police have located 87-year-old Herbert O’Donnell who went missing from Hamilton on Sunday 19 November, 2017. He was found this morning safe and well in Wellington. The Police would like to thank the media and members of public for their assistance in finding Mr O’Donnell.    

Westpac Helicopter tasked to Port Waikato

Om Monday at 8:55pm, W2 was tasked to tasked to Port Waikato  to assist a child patient who had fallen off a seesaw and injured his arm. He was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a moderate condition. NOTE: Auckland Westpac Helicopter rely on people like you to help save lives. Sponsoring a rescue mission means you will contribute funds directly to […]

Bringing Hope to Waiuku

After being devastated by the deaths of close family members, Lynda Grimmond-Reichel and Tracey Collins decided to do something about suicide in Waiuku. Weeks of planning has led to a fundraising event this Friday 24 November, with proceeds to go to their newly created charity, Sunset Hope. The charity was set up to assist those in the direct community. “We […]

Tuwhera to host drug resource awareness expo

Glenys Taupo is a woman well-recognised for the work she does in the community. As the founder of Tuwhera Open Doors Support Group, she has been able to help hundreds of people and families battling drug addictions and supporting whanau through the process. The focus of the group is supporting those with Methamphetamine or ‘P’ addictions. “We are a non-funded […]

Big event, big numbers, big traffic

The Waiuku Blast to the Past event, held on Saturday 11 November at the Waiuku Sports Park, was a massive success. A perfect evening set the scene for fireworks fun on a super scale. The sparks flew as fireworks went booming up into the still night sky. It was a spectacular scene and fantastic value for money when a gold coin […]

Bike accidents keep Westpac busy

Last week saw two incidents involving bikes that the crew on the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter were called to. On Wednesday 15 November, crew were tasked at 11.43am to the Hunua Ranges to assist a male patient in his 60s who had an accident on his bike. He was wearing a helmet and protective gear, but suffered face and back […]

Axemen come to town

Axemen and women from far and wide competed in the annual carnival at the Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club. Competitors took to the Honey Arena over the weekend of November 11 and 12, and put on several great performances much to the delight of sponsors, supporters and spectators who watched from the Ruth Douglas Terraces. Saturday saw the closely contested Underhand and […]

Young mariners take to the land

Last month, Franklin Young Mariners headed to Karioitahi Beach. Often found having fun in sail boats, it was land based fun the group had their eyes on this time around. The group of girls from Franklin Young Mariners stayed the night at the surf club after tackling a climb up Peace Hill. Young Mariner, Lily Hilton, aged nine said, “It […]

Harnessing the power of correct car seats

Car seats are being checked around Waiuku once again, but this time a slightly different approach is being taken, with Police, Auckland Transport and Plunket heading to Early Childhood centres instead of the road stops. The car seat checkpoints have been well-received in the past, and this is another step to ensuring kids are safe in cars. On Tuesday 14 […]

Rower named rising star at sports awards

ACG Strathallan rower Scarlet Billingham has been recently named Rising Female Star of the Year at the Counties Manukau Sport and Papakura Local Board Sports Awards. Scarlet was selected by a panel of judges that included former All Black and local gym owner, Keven Mealamu. “I was shocked when they called my name,” she said. “I couldn’t believe what I […]


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