Gardening with Ruth 21 November 2017

At the end of October we took a week long break in the South Island. What a glorious time of year to visit that part of this beautiful country. We traveled out to Mount Cook and it was as clear as a bell. The camera got a good work out that day! I was extremely envious of my cousin’s gardens […]

Walking for welfare

Stephen Bassett has been walking around New Zealand for ten months. After starting off on January 7, 2017, the Wellingtonian has been making his way through the country with his two little travelling companions, six year old pugalier Jake, and 12 year old Chihuahua cross, Piccolo. The trio were spotted in Pukekohe, Tuakau and Pukekawa, making stops at Franklin Cat […]

The Rae-watch continues

The saga of the missing sheep, Rae continues. Rae, the mascot ewe for Ray White Tuakau and local icon for Tuakau, was taken from in front of the store on 25 October. Since then, pieces of information have filtered through, but the team at Ray White are yet to find their faithful friend. Julie Halligan from Ray White said they have had a wonderful […]

Water quality measured by Safeswim

A new website is set to change the way we swim at beaches around Auckland.  The Safeswim website and app, which has been developed in conjunction with Auckland Council, Surf Life Saving northern region (SLSNZ) and Auckland Regional Public Health Service, measures water quality at Auckland beaches. Signs have already appeared at Clarks Beach which was recently announced as one of the […]

Drury centre of development activity

Drury is quickly becoming the centre of development activity with more than $2billion of infrastructure and numerous planned developments. The small township of 3500 people is expected to house some 30,000 people in the next ten years, with anywhere between 6100 and 10,800 homes to be built on approximately 2000 hectares of largely greenfield land. Significant private investment in infrastructure […]

Teens arrested for aggravated robbery

At approximately 4:30am on Tuesday 14 November Police received a report of an aggravated robbery at a petrol station on Mill Road, Bombay. Detective Sergeant Veronica McPherson said a group of males entered the store and jumped the front counter, taking tobacco products and the cash register. “Two staff members and a customer were in the store at the time,” […]

Lisa and Thomas ahead of the rest

There are now only three applicants in with a chance to take out the Australasian 2018 Zanda McDonald Award. And two of them are from the Franklin/Waikato area! The award, regarded as a prestigious badge of honour in the agriculture industry, recognises agriculture’s most innovative young professionals from both sides of the Tasman. Only one Aussie made the grade to secure […]

Student artists brighten up hospital unit

A group of year 12 art students from Onewhero Area School are working hard to brighten rooms and people’s lives. The students have created murals to be put up at the Renal Unit in Middlemore Hospital as part of their NCEA level two internal assessment. The idea was born after a local community member, Liz Alexander approached the art teacher suggesting […]

Counties Power helps local bright sparks

Local lines company Counties Power has launched a scholarship programme. The Counties Power Scholarship is open to Franklin students who are enrolled in 2018 for second or third year study in a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical) at either Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) or Wintec. Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl says the company is excited to support local […]

Letter – Cross with crosswords

Editor’s Note: After an overwhelming response asking where our crossword answers were for the last two weeks, we can safely let our avid fans know that this week’s answers can be found on Page 19. We would like to apologise for their omission, and can advise our readers that they will hopefully not be omitted going forward. Technical issues do […]


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