$12,000 raised for Cancer Society

As said at her head shaving ceremony, Hazel McMillan is set to become an inspiration leader one day. On Saturday 11 November, in front of several hundred supporters and loved ones, Tuakau’s Hazel lopped her locks and donated her hair to be made into a wig. Thanks to the support and generosity from the community and local Franklin businesses, Hazel […]

Ready, set, bowl

Waiuku Bowling Club hosted the Open ACT (any combined triples) tournament on Tuesday 21 November. Around 48 people from clubs all over the region attended, including Waiuku, Pukekohe, Waipipi, Buckland and Patumahoe. The Open ACT tournament is just one of many competitions bowling clubs host and compete in, with social ‘roll ups’ also offered. Waiuku Bowling Club’s Alan Ferguson has […]

Football dream comes true

It’s a dream that most kids and even adults can only imagine, but for seven year old Samuel Michie, it was a reality. Lined up in all black, Pukekohe’s Sam was a player escort for Peruvian footballer Edison Flores in the FIFA World Cup qualifier against the All Whites in Wellington on Saturday 11 November. Mum, Aileen, entered Sam in […]

Best friends, 70 years later

A Pukekohe couple have just celebrated 70 years of marriage, and while they didn’t want a fuss, their daughter in-law thought that it was an achievement to be recognised. For Steve Danes, it was love at first sight when he met his future wife, May. The couple met at a local dance, and May said they clicked straight away. “Love […]

Waiuku Golf Results

Wednesday 15 November Ladies Haggle Div One 1st Glennys Kerr 43 2nd Rosemarie Tomlinson 37 Div Two 1st Eunice Clark 36 2nd Christina Randle 36 Thursday 16 November Haggle Div One 1st Frank McGrath 42 2nd John Ferregel 37 3rd Wayne Nepia 35 Div Two 1st Craig Lipscombe 45 2nd Alan Stichbury 42 3rd Lex Wilcox 41 Two’s Frank McGrath […]

Letter: Thoughts on petrol tax

I am not quite as young as I used to be and don’t drive. I have various health problems and require to pay for private transport to wherever I need to go. Extra cost to petrol will be the straw that broke the camel’s back. I have lived in Waiuku now for over 50 years and loved it, but this […]

Cycle club donate bike to future Paralympian

One of the regions oldest cycling clubs have gifted a recumbent bicycle to a future Paralympic champion. Eleven members of the Manukau Veterans Cycle Club, based in Ardmore, won an auction last year during a Wellington to Auckland race, in which a recumbent bicycle was the prize. Sue Pickles, Club President at the time suggested they bid for the bike […]

One stop shop for pool supplies this summer

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Community response over pet ownership

Two weeks ago, our editorial manager, Emma Hyde Richards, shared her thoughts on responsible pet ownership after nearly 2846 dogs in the South Auckland area were euthanised last year. We asked the community on their thoughts, and what alternatives they believed there are to euthanising these pets and how can we bring this number down. We also encouraged our readers to share their […]

A note from Emma’s desk— 28 November 2017

When I look at how the community I serve and live in rallied together to help Hazel raise funds for the Cancer Society, my heart swells with pride. I can’t express my gratitude for how generous and supportive Franklin, my friends and family have been. Together, Hazel, Helen and I have raised more than $12,000 for the Cancer Society. That […]


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