Future of station building uncertain

Last month saw the final signal of the manual signalling machine at Pukekohe. Now concerns have been raised over what will happen to the Pukekohe Railway Station building. The building was built as Pukekohe’s second railway station in 1913, has an important history in New Zealand Railways, and is noted to have considerable social value within the locality. While the […]

$11.6m Counties Christmas treat

More than 41,000 local homes, farms and businesses will share a $11.6m Christmas treat on their power bill this festive season. This discount is paid as a credit on customer’s December or January power bill from their electricity retailer. Counties Power provides a discount to power customers connected to their network as at 3 November 2017, based on power consumption […]

Building community in Waiuku

Community working with community is the idea behind the new delivery truck sandpit at Waiuku Primary School. Major sponsor, Waiuku ITM came on board after they were contacted by Luana Misa, chair of the Waiuku Primary School board of trustees.   “I was made aware that the school did not have a sandpit, after the old one was decommissioned,” she said. […]

Fire on Subway Road

On Saturday 9 December Fire fighters were called to the property on Subway Road at 8.03pm, where the building was well involved. Three appliances from Pukekohe, two from Patumahoe and one from Tuakau attended the fire, which started at a fluorescent light fitting. (There was operational support from Auckland, and a second Tuakau appliance covered for the Pukekohe station). Chief […]

Police want you home for Christmas

New Zealand Police have launched their latest campaign ‘We want you home for Christmas’ over the holiday season. More people have been killed on our roads this year than any year since 2010, and many have been left with life-long injuries. Over the Christmas and summer periods—with their traditionally higher than usual road use—the joint Police-New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) […]

Beach incident at Karioitahi

Glad to see someone is addressing the dangerous behaviour at Karioitahi. I have recently taken my daughters and horses for rides there, and couldn’t get over the dangerous, reckless driving on the beach around people, young kids and animals. Three to four utes were drifting around each other, driving five wide down the beach all with bottles in hand, towards […]

A note from Emma’s desk

My little-big brother turned 16 last weekend. I can’t remember when he went from being a kid to a young man, but all of a sudden, he has a beard. I have heart palpitations over the fact that he now can go for his driver license—can he even do his own washing? I do feel slightly sorry for my little […]

Community groups supported

Local community groups Waiuku Family Support Network and Adult Literacy Franklin are amongst the thirty-eight charities across Auckland receiving a financial boost, thanks to this year’s Grassroots Giving Programme. Part of the Auckland Foundation’s annual granting, the programme is enabled by the generosity of the Tindall Foundation and supports specific initiatives, such as youth development, literacy and numeracy, and migrant […]

Senior minister visits Pukekohe

On Sunday 3 December, Senior Government Minister, the Honourable Shane Jones who is Minister for Regional Economic Development, Forestry and Infrastructure visited Pukekohe to speak at a luncheon along with his colleague and one of the newest MPs in Parliament Jenny Marcroft. The luncheon, which was organised by Jon Reeves of New Zealand First Hunua Electorate, enabled the public and […]

Trains halted by strike

It was quiet on the train lines, but busier on the Southern Motorway on Friday 8 December as a strike was called to action by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The strike, which took place from 2am Friday 8 to 2am Saturday 9 December, was in protest of Transdev who refused to drop plans to introduce driver-only trains on […]


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