Year in Review: January – March 2017

We take a trip down memory lane, and revisit some of the stories that we shared with the community over the last year. January After an alleged ‘bomb scare’ in Pukekohe, the object was announced as a primer for an ordnance bomb (a bomb that has not exploded) which dated back to the World War I era. Glenbrook Vintage Railway […]

Memorable Sporting moments from 2017

We could fill several papers with the amount of sporting events and moments achieved this year. 2017 has been a year full of success, achievements and milestones. Here is just a selection of what our community has done in the sporting arena. BASKETBALL Franklin Basketball’s U13 Boy’s team became the first Franklin squad to take out the ABSL Super City […]

Top 10 most read stories

Each year we bring you hundreds of stories, Some were funny, some inspiring and others pulled at the heartstrings. Here we refresh you on the top ten stories that had an impact on our community this year, and received the most feedback from our Facebook page. 1:New hospital for Franklin: It was announced that in the coming years Pukekohe will […]

Gone Fishing with Smudge

The West Coast has been very productive from winter right through until now, and while that good thing hasn’t yet come to an end, things have certainly changed. Snapper can still be caught out at 60m, but they have definitely started to move around. We’ve had some great catches at 40 to 45m directly in front of or a little […]

2017 Motoring Highlights

Liam Lawson 2017 has been the year for Liam, as he has gone from strength to strength with this racing career. Earlier this year, Liam not only won the New Zealand F1600 Championship in his rookie season, but also became the youngest ever champion for that category, in the world. In May, Liam was named the winner of the prestigious […]

Seasons Greetings

Andrew Bayly – MP for Hunua As I write this column, summer, the real New Zealand summer, is in evidence. Warm, dry weather, no wind, no rain. Everything we have been asking for. It doesn’t suit everyone, of course, the farmers and market gardeners would like some rain on a regular basis. I hope you have some quality family time […]

Awards 2017

We have an incredible community, and 2017 has seen a haul of many awards that we should all be proud of. Here are a selection of just some of the prestigious acknowledgments made this year. 1. Terry Hatch received an Order of Merit for his service to horticulture and conservation. He has worked on local projects including planting pohutukawa and […]

Significant Milestones and Days in 2017

2017 has been a year full of magnificent milestones, memorable moments and events that will go down in history. Here are a selection of the anniversaries, jubilees and birthdays that were celebrated this year. Milestones 1.Pukekohe couple Steve and May Danes celebrated 70 years of marriage. Steve said it was love at first sight when he met May at a […]

Your holiday Emergency Contacts

Police, Ambulance or Police, Ambulance or Fire Services 111 Alcohol & Drug Helpline 0800 787 797 Civil Defence 0800 2222 00 Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Oranga Tamariki 24/7 Line 0508 326 459 Depression Helpline  0800 111 757 Domestic Violence Crisis Line  0508 384 357 Gambling Helpline 0800 654 655 Lifeline – Telephone Counselling 0800 543 354 Mental Health Crisis Team 09 295 […]

Local Legends – In Memoriam

We take a moment to remember some of the stalwarts of our local community that have passed away this year. 1.Don Glasgow ~ Passed away January 6 2017, aged 86. He helped lay the Franklin Trotting Club racetrack and later became a life member and patron. 2.Tokoroa (Toko) Te Waru Hikaka Pompey ~ passed away 9 February 2017. Toko, from […]


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