Auranga attracts 700 visitors

Sunhats, walking shoes and dogs were some of what was seen at Auranga’s Celebration Day on Saturday 20 January. The new development, near Drury, held the day to celebrate the first stage of the five kilometre coastal walkway opening. The community was invited to share in the festivities, with around 700 visitors arriving throughout the day. Dog owners brought their […]

His Word: The Lemon Tree

The Gardener surveyed his little orchard, and decided that there was space for a lemon tree, then a nice specimen was found at the supplier and taken home. The area was prepared and fertilizer dug in, the tree was planted and staked and a thick layer of mulch was layered over it. Then a frost protection canopy was erected to […]

House prices up 5.8% in December

Median house prices across New Zealand rose by 5.8% while Auckland’s median house price increased 1.8% in December to $870,000 up from $855,000 compared to December 2016. Bindi Norwell, Chief Executive at REINZ says: “This increase defies the predictions of many commentators who 12 or 13 months ago were adamant that house prices would fall in 2017.” Waikato experienced record […]

Historic building to be relocated

Pukekohe’s 104 year old railway station building will be relocated according to an Auckland Transport spokesperson. “It has been agreed to relocate the building and investigation into relocation works are underway,” the spokesperson said last week. “Unfortunately, at this stage no further details are available.” The Franklin Heritage Forum who have been advocating for the building to remain, are disappointed […]

More safe speed cameras ready to roll

New safe speed cameras will start operating this week in an effort to lower speeds and reduce deaths and injuries on our roads. The cameras, on State Highway 2 in Maramarua, Awhitu Road and Waiuku Road are among 33 locations across the country. “Road crashes have devastating impacts on families and communities,” said Superintendent Steve Greally, National Manager Road Policing. […]

Second place for Tuakau crew

Tuakau’s Waka Ama paddlers have come back stronger than ever and shown that despite the challenges thrown at them, they’re ready to overcome. The boys’ crew placed second at the Waka Ama nationals held at Lake Karapiro from 15-20 January. After having three waka burnt in an arson attack in Tuakau late last year, the crew were stuck at a […]

Kim unleashes her science potential

Seventeen year old Kim Fowler has her eyes on science. In December 2017, Kim spent four days at Powering Potential in Wellington. Kim, who graduated from ACG Strathallan last year was one of the 40 students selected. She has an interest in science and art, and is involved in GirlGuiding NZ and is chairperson of the Papakura Youth Council. The […]

Local talent beautifies Botany

Sixteen year old Olivia King is a whizz with the paint brush and recently painted one of the Chorus cabinets in Botany Town Centre. After entering the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust’s competition, the Waiuku local was selected as one of four artists to design and paint the cabinets around South Auckland. While Olivia has done many paintings before, she said […]

Residents call for better water

Residents of Waiuku have started a petition about the quality of their water. More than 1000 people signed the petition within 48 hours, which will be delivered to Auckland Council. They are asking Watercare to investigate and take urgent steps to improve the safety and quality of the water source and treatment. Residents are frustrated with the amount of chlorine, […]

Pukekohe pedestrians a focus for Franklin

Pukekohe’s pedestrian safety and troublesome intersections have been brought to the attention of the Franklin Local Board, and Auckland Transport. One resident said that the brick paved crossings in King Street, Pukekohe are confusing to both pedestrians and motorists. Signs were placed on the roadside last year and advise pedestrians that motorists have the right of way, yet there is […]

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