Classic Motorcycle Festival approaches

Words by Andy McGechan It could be considered a walk down memory lane, but it’s likely to be a lot quicker than a mere stroll. The 39th annual Classic Motorcycle Festival, set for Pukekohe Park Raceway on the weekend of February 3-4, is sure to bring tears to a few eyeballs, either as former racers share funny moments from their […]

Library security a necessity?

Security guards at public libraries has been the topic of discussion recently, with members of the public asking if the use of security guards is a bureaucratic waste. The discussion comes following contact from a resident who felt the use of security guards was a waste of resources. “The last time I visited the library there were three librarians standing […]

Gone Fishing— Smudge says—30 January 2018

Game fishing for tuna and marlin is in full swing with warm blue water in very close to shore. Skipjack and albacore tuna seem to be everywhere with 110m being the depth that most marlin are being caught up until now. So far the biggest to cross the scales at Te Toro is a 142kg striped marlin for Vance Hodgson and crew aboard […]

The Pukekohe Show amping up

The 2018 Counties Power Pukekohe Show is coming to town this February, boasting a big year of shows, activities and interactive displays. This year the show has a name change, and will also be hosting a heap of new events. Richard Holst, president of the Franklin Agricultural and Pastoral Society, says he is excited about this year’s show and the […]

Keep up to speed with road safety

With kids heading back to school across Franklin this week, Police want parents to take time to check they’re up to speed with road safety. Police ask parents to sit down with their kids before returning to school and have a conversation about road safety rules, particularly if their child is going to be travelling to school on their own. […]

Paerata Rise takes shape

Work is ongoing at Paerata Rise, with the community starting to take shape. Grafton Downs announced that the total earthworks investment for stage one has reached $30 million, including water, sewerage and earthworks. The work for the infrastructure has taken a total of 18,646 hours and has resulted in the installation of three kilometers of water pipes and seven kilometres […]

Getting from A to B is becoming dearer

Auckland Transport have advised that bus, ferry and train fares will be changing from 11 February 2018. Colin Homan, Group Manager, AT Development says they have a target to recover 50 percent of the cost of public transport from fares, but this is currently at 46.2 percent. Not all fares are going up. There are a few that are even […]

Nominations open for Franklin Junior Sports Awards

The Franklin Junior Sports Award are back, and nominations are now open. Each year, the awards recognise the local Franklin individuals and teams with outstanding achievements and contributions in sport. This year the categories are: Junior official/administrator of the year, Junior coach of the year, Team of the year. U13 sportswoman of the year, U13 sportsman of the year, U16 sportswoman of the year, U16 […]

Farmers support Franklin Hospice

A record-breaking $768,162 was donated to hospice services across the country last week thanks to the remarkable generosity and support of Farmers Department Store customers and staff. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Caring Connections in our Community event gives Farmers’ customers the opportunity to remember someone special to them, and to make a donation or buy a […]

Grayson battling on

Last year, the community rose up to support Grayson Swann, a Waiuku youngster diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We were sent this photo from Grayson’s mum, Angela, who said that he is doing very well with his treatment, six months on. Last week he started delayed intensification. The Post Newspaper has been following Grayson’s journey. At three years old, his mum […]


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