Events in brief 15 August

Record entries for Franklin Arts Festival
The 2017 Franklin Arts Festival will be one worth visiting and revisiting. President Patrick Holden reports a 50% increase in entries over 2016.
This year there will be more than 1000 exhibits and the depth of talented artists showing work is exciting.
The president is sure that there will be something to satisfy everyone in a festival which showcases ten different art forms.
The exhibition will be mounted in Pukekohe Town Hall, the concert chamber and New Zealand Steel Art Gallery.
Exhibitors have entered from all over New Zealand with the largest proportion coming from greater Auckland.
Keep an eye on Festival advertisements and pencil in the first week of September.
Not too late to enter Bride of the Year
Want to wear your wedding dress one more time? The invitation is still open for brides to enter Franklin Bride of the Year.
This year, the charity event is celebrating ten years under the direction of Designer Flowers, and to make it more special, have opened a category specifically for this event.
Brides who have married in the last ten years, are encouraged to wear your dress again and enter. Contact either Heather on 09 238 2235 or Nicky on 021 11 44 947 for more information.
Franklin Bride of the Year will be held on Friday 1 September at the Pukekohe Indian Association Hall.
Meet the local MP candidates
Not sure who are the candidates are for your area? The BPW Franklin are hosting a meeting for the public to put a face to the name of those who are standing in the local area next week.
Andrew Bayly, National, Baljit Kaur, Labour, Anthony Smith, ACT, Ian Cummings, Independent and Jon Reeves for New Zealand First will all be present at the meeting, which will be held at the Franklin Club in Pukekohe on Wednesday 23 August as well as in the Waiuku War Memorial Hall on Thursday 24 August 2017, hosted by the Rotary Club of Waiuku.
For more information on either of these meetings please contact Waiuku Rotary on: or Franklin BPW at
Bottle drive at Waiuku Community Recycling Centre
 A Kiwi Bottle Drive event is being held on Saturday 26 August from 1-3pm at the Waiuku Community Recycling Centre. Public can exchange their recyclable bottles and cans for 10c per item. The aim of this is to show the effectiveness of the system to encourage both, less litter in our districts and better recycling rates. For more information, visit

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