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 be getting a new hospital. The private hospital will be located on Manukau Road and will have all the necessary departments to be a fully-functioning hospital, set to take stress off public hospitals.
2:End of an era at pharmacy: After 40 years as a pharmacist , Kevin Daly hung up his apron and embraced retirement. He ended up in Waiuku close to 20 years ago after starting his career in Manurewa. Kevin is recognised for his customer service and service to the community through the pharmacy.
3:Pukekohe’s Will named Apprentice of the Year: Will Wara a foreman at Formstress Precast in Waiuku was named BCITO’s Apprentice of the Year. While the award usually goes to people in the building industry, Will was proud to represent the concreting industry. His willingness to learn and to teach others is a skill that will help him go far in his trade.
4:Devin returns from surreal experience in London: Devin surname? was one of 24 young actors chosen to represent New Zealand at the Young Shakespeare Company production in London. The trip included tours of theatres, performances and viewings of shows.
5:Family Feuders win car: Pukekohe family the Wallers won the ultimate prize on Family Feud, going home with a a brand new car after staying on the show for five nights in a row.
6:Three arrested in Awhitu drug bust: Three people were arrested after members of the National Organised Crime Group uncovered an active commercial clandestine lab in Awhitu, recovering more than 1.5kg of methamphetamine, worth more than $500,000.
7:German tourists left with nothing after campervan is robbed in Pukekohe: Two young Germans, had their gear stolen from their campervan in Pukekohe, one day after arriving in New Zealand. They were left with nothing but the clothes on their back, losing more than $3000 worth of camera equipment and belongings. Two people were later arrested, and the community gathered together to support the duo.
8: Pukekohe grower recognised as world-class innovator: Pukekohe market gardener Allan Fong was recognised as an outstanding leader and innovator, winning a prestigious Australasian agribusiness award for all round excellence at the Syngenta Growth Awards.
9: Hall and Hyland celebrate 40 years: Bob Udy has been in the job for 40 years, lasting at his Martyn St premises in Waiuku for 35 of them. Over the course of time he’s seen many changes to machinery and motor vehicles. As to taking a break to retire, he said ‘one day, but not now’.
10: Waiuku winger scores on debut: While the All Blacks were a hit in Pukekohe at the Game of Three Halves, it was Waiuku’s Tevita ‘Jhu’ Nabura who stole the show in the Steelers vs Taranaki Bulls game, scoring the first try.