Year in Review: October – December 2017

We take a trip down memory lane, and revisit some of the stories that we shared with the community between October and December last year.


  1. Tuff Mudder: Police working with Auckland Transport and Pukekohe High School organised an event for the year 13 students at PHS.

    Tuff Mudder a super event

  2. Franklin’s Special Olympic athletes joined Police to run with the Flame of Hope in Pukekohe, in the lead up to the National Summer Games.

    Athletes run with Flame of Hope

  3. Pukekohe’s Keith Eades who was born with Holt Oram Syndrome, took on the ASB Auckland Marathon with his transplant twin.

    Transplant Twins Take on Bridge Run

  4. Ngaa Tai E Rua Marae in Tuakau opened their new wharenui, with local schools, kindergartens, businesses and the wider community invited to share in the celebrations.

    Marae opens new wharenui

  5. Waiuku’s Gaven and Vanessa Naylor from Fresh West Ltd were named as finalists in the New Zealand Food Awards for their capsicums, King Sweeties.

    Waiuku locals finalists in Food Awards

  6. Auckland Council announced they are moving from Franklin premises to Manukau.

    Yes, Council is moving

Fonterra Grass Roots Fund provided a grant to Kariaotahi Surf Lifesaving to help them purchase an outboard motor for their IRB.

Fonterra grant means more power for surf life savers



  1. The Pukekohe manual signal machine was used for the last time, with signalling now done in Wellington. The signal machine was the last one on the Auckland network.

    End of an era for Pukekohe Station

  2. Franklin local, Peter Fa’afiu was named as one of the University of Auckland’s inaugural 40 Alumni under 40 years of age, for being an Influential Humanitarian.

    Influential humanitarian ‘honoured’

  3. Vandals devastate the Tuakau community when they burnt three fibreglass waka ama (outrigger) canoes.

    Vandalism devastates community

Tuwhera Open Doors Support Group hosted the first meth resources expo in Waiuku to share with the community the type of help and services that are available.

Meth expo unites community


  1. Waiuku College was named Sports College of the Year at the 26th Counties Manukau Sporting Excellence awards.

    Waiuku College named Sports college of the Year

  2. Pukekawa say goodbye to plastic, by introducing cloth bags that are sold at the local store.

    Pukekawa farewells plastic bags

  3. Tuakau youths shared their thoughts on the new skatepark designs.

    Community engages with skatepark

  4. All Black Nepo Laulala visited Pokeno School to encourage them to dream big and work hard.

    All Black encourages kids to dream big


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