About Haylee Robbins

Sometimes a little change is all it takes

By Haylee Robbins | April 17, 2018

Jillian Arnold said that when she first arrived in Pukekohe four years ago she was given an orchid by a mum and daughter as a welcome gift. While this Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis Orchid) was in bloom when she received her gift, the plant has been sulking ever since and refused to flower. All it took though was a small change […]

Minister of Agriculture visits Pukekohe

By Haylee Robbins | April 17, 2018

Is Pukekohe’s unique vegetable growing environment at risk as housing encroaches on the fertile slopes of Pukekohe Hill and surrounding areas? This is one of the issues brought to the Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities, Hon Damien O’Connor’s attention during his visit on Friday 13 April. The Minister was invited by Horticulture New Zealand and Onions […]

Puni riparian planting project

By Haylee Robbins | April 17, 2018

Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities visited a riparian planting site on one of the Balle Brother’s farms on Tramway Road, Puni, on Friday 13 April. Four Puni School pupils, Tommy Gibson, Olya Eremee, Nate Molony and RJ Rapi, represented their school admirably when they met with the Minister. While chatting comfortably with the […]

Franklin Community Toy Library turns 25

By Haylee Robbins | April 10, 2018

It was all family fun, food and old-fashioned party games on Saturday, 7 April, as families from the community celebrated the Franklin Community Toy Library’s 25th birthday. The Toy Library, which started in 1993, has kept going thanks to the time and effort put in by some very dedicated people. Amanda Bailey, the current librarian, welcomed previous librarians and volunteers […]

Shaved for a cure

By Haylee Robbins | March 27, 2018

On Wednesday, 21 March, Suits and Gumboots Country Day Care in Pokeno was abuzz with excitement. Children and teachers prepared to witness their daring ECE teacher, Heather Watson, brave the shave for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s (LBC) Shave for a Cure fundraiser. They rallied around their teacher, sporting their own wild hairdos for the “Crazy Hair Day” – […]