About Jess Paton

Online calf club saving farmers beef?

By Jess Paton | July 18, 2018

Mycoplasma Bovis has had a big impact on the dairy farming industry and is currently threatening our calf clubs. Calf Club NZ, an independent calf club run by farmers for farmers, have organised an online calf club for kids so that they don’t miss out. Joshua Herbes and Michelle Burgess, creators of Calf Club NZ, said “calf clubs help link […]

A note from Jess – 17 July 2018

By Jess Paton | July 17, 2018

Yana’s been away the last four days so I’ve been given the task of trying to fill her shoes! And lets say, they’re not the easiest to fill! It sure has made me appreciate the great work she (and the rest of the team) does each week! For those who don’t know me I am a 19 year old that […]

Celebrating Maori achievement

By Jess Paton | July 10, 2018

Tuakau College celebrated Maori achievement within the school at their Matariki Awards on Thursday 28 June. The evening showcased students on the Maori roll who had excelled. Jordaan Tuitama, from Tuakau, was the guest speaker. Jordaan is now a community mentor in Kawerau and has a strong focus on basketball as a medium to bring everyone together. Several students from […]

Consents granted in Waikato

By Jess Paton | July 10, 2018

Growth and development is a major theme in the North Waikato at the moment, with a number of consents granted and approved by Waikato District Council. A whiskey distillery is coming to Pokeno, the Synlait milk factory is expanding and Watercare in Tuakau is doubling its capacity. The Pokeno Whiskey Company has been granted consent to build a distillery at […]

Local company receives ATEED award

By Jess Paton | July 10, 2018

Pacific Biofert, a Cook Island family-owned bio-fertiliser company in Pokeno, was awarded the ATEED 2018 Pacific Business award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust awards. The awards, held in Auckland on the June 22, recognise Pacific businesses and social enterprises. Bill Sinclair, Managing Director of Pacific Biofert, said “I’m hugely proud of that acknowledgment. It just reinforces the standing that we […]

Te Kohanga back in the game after nine years

By Jess Paton | July 03, 2018

Te Kohanga Primary School is back into netball action this year, with their first netball team in nine years. The team, currently in Grade 7, is made up of girls aged nine and ten. “We like it because it’s fun,” said the girls. “We also really like our uniforms.” “It’s a great opportunity for the girls to compete against other […]

Ezra Bush getting school kids dancing

By Jess Paton | July 03, 2018

Ezra Bush, co-founder and CEO of ‘Dances for School’, an in-school dance programme, is currently teaching at Valley School, Pukekohe Intermediate, Patumahoe School and Buckland School. The ‘Dances for School’ company, which travels around the country, provides children aged 5 to 13 with the skills and benefits of dance. About 80,000 children in New Zealand and Australia are taught by […]

2018 Franklin Careers Expo a success

By Jess Paton | July 03, 2018

By Jess Paton jess@thepost.nz The 2018 Franklin Careers Expo was held on Thursday 21 June at the Pukekohe Indian Association Event Centre and was a great success.   The event, co-hosted by Waiuku College, Tuakau College, Onewhero Area School and Pukekohe High School, offered students examples of future pathways and career choices. Around 68 tertiary providers and businesses presented at […]

High school students launch ‘LunchBuckz’

By Jess Paton | July 03, 2018

A group of Year 13 students from Pukekohe High School have developed ‘LunchBuckz,’ a business formed as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme.  Team members Megan Taggart, Rebekah Farmer, Nicole Kawondera and Shontelle Pithie have created a card for intermediate aged children to use at their school canteen. “It’s basically like an EFTOPS card for school canteens only, that parents […]

Tuakau engineering building features in Speight’s ad

By Jess Paton | June 26, 2018

The building of Tuakau engineering company, D.R.Howells’ Engineering Co. Ltd, features in the Speight’s ad called ‘The Dance.’ The two-minute film follows a classic Kiwi bloke, nervous and with two left feet, trying to learn his wedding dance inside the engineering building which is called ‘Morris Engineering Ltd.’ in the ad. His tradie work mate takes him under his wing […]