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Local shearer features in film

By Jess Paton | October 02, 2018

Emily Welch, a local from Waikaretu, is featured in an upcoming New Zealand documentary film called ‘She Shears.’ The film, recently shown at The New Zealand International Film Festival and set to be released on October 11 2018, is a story of five female sheep shearers and their road to the Golden Shears, the world’s premier shearing and wool handling […]

Move your baby safely

By Jess Paton | October 02, 2018

Angelina and Mike Hook, owners of Baby On The Move Pukekohe, are eager to get children in our community in the correct car seats.  “There are hundreds of people out there with car seats, but just not the right ones,” said Angelina. “Car seats have been around maybe 10 years now, so they’re advancing with technology. We want everyone to […]

Ageing expo a positive event

By Jess Paton | October 02, 2018

The car parks were full and exhibitors ready as the Franklin Positive Ageing Expo kicked off for the thirteenth year. Held on Friday 28 September 2018 at the Pukekohe Indian Hall, there were a range of exhibitors, clubs, services and activities on display. People could also enjoy the entertainment, from dancing, to tai chi, and fitness demonstrations. There was also […]

School unites for CanTeen Week

By Jess Paton | October 02, 2018

Pukekohe High School held their annual CanTeen week from the 24 to the 28 of September 2018. Organised by the school’s community council, to raise money for CanTeen,  a charity for 13 – 24 year olds dealing with cancer. Events during the week included a Tug of War between sports teams, a Kiwiana themed mufti day, head shaves and a […]

Selwyn Centre farewells coordinator

By Jess Paton | September 25, 2018

On Tuesday 18 September, the Tuakau Selwyn Centre farewelled Judy Skinner, their Coordinator for the last 10 years. The Centre, for isolated and lonely elderly people, based at Tuakau’s St John’s Anglican Church, now has a group of about 20 people. Sue Morgan will be taking over from Judy and is excited for what’s ahead. “It’s all been a highlight for […]

Talented local publishes book

By Jess Paton | September 25, 2018

Moya Kirby, from Tuakau, has written a children’s Christmas book, set to be released on Monday 1 October 2018.  The book, called ‘The Lonely Little Tree: A New Zealand Christmas Story,’ is about a tiny tree alone in a felled forest. Native birds bring blossoms and berries to adorn it, making it a Christmas tree.   Moya, who has been a composer, […]

Award winning author visits Tuakau

By Jess Paton | September 25, 2018

  Award winning author, scientist and filmmaker, Dr Dragos Bratasanu, spoke at the Tuakau Library on Friday 21 September about his book ‘In the Pursuit of Dreams.’    Dr Dragos talked about dreams, the focus of the book, and how to make them a reality.   “Dreams are nothing to do with your age, start, background, etc. It’s not us that […]

Hard work pays off for OSPA

By Jess Paton | September 25, 2018

Onewhero Society of Performing Arts took out a number of awards at the Zony Awards at the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua on Saturday 22 September.  The awards are presented by Musical Theatre NZ. OSPA is in Zone 2, which includes 17 theatres. Sylvia Devlin, President of OSPA, said, “A number of the judges told me they can’t wait to see […]

Police Inspector discusses policing changes

By Jess Paton | September 25, 2018

Inspector Dave Glossop addressed an enthusiastic and vibrant crowd at St Andrews Church in Waiuku on Wednesday 19 September, to explain his new policing model for our rural areas.   At times a number of people became extremely vocal about the challenges faced in Waiuku and their perception that there is not enough Police on the ground and that Police are […]

Tuakau’s ‘Pancakes, Coffee and Classics’

By Jess Paton | September 25, 2018

More than seventy classic cars gathered together at Tuakau’s second ‘Pancakes, Coffee and Classics’ event on Saturday 15 September, organised and sponsored by Pancakes are Delicious. Liz Alexander, owner of Pancakes are Delicious, said “There are lots of cars just hiding away in the area, so it’s great to get them out! We filled up all the car parks available and […]