About Kylie Hall

Local powerlifter snatches the silverware

By Kylie Hall | April 19, 2018

Local powerlifter Ben Holmes will soon test his strength at the GPC NZ Powerlifting Nationals. For now though, he’s on a high after snatching some silverware from our Aussie mates across the ditch. Ben has won silver at the invitation only Pro Raw Arnold Classic in Australia for the Under 125kg Men’s Open division. Three lifts combine to give each […]

Scrap over Mill Road

By Kylie Hall | April 17, 2018

MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly and MP for Papakura Judith Collins, are disappointed with the coalition government’s decision to redirect road funding. The decision affects the National MPs’ plans for a four-lane Mill Road expressway. Judith Collins said, “The funding of the four-lane Mill Road expressway, that will provide an alternative motorway from Manukau and Flat Bush to Papakura and […]

High tea on the tracks

By Kylie Hall | April 10, 2018

I love high tea. I think it’s the combination of little bites of many flavours that appeals the most. Often when I’m faced with a standard meal at a restaurant I’d really like to say, “Could I have a bit of this one, and some of that one, and yes throw one of those in too!” I seek variety, I […]

The stories behind success

By Kylie Hall | April 03, 2018

The Franklin region’s top junior sportspeople were announced at the Counties Manukau Junior Sports Awards recently. It’s fantastic that these awards are held each year. But what goes on behind the scenes to make these young people so successful? We spotlight several of the winners this week to find out what’s required to achieve such success. Cameron Hooper (age 17) Winner […]

College Haka to be viewed by 15 Million

By Kylie Hall | April 03, 2018

WHEN their week began, the kapa haka students from Waiuku College had no idea they would become part of a global hit TV show. But a willingness to “make things happen,” and a passion for their culture saw that very situation become reality. Whaea Piki Jakeman, teacher and cultural advisor, was contacted by Tourism New Zealand on a recent Sunday. […]

Gastro Pub Date Night

By Kylie Hall | March 27, 2018

The Village Bar & Kitchen, Patumahoe THE REVIEW – Gastro Pub Date Night Like many parents of young children, getting out for a date night is often just not worth the hassle! When could we go? Who will look after the kids? Not to mention finding energy to talk with each other over a dinner. But there are times when it’s […]

Love rugby? Take up the whistle and help our kids

By Kylie Hall | March 20, 2018

Our Counties Manukau rugby refs will be sporting a snazzy new look this season when they take to the fields. For the first time in quite a few years, the dedicated refs will be stepping out in new gear. One problem though. There’s a bundle of stylie uniforms just waiting for a new home, but not enough ref’s to pop […]

Otaua duo make it through

By Kylie Hall | March 20, 2018

Cyclone Hola couldn’t mess with the weather enough to put a stop to the Franklin Zone Swimming Champs which were held on Tuesday last week at Jubilee Pool. Taking part were Callee Dally (aged 11) and Remy Burns (aged 10), two keen kids from Otaua School. They blitzed their grades with Callee winning five of her eight events, and Remy […]

Kiwi women thrash the Aussies

By Kylie Hall | March 20, 2018

Sunday 11 March saw the New Zealand women’s polocrosse team head into battle against the visiting Queensland women’s team for the decider in the 2018 International Coopers Cup. At one point in the sixth chukka, after a mountain of argy-bargy, there was only a single point in it. Carly Cooper and Lindsey Doolan were scoring machines for the Aussies, but […]

Seaweek a stunner!

By Kylie Hall | March 20, 2018

A glorious sunny day greeted the many who went for a saunter during the Awhitu Beachcare Family Fun Walk last Sunday. The walk was part of the Seaweek 2018 celebrations and showcased five local beaches. “Everyone is keen to organise the walk again next year. We’ve had great feedback from those who joined the walk, and the support from everyone […]