About Kylie Hall

Hurt rate, 21 times higher for motorcyclists

By Kylie Hall | September 25, 2018

Over the past 18 months, more than 450 motorcyclists have been admitted with injuries to Middlemore Hospital. In 2016, 52 motorcyclists died on New Zealand roads, most were over the age of 40, and 91 per cent were male. With the weather heating up and petrol prices reaching new highs, the expectation is that even more bone crunching injuries and […]

Franklin folk, please foster me

By Kylie Hall | September 25, 2018

Awwww. These cute pics make me want to evict the kids and use the room to house these wee lovelies instead!  They probably eat less than my ravenous children anyway… Please let me introduce you to Gingernut the miniature pony, John the piggy, and Emma the goat!  The SPCA are seeking some fabulous foster families for the many gorgeous, but […]

Gems from the swamp

By Kylie Hall | September 25, 2018

What happens when you mix a bit of this and bit of that together? Often you create a little piece of wonderful. And that’s exactly what happened when coach Kylie Kennedy (great name) pulled together girls from Awhitu, Sandspit, Otaua and Aka Aka schools to blend up a wee bit of magic called the “Swampy Diamonds”. The team competed in the Grade […]

Surprise Pokeno! You’re about to become a tourist mecca..

By Kylie Hall | September 20, 2018

Ferry rides? A tourist farm experience? In Pokeno? Based on recent reports, Pokeno looks set to become a tourist mecca, even if many locals didn’t know a thing about it! As if having fantabulous mountainous ice creams wasn’t enough, the little rural town of North Waikato is in the sights of developers as the location for a major tourist farm park. The ever popular Agrodome farm park in Rotorua, operated by Ngai […]

Good deed makes duathlon possible

By Kylie Hall | September 04, 2018

“I know you like making dreams come true for kids, and I wondered if you could help me?” This was the cracking opening line from a Franklin woman when she approached a local bike shop, to see if they could help with a challenge she was facing. We can’t identify this awesome woman, nor the child she was trying to help, as their identities […]

Franklin Cross Country Zone Day

By Kylie Hall | September 04, 2018

The forecast was for heavy rain and possible thunderstorms, but in true cross country fashion, the Franklin Cross Country Zone Day proceeded anyway. Held on Wednesday 29 August at the Pukekohe Showgrounds, only the very best made it to Zone Day, with a two-step process required to gain selection. Firstly students had to finish in the top eight runners in […]

Two-legged creatures main issue at Clarks Beach

By Kylie Hall | September 04, 2018

Following on from our previous stories covering the unsafe swimming conditions at Clarks Beach, we’ve been investigating just what’s going wrong with the blue stuff we love to play in. The alarming red icon on the safeswim map below, highlights Clarks Beach as still having a ‘High Risk’ alert level, meaning there is still a long-term no-swim warning in effect, due to […]

Sold! Castaways Resort has new owners

By Kylie Hall | September 04, 2018

The popular resort on the stunning cliff tops of Karioitahi Beach, is now in the hands of Marsden Resorts, an Auckland based accommodation provider who took ownership of the business in June this year. Michael Osborne, one of the four directors of Marsden Resorts says, “As an experienced accommodation and hotel operator, our focus will be on how to continue to […]

I am a woman hear me roar!

By Kylie Hall | August 28, 2018

When I first caught sight of these shots of local Annette Hill, the headline above instantly popped into my head. She looks so strong! And that’s because she is. Over the past few months, Annette from Waiuku has been collecting a fabulous stash of bodybuilding trophies. Competing in the Women’s Physique category, she’s hit the treble, taking away the titles […]

Waiuku Schools Group Day Cross Country

By Kylie Hall | August 28, 2018

Along came the buses, and out poured the kids! The Awhitu Regional Park felt the thump, thump, thump of hundreds of eager feet as the Waiuku Schools Group Day Cross Country event got underway on Thursday. Days of heavy showers had left the run course boggy with lashings of mud – perfect cross country conditions! Caption: Following a fantastic run […]