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Local shearer features in film

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 […]

Not a stitch up: Quilters exhibit this weekend

The Waiuku Village Quilters are preparing for their quilt show this weekend and the public are invited to head along. The show will be held on Friday 5 October to Sunday 7 October at the Waiuku War Memorial Town Hall. “Our group have organised it,” said Rhona Donald. “It started bi-annually, but we haven’t had one in the past four […]

Ageing expo a positive event

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

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 […]

Celebrate the past

During the month of October we celebrate Auckland Heritage Festival 2018 where we will be showcasing  a historical image  over the next five weeks. The images have been supplied by Auckland Libraries heritage database and places depicted will include Patumahoe, Mercer, Pukekohe, Bombay, Mangatawhiri, Awhitu and Waiuku. Auckland Libraries Footprints images include over 8 000 historical photographs and images relating to […]

Selwyn Centre farewells coordinator

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

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, […]

WOW award— 25 September 2018

This week’s wow award goes to Robin from Mitre 10 Mega, Pukekohe. The person who nominated Robin was impressed with him being very patient, even after needing help on different occasions. “He was super, super helpful and I was impressed with his service. He kept a smile on his face, even when I kept coming back.” If you have someone […]

New reservoir increases drinking water storage

The completion of a $6.6 million project has improved the security of the Waikato District’s drinking water supply. Four new reservoirs at Ngaruawahia, Hopuhopu, Huntly and Pokeno mean that Waikato District Council’s drinking water storage capacity has increased by 9.75 million litres. A range of contractors were instrumental in the completion of the work, within budget. GHD carried out hydraulic modelling, […]

Award winning author visits Tuakau

  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 […]


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