Damon says thanks

Damon Jacobs would like to thank everyone involved in the fundraiser he held, saying that it was a great success. Damon used the fundraiser to assist in raising money for the drug Herceptin after being diagnosed with stage four cancer, also an HER2 positive strain of cancer which is commonly found in breast cancer. “There was enough money raised to […]

Keeping the community warm this winter

Many people in our community will be facing the upcoming winter months in uninsulated houses, garages and sleep-outs. Elim Christian Centre will be collecting blankets to gift to the community as part of their Blanket Box initiative. The vision for Blanket Box is to partner with locals to make a difference in Franklin through providing blankets, duvets or sleeping bags […]

Survivors empowered at retreat

A group of burns survivors attended Castaways resort for a retreat last week. The Burns Support Group Charitable Trust supported the camp for seven women who left feeling pampered and empowered. It is only the second year the retreat has been held and it was met with huge success. “Last year was a “guinea pig” of sorts. It was successful and […]

Locals come out in support of Damon

Last December, local Damon Jacobs was diagnosed with stage four cancer, also a HER2 positive strain of cancer which is commonly found in breast cancer. The medical oncologist gave Damon weeks, to up to six months, dependant on how the chemotherapy worked. “It broke my heart to have to tell my family and friends and especially my amazing kids who […]

Flag to fly on ANZAC Day

Following a petition from Possum Bourne residents, Ryman Healthcare will be installing a temporary flag pole for the ANZAC day service. “We’ve received the petition from Possum Bourne residents and we will be installing a flag pole in time for the ANZAC Day service at the village,” said Gordon MacLeod, Chief Executive of Ryman Healthcare. “We cherish the service men […]

Shaved for a cure

On Wednesday, 21 March, Suits and Gumboots Country Day Care in Pokeno was abuzz with excitement. Children and teachers prepared to witness their daring ECE teacher, Heather Watson, brave the shave for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s (LBC) Shave for a Cure fundraiser. They rallied around their teacher, sporting their own wild hairdos for the “Crazy Hair Day” – […]

Letter: Against tax of alcohol

I’m afraid I’m strongly against increasing the excise tax on alcohol. Whilst I understand all the arguments about the social cost of drug abuse (whether alcohol, marijuana, P or any other drug) I have to suggest that the cost and remediation is a cost that needs to be borne by the whole of society not simply part of it. I […]

Letter: Modest increase for alcohol

I wish to express my view on this. I know so many people (friends and relatives) who enjoy a drink and are very sensible with it (I include myself in that). I think any increase should be modest, as the majority get hammered with extra tax to cover the excesses of the few. It actually annoys me when alcohol is […]

Three hour wait for ambulance

Vicky Clark, a 63 year old from Tuakau, dislocated her hip on Wednesday 14 March, and had to wait over three hours for an ambulance to arrive. Vicky is concerned about the lack of response from St John. It’s not the first time this year Vicky has needed an ambulance. Following a hip reversal surgery in January she dislocated her […]

Beryl turns 109

Waiuku’s Beryl Baguely celebrated her 109th birthday last week. Beryl, who lives at Franklin Memorial hospital, dressed up for the occasion, had her hair done and felt and looked like a star. Happy Birthday Beryl from the team at The Post Newspaper

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