Health

Time to ‘grow’ up

There’s a lot happening in Waiuku and now the potential to grow in more ways than one. Marama Hou Ministries Trust, along with Franklin Agritech are offering a NZQA course in Horticulture at the Hamilton Estate community centre and gardens. The course is level five NZQA and they are on the lookout for willing applicants. “It is an advanced level,” […]

Two-legged creatures main issue at Clarks Beach

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 […]

Letter: Suicide in New Zealand

Once again the New Zealand Herald is highlighting the fact that this year’s suicide number remains the highest. I have reviewed New Zealand suicide literature and find that the rate has remained virtually unchanged for over 20 years. The New Zealand approach to suicide is quite interesting: 1.             First of all don’t talk about it, or publish cases reported to the […]

Awareness raised at Meth Workshop

How to deal with the terrible impact of P on communities was the theme of a meth awareness workshop in Pukekohe on Wednesday 22 August 2018. Former P cook and now a drug and alcohol educator Peter Thorburn was the keynote speaker at the workshop which also included other specialists in addiction services. About 100 people turned out for the event […]

New gear for Mercer students

There was joy on the faces of all the students at Mercer School on Wednesday 22 August, as they received new shoes and jackets thanks to KidsCan. Excited chatter as the kids unboxed their shoes, socks and jackets most of them excitedly putting on their gear straight away. “I’ll probably use the jacket heaps,” said one student, while others commented […]

High tech wastewater plant on its way

Watercare’s new state-of-the art wastewater treatment plant at Waiuku is closer to becoming a reality, after the Environment Court has given the go-ahead for highly treated wastewater to be discharged into the Manukau Harbour, via the head of the Waiuku estuary. The Waiuku, Clarks Beach, and Kingseat communities are currently served by three aging, small wastewater treatment plants. Within the five […]

Ultimate St John Award for Norah

Norah Kate Gray, an 18 year old from Tuakau, was recently awarded her Grand Prior Award at the Government House in Wellington. This award is the highest a youth member can achieve within St John, and was presented to Norah by the Governor General of New Zealand, Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy, accompanied by the Chancellor of St John, Steve Evans. […]

Franklin reps on world stage

Six of Groovit’s dance instructors took part in the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in Phoenix, Arizona, USA earlier this month. Ambush crew, part of Dancebeat Academy, featured Waiuku locals Caitlin Browne and Latesha Latu, as well as Jordan Ikitule and Ezra Moe. The adult crew came 22nd in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, instructor Ben Lowe, was part of the IDentity […]

Mosaic torsos raise funds for Breast Cancer

On Thursday 16 August, Donna Boden presented Ellice Ball from the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation with flowers and a cheque. The $2800 cheque was from sales of the mosaic torsos that were auctioned in recent months. The mosaic torsos were created by Sandra Holmes who kick started the project. The idea is to sell the torsos, with proceeds going to […]

Tuakau’s very own WOW finalist

David Kirkpatrick, a 34 year old from Tuakau, is a finalist for the 2018 World of Wearable Art (WOW) Show. He is among finalists from 17 countries selected for the show which will be returning for its thirtieth year from 27 September to 14 October in Wellington. David said, “This means a lot to me after all the hard work […]


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