Spotlight on possum control

With Conservation Week and deciduous trees coming into leaf, it is time for possum action says Andrew Sinclair of Whakaupoko Landcare. “Night shooting at this time of the year can give some great results if you know where your poplars and willows are. Possums love the new shoots and with a spotlight on them they are so easy to see. […]

Small change to Waikato District Wards

The Waikato District Council notified its final proposal for representation arrangements for the next local body elections, including the shape of the district’s voting Wards and the number of Councillors elected. As a result of public submissions received, the Council has decided that it will not proceed with its initial proposal to shift Mercer from Awaroa ki Tuakau Ward into Whangamarino […]

Winning ticket bought in Waiuku

A winning lotto ticket was sold at Paper Plus Waiuku. The live draw was completed on Wednesday 19 September 2018, and saw five winning tickets drawn. Each winner won $27,431 in the Second Division draw. Lotto say that anyone who bought their ticket from the winning store should write their name on the back, and check it at any Lotto outlet, […]

Port Blokes break fundraising record

For the fifth year running the blokes of Port Waikato turned on a great blue breakfast to raise awareness and funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Since the initial breakfast in 2014 the blokes have increased the amount raised each year and this year broke the record to raise a whopping $9500. The group of local lads get together each […]

1080 drop confirmed

The Environment Court determined on Friday 21 September 2018, that Auckland Council can go ahead with their planned 1080 drop in the Hunua Ranges.   “The court is satisfied that an extensive consultation programme has been undertaken by the council and DOC to engage with those people who have the potential to be adversely affected by the proposed operation,” says Mace […]

Magical Mauku Country life day

Mauku School held their Country Life Day on Saturday 15 September 2018. With calves, lambs, goats, cats and chickens, there were plenty of animals to see. The magic carpet rides were a hit with the kids, and the bake sale a hit with the parents.  It was yet again a well supported community event. Mauku School held their Country Life Day […]

Tuakau sparkling after cleanup day success

Tuakau hosted a clean up, planting and pest control day on Sunday 16 September. The event was organised by Tuakau Cleanup and Planting Group, and was attended by more than 70 people, with others coming and going throughout the day. The group kicked off with the clean up, picking up rubbish around the town centre, having morning tea at the […]

Hurt rate, 21 times higher for motorcyclists

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 […]

Your chance to be part of Red Bull Holden Racing pit crew

An opportunity for a local has arrived and Franklin locals can have the chance to get behind the scenes at the ITM Supersprint in Pukekohe this November. Ever wanted to get up close and personal to the adrenaline pumping ITM Supersprint? Hardware Engineering Supplies (HES) Pukekohe, on Manukau Road, in conjunction with Gear Wrench and Red Bull Holden Racing team […]

Police Inspector discusses policing changes

Inspector Dave Glossop addressed an enthusiastic and vibrant crowd at St Andrews Church in Waiuku on Wednesday 19 September, to explain his new policing model for our rural areas.   At times a number of people became extremely vocal about the challenges faced in Waiuku and their perception that there is not enough Police on the ground and that Police are […]

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