Inaugural Women’s Institute meeting a success

It was a stormy night on Thursday 1 February, but 49 women braved the weather to attend the inaugural Women’s Institute night meeting in Hunua. The Women’s Institute is in its 97th year, with clubs all over New Zealand. Acting President Sarajane Crookes opened the meeting with a brief outline of what it means to be part of the Women’s […]

Hudson’s Beach Norfolk Pine under threat

Wendy Jones, who owns a bach at Hudsons Beach, has great concern for the forty year old Norfolk Pine near her bach. “This recent storm has damaged the beach to the extent now it’s absolutely heart breaking”, said Wendy. “Now the Norfolk Pine that means so much to so many is under threat.” Wendy is a descendant of the Hudsons […]

Waiuku Water

Amy (ref Post 06 Feb) check your inlet water washing machine hose at the tap on the wall, I have to clear mine of a build up of salts from the filter about every two months. I have had three plumber call outs in eight years to a) replace two taps in the house, and b) on one visit to […]

Preschoolers dig deep to squash competition

Tuakau’s Little Stars Early Childhood Centre recently won Best Garden in the school category of the Yates Spring Vegie Growing Challenge. The children’s passion for gardening has paid off in spades, after they won the $500 cash prize plus a $500 hamper of Yates products. The children grew many vegetables including lettuces, tomatoes and leeks and have enjoyed being able […]

Well done Watercare

When we moved to Waiuku in 2006 I really noticed the poor taste and calcification/limescale in the water compared to Auckland’s supply. Since then there has been a gradual improvement to water here and we find it perfectly drinkable now. The calcium build-up on the shower glass and our water jug is practically nil. You can descale both your shower […]

Government ‘heat plan’ an overkill?

Opinion by Jess Paton The New Zealand Ministry of Health recently announced that they are starting to plan for hotter summers bought on by global warming. Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said “climate change means summer temperatures are expected to rise across both the North and South Island, increasing the risk of heat stress and subtropical diseases.” So, the […]

Flying hooves and hurling rackets coming our way

By Kylie Hall The Polocrosse Champs are coming! Great—but what is polocrosse? For the uninitiated, all knowing Google tells us that it’s a team sport combining polo and lacrosse. Players ride on horseback at high speed, hurling a stick with a loose netted racket head attached, and attempt to pass a ball between players, before slamming it between the […]

Health the focus of sKids programme

Safe Kids in Daily Supervision (sKids) will be making health the focus of their after school programme at their Sandspit School location. Vinita Prasad, the area’s local sKids out of school care provider, announced on Thursday 1 January that she has launched ‘FoodStorm,’ an exclusive sKids cooking programme. This will be offered as a complimentary service within their sKids Sandspit […]

One of the best birthday gifts

Last month I turned 45 and as a woman living in New Zealand, I received a rather unique birthday gift from the health services. My first free mammogram. Mammograms are all about trying to reduce the volume of breast cancer deaths in New Zealand. According to Breast Cancer Foundation stats, breast cancer is the most common cancer among Kiwi women, […]

Creative project call out

Franklin Art Brokers are on the hunt for local creatives, artists, musicians and performers. If you have a creative project that you’d like to make happen in the Franklin area between now and July 2018, funding is still available. If you have a creative project that you’d like to make happen in the Franklin area between now and July 2018, funding […]

Category Pages are limited to 90 days. Please use the archive page or the search box to find older articles.