Registrations open for Halberg Games

The Halberg Games is a Sports competition for physically disabled young people to compete at national level. Registrations are now open for the 2018 Halberg Games, a national three day sports competition for physically disabled young people at King’s College in Auckland from 5-7 October. Hosted by the Halberg Foundation, the charity set up by Olympic running legend Sir Murray […]

Pohutukawa stands proud in Waiuku

Visitors to Tamakae Reserve may have noticed the proud Pohutukawa tree standing tall. The Maori Princess Pohutukawa was blessed last week and placed in its new home on the reserve as part of the Tamakae Wharf upgrade. Members of local iwi, the Franklin Local Board, Waiuku Business and Districts Association, and members of the community attended the small ceremony.   […]

Cool, clear Franklin mornings

Occasionally, this time of year, we are treated to some fantastically cool, clear mornings here in Franklin with a little wind. I witnessed one of these not long ago and it made for some fantastic photography of the Steel Mill. Naturally the steam from the Mill is hot and hot air rises. It’s during these calm mornings that one can […]

Kids keep warm this winter

An impressive $3000 worth of pyjamas and blankets have been donated to Kidz First Children’s Hospital by Melanie and Wayne Kennerley, owners of seventeen Z Energy branches across East and South Auckland, including Pukekohe and Waiuku branches. Nine out of the seventeen branches achieved their targets for the Good in the Hood initiative and received a bonus. The bonus was […]

Celebrating 24 years

Bombay Autobahn celebrated their 24th birthday on Friday 3 August, not long after celebrity chef Chelsea Winter visited them on 28 July. Erich and Margaret Dornauer started the first Autobahn Cafe in August 1994. Five years later in 1999, BP Oil built its second motorway service centre at Papakura which the Autobahn is also part of. They based their cafes […]

Cop shapes silver

Martin Carroll, a local 46 year old Waikato policeman, is also a silversmith renowned for his work. Silversmithing is the art of forming silver into large items and Martin does his work on his days off from the police force. “Those days off can’t come round quick enough!” said Martin. “There’s an amazing feeling when you start with a large […]

Concert entertains locals

It’s a community initiative that recently celebrated their sixth birthday. On the second Monday of every month, volunteers from Pukekohe Performing Arts put on a show for local people to enjoy. Under the leadership of Anne Doddrell, and with pianist Rosemary Hood, a happy band of volunteer performers sing, tell jokes, dance and read poems in an impromptu concert. As […]

A royal exchange

“They wrote back!” This was the cry of delight shared between Rhonda Gillbanks and her granddaughter Mila, as the young girl held the letter bearing the royal crest in her trembling little hands. The six year-old Waiuku Primary School student had taken it upon herself to write the Queen a wee letter in the lead up to Prince Harry’s wedding […]

It’s magic!

Pukekohe magician Mick Peck received a once in a lifetime opportunity on Sunday 29 July 2018, when he met superstar of magic Dynamo backstage after his last New Zealand performance. Both are members of The Magic Circle of London, the world’s most exclusive magic society. Mick says that meeting Dynamo was a brilliant experience and he was able to chat […]

Old and new vehicles promote sustainable driving

Waiuku’s newest type of vehicle can charge up next to some of its oldest at the town’s first electric vehicle charging station. Counties Power officially opened the service on Tuesday 31 July at the site of the future Waiuku Agriculture and Machinery Museum on Kitchener Road. Counties Power and the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) have jointly funded the installation […]

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