$12,000 raised for Cancer Society

As said at her head shaving ceremony, Hazel McMillan is set to become an inspiration leader one day. On Saturday 11 November, in front of several hundred supporters and loved ones, Tuakau’s Hazel lopped her locks and donated her hair to be made into a wig. Thanks to the support and generosity from the community and local Franklin businesses, Hazel […]

Community response over pet ownership

Two weeks ago, our editorial manager, Emma Hyde Richards, shared her thoughts on responsible pet ownership after nearly 2846 dogs in the South Auckland area were euthanised last year. We asked the community on their thoughts, and what alternatives they believed there are to euthanising these pets and how can we bring this number down. We also encouraged our readers to share their […]

Whopper kingfish caught off Clarks Beach

Following on from Smudge’s fishing column on 24 October 2017, where a workmate told him of a 26kg kingfish caught off Clarks Beach, a reader has come forward and shared the photo of the big catch. Tony Logan of Waiau Pa holds up this monster of a kingi. Wife, Dale Logan, says it was ‘a very proud moment’ for them. The […]

Gone Fishing with Smudge— November 2017

It’s hard to believe that only a month ago we were struggling to get a chance to get out fishing. Since then we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to make the most of it and catch a few fish in the process. The harbour is fishing very well for trevally but they take a […]

End of an era for Pukekohe Station

It was a bittersweet moment for the team at Pukekohe railway station last week. At 12.10am on Saturday 18 November, the last train arrived at Pukekohe station and ten minutes later, the manual signal machine was switched off forever. A spokesperson for KiwiRail said the signal box at Pukekohe was closed after it reached the end of its useful life, […]

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