Rural

Local shearer features in film

Emily Welch, a local from Waikaretu, is featured in an upcoming New Zealand documentary film called ‘She Shears.’ The film, recently shown at The New Zealand International Film Festival and set to be released on October 11 2018, is a story of five female sheep shearers and their road to the Golden Shears, the world’s premier shearing and wool handling […]

Celebrate the past

During the month of October we celebrate Auckland Heritage Festival 2018 where we will be showcasing  a historical image  over the next five weeks. The images have been supplied by Auckland Libraries heritage database and places depicted will include Patumahoe, Mercer, Pukekohe, Bombay, Mangatawhiri, Awhitu and Waiuku. Auckland Libraries Footprints images include over 8 000 historical photographs and images relating to […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Celebrating Kate Sheppard

The Pukekohe East Church Preservation Society will be hosting an exhibition called ‘125 years on: Kate Sheppard, a notable woman’. This exhibition features brief biographies with photographs of Kate Sheppard and 30 of her fellow first voting Local Women. Open Sundays 30 September and 14 October, 11am til 4pm. 95 Runciman Road, Pukekohe East.      

Beautiful flower events coming up

The 2018 Waiau Pa Flower and Floral Art Show will be held at Waiau Pa Hall on Saturday 3 November from 1pm to 4pm and Sunday 4 November from 10am to 3pm. $3 admission (children free) includes afternoon tea. For more details contact Fay Duncan on 027 240 4706. Entries cost 20c per class and close 11 am on Friday […]

Franklin Young Farmers to host alumni evening

Franklin Young Farmers club are hosting an alumni and industry evening featuring industry front runners Dr Jacqueline Rowarth and Doug Avery. Annaliese Goettler, secretary of the club said they are a group for young people aged 18 to 31 who are interested in agriculture. “We’re incorporated to New Zealand Young Farmers organisation,” she said. They all meet to network, socialise […]


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