Rural

Whitebait season begins

DOC is asking whitebaiters to be responsible and follow the rules during the whitebait season. The whitebaiting season began on 15 August and runs until 30 November, and is permitted between 5 am and 8 pm or between 6 am and 9 pm when daylight saving starts on 28 September. The taking of whitebait at all other times is prohibited. DOC freshwater scientist Jane […]

Mudlarks celebrate 24.6 hectares cleared

  THE Mudlarks, formally known as the Waiuku Estuary Restoration Trust inc, celebrated the final cutting of the mangroves at Tamakae Estuary on Friday 21 September. They have cleared 24.6 hectares since they began in 2009. Deputy Mayor and Franklin Ward Councillor Bill Cashmore, and MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly were tasked with the final cutting of the mangroves in this […]

Council investigate new uses for golf course

“Selling golf facilities is not part of the discussion,” according to Franklin ward councillor Bill Cashmore. A story was released by the New Zealand Herald stating that Auckland Council are looking at Clarks Beach Golf Course as a possible site for housing, causing uproar and anxiety in the community. However Auckland Council have since said that they will not be […]

Surprise Pokeno! You’re about to become a tourist mecca..

Ferry rides? A tourist farm experience? In Pokeno? Based on recent reports, Pokeno looks set to become a tourist mecca, even if many locals didn’t know a thing about it! As if having fantabulous mountainous ice creams wasn’t enough, the little rural town of North Waikato is in the sights of developers as the location for a major tourist farm park. The ever popular Agrodome farm park in Rotorua, operated by Ngai […]

Police Patch— 11 September 2018

In the last couple of weekends, staff have had to deal with people who have had too much booze on board. Usually most people have a reason to have a few drinks, watching the rugby, celebrating a special event or catching up with friends, but all too often it just seems that alcohol is the occasion and people just get […]

Two-legged creatures main issue at Clarks Beach

Following on from our previous stories covering the unsafe swimming conditions at Clarks Beach, we’ve been investigating just what’s going wrong with the blue stuff we love to play in. The alarming red icon on the safeswim map below, highlights Clarks Beach as still having a ‘High Risk’ alert level, meaning there is still a long-term no-swim warning in effect, due to […]

Council prepare to drop 1080

Auckland Council are preparing to aerially apply 1080 to the Hunua Ranges area.The sodium fluoroacetate will be administered to around 21,500 hectares of Department of Conservation land as well as some private land between now and October 2018. Each hectare will received around 2kg of cereal pellets. Due to the effectiveness of the 2015 operation, this is less than the […]

Planting day a blooming success

The stream banks along a section of Franklin Rd are looking a lot sprucer, thanks to tree-planting volunteers. A large group of volunteers, including Hunua MP Andrew Bayly, Franklin Local Board members, Scouts and Z service station staff, turned out for a community planting day on Sunday 19 August. Volunteer Craig Prescott organised the event in conjunction with Auckland Council […]

Accidental shooting at Mangatawhiri

On Sunday, 26 August 2018 at 2.06pm, Auckland Westpac Helicopter W2 crew were tasked to Mangatawhiri by ambulance alongside the Police to assist a male patient in his 20s who was involved in a hunting accident on a rural property in Mangatawhiri. The gentleman was in a remote bush area, hunting with his friends, when he accidentally shot himself in […]

Pukekohe soils need protecting

Pukekohe growers were in Parliament on Tuesday 14 August to hear details of a significant report into protecting the region’s elite growing soils. Hunua MP Andrew Bayly welcomed the Deloittes review of the economic impacts of losing horticultural land to housing. The 66 page report commented on the unique soils of Pukekohe and the impact of future housing on growing land. […]


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