Rural

Local farmers informed about Mycoplasma Bovis

A meeting about the Mycoplasma Bovis disease was held at the Pukekohe Indian Hall on Monday 11 June. Speakers including David Yard (MPI Response Coordinator), Nita Harding (vet for DairyNZ) and Dr Eve Pleydell (Biosecurity NZ vet) informed farmers about the reality of the disease. Mycoplasma Bovis is a bacterium that causes illness in cattle. It doesn’t affect humans or […]

Celebrating 100 years

Pukekohe vegetable growers have plenty to celebrate this year with the centenary of the Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association (PVGA). To mark this occasion, the PVGA will be holding a Centenary Gala Dinner in September 2018. The association has operated in various forms as a grower organisation since the early 1900s with 1918 the official beginning of the PVGA. They represent […]

Franklin grower on Hort NZ board

Horticulture New Zealand announced the new directors on their board recently. Franklin’s Bernadine Guilleux from Balle Bros Pukekohe is one of the elected two. Growing is part of Bernadine’s identity. She comes from a line of growers, from her great grandfather who set up his farm on Pukekohe Hill after returning from WW1, to her father and his brothers for […]

Pukekawa local wins big

Trent Hewes, a 19 year old from Pukekawa, won the Intermediate title at the Golden Shears of Great Britain on Thursday 31 May. Trent has been shearing for two and a half years now, but he’d only been shearing in England for a month leading up to the Royal Bath and West Show competition in Somerset, England. “It means a […]

Meet Brad, our bachelor bat

A couple of Patumahoe residents got a surprise when a native neighbourhood bat settled in a corner of their veranda. Their new guest – around the size of a thumb and weighing around 10g – is intriguing biodiversity specialists. Long-tailed bats, found only in New Zealand, usually roost in trees and are a sociable species, living in colonies with 10 […]

New train station in the pipeline for North Waikato?

The possibility of a new railway station in the area has the local community talking again. At a Regional Council hearing, Councillors were interested in a possible station at Mercer, however others are more interested in Tuakau and possibly Pokeno as well. Waikato District Council’s Tony Whittaker, General Manager Strategy and Support, said “the only stations our Council are currently […]

Yana’s yarn – A day in the life of a Waiuku Mudlark…

After running stories on the Mudlarks and all the incredible work they’re doing, we decided we should practice what we preach and get involved. So, last Tuesday 22 May, I chucked on my brand new gumboots headed to the estuary where the Mudlarks have set up while they clear the mangroves. Tony Ogilvie gave me some gloves and a brand new […]

Georgia wins at Hoof and Hook

Georgia Whitworth, a 16 year old from Tuakau, won a haul of awards at the 2018 Hoof and Hook competition, on the 13 and 14 May in Feilding. Georgia competed in the Intermediate section of the competition, against 13 to 18 year olds, with her two steers and a heifer. She came away as Reserve Grand Champion. She also won […]

Dumping a blight on beach

A large amount of household rubbish was found dumped at Karioitahi Beach last week. Passers-by found the rubbish which included a discarded swimming pool, car seat, oil containers, shoes, fishing packets, bird carcasses, outdoor furniture and green waste. It was dumped several kilometres south of the surf lifesaving building. Due to the amount of rubbish and waste dumped, it is […]


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