Luxury under canvas

The North Waikato has a new glamping destination for couples, families and small groups. Nestled in the foothills of the Bombay Hills, Nick Buxeda and his partner Sasha Swift are offering a glamping experience like no other in the area. The couple already run a very successful Farmstay Bed and Breakfast and the next logical step for Nick and Sasha […]

Website helping the horticulture industry

By Jess Paton The launch of the ‘Work the Seasons’ website was done in style on Friday 16 March. The website, an initiative of the Ministry of Social Development, was launched by the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Employment Willie Jackson at an event hosted by vegetable growers A S Wilcox & Sons in Pukekohe. […]

From blue to bald for a good cause

Shave for a Cure is Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s (LBC) annual signature fundraising event. This year, a local Pokeno Early Childhood Education teacher will be parting with her fun blue locks to raise $1000 for LBC.  Heather Watson works at Suits and Gumboots Country Daycare in Pokeno and on 21 March she’ll be braving the clippers for this […]

Locals win at Dairy Awards

Local dairy farmers, managers and trainees were awarded at the 2018 Auckland/ Hauraki Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday 10 March at the Pukekohe Indian Hall. Share Farmer of the Year for the region went to first-time entrants Chris and Sally Guy. The couple are in their second season 50:50 share milking on Allan Guy’s Papakura property, milking 200 cows. They […]

Synlait coming to Pokeno

Pokeno could be the new home of a nutritional powder manufacturing site for Synlait. The kiwi dairy processing company have conditionally purchased 28 hectares of land in Pokeno to establish their second New Zealand site, expecting to invest around $260 million in the coming years. Synlait will develop two of their programmes with farmers in the Waikato as a part […]

Council deem trees survivable

An Auckland Council arborist assessed the trees on the Awhitu Peninsula including Wattle Bay and Hudsons Beach on Tuesday 27 February. “Following a bout of storms last month, a number of trees on the Awhitu Peninsula suffered superficial damage and have been assessed by an Auckland Council arborist,” said Agnes McCormack, Auckland Council Head of Operational Management and Maintenance. “The […]

Local shearers place in Counties competition

While the Pukekohe show had plenty of animals, one event that stood out on Sunday 18 February, was the Counties Shearing competition. Reigning Golden Shears and New Zealand shearing champion Rowland Smith from the Hawkes Bay added another win to his collection, taking out the Counties Shears title. Locals James Lowry, Blake Hewes, Michaela Lowry and Liam Lowry of Glen […]

Protecting our elite soils and food security

Pukekohe’s elite soil and the future of food supply for Auckland has been the hot topic for Auckland Council, concerned horticulturists and MP for Hunua, Andrew Bayly. “In the Franklin area there are elite soils that, together with a temperate climate, mean growers can produce crops at all times of the year when many parts of New Zealand can’t. For […]

Closures to Hunua Ranges on the cards

On February 20, at the meeting of the Environment and Community Committee, the council proposed to close the areas with some exceptions, by 1 May 2018. The committee also proposed closing further high-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park by 1 May 2018, subject to consultation with mana whenua and the Franklin Local Board. The closures come as a […]

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