Competitions

Talented locals flying high on World stage

It was a winning weekend for local artists whose pieces dressed to impress at the World Of Wearable arts in Wellington.  Tuakau’s David Kirkpatrick took out the top spot in the Bizarre Bra category, with his first-ever WOW garment, ‘Uplifting’. The bra is inspired by the GE X jet engine and 787 designs. With a background in mechanical engineering, he […]

Your chance to be part of Red Bull Holden Racing pit crew

An opportunity for a local has arrived and Franklin locals can have the chance to get behind the scenes at the ITM Supersprint in Pukekohe this November. Ever wanted to get up close and personal to the adrenaline pumping ITM Supersprint? Hardware Engineering Supplies (HES) Pukekohe, on Manukau Road, in conjunction with Gear Wrench and Red Bull Holden Racing team […]

Artflow Waikato

Mix art with high tea this spring! Footbridge Lodge and Artflow Waikato will be putting on an afternoon of art and high tea on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October. The exhibition is free to enter and all the displayed art and furniture will be available to purchase. The exhibition features works from local North Waikato Artists including Sue Hull, […]

Words Will Work festival

Franklin Writers Group and South Auckland Writers, are putting together Words Will Work: festival; to be held on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October at Mangere East. This is a first-time festival and it is hoped it will become a biennial event. Sponsorship from Manukau Counties Writers Fund has enabled presentations from 17 already-published Auckland authors; whose workshops will cover […]

Third hole in one for Onewhero Golf Member

On Saturday 25 August, Onewhero Golf Club had a bit of a celebration one of their members who got his third hole in one ever. He had two in 1997 so it has been a long time coming. Robert Burke has been an active member of the club, on various committees he has even done his part as a past president. He currently […]

Cadets compete in Counties competition

Cadets from Pukekohe and Waiuku took part in the Counties District competition for St John earlier in August. The individuals and a team competed in drill, medical and trauma scenarios. “It was almost a clean sweep,” said Pukekohe divisional manager, Aimee Courtney. The team was made up of cadets from Pukekohe and Waiuku divisions, while the individual competitors were all […]

Local artists shine at Franklin Arts Festival

The opening night for Franklin Arts Festival was held on Friday 31 August and about 300 people attended. Many local artists came away with awards, and the 2018 Supreme Award was taken out by glass artist, John Hanson, for his glass work ‘Rainbow.’ Patrick Holden, president of Franklin Arts Festival, said “Hopefully there will be 3000 visitors over the next few […]

Silver medal for Matt

Waiuku’s Matt Bradbury is an Aquabike champion. Aquabike is an event featuring a three kilometre swim and a 120 kilometre cycle race. In July this year he returned from Denmark where he represented New Zealand in the 2018 ITU Aquabike World Championships, coming home with a silver medal. “I qualified for the Worlds earlier in Wanaka. I won that overall,” Matt […]


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