Waiuku Kindergarten’s creative success

Waiuku Kindergarten placed second in the ‘Eye on Nature Creative Arts Competition’ which was held on Saturday 7 July 2018. The annual event is organised by the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust in association with many of New Zealand’s leading environmental organisations, with the assistance of Auckland Council and local boards. This year the theme was Healthy Trees, Healthy Me – […]

Celebrating Maori achievement

Tuakau College celebrated Maori achievement within the school at their Matariki Awards on Thursday 28 June. The evening showcased students on the Maori roll who had excelled. Jordaan Tuitama, from Tuakau, was the guest speaker. Jordaan is now a community mentor in Kawerau and has a strong focus on basketball as a medium to bring everyone together. Several students from […]

First woman in parliament

In the lead up to Suffrage 125, Franklin Writers Group are supplying snippets of New Zealand history, with women who paved the way for other Kiwi women. Forty years after New Zealand women became able to vote, Elizabeth McCombs entered Parliament on a Labour ticket, a seat she gained after the death of her husband James McCombs. Elizabeth was said […]

Counties Power hold career day for local youth

Lines company Counties Power held a career day for local high school students on Monday 25 June to promote the industry to youth. More than 20 students from Pukekohe High School, Onewhero Area School and Rosehill College participated in the event and learnt more about working in the electricity supply industry. Held in conjunction with the ‘Girls with Hi-Vis®’ initiative run […]

Teacher’s unite at meeting

Strike action will affect primary schools after union members and teachers voted in favour of industrial action. On Monday 25 June, NZEI Te Riu Roa held a meeting for union members in the Franklin area. Around 300 teachers and principals attended and voted in a secret ballot. The Pukekohe meeting was one of many that have been held throughout the […]

Duffy Books a page turner for Pokeno students

Pokeno School were the lucky recipients of books thanks to Duffy Books. Local Waikato Councillor, Jacqui Church, visited the school to hand out the books provided this term by the government. As part of the Duffy Books in Homes initiative, Pokeno school receives books three times a year from their sponsors. This term, the government gave away one book to […]

Ezra Bush getting school kids dancing

Ezra Bush, co-founder and CEO of ‘Dances for School’, an in-school dance programme, is currently teaching at Valley School, Pukekohe Intermediate, Patumahoe School and Buckland School. The ‘Dances for School’ company, which travels around the country, provides children aged 5 to 13 with the skills and benefits of dance. About 80,000 children in New Zealand and Australia are taught by […]

High school students launch ‘LunchBuckz’

A group of Year 13 students from Pukekohe High School have developed ‘LunchBuckz,’ a business formed as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme.  Team members Megan Taggart, Rebekah Farmer, Nicole Kawondera and Shontelle Pithie have created a card for intermediate aged children to use at their school canteen. “It’s basically like an EFTOPS card for school canteens only, that parents […]

Students inspire at Matariki Festival

Six local schools came together recently to celebrate Matariki through Kapa Haka and dance. Waiuku College, Glenbrook, Waiau Pa, View Road, Sandspit Road School and Waiuku Primary schools entertained audiences with their performances. Matariki is a happy time of sharing and caring for the whanau and the community. “This is our second year of celebrating Matariki as a collective and […]

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