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New name and new major partner for Franklin A&P Show

Franklin Agricultural and Pastoral Society and local lines company Counties Power have announced a new partnership. The three-year sponsorship deal sees Counties Power become the naming rights sponsor of the Franklin A&P Show – now known as Counties Power Pukekohe Show. The sponsorship was officially signed today by Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl and Franklin Agricultural and Pastoral Society […]

Best friends, 70 years later

A Pukekohe couple have just celebrated 70 years of marriage, and while they didn’t want a fuss, their daughter in-law thought that it was an achievement to be recognised. For Steve Danes, it was love at first sight when he met his future wife, May. The couple met at a local dance, and May said they clicked straight away. “Love […]

Cycle club donate bike to future Paralympian

One of the regions oldest cycling clubs have gifted a recumbent bicycle to a future Paralympic champion. Eleven members of the Manukau Veterans Cycle Club, based in Ardmore, won an auction last year during a Wellington to Auckland race, in which a recumbent bicycle was the prize. Sue Pickles, Club President at the time suggested they bid for the bike […]

End of an era for Pukekohe Station

It was a bittersweet moment for the team at Pukekohe railway station last week. At 12.10am on Saturday 18 November, the last train arrived at Pukekohe station and ten minutes later, the manual signal machine was switched off forever. A spokesperson for KiwiRail said the signal box at Pukekohe was closed after it reached the end of its useful life, […]

Auckland Westpac Helicopter missions for the weekend

The weekend saw Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter attended to 11 missions over the weeekend, with two of those being in our distribution area. On Saturday 25 NOVEMBER 2017 at 11:15am,  W2 crew were tasked to Onewhero to assist at a motor vehicle accident where a ute had rolled 20 metres down a bank. Police Eagle was also tasked due to […]


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