Property

Baker’s Banter – 22 May 2018

Timely I guess to add my personal and up close perspective to the recent news that the Council is selling several properties. These include some former headquarters legacy of District Councils, including Franklin DC. It has been discussed and referred to for a while now, but with nothing formal. Being only one of three elected representatives in Franklin (joined by […]

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 […]

Council to sell service centre

Local Board chair Angela Fulljames says the Pukekohe Service Centre site on 82 Manukau Road will be sold on the basis that a fit-for-purpose alternative can be found. Franklin Local Board deputy chair Andy Baker appeared before the Finance and Performance Committee on Tuesday 15 May and says the council must, not only, be financially prudent but also retain its […]

Jonah Lomu Drive blessed

Grafton Downs is proud to announce Jonah Lomu Drive was officially named and blessed by kaumatua, members of Tainui and Reverend Ali’itasi Salesa in a small ceremony. Welcomed by powhiri on to the newly cemented street were members of the Lomu family, including wife Nadene and their two sons, Dhyreille and Brayley. They gathered with staff and students from Wesley […]

Police investigating 16 local fires since 21 April 2018

Counties Manukau Police are currently investigating a spate of suspicious fires in the Pukekohe, Drury and Papakura areas and are now asking for assistance from the community to help us identify a potential suspect. Since 21 April 2018 there has been 16 fires which we believe are suspicious. A number of these have been at show homes and vacant houses […]

Report highlights serious land issues

A report on the state of the country’s land has highlighted the impact of urban sprawl, the loss of important wetlands and emerging problems associated with soil compaction. “The Our Land 2018 report, released by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ last week, confirms the need for more action to improve land management,” Environment Minister David Parker said. […]

Recycle in style

Have you got items lying around the house that you’re not using? The Onewhero Wearable Arts Festival will be back in style on Saturday 12 May and it is the perfect way to solve that problem. Organised by the Onewhero Netball Club, the festival is an opportunity for school students and members of the community to create items that fit […]

Green light for housing fund

On Thursday 19 April 2018, Auckland Council moved a step closer to unlocking up to $300 million in funding for housing infrastructure in the northwest, with the potential creation of about 6200 new homes through the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. It comes after the council’s Governing Body agreed to submit a detailed business case to apply for the $300 million […]

Power restored after storm

Following the recent storm, power has been returned to properties in Franklin. Counties Power reported only six properties remaining without power, however they are all privately owned service lines. “These are complex rebuilds due to issues such as multiple poles down and the owners are working with their insurance companies before we (or independent electrical contractors) do the work,” said […]

Oh deer! Santa’s seat disappears!

He’s a giver, but it seems the courtesy hasn’t been returned, meaning someone might end up on Santa’s naughty list this year. Santa’s prized chair, which he sits on when he arrives at the Waiuku Christmas grotto, has disappeared without a trace. The WBDA are asking for anyone who may have seen or borrowed the special chair to bring it […]


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