Cool, clear Franklin mornings

Occasionally, this time of year, we are treated to some fantastically cool, clear mornings here in Franklin with a little wind. I witnessed one of these not long ago and it made for some fantastic photography of the Steel Mill. Naturally the steam from the Mill is hot and hot air rises. It’s during these calm mornings that one can […]

Monarch cafe proud to be celebrating 20 years of business

It has been 20 years of good food, good wine, and good community spirit at the Monarch Cafe in Pukekohe. In May this year, they celebrated their 20th anniversary. Dean Sheppard took over the restaurant and bar in 1998, following retirement from rugby. “I didn’t know what to do, this opportunity came up, and we opened in 1998 with very […]

Report into Pukekohe Station building

Auckland Transport are continuing their building investigation into the old train station building at Pukekohe. Following a request from the Franklin Local Board, AT commissioned a full building and structural report to see whether it was relocatable or reinstated on a new site with upgrades to comply with building code standards. Auckland Transport has received a quote from consulting company […]

Tuakau Youth Hunt rewarding kids

The Tuakau Youth Hunt was held on Saturday 21 July, and proved to be another great success. The Youth Hunt was devised as an incentive and reward scheme for the youth of Tuakau by Sergeant Tod Kirker and Kiri and Dave Anderson, from Rusty Dog, Pukekohe. This year the kids brought home about 12 pigs! The day’s hunting is a […]

Too quick to judge?

Neighbours, some really good ones and some not-so-good ones everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you live, the fear of new neighbours seems to be a reality and this anxiety has caused someone to behave in an extreme way by writing a note and placing it in the letter boxes of neighbours in a street in Tuakau. The letter warned of […]

Answers to the upgrade

Following correspondence from community members to the Franklin Local board and Auckland Transport (AT), questions have been answered regarding the delayed process of the new train station and overbridge. Surfacing in the area has been an issue at the Station Road entrance which has resulted in the area still fenced off. “AT had a review and were not satisfied with […]

Letter— Feedback on front page regarding Envirofert

Steve Douglas’ feature article regarding Waikato Regional Council allowing Envirofert in Tuakau to allegedly bury contaminated material is to be commended for its detail, its insight and its directness. Too often Councils recommend complainants take them to court, knowing full well that they have the use of ratepayers’ money and the complainant by and large will not have the resources. […]

Letter—Future operation and management of the Waiuku Town Hall

As you will have seen in last week’s Post Newspaper article “Hall goes from being Condemned to Community Resource”, the West Franklin Community Trust (WFCT) has managed to obtain the rights to “occupy and manage the Waiuku War Memorial Town Hall/Back Stage Theatre complex for the community.” One of the conditions of the licence is that interested residents/representatives/users from the […]

Waiuku community shows the way with trails plan

The Waiuku Walkways Committee presented a thorough run-down for how it will deliver the initial stages of the Waiuku Trails Plan at the most recent Franklin Local Board business meeting. The committee detailed how it will spend Franklin Local Board’s $300,000 budget allocation with the help of community volunteers and community contractors. Local businesses will provide discounted materials to start […]

Buried: – greed or incompetence?

Exclusive Investigation Report The Post is calling for all work at Envirofert to stop, for senior Waikato Regional Council staff to be suspended and for an independent forensic audit into the noncompliance at Envirofert in Tuakau. The role of both Waikato councils needs to be thoroughly investigated, and if they have allowed contaminated material to be buried due to a […]

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