Baker’s Banter— 20 February 2018

It is pleasing to see Mayor Goff come out swinging about those who think it is ok to dump their rubbish on the sides of the roads. Being a mainly rural area with fewer houses, less traffic and obviously less chance of being seen, Franklin is a popular destination for the toe rags who do this. However it is not […]

Pipes cleaned out

Waikato District Council’s wastewater campaign kicks off this year with wastewater pipes scheduled to be cleaned and inspected. A total of 42 kilometres of water pipes have already been cleaned and inspected by CCTV cameras in towns in the district such as Tuakau and Pokeno. About 80 percent of wastewater overflows in the Waikato District from 2014 to 2016 were […]

Letter: The Cause of Road Accidents is not speed alone

Unlike your correspondent last week, I do not believe that speed is the cause of accidents. Speed adds to the consequences of an accident but I would be very surprised if it is the root cause. In my personal view the real causes are more often a combination of poor driving skills, poor judgment calls by drivers, lack of awareness […]

One year of St John Op Shop

The St John Op Shop in Waiuku are celebrating one year of operations since they began in the deconsecrated Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Store manager Lisa-Marie Anderson said the community have been extremely generous and supportive of the shop. “We’ve been highly successful, because of the support from everyone in the area.” Lisa has lived in Waiuku for three years […]

Ashes burial section at Kohekohe cemetery

Kohekohe Cemetery, located in the rolling hills of the Awhitu Peninsula, now has an ashes burial section. Local resident Dawn Renall has put in a lot of effort behind the scenes to make this achievable. Her husband, and retired Waiuku Fire Chief, the Late Bill Renall QSM, was the first to be interred in the section on Sunday 11 February, […]

E-waste is escalating

An e-Day is coming to Pukekohe, where you can drop off any electronic products you no longer use. is a not for profit organisation who provide electronic waste recycling events around Auckland. They aim to increase public awareness on e-waste recycling. Electronic waste, also called e-waste, is a term for electronic products that are obsolete or non-working. Most electronic […]

New initiative to crack down on illegal dumping

Mayor Phil Goff has announced significant new resources to tackle illegal dumping in Auckland, unveiled as part of a new mayoral led initiative, including a new 0800 hotline to report dumpers. Mayor Phil Goff said, “Illegal roadside rubbish dumping has blighted our city, harmed our environment and burdened ratepayers with the costs of clean-up. I’m sick and tired of it, […]

Mudlarks target complete clearance

The Mudlarks are a Waiuku group of mostly older people, who have been responsible for clearing mangroves from the Waiuku Estuary and other inlets. They are keen to clear the whole of the Tamakae Estuary down to Sandspit, with mangrove forests still left off Racecourse Road, on the eastern side. Mudlarks have had to keep away from Tamakae Estuary each […]

Hudson’s Beach Norfolk Pine under threat

Wendy Jones, who owns a bach at Hudsons Beach, has great concern for the forty year old Norfolk Pine near her bach. “This recent storm has damaged the beach to the extent now it’s absolutely heart breaking”, said Wendy. “Now the Norfolk Pine that means so much to so many is under threat.” Wendy is a descendant of the Hudsons […]

Live in the 2-3-5 ready to rock

It’s been more than three years in the making, but the final stage of the Waiuku Skatepark upgrade is so close, the skateboarders can smell it. Some of New Zealand’s heavyweight performers are coming to Waiuku to give fundraising the final push it needs at, ‘Live in the 2-3-5’ at the Waiuku Skatepark on Saturday 24 February. Skatepark upgrade committee […]

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