Aka Aka

Gems from the swamp

What happens when you mix a bit of this and bit of that together? Often you create a little piece of wonderful. And that’s exactly what happened when coach Kylie Kennedy (great name) pulled together girls from Awhitu, Sandspit, Otaua and Aka Aka schools to blend up a wee bit of magic called the “Swampy Diamonds”. The team competed in the Grade […]

Little Libraries coming to town

Prisoners at Spring Hill Corrections Facility, Hampton Downs, have built and decorated 30 ‘little libraries’ to bring books and a focus for social interchange to small communities across Waikato district’s far-flung rural areas. Local communities looking forward to installing and setting up their little libraries include Aka Aka, Kariotahi, Otaua, Port Waikato, Glen Murray,Pukekawa, Onewhero, Mangatawhiri, Mangatangi, and Maramarua, among […]

Tree planting kicks off tree projects

Many hands make light work and that was true on Saturday 23 June as volunteers from the area gathered to help plant trees on the Muir farm. Steph Martin of the Goodness Grocer was the recipient of a $300 donation, thanks to a local with a passion for the environment. The money was donated to anyone with a tree project, […]

Yana’s Yarn 30 June 2018

On my travels to the supermarket recently, I have noticed a lot of people using their recyclable bags. It’s cool to care for the environment and do our best to reduce waste. And it’s okay if you take another supermarket’s recyclable bag to a competing supermarket. At least you’re making a difference. (Speaking to myself here). Even opting out of […]

Diamond anniversary for local couple

Gary and Shirley Dickey, are celebrating 60 years of marriage this year. This Thursday, in fact. The Waiuku couple, aged 81, met at dance at Pukeoware Hall. Gary was farming and Shirley, then Shirley McNaughten, was training to be at teacher at Ardmore. They were married at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Waiuku on May 24, 1958 and 60 years […]

Donation offered for local tree project

In New Zealand this year 885,227 tress have been planted. They clean air, water, slow climate change, prevent species loss and help create beautiful spaces. Coming up to Arbor Day on Tuesday 5 June 2018, a kind community member has generously donated $1000 to go towards local tree projects in the Franklin area. Those who have a project on their […]

Auckland Westpac Helicopter missions

At 5.25pm on Wednesday 2 May, W1 Crew were tasked to Aka Aka for a car vs cyclist, however they were stood down at 5.38pm. On Thursday 3 May at 8.30pm, W2 Crew were tasked to Grahams Beach for a female patient in her 40s suffering a medical condition. She was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a serious condition. The […]

Aka Aka School receives $15,000 tech grant

The school made it to the final five of School-gen’s Energising Young Minds competition, thanks to the support of local people who voted in huge numbers for the school. They then impressed a panel of judges to make it to the top three and win the second prize of a $15,000 tech grant for solar and tech gear for its […]

Country Boys Toys gearing up

Country Boys Toys, a festival held at Aka Aka School, will be back in full swing on Saturday 10 March. The event, held from 10am until 4pm, is a plethora of large machinery, cars and everything country boys like. It is held to lift the profile of Aka Aka School. Stu Muir, Aka Aka School board chairman and PTA member, […]

Cross country fun

Aka Aka School are one of the few Franklin schools that get to really run ‘cross country’ for their annual sporting event. Students jumped for joy at the chance stretch their legs across the Muir’s farm. The annual event was held on Thursday 16 November, with the winners of their respected age categories going on to compete in the zone competition.


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