Aka Aka

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.

Serious injuries after two-car crash

Three people were seriously injured in a crash yesterday evening, at the intersection of Masters and Allcock Roads. At 5.45pm, on Tuesday 21 November 2017, Police and emergency services were alerted to the incident in Aka Aka, where one person was trapped inside a vehicle. The male patient, who is in his 20s, was extricated from the vehicle by the local […]

Children given taste of ‘new’ sports

Golf, hockey and martial arts were just a few of the 13 different sports Franklin school students were able to participate in last Wednesday. Counties Manukau Sport (CMS) hosted the first in what is hoped to be a series of ‘Have a Go’ days, where children are given the opportunity to participate in new sports or learn skills that may […]

Developing conservation heroes

Andrew Sinclair is a member of the Whakaupoko Landcare Group, and is considered a conservation hero within the Franklin region. Concerns about pest impacts, led to the formation of Whakaupoko Landcare Group in 2004. Over 100 members from Mauku, Pukeoware, Aka Aka, Glenbrook, Patumahoe and Puni areas, are now part of the registered charity. Key activities include setting up bait […]

Fun garden projects for the school holidays

National Gardening Week returns 6th-13th October and it is the perfect time to educate children about the joy of gardening and all the fun things to do.  The Week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature.  Gardener and author, Sarah O’Neil […]


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