Arts

Concert entertains locals

It’s a community initiative that recently celebrated their sixth birthday. On the second Monday of every month, volunteers from Pukekohe Performing Arts put on a show for local people to enjoy. Under the leadership of Anne Doddrell, and with pianist Rosemary Hood, a happy band of volunteer performers sing, tell jokes, dance and read poems in an impromptu concert. As […]

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 […]

Aladdin enchants

Glenbrook School had an enchanting and entertaining adventure recently, with their production Aladdin Trouble, which saw more than 800 visitors come to view over three days. Every student in years five to eight took part in the production in acting, props, backdrops, dancing, lighting, sound and choir. Parents assisted in making costumes, hair and makeup for everyone and as usual […]

Junior cast ready to perform

         Pukekohe Performing Arts are presenting Madagascar Jr this week. With a cast of 50, all under the ages of 18, it’s set to inspire and entertain with a number of dances and songs. Director Hayley Va’a said her experience directing has been awesome. “It’s my biggest cast,” she said. “The kids have been rehearsing since March.” […]

Icon Award for local icon

He’s been the recipient of many awards before, but Waiuku’s sculptor and carver Fred Graham has been awarded the highest accolade from the Arts Foundation. The Icon Award honours senior New Zealand artists for their extraordinary achievements. The artists are recognised as leaders in their fields. “It was quite a moving experience,” Fred said. The celebration took place at Government House […]

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 […]

Festival delights

The annual Puni Multicultural Festival has been a highlight for the Franklin community for 11 years, from its early days at Puni School to the event it has become. This year’s naming rights went to Puni Motors Ltd on Waiuku Road. “It is an amazing opportunity for schools and community groups to come together to perform on stage in front […]

Waiuku Theatre Group scoop awards

On Saturday 17 March members of Waiuku Theatre Group attended the 2018 ACTT (Auckland Community Theatre Trust) Awards, held at the Ara Lodge in Auckland. ACTT began in 2004 ‘in order to promote community theatre and the theatre arts in the Auckland area’. There were ten shows nominated for awards amongst several of the Auckland theatres. Waiuku Theatre Group received […]

Photographers awarded at salon

Waiuku Camera Club held their annual Salon of Photography on Sunday 11 March at the Library Centre in Waiuku. The event received excellent attendance from club members, friends and family. Proceedings began with printed images presented for viewing, gallery style, along with a wonderful finger-food buffet provided by the members, with something for everyone to enjoy—on both counts. The guest […]

Prizes to be won at the Dave Upfold Show

Enjoy a night out, have a laugh, and be in to win at the Dave Upfold Show on Wednesday 21 March. Come along for a night of fun and you could be in to win a great night of glamping at Luxury under Canvas, a Family pass to Rainbow’s End (2 adults, 2 children super pass), Two double passes to […]


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