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 […]

Sorry not sorry coming to Franklin

‘Sorry, not sorry,’ a photographic exhibition, will be at the Franklin Arts Centre until Saturday 7 April. It will feature a mix of photographic works from Conor Clarke and Tia Huia Ranginui. Conor Clarke, who grew up near Pukekohe, says she’s chuffed to be asked to show her work on the ‘home turf’ so to say! “Even though I’ve been […]

The Mirror and the Spindle

Shoestring Theatre once again presents a theatre production in Waiuku, with an original script by Douglas Roberts, loosely based on the old story of Sleeping Beauty. In a fairytale kingdom a new baby Princess is welcomed into the world, and all the world is invited to attend. Unfortunately, for reasons too complicated to go into here, the Queen’s sister didn’t […]

Pollok Co-op celebrates Waitangi Day

After celebrating ten years, the Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op is continuing to host events, this year renewing an old tradition. Held on Waitangi Day, they celebrated the return of ‘Music on the Green’. Co-op member, Phil Jordan, who is also a member of the band, ‘Apostrophe’, co-ordinated the event bringing together four different acts to perform on the stage […]

Building community in Waiuku

Community working with community is the idea behind the new delivery truck sandpit at Waiuku Primary School. Major sponsor, Waiuku ITM came on board after they were contacted by Luana Misa, chair of the Waiuku Primary School board of trustees.   “I was made aware that the school did not have a sandpit, after the old one was decommissioned,” she said. […]

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