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It’s all power for the Northern Stars

The Northern Stars Netball franchise are proud to announce Counties Power will join the Stars family of sponsors for the 2018 ANZP netball season. Northern Stars General Manager Dianne Lasenby said they are delighted to welcome Counties Power as a commercial partner for 2018. “It is a privilege to be associated with a company that has a strong local history […]

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 […]

Letter— Stop dumping on footpaths

May I make a plea to all those who live on the Hamilton Estate to STOP dropping litter on footpaths and street verges; STOP deliberately breaking glass bottles in the same places, STOP littering in the walk throughs—one between Rata Street/Hamilton Drive, the other between Matai Street/Hamilton Drive. STOP deliberately dropping litter on the Hamilton Drive sports field. Take your […]

Keeping the community warm this winter

Many people in our community will be facing the upcoming winter months in uninsulated houses, garages and sleep-outs. Elim Christian Centre will be collecting blankets to gift to the community as part of their Blanket Box initiative. The vision for Blanket Box is to partner with locals to make a difference in Franklin through providing blankets, duvets or sleeping bags […]

Serious crash, Awhitu Road

Two vehicles were involved in a head on collision on Awhitu Road on Tuesday 20 March. Four people were involved in the crash, with three of them taken to hospital. Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene to transport the patients. Westpac crew assisted a female in her 30s who had suffered multiple injuries. She was flown to Auckland City […]

India Tuakau supporting community

By Jess Paton The India Restaurant and Bar in Tuakau gave away free meals from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm on Sunday 4 March. The free food was aimed at those that were unable to cook for themselves or couldn’t afford a meal. Mukesh Sharma, director, said they did it because the community is everything. “We started our journey four years […]

Waiuku billiard hall undergoes a major makeover

Waiuku’s 1920s billiard hall, off Queen Street, has undergone a huge makeover in order to be made into a new community facility. Kirsty-May Lillis and a small team have been working on the property for several months, and it is now close to completion. The building will house two yoga studios, which will be used for Kirsty-May’s business Yoga Lane […]

Letter: Good article

Good article and so correct. Those hammering smokers never hear about the truth of real costs to the country from alcohol compared to smokers. Given one reefer of cannabis does seven times the lung damage that one cigarette does, there is no way the Government can legalise cannabis and leave the tax on cigarettes at this level. D. Dixon, (Facebook)

New home for Northern Stars

The new Pulman Arena in Takanini will become the home playing venue for the Northern Stars in the 2018 Premiership season, after an exciting partnership between Pulman Park and the Stars. Pulman Park developer, Bruce Pulman, says, “It is a delight to assist the Stars in bringing their exciting brand of netball to the heart of South Auckland. Pulman Arena […]

Paerata Rise takes shape

Work is ongoing at Paerata Rise, with the community starting to take shape. Grafton Downs announced that the total earthworks investment for stage one has reached $30 million, including water, sewerage and earthworks. The work for the infrastructure has taken a total of 18,646 hours and has resulted in the installation of three kilometers of water pipes and seven kilometres […]


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