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At around 7.15pm on Monday 30 July, in a complete state of despair, Waiuku mum Sharlene Timbers reached out to her community. “Our nine year old son Scott has gone missing… The Police are searching for him… He has a very rare brain condition,” read her Facebook post. What happened next is a beacon of brightness in a world where […]

Saving the world one orange at a time

It’s an idea that’s stormed social media, and united the community, and all because of a food shelf. The Waiuku Sharing Box in Rossiter Ave, Waiuku was put into action by local Kimi Johnson. Kimi said she’s always thought it would be a cool idea, but finally decided to put it into action just a few weeks ago. Since she let the […]

Jason ramping up in Sport Waikato

Jason Macroni is the new Sport Waikato District Co-ordinator for North Waikato and would love to help the North Waikato to become a real identity as a sports region. Jason has been in this role for just over four months and has already instigated great initiatives. “With the rapid growth of our towns, there is going to be an ever-growing […]

W2 crew tasked to medical in Mercer

On Monday 16 July 2018, Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter 2 crew were tasked to Mercer at 11.32am to assist a male patient in his 60s suffering a medical complaint. He was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a serious condition. Crew were then retasked to mission 553 at Muriwai.

Local funds boost food bank

It’s locals supporting locals once again in Waiuku. On 27 June 2018, St Andrew’s Op Shop donated a cheque for $1000 to the Waiuku Food Bank. Manager of St Andrews Op Shop, Sharron Levestone, said the food bank does a fantastic job in helping families in need with food parcels. “We are privileged that monies raised in our shop are […]

Storm chaser returns from incredible trip

Kim Watson is busy chasing her dreams, when she’s not chasing storms. In fact, the two go hand in hand. The storm chaser recently returned from her second expedition in America, where her hunger for seeing tornadoes was filled. “Last year I was there for seven days, this year I went for ten days.” She travelled 7800 kilometres over the […]

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 […]


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