Education

Students inspire at Matariki Festival

Six local schools came together recently to celebrate Matariki through Kapa Haka and dance. Waiuku College, Glenbrook, Waiau Pa, View Road, Sandspit Road School and Waiuku Primary schools entertained audiences with their performances. Matariki is a happy time of sharing and caring for the whanau and the community. “This is our second year of celebrating Matariki as a collective and […]

Mycoplasma Bovis taking the ‘calf’ out of calf club days?

The threat of Mycoplasma Bovis has meant a lot of schools in Franklin have said no to calves at Calf Club days. The Ministry of Primary Industries, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand have recommended farmers do not take part in Calf Club days/Ag Days. They advise farmers to reconsider movement of animals that is not absolutely critical in […]

Otaua School vege garden success

Otaua School recently established two new vegetable gardens, with the help and support of local herb growers, Jeanette Rea and Pam Maurice, from Scarborough Fare. A celebration of their success and a special assembly was held on Friday 13 April, before enjoying a delicious morning tea with produce from the gardens. ‘Nature Warriors,’ a student leadership group that run and […]

Class of 1941 reunite

The Standard 2 class of 1941, from Pukekohe Primary School, have been holding reunions since 1991. This was started by ex pupils after they attended the centennial school celebrations. This year’s get together was held at the Pukekohe residence of Mr and Mrs C. Shaw, with six pupils attending. Memories were exchanged of the past school days. Particular reference was […]

Puni riparian planting project

Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities visited a riparian planting site on one of the Balle Brother’s farms on Tramway Road, Puni, on Friday 13 April. Four Puni School pupils, Tommy Gibson, Olya Eremee, Nate Molony and RJ Rapi, represented their school admirably when they met with the Minister. While chatting comfortably with the […]

New school a step closer

According to Education Minister Chris Hipkins, construction of the new Pukekohe West primary school is set to begin next year. Hon Chris Hipkins says the school, which will initially be called Pukekohe West School, will be built on a four-hectare site in Belmont, and have an initial build roll of 350 students. “Once selected and appointed, the Establishment Board of […]

Waiuku College head students leading the way

Waiuku College head students are back for 2018, with a focus on bringing community to the school. Head girl Peta Butler, head boy James Hanna-Batty, deputy head girl Sidney McMillan and deputy head boy Andrew Goodare are excited about the year ahead. “It’s about being the role models of the school and maintaining the Waiuku Way which is respect, pride […]

Pukekohe High head students ready for action

In a town that is growing, with a school that is growing, Pukekohe High School’s Head students for 2018 have a big job ahead of them. Seventeen year olds Shey Eva, Angus Eason, Kate Fryer and Ellie Cato are ready to bring about change and incite school spirit. Having been part of the school since year nine, they are proud […]

Man in custody after male shot in Pukekohe

UPDATE: Police are investigating a firearms incident in Pukekohe where a male in his 50s received a gunshot wound to his leg shortly after 12.40pm on Friday 9 March. He has been transported to hospital and his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. A male is currently in custody and is assisting police with their enquiries. Paerata School is […]

Police search for offender in Tuakau

Tuakau Primary School students were kept inside their classrooms on the afternoon of Tuesday 6 March, due to Police trying to track an offender.   A police spokesperson said they were in the process of tracking a known offender who had fled through the school grounds. “Police asked for the students to stay inside the classrooms briefly while the delta dog unit […]


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