Franklin

New kits for Pukekohe juniors

The children at Pukekohe Junior Rugby Club will look the part this season with new playing kits. They were able to purchase them with the help of funding support from the Grassroots Trust. Founded in 1953, Pukekohe Junior Boy’s Rugby Football Club was set up to promote and foster the game of rugby football. The club has experienced a large […]

Too young to GO GREY!

Like many women who celebrated their 21st birthdays a few years ago now, I’ve been battling against the grey. I’ve always had dark hair. It’s been short, it’s survived the perm trend, it’s been so long I’ve nearly sat on it! But it’s always been dark. So as the greys made themselves known once again, a trip to the salon […]

Georgia wins at Hoof and Hook

Georgia Whitworth, a 16 year old from Tuakau, won a haul of awards at the 2018 Hoof and Hook competition, on the 13 and 14 May in Feilding. Georgia competed in the Intermediate section of the competition, against 13 to 18 year olds, with her two steers and a heifer. She came away as Reserve Grand Champion. She also won […]

Diamond anniversary for local couple

Gary and Shirley Dickey, are celebrating 60 years of marriage this year. This Thursday, in fact. The Waiuku couple, aged 81, met at dance at Pukeoware Hall. Gary was farming and Shirley, then Shirley McNaughten, was training to be at teacher at Ardmore. They were married at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Waiuku on May 24, 1958 and 60 years […]

Baker’s Banter – 22 May 2018

Timely I guess to add my personal and up close perspective to the recent news that the Council is selling several properties. These include some former headquarters legacy of District Councils, including Franklin DC. It has been discussed and referred to for a while now, but with nothing formal. Being only one of three elected representatives in Franklin (joined by […]

Council to sell service centre

Local Board chair Angela Fulljames says the Pukekohe Service Centre site on 82 Manukau Road will be sold on the basis that a fit-for-purpose alternative can be found. Franklin Local Board deputy chair Andy Baker appeared before the Finance and Performance Committee on Tuesday 15 May and says the council must, not only, be financially prudent but also retain its […]

Bare feet and Harry’s wedding

Writing a letter to the Editor is still a popular form of expression and opinion making. Even the brilliant Post Newspaper receives their fair share including one fantastic reader who corrected my mistake on Cape Foulwind. Here are a few REAL letters sent to editors in newspapers all over the world. A letter writer in Lincolnshire in the UK wrote, […]

Franklin to get better facilities following service centre sale

Deputy mayor and Franklin Ward Councillor Bill Cashmore and Franklin Local Board are pleased the people of Franklin will ultimately benefit from a decision to sell the current site of the Pukekohe service centre. Both Cr Cashmore and the local board advocated for the sale of the 82 Manukau Road site on the basis that a fit-for-purpose alternative could be […]

Bombay Lions donate to Franklin Hospice

In March this year, the Bombay Lions once again hosted their annual Fun Run. The Lions donated $1000 from the proceeds of the run to Franklin Hospice, as they did last year. “We really appreciate the support of the Bombay Lions,” said Ric Odom, CEO of Franklin Hospice, who, along with Hospice nurse Jackie, participated in the event. “The Fun […]

Kayaker picked up in Harbour

Emergency services were called to assist a kayaker who had fallen out of their kayak in the Manukau Harbour, on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 May. Westpac Rescue Helicopter W2, Waiuku Coastguard, and Police Eagle were called to help the person who was having difficulty getting back onto the kayak. Upon arrival, Police Eagle helicopter had located the man, in […]


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