Looking twice at train tracks may save your life

Look right, look left, look for trains. That’s the message NZ Police and the NZ Transport Agency are supporting this Rail Safety Week, and it could save your life. Inspector Peter McKennie, Operations Manager for Road Policing, says Police will be supporting the week by spreading the message to look first before you cross train tracks. It only takes a […]

Cool, clear Franklin mornings

Occasionally, this time of year, we are treated to some fantastically cool, clear mornings here in Franklin with a little wind. I witnessed one of these not long ago and it made for some fantastic photography of the Steel Mill. Naturally the steam from the Mill is hot and hot air rises. It’s during these calm mornings that one can […]

Celebrating 24 years

Bombay Autobahn celebrated their 24th birthday on Friday 3 August, not long after celebrity chef Chelsea Winter visited them on 28 July. Erich and Margaret Dornauer started the first Autobahn Cafe in August 1994. Five years later in 1999, BP Oil built its second motorway service centre at Papakura which the Autobahn is also part of. They based their cafes […]

Pokeno couple cycling 3000km across Europe for tenth time

One couple from Pokeno. Two bicycles. 3000 kilometres across Europe. This is reality for Patricia and Ken Graham, a 78 and 81 year old who have done this for the last ten years. “We love it and we’ll keep doing this until we no longer can!” said Patricia. “And then maybe we’ll do it on mobility scooters!” The couple start […]

Wastewater Treatment Plant to double capacity

You might think it all ends with a flush, but for the wastewater, it is only the beginning. Jess and I went to the Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant on Parker Lane where earthworks have begun to prepare for the new upgrade which will see the plant double its capacity. We got to go on a tour of the plant, that […]

Inspirational record setter

Your average male grizzly bear weighs more than 270kgs. A full grown African lion weighs about 175kg. Ben Holmes from Waiuku has just set the New Zealand powerlifting squat record with a humongous lift of 350.5kg! Not only that, but he’s also lifted the winner’s trophy for both the 2018 GPC Powerlifting Nationals, and the 2018 New Zealand National Championships. […]

Catching zzz’s

Nicola Squire is a certified baby and child sleep consultant. The Waiuku mum of three has helped a number of parents in the Franklin area over the past six months. “I help with techniques to settle the baby, so that they don’t need to rely on being rocked to sleep, for example,” she said. Her training helps young children, up […]

Online calf club saving farmers beef?

Mycoplasma Bovis has had a big impact on the dairy farming industry and is currently threatening our calf clubs. Calf Club NZ, an independent calf club run by farmers for farmers, have organised an online calf club for kids so that they don’t miss out. Joshua Herbes and Michelle Burgess, creators of Calf Club NZ, said “calf clubs help link […]

A note from Jess – 17 July 2018

Yana’s been away the last four days so I’ve been given the task of trying to fill her shoes! And lets say, they’re not the easiest to fill! It sure has made me appreciate the great work she (and the rest of the team) does each week! For those who don’t know me I am a 19 year old that […]

Franklin United 14th Grade Girls

With the creation of the Franklin United Football Academy this year, a good number of girls trialled, and 14th Grade team was established. Currently sitting in third place on table of the Championship 14 Grade Division 1, the team is doing well for their first season together under the Franklin United club. The team aged from 12-15 years old with […]

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