Local experiences inspire children’s books

Sarah Akroyd, a 41 year old who grew up in Glenbrook and taught at Patumahoe School for several years, has written, illustrated and self-published two children’s books. Although Sarah now lives in the Bay of Plenty, her two books, ‘What are you Grateful for Little Bug?’ and ‘When I Metamorphasize!’ were inspired by experiences she had while living in Franklin. […]

Thousands raised by local brigades

The Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge took place on Saturday 19 May, 2018. Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Jim Snedden was on the fundraising leaderboard, in seventh. He raised $8483 for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. Jim was also awarded the Patu on the night for the competitor who showed the spirit of the Firefighters Sky Tower challenge event. A […]

Master of the stair climb

Waiuku’s Jim Snedden will be packing on his gear and walking up 1103 steps of the Skytower for charity. The 76 year old is the oldest to take part in the annual event. He has been part of the Waiuku Volunteer Fire brigade for 53 years. Jim will be joined by team captain Paul Griffiths, Philip Shore, Clint Hornell, Erik […]

Donation offered for local tree project

In New Zealand this year 885,227 tress have been planted. They clean air, water, slow climate change, prevent species loss and help create beautiful spaces. Coming up to Arbor Day on Tuesday 5 June 2018, a kind community member has generously donated $1000 to go towards local tree projects in the Franklin area. Those who have a project on their […]

Sand to Mud champions

Waiuku Lions Nick Herrold visited Glenbrook School to present them with a new piece of silverware. The School were the winners of the Sand to Mud Schools Cup. Glenbrook School had more than 30 student participating in the Sand to Mud fun run which took place on Sunday 8 April. The first six runners in were Hunter Maxwell, Connor Moynihan, […]

Firefighters inundated with calls due to extreme weather in Auckland

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is receiving dozens of calls about trees toppling onto roads, power lines and homes in the Auckland region. Its Northern Communication Centre is being inundated with 111 calls due to the extremely strong winds hitting the region. They are dealing with more than 170 calls in Auckland and the wider Upper North Island area. Most […]

High tea on the tracks

I love high tea. I think it’s the combination of little bites of many flavours that appeals the most. Often when I’m faced with a standard meal at a restaurant I’d really like to say, “Could I have a bit of this one, and some of that one, and yes throw one of those in too!” I seek variety, I […]

Say Cheese

Air New Zealand Dreamliner pilot and keen home cheesemaker Tony Hamblyn, was named Curds & Whey Champion Home Crafted Cheese & Cheesemaker at the 15th NZ Champions of Cheese Awards, run by the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association. Tony’s Karaka Brick Gold cheese is a take on English cheddar, originally made in Wisconsin, US, its name comes from its brick-shaped […]

Couple travelling around the world in a Ford Model T

Dutch couple Dirk and Trudy Regter were in Franklin last week with their 1915 Ford Model T. They have been travelling the world in the car, crossing deserts, mountains and oceans and pitching their tent to raise funds for orphans. “I bought the car a long time ago in Canada,” Dirk said. The idea for a world tour came about […]

Honours flow at Waiuku Netball AGM

There was plenty of emotion and celebration at the Waiuku Netball Centre’s AGM on Monday 5 March. Anne Walters was accorded life membership, joining just seven other living members of the association with that status, while Bronwyn Sloane, Rachel Browne-Cole and Sharni Hunter were all honoured with service awards. Anne has a lengthy list of achievements and citations for her […]

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