Winter wonderland at Strathallan preschool

Snow was the weather of choice at ACG Strathallan’s preschool in Karaka with their annual snow day held recently. The pre-schoolers had a fabulous time revelling and tasting the snow. “Many of the children had never seen or experienced snow before,” said one of the teachers. “We had snow fights, made snow balls, snow angels and enjoyed having fun with […]

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 […]

Fatal crash in Karaka

Emergency services attended a fatal crash in Karaka on Friday 25 May 2018. Police were called to the two-car crash on Karaka Road around 6:15pm. The crash occurred near Whangapouri and Blackbridge Roads. One person has died however there is no information available on other injuries at this stage. Diversions were put in place and motorists were asked to avoid the […]

Nick top of the championship

Local offroad racers have been successful in the second round of the 2018 New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship. Held at Puhinui in Manukau, Waiuku’s Nick Hall made a clean sweep of his class at the event last month. Jack Hellier from Karaka and Tony McCall of Manukau maintained their in-class points domination. It was the first time the national championship […]

Hamper fit for a Queen

It’s a hamper fit for a Queen and created right here in Franklin. Paddock to Pantry, a local grocery store in Karaka, and online Gift Hamper business, was delighted to be asked to create a small gourmet and uniquely NZ artisan food hamper that was gifted to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when she was […]

Do some good in the hood

Good in the Hood is an annual campaign where every vote goes towards helping community organisations. Eight local groups and charities who will be receiving shares in $4000 as part of Z’s Good in the Hood, met at the First Drop event on Monday 30 April 2018. In Pukekohe, Z customers can vote every time they fill up at the […]

Mill Road gets the ‘go’, but is it enough?

Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced a $500 million upgrade for the Mill Road corridor as part of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project, on Thursday 26 April. The money will be allocated to Mill Road in the next ten years and will work on stage one, at the northern end of the project. Phil said they would add capacity to the […]

Franklin feels the heat

Fires and break-ins overnight kept Counties Manukau Police busy as they were called out to investigate four separate suspicious fire incidents which happened on Sunday evening, 29 April. The first was a portacom fire on Hingaia Road in Karaka around 7:30pm. Thereafter a show-home on McPherson Road in Drury was extensively burned. At around 10.37pm, police were called out to […]

Bowls Results week ending 24 April 2018

KARAKA BOWLING CLUB RESULTS Open Tournament Friday 6 April: This was the last Open tournament for the season and the club would like to thank all the local Counties clubs for their support. Winners: Terence Gross, Jack Kayes, Bob Price. Karaka. 2: Don Kirkbride, Bryan Cartwright, Dick Power. Karaka. 3: Don Parker, Betty Morris, Roy Palmer. Karaka. 4: Barry Hodge, […]

Students walk 300km for charity

Student leaders from ACG Strathallan in Karaka, walked more than 300km over 18 hours as part of the Relay for Life at Bruce Pulman Park on the 7 and 8 April, 2018. Twenty five students, from Year 12 and 13, walked 662 laps around the park and raised more than $5000 for The Cancer Society. Although the event was smack […]

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