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 […]

Children given taste of ‘new’ sports

Golf, hockey and martial arts were just a few of the 13 different sports Franklin school students were able to participate in last Wednesday. Counties Manukau Sport (CMS) hosted the first in what is hoped to be a series of ‘Have a Go’ days, where children are given the opportunity to participate in new sports or learn skills that may […]

Developing conservation heroes

Andrew Sinclair is a member of the Whakaupoko Landcare Group, and is considered a conservation hero within the Franklin region. Concerns about pest impacts, led to the formation of Whakaupoko Landcare Group in 2004. Over 100 members from Mauku, Pukeoware, Aka Aka, Glenbrook, Patumahoe and Puni areas, are now part of the registered charity. Key activities include setting up bait […]

Pets blessed at service

St Bride’s Church in Mauku had their annual blessing of the animals on Sunday 1 October 2017 at their pet service. Jenny Boerema rode one of two Icelandic horses to church, accompanied by her two dogs. They were blessed with two other dogs, one cat, four turtles, a lamb, a goat and some special toy pets.

When “donations” are not welcome

Concerned resident Tamara Bennett is going against the grain, and asking people not to “donate”. And it’s for a good cause. Having heard the screeching, grinding sounds of over 20 car crashes near her property on Waiuku Road, she’s pleased a speed camera has recently been installed. Often criticised as revenue gathering tools, Police hope the camera presence will influence […]

Children sing their hearts out

More than 380 children from 15 local schools warmed up their vocal cords, and sang their hearts out at last week’s Franklin Choir Festival. One particular song, ‘We are Aotearoa’, was a standout. Written in 2016 by school girls Hannah Milo and Ella Dale, the song connected strongly with the festival’s theme of “We are strong” and was performed vocally […]

Mount Ruapehu Eruption remembered ten years on

   Ten years ago, two outdoorsy friends from teachers’ college were staying the night at Dome Hut on Mount Ruapehu. James Christie, now a teacher at Mauku School was one of the two, and was rewarded with a New Zealand Bravery Medal in 2011 for descending the mountain to get help for his friend William Pike, who was trapped under debris […]

Next stage of work at safe speed camera site on Waiuku Road

Work is progressing on the installation of a new safe speed camera in a high crash risk area in the Counties Manukau Police District. Waiuku Road in Mauku is among 33 sites across the country where new safe speed cameras will be placed in an effort to drive down mean speeds and related deaths and injuries in these areas. “The […]

Mauku School Country Life Day

Mauku School kicked off the local Calf Club days with their ‘Country Life Day’ on Saturday 16 September. The rain stayed away and everyone was able to enjoy the ‘creatures great and small’ theme for 2017.

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