New Zealand

First woman in parliament

In the lead up to Suffrage 125, Franklin Writers Group are supplying snippets of New Zealand history, with women who paved the way for other Kiwi women. Forty years after New Zealand women became able to vote, Elizabeth McCombs entered Parliament on a Labour ticket, a seat she gained after the death of her husband James McCombs. Elizabeth was said […]

Tuakau engineering building features in Speight’s ad

The building of Tuakau engineering company, D.R.Howells’ Engineering Co. Ltd, features in the Speight’s ad called ‘The Dance.’ The two-minute film follows a classic Kiwi bloke, nervous and with two left feet, trying to learn his wedding dance inside the engineering building which is called ‘Morris Engineering Ltd.’ in the ad. His tradie work mate takes him under his wing […]

Police Patch—24 April

With all the recent discussion on the road toll, it is somewhat disturbing that the team is still detecting people doing really high speeds around Waiuku. The other night one local was stopped for doing 136 kms on a local country road. On that particular road we have ,in the last six months, attended two serious crashes where people involved […]

BPW Franklin arrange suffragette celebrations

One hundred and twenty-five years ago women in New Zealand won the right to vote. However, it wasn’t gifted, it was something they fought for. To mark the date, Business and Professional Women Franklin Inc (BPW Franklin) will be holding a march during September in Pukekohe and are hoping all the community will get involved. Virginia Warren of BPW Franklin […]

Out of the box— 6 March 2018

One of my favourite things to do while driving is to turn on the radio and belt out lyrics at the top of my lung capacity. However, not every single word I sing is factually accurate. In fact, it took me about twenty years before I was told that ‘Hit me with your pet shark’ was not lyrically on the […]

Heaviest drinking quarter since new liquor laws implemented

New figures show that more alcohol was available for consumption per person in the October-December quarter of 2017 than in any other quarter in the five years since the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act came into effect. Annual per capita consumption has barely shifted since 2012 said Alcohol Healthwatch Executive Director Dr Nicki Jackson. “We have witnessed more people […]

Letter: Alcohol vs tobacco vs taxes

It’s official, we have become an over taxed Nanny State Country or is it a Communist Country? No longer do we have the freedom of choice without it costing you by way of a tax or the government’s new choice of word a “levy”, which of course is still a tax. We have been paying a tax on a tax […]

Out of the Box with Tim Gregory—13 February 2018

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in full swing, there has already been a world record set during the games. However it wasn’t set on either the snow or the ice, but rather the games village dorm rooms. The South Koreans have smashed the previous record of distributing the highest amount of condoms to athletes in Olympics history. A grand total […]

$10m lost to online scams

Kiwis reported a combined loss of $10.1 million dollars form online scams and fraud to Netsafe in 2017. The largest single loss reported was $480,00 and the average loss was $10,771. It is likely that the reported losses are only a small percentage of the total losses, as many people feel a sense of embarrassment or hopelessness about reporting scams. Netsafe CEO, […]

Kapa Haka students feeling blessed

On a recent bright and sunny Monday afternoon, a very special blessing took place within the grounds of Waiuku Primary School. For the past year, teacher Tina Sagaga has been encouraging students to raise their voices and connect to their culture. Her passion has been contagious, and a strong group of students has emerged to stand tall as the Waiuku […]

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