Franklin County News

Big boys wanted

2016 New Zealand National Judo 100kg plus champion, Kyle Leggott is encouraging tall and big men to take up the sport.

Big, tall and over 100kg? Judo may be your next calling.

Pukekohe pulling together for Patrick

The Arcade Laundry was gutted by fire in August.

Pukekohe family loses entire business to fire, community steps in to help fund raise.

New Pukekohe Park projects in full-swing

Pukekohe Park chief executive, Lance Bickford is overseeing the multi-million dollar makeover.

Pukekohe Park's multi-million dollar makeover focuses on community spirit.

Running for Starship

Nic Mills (centre, with his three children) will be running from Pukekohe to Mt Wellington in December to raise money ...

Pukekohe's Nic Mills is running to work in December. All 43 km.

Sibling gymnasts turning heads

Zazzy and Harvey Humber. Zazzy picked up a gold medal in the Aero Skools aerobics category.

Talented Pukekohe siblings shine bright on national gymnastics stage.

Classic with an edge for race day fashion

Pukekohe hairdresser Stacey Hanley is a picture of style and sophistication at last year's event.

With spring in full bloom, it's time to have fun with colour.

Bright sparks surge towards new skills

Pukekohe Intermediate student Mia Peters tackles the soldering iron like a pro.

Twenty Pukekohe Intermediate School kids have had some hands-on experience in engineering and coding thanks to Project X.

Improved rubbish tags for Tuakau

The new black adhesive refuse tags being introduced in Tuakau after previous tags proved troublesome.

Tuakau residents to receive new refuse tags after first batch cause issues for locals.

Community invited to St John's new home

Tuakau's St John first response vehicle has a new home.

The Tuakau Emergency Services Community Trust (TESCT) is inviting the community to help celebrate the culmination of four years of fundraising and countless hours of volunteer work.

150 years for Patumahoe Primary School

Patumahoe Primary School's class of 1919.

Patumahoe Primary School is celebrating its 150th anniversary this week. The school, which opened in 1866, will be celebrating with a number of events on October 21-23.

Seniors' Christmas Lunch to bring festive cheer

From left, Amanda Mitchell, Phillip Corse-Scott and Carole Inight are hosting a Seniors' Christmas Lunch in Pukekohe on ...

Franklin's elderly community are being invited to a Seniors' Christmas Lunch this Christmas Eve in Pukekohe.

Running for a silver lining

The kids at The Playhouse Preschool are getting ready for a fun run this November, to benefit the Franklin Silver Lining ...

Get your trainers on Pukekohe, it's fun-run time!

Tuakau youth set to make music

Grant money from Barfoot and Thompson will go some way towards helping the Tuakau Youth Centre kids develop their ...

The future's sounding bright for the kids at the Tuakau Youth Centre.

Get your cat desexed for free

Kitten season has already begun. It usually starts mid November but is early again starting in  September this year.

 SPCA Auckland have over 10,000 animals come through their shelter doors each year and over 7,000 of those animals are cats.

Stephen is church's Dad of the Year

Stephen Dryfhout with his kids Ciara, Nathan, Alex and Johnny-Ray.

Stephen Dryfhout​ is a pretty typical dad - at least he thought so.

Slushie Sisters serve up at local events

Slushie Sisters Janine Smith and Tracey Runciman.

If you're looking for a refreshing drink at a local event this summer, chances are you'll be buying it from the Slushie Sisters.

Fishy fundraising drive for Pukekohe shoppers

Westpac Pukekohe's assistant bank manager Louisa Brock is leading a fishy fundraising drive to help her team enter the ...

Pukekohe shoppers can expect to be enticed by whitebait fritters and sweet treats on Friday.

Family fireworks event will be a cracker

A family fireworks event will take to Waiuku this October.

It'll be a cracker of an evening when Blast to the Past hits Waiuku.

Get your dogs off the leash

Karen Moody and Renee Whittaker hope to provide a option for dog-owners who spend long days at work and stuck in traffic.

New doggy-daycare centre in Franklin is an all-family affair.

Sunset Beach lifeguard honoured

Patrick Flynn from Sunset Beach Surf Life Saving Club received a service award from Surf Life Saving New Zealand.

Thrill of the rescue and keeping community safe highlight for long-serving Sunset Beach lifeguard.

Monster fun at the library

Raymond McGrath, author/illustrator of Did You Hear a Monster?

Do you fancy meeting a monster? This Saturday, Pukekohe Library is hosting a man who knows all about them.

Elderly man kicked by horse

Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter on the scene in Auckland's Glenbrook

Auckland man had to drive home in pain after being kicked in the ribs, before he could call for help.

Get your jog on for a good cause

Pukekohe's Doug Murphy and Dennis Ryan are part of the Pukekohe Joggers and Walkers Club who is holding the half ...

Pukekohe Joggers and Walkers Club is holding a half marathon and 6km fun run/walk on October 16.

Candidates lay it on the line in election race

The seven Pukekohe subdivision candidates for the Franklin Local Board at a meet the candidates event in Karaka.

Franklin Local Board Pukekohe subdivision candidates spill out

Kiwi to flex muscle at Bathurst

Calvin Andrew, left, Linda Anderson and Dart Andrew will head to Bathurst to race in a special Australasian Muscle Car event.

Calvin Andrew will head to Bathurst to take part in the race of a lifetime.

Sporting trio latest off Wesley College production line

Adam Wetere Pompey, Tupou Vaai and Suetena Asomua are the latest rugby and league talent to come out of Wesley College ...

Wesley College students hope to follow in the footsteps of famous alumni.

Pukekawa School receives grant

Pukekawa Primary School is looking forward to putting their grant money to good use.

When you are a small country school with only 106 pupils, fundraising to do work around the school is particularly hard.

Groovit's international dance debut

Groovit Pukekohe placed 12th in the recent World Supremacy Battlegrounds competition held in Sydney.

Groovit Pukekohe has made a splash in international dance waters.

Lily's hear and now

Lily Fuller-Sandys was able to have significant hearing damage repaired through the help of The Hearing House.

At just five years of age, Lily Fuller-Sandys has overcome a lifetime of challenges.

Parking losses worry building owner

Business owner Min Zheng, building owner Neil Young and Citizens and Ratepayers Association chair Ian McDougall are ...

A local building owner is seeking an injunction after learning Pukekohe's planned traffic lights will require the removal of 13 carparks outside his building.

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