Franklin County News

New display highlights fire safety

Pukekohe fireman Darryn Pritchard and Franklin Family Support's Bonnie Reid  have set up a new fire safety display.

Franklin Family Services has teamed up with the NZ Fire Service for a safety campaign.

Stars align for local photographer

Photographer Greg Stevens' image of the Awhitu Lighthouse at 3am placed second in the Local Scene category at the ...

How often have you looked up at night and marvelled at the stars?

Stellar Spanish skills see Abbey scoop prize

Tuakau College's Abbey Peters placed third in the Language Perfect Spanish World Championships.

Stellar Spanish skills see Tuakau College pupil third out of 300,000 in international competition.

Bombay School students breaking the code

Bomaby School's coding class learns with the help of sphero robots.

Bombay School students learn the art of computer coding.

Counties Fitness making gains

Tracey and Ian Wilson from Counties Fitness and Health Club  say the gym's recent renovations will soon be complete.

Pukekohe gym continues drive to deliver for community.

New chair for Silver Lining Trust

Jude Balle is the new chair of the Franklin Silver Lining Trust.

The Franklin Silver Lining Trust welcomed a new chair at their recent AGM.

Working with clay is a dream for Bray

Pottery and ceramic artist Margaret Bray has entered the Franklin Arts Festival and will compete against other artists ...

Margaret Bray's work will be on show in the annual Franklin Arts Festival this September.

Study boost for student teacher

Student teacher and Kupe Scholarship winner Suit-Keen Kovati holds her taonga.

Student teacher Suit-Keen Kovati is reaching new heights after receiving a prestigious study scholarship.

Huge blaze at Pukekohe shops video

There were initial reports people could be trapped in the fire, which spanned two storeys.

Firefighters say no one was trapped in a fire at a Pukekohe shopping arcade.

House burns in south Auckland

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A small farm house is well ablaze outside of Waiuku closing Pukeoware Rd.

The south's highest burglary increase

Inspector Mark Rowbottom says the vast rural area in Counties Manukau south means it's a tougher area to police.

 Papakura and Franklin had the most burglaries in the southern parts of Auckland. But why?

Volunteer-led expo back for 11th year

The gates may be closed today but they'll be wide open on September 30 for New Zealand's biggest positive ageing expo. ...

The largest ageing expo in New Zealand is heading back to Franklin, and there's plenty to see.

Blooming marvellous service at Designer Flowers

Heather Walden and Nichola Taylor of Designer Flowers have once again been recognised for their customer service and ...

The Pukekohe Business Association's Best in Business Awards rounded off with a black tie awards ceremony on July 30. The winner of the Retail award was Designer Flowers.

Ararimu Rd still a danger to drive

Ross Robertson on the corner of Ararimu Rd and Pratts Rd in Ramarama, where vehicles often lose control and crash.

Former Manukau East MP laments lack of action taken by Auckland Transport to improve dangerous road.

Pukekohe Intermediate top orienteers

Pukekohe Intermediate School celebrates the success of its 2016 orienteering team.

Pukekohe Intermediate School's orienteering team has mapped a path to national success. 

Bombay pupil delivers winning speech

Samuel Ashley was the year 5-6 winner of the Franklin Schools Speech Competition.

The keys to a winning school speech: A winning attitude and lots of rehearsal.

Auckland motorway re-opened

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Heavy traffic is expected after truck crash on southern motorway near Bombay.

Books aplenty at school fair

The students at Pukekohe Christian School are ready for their books to fly off the shelves on Saturday.

Pukekohe Christian School's book fair is promising to be a real page-turner.

New home for first responders

Tuakau's only First Response vehicle has been housed at the Tuakau Hotel since it arrived in 2014. Now Tuakau Emergency ...

Tuakau is about to get a little safer thanks to a grant from the New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT).

Anna takes home the trophy for year 7 and 8

Anna Williams of Awhitu District School was announced the winner of the year 7 and 8 Franklin Schools Speech Competition ...

Do you really want to buy those chips? This was a winning speech topic for Awhitu's Anna Williams.

Pukekohe bakery no longer a "best kept secret"

Albert and Adrienne Psaros, along with co-owners Jane and Graeme Thomas, are excited about the future of their ...

A Pukekohe bakery has been dished top honors in the Pukekohe Best in Business Awards.

Kitchen Inspirations thriving after humble beginnings

A selection of Kitchen Inspirations staff celebrate the business' big win at the Pukekohe Business Association's Best in ...

Kitchen Inspirations took away the award for best business in the automotive, trade, manufacturing and design category in the Pukekohe Business Association's Best in Business Awards.

Injection of youth for experienced Heat side

The 2016 Counties Manukau Heat team includes 13 new caps and a mix of Black Ferns and Sevens representatives.

Counties Manukau Heat coaches Davida White and Josh Levi have confirmed their squad for the 2016 Farah Palmer Cup.

Community of volunteer craftspeople thanked

Janet Macy and Lily Gaunt of Waiuku both create items for Franklin newborns.The women were part of the volunteer group ...

Around 25 ladies who knit and stitch garments for newborns were thanked on Friday at the Pukekohe Primary Birthing Unit.

Kiwi rugby player gets rub of the green

Former Counties Manukau rugby player Sean Reidy has returned home to Pukekohe after playing his first test match for Ireland.

Former Counties Manukau rugby player gets first taste of international rugby for Ireland.

Foodies truckin' along

Geordy and Jodie Booth are the newest foodies on the block.

You might not have heard of the latest addition to Pukekohe's foodie market.

Counties Bakery serves up a gold

Michael Kuoy, the owner of Counties Bakery, took away a gold award for his steak and gravy pie.

If you're after a good pie in Franklin, head to Counties Bakery. The bakery scooped a gold award for its steak and gravy pie in the 2016 Bakels Supreme Pie Awards.

Steelers name 12 new players in squad

After Sevens duty at the Olympics, Sonny Bill Williams will return for Counties Manukau Steelers  squad duties in the ...

Steelers coaches Darryl Suasua, Grant Henson and Semo Sititi have announced their squad for the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup.

Andrew Hutchinson is young grower of the year

Andrew Hutchinson from Pukekohe was crowned Young Grower of the Year 2016.

A vegetable grower from Pukekohe has won a national horticulture title.

Artist heads to Brisbane

Beauty in Beauty (acrylics), the piece Grant Sharman will be showing at the Brisbane EKKA show in August.

Franklin mouth artist Grant Sharman is heading to Brisbane for the Royal Queensland show in August. 

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