Franklin County News

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. 

Go-getter Avis sits on issue

90 year-old Lion Avis Griffin sits on the new bench along the path to Pukekohe Hospital.


Budding Franklin football star scores second placing

Tuakau College's Jakob England has returned from Kanga Cup in Canberra, where his team got second in its grade.

Years of football practice have paid-off for Tuakau College's Jakob England.

Long path to perfect pavers

Stage one of Waiuku's paver project has been completed. Celebrating the completion are Franklin Local Board, Auckland ...

Waiuku residents will notice a new shade of paver on the main streets of the town centre.

Ratepayers group meets

Mercer Residents and Ratepayers Group is set to hold its inaugural elections.

The Mercer Residents and Ratepayers Group is set to hold its inaugural elections.

Life sentence for baby's murder

Troy Solomon appears in the dock of the Auckland High Court charged with murder. He has been jailed for at least 17 years.

Pukekohe father told police 5-month-old drowned, but her injuries told another story.

Keeping busy in the school holidays

The kids are looking forward to two weeks of fun at the Pukekohe Youth Pride holiday programme.

Bored Pukekohe and Tuakau kids take note: there's a free activity programme on these school holidays.

Pukekohe photographer wins at National Iris Awards

Pukekohe photographer Harry Janssen took away first place in the NZIPP illustrative category at the National Iris Awards ...

Pukekohe photographer Harry Janssen was named NZIPP Illustrative Photographer of the Year at the National Iris Awards in Wellington.

No more 6am starts for Shirley

Shirley Cossill has retired from her job managing Pukekohe's IHC Op Shop, after over 30 years with the shop.

After managing the IHC Op Shop for 20 years, Pukekohe's Shirley Cossill has retired.

Groovit dancers off to international comp

Pukekohe's Groovit Ka-Motion Krew will take their dance skills across the ditch for the World Supremacy Battleground ...

Pukekohe dance crew to hop across the ditch for international competition.

A chance to wear your wedding dress twice

Heather Walden, left, and Nicky Taylor with last year's winner and runners-up.

Ever wondered when you'd get a chance to wear your wedding dress again? You can - at the Franklin Bride of the Year show.

Vital volunteers ensure sporting events can continue

A Special Olympics basketball event was held at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth.

Special Olympics New Zealand is calling for more volunteers.

Trio's classroom couture impresses at Fieldays

Pukekohe Christian School  pupils Johlinda van Schalkwyk, Poppy Fulton and Sara Faleatua came first in the Classroom ...

A creative trio from Pukekohe Christian School won the Classroom Couture section of Ag Art Wear - a wearable arts competition at Fieldays 2016.

Quality movement for all creatures great and small

Becky Onyett, director of Pukekohe's Total Physiotherapy, works her magic on humans and animals.

Pukekohe physiotherapist's client base includes cats, dogs, horses and even wild cats.

Picking up a new second-hand habit

Noreen Tangianau, Conrad LaPointe, Linda Ulrich, Kym McCarthy Wilson and Lj Unuia celebrate the opening of Habitat for ...

Habitat for Humanity adds more layers to second-hand shopping.

Good in the Hood lends a helping hand

Pukekohe Volunteer Fire Brigade's Danielle Campbell and John Robinson, right, were happy to receive their donation from ...

Cheque presentations were held at Z Energy Pukekohe this week for the annual Z Energy Good in the Hood programme.

'Active' Kiwi killed in US crash

New Zealander Scott Atchinson, pictured her with his wife Ellen and daughter Clara, was killed when he was hit by a ...

Scott Atchinson, who died in a workplace accident, was "always laughing", brother says.

Pukekohe marches for Moko

Chassy Kani, Maree McKeley, Rosemary Keay and Toroa Thompson march for Moko.

Pukekohe stands together for Moko.

Glenbrook School opens new classrom

School Kuia Nana Mary Goldsmith and Glenbrook School principal Lysandra Stuart celebrate the opening of the school's new ...

A new classroom at Glenbrook School will provide students with an entirely new learning experience.

Budding builders line up for challenge

Hemi Popata, left back, Jacob Armstrong, Nathan Wood, Reece Cassidy, front left, Damian Johnston and Kurtis Shuker have ...

Builders aim to nail playhouse challenge.

A number eight wire 'boat' video

A crew of Kiwi lads have built an oceangoing caravan.

A trio of lads from Waiuku put their Kiwi ingenuity to the test by taking a caravan out for a spot of sea fishing.

Groovit keep stepping up

Groovit's adult crew ASAP claimed a third place trophy at the recent Project hip hop dance competition in Tauranga.

 Pukekohe hip hop dance crews are starting to turn heads on the national stage.

Rosehill College students rock to the top

Mind Over Matter made the Smokefreerockquest Manukau Regional Final. The band of four consists of Rosehill College ...

Mind Over Matter will battle it out on stage at the Smokefreerockquest Manukau Regional Final on June 17.

Sore knee reveals bone cancer

Samuel Danes, 17, a Northern District emerging cricket squad member, is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for ...

A promising young cricketer is battling bone cancer.

Councillor exits after 25 years

Awaroa ki Tuakau ward councillor Lionel Petersen will step down from council after 25 years of service.

Tuakau councillor steps down from local politics.

Gareth surfs waves of bureaucracy

Gareth Grace wants to see the skatepark expanded and upgraded so it's safer.

Waiheke Island kids could have a better and safer skatepark, thanks to an enterprising young man.

Ngati Te Ata youth collect national awards

Te Ara Rangatahi o Ngati Te Ata and the Tahuna Pa boys received their Youth Award at a ceremony at Parliament.

A group of Ngati Te Ata youth have been recognised for their efforts to create brighter futures for their rangatahi.

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