Franklin County News

Counties rugby on the lookout for refs

Counties Manukau Rugby referee education officer Antony Petrie is helping to develop the next generation of referees.

Referee says life behind the whistle has a lot to offer.

Siblings set to shine at show

Elizabeth Sharp with Milo and Alexander Sharp with Chip.

Siblings to lead the way with their pet goats at Franklin A&P Show.

Rare donkeys on show

Ponui donkeys, including Willow and Jack,  are among the rarest donkeys in the world.

Two rare donkeys are set to make an appearance at this weekend's Franklin A&P Show.

Franklin cafes triumph in awards

Owners of the Red Shed Palazzo, Kristina and Paul Smith, have defended their title of the country's top rural cafe for ...

Franklin has proved it is a fantastic place for foodies.

Dressager dies after fall from horse

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the scene of the incident in Tuakau.

The mother-of-two was a New Zealand dressage competitor for more than 20 years.

Charging stations for electric cars on their way

Deputy chairman of the Franklin Local Board Andy Baker and Counties Power chief executive Sheridan Broadbent are ...

Two new fast charging stations for electric vehicles will be coming to Pukekohe in the near future.

Aimee's off to University of Cambridge

Drury local Aimee Bebbington, 18, from ACG Strathallan wants to study zoology at the University of Cambridge.

Top performing Drury student ready to tackle Cambridge University challenge.

'Don't be stupid I'm not a murderer'

Waiuku man Lance John Murphy died in 2015.

Murder trial witness tells lawyer: "I've tuned you out because I don't like you."

Testing continues after blood scare

Pukekohe Intermediate Dental Clinic where an emergency clinic has been set up to assess children.

Health officials are half-way through testing after a blood scare at a Pukekohe dental clinic was made public last week.

Holly's dapper Dartmoor ponies on show

Holly Norman will be showing her three Dartmoor ponies at the Franklin A&P Show this month. Her stallion, pictured, won ...

Holly Norman grew up riding Dartmoor ponies along the rugged beaches of Cornwall in the United Kingdom.

Victim 'not a hitman'

Waiuku man Lance John Murphy died in 2015 after being beaten with a branch and a bat.

Cops dispute claims that alleged murder victim was responsible for death of sex worker Jane Furlong.

From insolvency to success

Chief executive officer Andrew Maddock leaves the Counties Manukau Rugby Union with life lasting memories of his seven ...

 Andrew Maddock brought back the Steelers from its worst patch to its most successful. Now he's calling it a day.

Riding to raise suicide awareness

Jack Kani has organised an Riding Against Teen Suicide event to be held in Franklin.

Motorcycle ride to raise awareness of youth suicide.

Died near her best friend

Madeleine Higginson was a loving and generous young woman, her best friend Kayla McVeigh said.

Kayla McVeigh sat with Madeleine Higginson's body to give her a friend by her side. Being there wasn't chance, she says.

Accused: 'No way I was letting him live'

Waiuku man Lance John Murphy died in 2015.

Dad-of-three was allegedly murdered on a remote hilltop with a bag over his head and his hands shackled. His friend of 30 years stands accused.

Military man to serve in palliative care unit

Ric Odom takes on his new job as the chief executive of Franklin Hospice.

A man who has helped communities around the globe, now takes on his new role as the chief executive of Franklin Hospice.

Kindness for chopper crew

Ararimu resident Edna-May Wood spied a "great big helicopter" across her garden, and went to investigate.

Hospitable Hunua farmers take in the stranded crew of an aborted rescue helicopter mission.

Blaze causes smoke injury

Three fire crews extinguished the blaze, which started in a garage.

Large garage fire in Pukekohe extinguished.

Find your way through emergency maze

An emergency theme features in the Amazing Maze 'n Maize in Karaka.

Maze-goers in Karaka get set to face an emergency.

Sallies sick of rubbish

Doreen Thompson, Sam Furze, Colin Ducker and Graham Lynch   clean up after someone dumped rubbish outside the store, ...

The Pukekohe Salvation Army Family Store staff are sick of cleaning up after people who dump their rubbish outside the store.

The sport of kings

Polo is becoming increasingly popular in Franklin. Here professional coach and player John Martin puts Shawnee through ...

It's a sport that is played in more than 50 countries, is action packed, and even the royals take part.

Celebrating Waitangi Day as a whole community

Robert Hita, Sandra Kingi-Tamihana, Maria Clarke, Rangita Wilson and Matiu Brown Rapana from Huakina Development Trust.

Community focus at Pukekohe Waitangi Day event.

War medals stolen

Karl Nielsen waits desperately for his service medals to be returned.

A former soldier is afraid he may not see his stolen war service medals again.

Showjumping duo set to tackle HOY

Lily Tootill and her mount Ulysses NZPH have proven they are a force to be reckoned with.

Lily Tootill and her mount Ulysses NZPH have proven they are a force to be reckoned with.

Ararimu's history coming back to life

John Shaw, left, Mavis Capper, Tina Hunter and Andrew Sutton are ready to celebrate Vintage Day in Ararimu.

Busy weekend of activities planned to celebrate 150 years of life in Ararimu District.

Franklin A&P Show puts emphasis on family fun

The Franklin A&P Show will be held on February 18-19 and will have lots of exciting things to do and see.

There's lots of family fun lined up at this year's Franklin A&P Show.

Bomb squad clear "suspicious object" in Pukekohe

A section of Beatty Rd, Pukekohe is cordoned off.

Bomb squad called to Beatty Rd, Pukekohe, after a mysterious object was found.

Here's to telling Franklin's stories - again

It's good to be back.

2016 was the year I learnt that the grass isn't always greener – especially in the Auckland CBD.

Bring on the Halberg Awards

Maynard Peel is a finalist for the emerging talent category at the prestigious Halberg Awards next month.

He's been a rising star since his early teens, and now Maynard Peel is a finalist in the prestigious Halberg Awards.

Softball is gaining momentum in Pukekohe

Counties Manukau's Cody Tanner pitches to an Auckland B player at the recent New Zealand U-17 Boys Softball Championships.

For the first time ever, the country's second largest softball tournament was held in Pukekohe.

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