Franklin County News

Car crushed in crash

Emergency services were called to the scene.

Two men have died in a crumpled wreck in Pukekohe.

10-year-old's Antarctic marathon

Quinn Gardiner-Hall will be ditching the kiwi summer to run in the Antarctica Marathon and Half Marathon.

This wee Kiwi is about to run 21km through one of the world's most hostile places.

Generous gift for Pukekohe St John

Pukekohe man Malcolm Fletcher was the generous benefactor for St John Pukekohe, with his donation of an ambulance - his ...

A new ambulance has been donated by Malcolm Fletcher, his third donation.

Fish your way to prizes this summer

The kid's fishing competition has proven to be a popular event in previous years.

Kids hoping for a whopper of a holiday tale are in luck this summer.

Franklin dreamers called to unite

SACT Chair Pauline Livesey invites Franklin residents to a unique crowd-dreaming event.

A Franklin community trust is organising what could be New Zealand's first 'crowd-dreaming' event.

A quiet retreat with a historical bent

The reserve overlooks nearby Waikato River and the historic Tuakau Bridge.

It's not your traditional picnic spot, but if you're looking for somewhere a bit off the beaten track it might be the place to go. 

Pokeno opens town's first veterinary surgery

CareVets Pokeno veterinarian Emma Hill, left, with vet nurse and clinic receptionist, Jacqui Langley.

Pokeno's fast-growing population now has another reason to call the area home.

Super club dominates for fifth consecutive year

Sunset Beach surf life saving crews blitzed the rest of the field at the Northern Region IRB Championships on the ...

You could be forgiven for thinking Sunset Beach surf life saving crews have super powers. 

Art exhibition for nature lovers

Fay Thomson shows one of her pieces that will be featured at her exhibition at the Franklin Arts Centre.

Beautiful flowers and enchanting landscapes painted by Waiuku's Fay Thomson are now on display at the Franklin Arts Centre.

Planting a long lasting legacy

Terrence Hatch helped to plant more than half a million native plants on Great Mercury Island over the course of 32 years.

Pukekohe plant-smith honoured for helping change the landscape of New Zealand horticulture.

Man impaled on fence

Emergency services are on the scene in Kidd Rd, Karaka.

Young man critically injured after a car smashed into a fence in rural south Auckland.

Fuchsia flowers flood Franklin

Franklin Fuchsia Group vice president Margaret van der Coer is a fuchsia enthusiast.

Franklin embracing 50 shades of fuchsia.

Franklin arts broker calls for creative proposals

A new creative initiative has started in Franklin  for artists, community groups and businesses.

Calling all Franklin performers, musicians, creatives and artists who have a community creative project they'd like to kick start in 2017.

Waiuku tragedy baby named

The scene at the house, near Waiuku in rural south Auckland, after the young girl's body was found.

Infant who died in van in rural south Auckland named as Waiata Edwards.

Lucky Aucklander a new millionaire

If you bought your Lotto ticket from Patumahoe Four Square in Franklin be sure to get it checked - you might be a ...

Winning $1 million Lotto ticket sold in south Auckland. 

Lapping up Commonwealth Games challenge

Kiana Swain, left, and Rebecca Cheyne from Pukekohe Swimming Club are attempting to qualify for the 2017 Youth ...

Pukekohe teen swimmers push for berth at Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas.

Family key to shopkeeper's success story

Shopkeeper Raj Charan's family history in storekeeping began in Fiji.

Mix of family and community spirit helps to make Hunua General Store a success.

Taste testers take the wheel

Maureen Costar, left, Jocelyn Gill, Barbara Doidge, Brien Golding and Elizabeth Dennisen enjoy the taste test.

Does the new Meals on Wheel menu deliver?

Waiuku man's U-turn on sale of house

A High Court judge has ruled a sale agreement enforceable after a Waiuku man said he couldn't remember signing a sale ...

Waiuku man said he was suffering from reduced mental capacity when he agreed to sell home.

Natural birthing units empower women gallery

At the friendly and peaceful Pukekohe Primary Birthing Unit: Carol Hedgman, Kylie Harland, Barbara Hall and Lynn Austerberry.

Maternity support workers and midwives are calling on more women to embrace the act of natural birth.

Avid golfer drives success

Janette King with her national awards, the Coronation Medal and the Aotearoa Cup.

Waiau Pa resident Janette King has been an avid golfer for 13 years, but this year she's really been on form.

Soap squirted in boy's mouth

Devi Noronha was a teacher at Parkside School.

Auckland teacher has registration cancelled after physically abusing autistic 8-year-old.

Bright future on cards for referee

Dylan Moxon was named Auckland Football's most improved senior local referee for 2016.

A Pukekohe teenager is setting himself on the path to refereeing on football's biggest stages.

Fatal crash witnesses wanted

The truck and trailer unit left Ridge Rd and hit a tree, hurling the driver 40 metres down a bank.

Police seek witnesses to a fatal truck crash in Bombay, south of Auckland.

Pukekohe couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

Pukekohe's Dorothy and Andy Walker are celebrating 70 years of marriage on December 28.

"Just agree with everything she says," laughed Andy Walker.

Playcentre name change

Kaiaua-Miranda Playcentre is celebrating a name change to Mangatangi and Districts Playcentre

Kaiaua-Miranda Playcentre is celebrating a name change

Ararimu community to celebrate 150 years

John Shaw, sitting in the Ararimu Village Green, is part of the Ararimu District 150th anniversary organising committee.

The Ararimu district will turn 150 next year and members of the community are organising a large event to celebrate the milestone.

Future of farming in good hands

Lisa Kendall from Karaka with her pet sheep, Podgey.

Young farmer embracing all elements of agriculture industry.

Op shop to benefit Waiuku

Robyn Avison is helping to open a St John op shop in Waiuku at the  Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Waiuku St John op shop will continue to pull the community together

Fostering success in Franklin

Martin Bennett, one of the new COL's across-school facilitators, and lead principal Haydon Brill will work with 40 other ...

Franklin school students are set to shine with the introduction of a Community of Learning programme in the region.

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