Franklin County News

Ambulance on track


It's been 90 years in the making, but new land and funding options mean residents are confident Tuakau will have its own functioning ambulance station within the next 24 months.

Story is stuff of dreams

Shortlisted for book awards

Shannon Evans

One night in 2010, Bombay author Sharon Hannaford was almost asleep when an epic scene played out in her mind like a movie.

Illusory bridge on road to nowhere

Karaka-Weymouth bridge

The Karaka-Weymouth bridge briefly became reality the week of May 6 after Google jumped the gun on the controversial crossing.

Pukekohe grid gets jolt as demand grows

Counties Power carried out upgrades to the local network last week, causing power outages in central Pukekohe, Cape Hill and the Valley area of town.

Woman, 63, missing

Police have concerns for the safety of a Pukekohe woman who was last seen almost 100 kilometres north of her home.

Magic bunny disappears for real


A well-known Pukekohe entertainer is hopping mad over the theft of his magic rabbit.

Challenge about 'camaraderie'

Chrissy Smith loves beating the boys, so the Mercer volunteer firefighter was thrilled to beat the two blokes in the station's four-person team in the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge on Saturday.

Slide remains on hold

Safety issues unresolved

It seems children in Pukekohe may have children of their own before they get to use two of the town's newest playgrounds, which Auckland Council has refused to open due to safety issues.

Farewell jolt to train plan

Parting shot bumps Pukekohe up roster

Des Morrison

Retiring Auckland councillor Des Morrison has unfinished business.

No inquiry into abusive care of disabled


Health authorities will not investigate how vulnerable disabled clients - including a young boy left in a paddock to eat grass - were able to be abused while under state care.

Youth polled on skate park

Future users get their say

Stadium Drive is the preferred location for a skate and bike park planned for Pukekohe, based on youth feedback from a public forum last week.

New principal keen to start

Patrick Kelaiditis

Patrick Kelaiditis won't have a lot of down time as the new principal at Aka Aka Primary School.

Man against the machine

Bruce Cameron

A Glen Murray farmer standing for mayor is putting together a campaign team to "challenge the machine of Waikato District Council" and ensure rural ratepayers are fairly represented.

Super players coming home


"Come on down and support the boys - there's going to be a lot of tries." That's the call from Chiefs halfback Augustine Pulu ahead of tonight's Super Rugby game against the Western Force in Pukekohe.

Crete fighter denied

No more Govt help for reunion

Roye Hammond

One of four living survivors of more than 7500 Kiwis who fought in the Battle of Crete is upset Veterans Affairs won't provide funding to attend the 72nd anniversary later this month.

Silver lining of tough fight against cancer

Glenys Webster

Since the Franklin Silver Lining Trust's inception in 2008, Glenys Webster has been an unwavering supporter of the trust and its work easing the suffering of those in our community facing adversity.

Horror home uncovered

Call for Parklands owners to face charges


A mute teenager was left alone in a paddock to eat grass like an animal - one of a catalogue of horrors from an investigation into a home for the intellectually disabled.

Hip-hoppers aim for the big time

The Palace hip hop dancers

When they are not popping, locking or dropping, three young Franklin hip-hoppers are busy scraping together almost $15,000 to take their moves to Las Vegas.

Council body offers tourism funding

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has offered $10,000 worth of funding to a new tourism group based in Franklin and the north Waikato region, provided they can form a solid business plan.

Driver's job is a gas

Alexander Gases

Business is booming for an incomparable Franklin- based, family-run firm which is cooking with gas.

Get the engines fired up at fest

Waiuku Steel'N'Wheels

Back for the second year running, Waiuku Steel 'N' Wheels on May 12 is set to be a festival full of classic cars, rock'n'roll and a whole lot of nostalgia.

Racetrack round raises spirit

greg murphy and Shaun Vincent

Racing down the back straight of Hampton Downs at an adrenaline pumping 250kmh would be a nerve-racking experience for anyone. But in Greg Murphy's hands, Shaun Vincent felt pretty safe.

Theft concerns at library


Security at Waiuku Library has come under scrutiny after reports on social media pages of increased petty theft in and around the library.

Hair salon plumps up Bellyful's funds

Diosa and Bellyful

Pukekohe's Diosa Hair Salon will open its doors on Sunday, May 19 with every cent from the day going to Bellyful Franklin.

Garden circle to celebrate milestone

Bombay Garden Circle

The Bombay Garden Circle has been active in the Franklin community for over 45 years.

Not forgotten

Anzac Day was honoured throughout Franklin last Thursday, with thousands of locals flocking to services around the region, and many getting up for the Pukekohe Dawn Service.

Hunt for the best begins

As Pukekohe embraces a boom in new business activity, customers are being urged to do their bit to relish the momentum, by nominating who they believe deserve the title of Best in Business.

Health test life-saver for father of three

Shaun Vincent

Firefighter Shaun Vincent works for an organisation that saves lives. But in an ironic and incredibly fortunate twist of fate, Shaun's employer has saved his life.

Firefighters train to feel the heat of climb

Pukekohe Volunteer Fire Brigade

Twenty-five kilogram kits, 1103 stairs and $3000 are just a few of the numbers keeping Pukekohe Volunteer Fire Brigade on their toes lately, as they prepare for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge next month.

Triumphant return

Many in Franklin say they should never have left and the weekend they came probably proved that.

Housing shift hailed

Nz dollars

An extra $46.8 million should improve the process of accessing income support, provided the Government can resource its Work and Income centres, a local support worker has said.

Spotlight on water control

The $80 million set aside by the Government for regional irrigation in last week's budget is a "step in the right direction", according to Federated Farmers.

Budget ticks operating grants increase

Gary Sweeney, association president for intermediate and middle schools, and principal of Pukekohe Intermediate, applauds the Government's Budget decision to increase education operations grants to $79.2 million over four years.

Rotary club takes informal approach

A new generation of Rotarians is doing its bit for community with the Rotary Club of Franklin - the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Molten iron spill at mill

Steel mill at Glenbrook

Up to two hundred tonnes of molten iron poured out of a failed melter at the Glenbrook Steel Mill overnight causing numerous fires on multiple storeys.

Autoversary applauded

V8 autoversary

Hundreds of excited motor racing fans and families from Pukekohe and beyond poured into the newly refurbished town square on Saturday to officially kick off the V8 Supercars ITM 400 Auckland.

Angry Thomas slams eulogy


The late police prosecutor who planted a shell case at the Crewe murder scene in Pukekawa was one of the police department's "bad apples".

Peggy excited now that children can honour their father

Possum Bourne

The widow of Pukekohe and New Zealand motorsport legend Possum Bourne is excited to be returning to the town this weekend for the unveiling of her late husband's memorial statue in his hometown.

Beware on the beach

TIDE TERROR: Lifesavers take 10 people caught by the incoming tide at Sunset Beach, Port Waikato, to safety.

Serious safety warnings are being stressed by lifeguards as beachgoers make the most of the continuing hot weather across the region's beaches following the end of patrols.

Off duty lifeguards to rescue

The decision by lifeguards to go for a post-patrol swim saved the lives of several swimmers on Good Friday, says Surf Lifesaving Kariaotahi vice president Mike Lawrence.

Council takes dive into free pool use

Young Franklin ward residents now have free access to all council-owned pools in Pukekohe and Waiuku under a new Auckland Council vote to make all council-owned pools free for young people aged 16 years and under.

Horse whisperer to film her rides

Alycia Burton

She flies over jumps bordering two metres high with no saddle to help her balance and no bridle to help control her mount.

Heroes change lives

Hearing Week

This week is Hearing Week and three Pukekohe residents are celebrating after their combined efforts saw the Ministry of Health announce an additional investment of $2.6 million for cochlear implants this year.

Shape shifting in store

Pukekohe and Waiuku people are being urged to have their say on the draft Auckland Unitary Plan, which will shape growth in the towns over the next 30 years.

City mum enjoys a slice of the Good Life in print

Sarah O'Neil

Shifting from Auckland city to rural Aka Aka and accidentally finding a love for writing has proved a winning formula for Sarah O'Neil.

End of Kevens era

Stuart Keven

After 89 years in the family, one of Pukekohe's oldest businesses, Kevens, is for sale as owner Stuart Keven winds down for retirement.

Mining plan draws opposition

Franklin County News

About 70 people turned up to a meeting at Mangatawhiri Hall earlier this month, opposing Fonterra's latest Glencoal mine proposal at Mangatawhiri.

Bumper year for deliveries

Rodney Pryor

While most of Franklin welcomed the weekend's rain with open arms, water deliverer Rodney Pryor had mixed feelings.

Steam Milestone

1712 engine replica

A working example of the world’s first steam engine, 301 years after it was first operated in 1712, will be on show at Glenbrook Vintage Railway this weekend for the first time ever.

Tomorrow's fans get day at track

V8 Supercars Students on Track

Waiuku Primary School and Pukekohe Intermediate students will interview motorsport legends and get an exclusive up-close view of the Pukekohe race track during the V8 Supercars in April in a special students programme.

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