Franklin County News

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.

Barfoot & Thompson Pukekohe branch number one

Nick Bates of Barfoot & Thompson Pukekohe accepts the award for best branch.

For the second year running, Barfoot & Thompson Pukekohe has been recognised as the number one Barfoot & Thompson branch in New Zealand.

A new jewel placed in family crown

Gary Wright with daughter Rhian, who will be the fourth generation of the Wright family to own Wrights Showcase Jewellers.

Fourth generation adds new sparkle to 104-year-old Pukekohe family's jewellery business.

Football success leads to exchange opportunity

Franklin football player Ryan Rossall has been scouted by NSR Australia for its student athlete program.

Budding football star Ryan Rossall is looking forward to finishing school in New Zealand and heading to the States to play for an American college.

Budding boutique catering business is ready to grow

Paula Roberts runs catering business, Graze Food Co. out of her licensed kitchen at home in Bombay.

Paula Roberts has taken her passion for food and started her own catering business from home in Bombay.

Rookie swim teacher lapping it up

Tamsyn Bush, of Fulton Swim School,  has been awarded a  Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year award.

Young Franklin swim teacher picks up Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year award.

Plastic bag fashion packs punch

Havilah Koledoye expects to use more than 300 plastic bags in her latest plastic gown creation.

Plastic bags to be fashioned into high-end gown.

Three bands make it to Manukau regional final

Three Pukekohe High School bands are set to rock the stage at the Smokefreerockquest Manukau regional final, including ...

Three Pukekohe High School bands are set to rock the stage at the Smokefreerockquest Manukau regional final on June 17.

Macular degeneration won't stop Mac

Mac Macdonald, from Pukekohe, is one of the one in seven New Zealanders over the age of 50 who contract macular degeneration.

Eye disease has led to a Pukekohe man making the most of his vision.

Rural bachelor looking for laughs

Glen Murray's Kaleb Foote is a finalist in the 2016 Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year competition.

Glen Murray shearer Kaleb Foote is ready to battle it out and win the coveted Golden Gumboot in the Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year competition.

Nursing on another level

Pukekohe Family Health Care's Navjot Kaur, Karamdeep Kaur, nursing team leader Majella Morgan, Lisa Harris and chief ...

Nursing takes step in a more holistic direction in Pukekohe.

Hip hop teens to compete in Las Vegas

Sarah Whyte, left, and Siyanna Yarr are heading to Las Vegas to represent New Zealand in the  Hip Hop Internationals.

Two talented hip hop teens are heading State-side to represent their country in a world dance competition.

Back from Budapest with a silver

Tuakau's Liam Miller, left, celebrates with the rest of his team after they were second at the World Secondary Schools ...

Coming back from the World Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships with a team silver is no easy feat, but Liam Miller has done it. 

Mike Pero launches in Pukekohe

Mike Pero Real Estate CEO Mike Pero joined Pukekohe brand and territory owner Felice Broom at the launch of the new ...

Mike Pero Real Estate has arrived in Pukekohe.

Special gymnastics class a hit

Bev Eastman is the driving force behind  a special needs class at Pukekohe's Franklin Gymsports.

Franklin Gymsports in Pukekohe has a gymnastics class with a difference.

Meet the real bachelors

Last year's Rural Bachelor of the Year - and people's choice - winner Toby How celebrates his victory.

'I really love Kiwi girls and will do my best to drag one back across the ditch.'

Cloak display unveiling attracts 100 guests

Tutekiha Tupaea (representing Te Puea Herangi family) and Pam Barber (representing Smeed family) remove the cloth from ...

 A Maori cloak takes centre stage at Tuakau and District Museum.

Franklin Parents Centre embarks on clothing drive

Franklin Parents Centre's Nicola Mapletoft, Kym Maynard, and Kym's children Isabel and Isaac show off the items donated ...

Franklin Parents Centre is appealing for community support for its annual clothing drive.

Photographer keeps memories of birth alive

Aimee Preston captured the water birth of Zayden Cox through her lens.

A creative photographer from Glenbrook is keeping the  special memories of childbirth alive by capturing the unique experiences through her lens.

Travel a perk of pageant life for beauty queen

Miss Cosmopolitan World New Zealand 2016 is Pukekohe's Brooke Craig.

Getting the chance to travel is one of the perks of pageant life for Brooke Craig.

Golden finish for former Pukekohe High student

Rebecca Ann Nota, from Pukekohe, received her Duke of Edinburgh gold award last month.

One former Pukekohe High School student has finished Duke of Edinburgh with a golden flourish.

Patumahoe history being made into book

Kay Carter, Lorayne King and Howard Upfold are part of a group that is creating a book on the history of Patumahoe.

The rich history of Patumahoe is being immortalised in print by a group of passionate past and present residents.

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