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Paerata Rise Feels Like Home

Stage 2 Titles Available in November

Grafton Downs Executive Director, Chris Johnston is excited to see families moving into their newly built homes, with 75% of stage 1 already sold out. Paerata Rise is a new build lifestyle community being developed between Karaka and Pukekohe, approxima…

Reliving The Era of The Great Airships

by David Child-Dennis

Most of our readers are too young to remember the great airships that sailed, ever so majestically, across the Atlantic between Europe and the Americas. Those fortunate enough to do so, remember them as a sight never to be forgotten. Probably the best r…

The Squeaky Wheel

by Mykeljon Winckel

Can you believe it’s August already? Only four month’s and we are back into the silly season again. At the time of writing there is so much interesting material that mainstream press is not covering but commenting on, opinions on opinions, but where are…

Franklin Photo News

4420 pages of local social history pure gold

In today’s world, memories and events are recorded and shared with others in an instant, immortalised in a digital form of forever on any number of social media platforms. During the late 1960’s to early 1970’s the people of Franklin had a different type…

Katherine Mansfield

The life of New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield

by Kerry Monaghan

With a mercurial mind, at times untameable but unashamedly honest, one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed literary icons lived a brief but tumultuous life. With a mercurial mind, at times untameable but unashamedly honest, one of New Zealand’s most acclaime…

Glitz and Glamour

Teng Tools Grand National Rod and Custom Show

by Greg Stokes

Due to the 3M sponsored visit of internationally renowned automotive customizer Chip Foose, this year’s CRC Speedshow was set to go off the hook. There were so many attractions to the show which kept the increased public numbers entertained all day. The …

The Benefits of Platinum

Platinum Homes was founded by a group of private business people in the Bay of Plenty region in 2003 and today operates throughout most of New Zealand via our network of showhomes and sales centres. Unlike many of our competitors, we are proud to say tha…

Just Imagine!

The wide smiles, happy laughs and cheerful chatter of children and adults is always an uplifting sound and the atmosphere is never more saturated with excitement than at a birthday party or special occasion, so it’s important to get the best entertainmen…

Lewis For Fashion: For All Things Mens Fashion

Lewis’ For Fashion is your one stop shop for all things in Men’s fashion. The wellstocked shop is located centrally at 41 King Street, the main street of Pukekohe, with plenty of parking both out the front and out the back. Peter and his professional st…

Despite the Slowdown, Auckland Land Prices Still Outrageous

Auckland land prices are still out of reach

by Dr Don Brash

A few weeks ago, the New Zealand Herald carried an article by Dr Douglas Fairgray which seemed to argue that, when it comes to determining the price of houses, supply doesn’t matter. A few weeks ago, the New Zealand Herald carried an article by Dr Dougla…

Importance of water to NZ’s future cannot be underestimated says retired engineer

“New Zealand requires a Ministry of Water.” So stated Ron Howard, a retired engineer who recently addressed the Veterans Division of the Pukekohe returned Services Association. “New Zealand requires a Ministry of Water.” So stated Ron Howard, a retired …

Captain James Cook

Part Ⅲ: Terra Australis Incognita1: the first Pacific voyage 1768-1771

by Dr Michelle Ann Smith

In May 1768, having secured a naval commission, forty-year old Lieutenant Cook was finally given the command of his own ship. Officially, Cook was sent to the South Pacific to observe the Transit of Venus. An accurate calculation of ‘the distance of the …

Franklin Flash Fiction Winners!

Winner of the Franklin Writers Group Short Story Competition: Linley Jones

This year, stories were "flash fiction' 300 words in length, and beginning with the starter, "you wouldn't believe" Title : Biddi Biddi You wouldn’t believe how guilty it made you feel to have the girls’ night at his flat. You urged all the sisters-in-c…

Second Place, FWG Short Story Competition 2019 Jeff Taylor Vino Varietal

This year, stories were "flash fiction' 300 words in length, and beginning with the starter, "you wouldn't believe" You wouldn’t believe that we’d never discussed it. ‘Want some?’ Tony mumbles, offering the soggy roach hanging off his lip. I take the s…

Local winner, FWG Short Story Competition 2019 Hui-Kheng Yeo

Once a Phoenix, Now My Mum

This year, stories were "flash fiction' 300 words in length, and beginning with the starter, "you wouldn't believe" You wouldn’t believe that the elderly lady in front of me used to be one of the most famous Chinese opera singers in Singapore. In the 1…

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅴ: Out Of The Black U-196’s Full Mission Is Revealed

by David Child-Dennis

The story so far- The Mission… The U-196 arrived off the Northland coast sometime in May 1945, with a small team of German nuclear scientists and their equipment. They had been ordered there by the commander of the German submarine forces, Admiral D…

Creating Franklin's Footballing Finest

Franklin United

Football has long been a poor cousin next to Rugby in New Zealand and Football in South Auckland; (although being the fastest growing sport in our area) has long been at the mercy of the more central Auckland clubs who glean the best players through a pr…

The Evolution of the Music Industry

Music Industry

by Kerry Monaghan

The music industry has always been an evolving machine. A constant cog that changes how music is heard transitioning through different types of media, new inventions and other advances that force it to adapt and change long established business models.…

Papakura Windows

High Fashion in Papakura

The creative side of the Business Association was put to action with the outstanding mannequin display in Averill Street, in an empty store window. Driven by Paula Schultz, Chair of the PBA, mannequins were dressed and backdrops put in place to creat…

A New Beginning in Paraeta Rise

Family Living at its Finest

When the Du Toit family embarked on their journey to buy their first home, they knew that they wanted to find a home that would cater for their young family with design features, tick off all the items on their wish lists and be located in an area that…