All articles in ‘Community’

Climbing Mountains for Mental Health

by Sally Sumner

It’s hard to imagine that behind the wide smile, bright eyes and amazing mop of dark brown curls sitting across from me, is a young man who in recent years has struggled with his own mental health. For Caleb Ihaia though it is a reality. Despite chatting…

The Very Vintage Day Out

Miss Pinup New Zealand 2019

By Estelle Belle, Jack Daniels Miss Pinup NZ 2019 Runner Up For anyone who has dabbled in the vintage or pinup community and culture there is one event that is set into their calendars each year and that is the Very Vintage Day Out. This year, the home o…

Paving the way for Papakura's Policing Future

Papakura High School Pathways To Police Programme

by Kerry Monaghan

Papakura High School Pathways To Police Programme From serving their communities to preventing crime while developing leadership skills, being part of the Police force can be one of the most rewarding careers a person can have, and now, thanks to a grow…

Petition for Port Waikato Erosion

Our Port Waikato community is on the edge, literally!

Our Port Waikato community is on the edge, literally! Years of erosion have taken their toll on Sunset Beach, Port Waikato and the problem is now more serious than ever. Over half the car park has been lost, the community hall has been condemned, and…

Famous Behind the Lens

Memories from a Franklin Photo News Photographer

Memories from a Franklin Photo News Photographer The feedback we had on last month’s Franklin Photo News story was amazing. What an incredible feat to scan all the pages of a magazine that 40 years ago was the social media of the day. The stories that h…

Strong Representation at National Gymnastics Championships

National Gymnastics Championships in October 2019 In early October, this year at the Trusts Arena in Auckland, the National Gymnastics Championships will once again bring talented children from all over New Zealand to participate and compete over 5 days.…

Yorkshire Day 2019

Ex pat Yorkshire people gather for Yorkshire Day- a day of traditional Yorkshire events held at Pukekohe's Cosmopolitan Club. For the ninth year running ex pat Yorkshire people have gathered at the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan club during July for a series of t…

Winner! Auckland Football Federation Junior Coach of the Year 2019

AFF Shane Thomas Waiuku Junior Football Coach

by Kerry Monaghan

Auckland Football Federation Junior Coach of the Year 2019 Shane Thomas never imagined he would one day end up becoming a volunteer junior football coach, let alone winning the title of 2019 Regional Junior Football Coach of the Year for Auckland, that i…

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…

Rotary Club of Drury Trainee of the Year

The winner and recipient of the Rotary Club of Drury Trainee of the year

Initiated by Drury Rotary in 1987, this award has been presented every year, with the exception of a couple to an outstanding local candidate. Initiated by Drury Rotary in 1987, this award has been presented every year, with the exception of a couple to …

Pukekohe Vegetable Growers

Preserving Pukekohe's Food Bowl

by Kerry Monaghan

Would you be happy to pay $6 or $7 for a head of lettuce or broccoli in your weekly shop? It may sound extreme, but unless you grow your own, it could be the only choice in future as a result of Auckland’s rising population and housing demands. Would yo…

Engaging Pacifica Communities

Papakura High School builds a Fale

by Kerry Monaghan

Papakura High School Principal, John Rohs never imagined his school would one day be the proud owners of a unique Pacifica structure that now proudly sits in the forefront of the school’s grounds. Engaging Pacifica communities- Papakura High School build…

Tairere Housing Project, Rosehill, Papakura

Community-driven home buyers’ club a success

A new wave of transformation has hit a Papakura suburb thanks to a new scheme that is providing more cost effecting housing alternatives to those looking to get their foot in the housing market. As the first of its kind in the area, the project is a co-…

Run, Mum Run!

Mothers' Day Fun Run – Sunday 12 May

New Zealand’s biggest Mother’s Day event, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk, in support of women’s heart health, is returning to Pukekohe on May 12 – with tickets now on sale. Runners and walkers will set off from Bledisloe Park at 9am, joinin…

Understanding Modern Muslim Communities

by Kerry Monaghan

To understand any religion against a modern landscape, you first need to understand the landscape itself. New Zealand is a country with large scale immigration throughout its comparatively brief history, the Maori people arrived by sea followed by the Eu…

Proud, Papakura Proud

2nd Annual Street Fest – Saturday 4 May

“We’re so excited to be holding our second Street Fest, where we will once again be showcasing all the things that make Papakura great” says Tracy Shackleton, Papakura Town Centre Manager. “It will be a whanau friendly event where we celebrate our town, …

Attention!

Papakura Cadet Force Creating Positive Futures

by Lucy Mullinger

When Joshua D’Acierno first came across Papakura Cadet Force, he was 12 years old lacking in confidence. “In all honesty, I wasn’t the best kid, I had problems with discipline and needed more confidence.” Six years down the track, he is now referred to …

Come Join in the Fun!

Mauku Fun Run – Sunday 7 April

Autumn is here, and so are the beautiful sun drenched mornings that have us believing it is still Summer! Take in the sun, the picturesque scenery, the sense of community and the fun, at the annual Mauku Fun Run. What better way to get amongst it wit…

It's Gala Time!

On Saturday 16th March, Pukekohe Christian School will hold their main fundraiser for the year – their popular annual Gala. Commencing at 8.30 with the garage sale and finishing at 1.30, the day offers fantastic bargains, food and fun for everyone in th…

Papakura Meals on Wheels

The End of An Era

At the completion of 53 years of delivering food to those in need, the hard-working team of drivers at Papakura’s Meals on Wheels, celebrated the end of an era with one last get together at the St Johns Hall in Papakura on February 13th this year. The g…