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Building Beautiful Futures

Nick Bosanac Builders

by Sally Sumner

Building beautiful homes for families in Franklin Legacies can be amazing things, they shape who we are and where we have come from. They can also influence where we want to go and what we want to achieve. It was a family legacy of craftsmanship that inf…

Rapid Rail Technology

A Viable Alternative to Auckland's Infrastructure

by Bob Sinclair

How is South American rapid rail technology linked to Franklin's Horticulture It goes back almost 40 years when a young Kiwi business entrepreneur started offering his new seaweed-based liquid fertiliser to Franklin crop growers and farmers. Kevin Smith…

Frankly Speaking

Franklin Football Update By Jim Evans, Operation Manager Franklin United The 2019 season is nearly at an end and it has been a challenging yet rewarding season for many reasons. At the start of the year, we decided to focus 100% on local talent at first …

Team Health

Making Better Health Happen

Counties Manukau Health Board election This month, September, a postal vote will occur to elect members to district health boards (DHBs), the governing bodies responsible for overseeing the delivery of health and disability services in your district. It…

Second Place, FWG Short Story Competition 2019 Jade Khutze Escape

This year, stories were "flash fiction' 300 words in length, and beginning with the starter, "you wouldn't believe" You wouldn’t believe it was that easy. In the dead of night, I crept out of my closet-sized room, across the rickety wooden floor. Their d…

A year on for Richard Barnett

by Kerry Monaghan

A year on with Pukekohe High School Principal, Richard Barnett From his twelve years at Christchurch’s Burnside High School to now twelve months at Pukekohe High School, Principal Richard Barnett has been leading his school into its new chapter and is fe…

Sylvia Plath

The life of Sylvia Plath

by Kerry Monaghan

The life of American poet and novelist, Sylvia Plath Credited with helping to advance the genre of ‘Confessional Poetry’ in the mid twentieth century; the style of writing that was written in an autobiographical manner and dealt with subject matter relat…

Value your Free Speech- Sting and All!

by Sally Sumner

From the Editors desk Value your Free Speech – Sting and All! I’m writing this on deadline day, we print in four hours, and someone in their wisdom has decided to waterblast the office roof, think bees, many, many bees all angry and upset, disturbed and…

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…

FWG Short Story Competition 2019 Linley Jones Less is More

This year, stories were "flash fiction' 300 words in length, and beginning with the starter, "you wouldn't believe" You wouldn’t believe that it had never defined me because, once it was gone, I felt its loss immensely. Life is that simple, that complica…

FWG Short Story Competition 2019 Trevor Prout Green Paint Division

This year, stories were "flash fiction' 300 words in length, and beginning with the starter, "you wouldn't believe" You wouldn’t believe why my grandson doubts my sanity. ‘What did you do in the war, granddad?’ I looked down at my grandson, about to sn…

Keeping smiling with the team at Toothcare Pukekohe

Toothcare Pukekohe Many people avoid going to the Dentist until they are forced to. Usually, a niggly pain suddenly turns into the toothache from hell, and the visit it not only necessary but urgent! Many people don’t realise that regular check-ups are n…

Captain James Cook

Part Ⅳ: Icebergs, cannibals, and ‘other kinds of people’ The second voyage of James Cook, 1772-1775

by Dr Michelle Ann Smith

Captain James Cook part 4 of 6 Still believing a Southern Continent existed, and keen to locate it, Joseph Banks pushed hard for a second Pacific voyage. To his disappointment, the Admiralty called on Cook to lead the expedition, with instructions to fin…

Should New Zealand stop exporting water?

by Dr Don Brash

Don Brash Opinion Piece One of the issues almost guaranteed to provoke a strong reaction at many a social gathering in New Zealand is any suggestion that New Zealand should be exporting more bottled water. There have been noisy demonstrations in public,…

Famous Behind the Lens

Memories from a Franklin Photo News Photographer

by Sally Sumner

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

by Sally Sumner

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

by Sally Sumner

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…

Cutting Edge Cabinetry is Not Just a Promise, It’s a Reality!

Build your dream kitchen with Cutting Edge Technology When Tania Woods went looking for someone to build her Dream kitchen as part of her house renovation, William from Cutting Edge Cabinetry won her over with his innovative thinking, attention to detail…

Road Trippin USA

by Greg Stokes

50th NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky Four guys from New Zealand recently did a whirlwind trip to the USA in August for the 50th NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Leaving cooler temperatures behind in New Zealand’s winte…

Team Expansion at Blackhawk Law

by Sally Sumner

Team expansion at Blackhawk Law As someone who has lived in rural Franklin for 20 years, Blackhawk Law Limited’s sole director, Kim-Shiree Grant, has seen immense change in the area. Kim-Shiree is not only familiar with the local farming scene, she's al…