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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…

Family Living at its Finest

Building with Navigation Homes. 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 …

How Can We Help You

Tree and stump removal specialists based in Drury Quite often we get asked if we are able to do certain work such as hedge trimming or fruit tree and shrub pruning, the answer is yes! At Tree Magic Arborists have a wide range of different skills and ser…

September in Papakura

What's on in September in Papakura

What's on in September in Papakura HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE DADS OUT THERE FOR SUNDAY 1ST OF SEPTEMBER Celebrating Fashion Week in Papakura We did a bit of a shout out and asked designers if they would like to dress a mannequin to celebrate…

Car Care Centre Ltd

Maintaining your car's safety during winter at Car Care Centre, Papakura. It's winter time, which means staying indoors to get out of the bad weather. When you do need to heads out through, you rug up to keep warm and protected from the rain. Before yo…

Abby's Road

Making the Most of Life

Tuakau-born and bred Abby Sillence is used to hearing jokes about having a “dead-end” job. But it goes with the territory – she’s a Funeral Director at locally-owned Waters Funerals. Working in the industry was something she dreamed about from childhood …

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 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.…

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…

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 …

‘Biddi Biddi’ by Linley Jones

Franklin Writers' Group Short Story Competition 2019

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

‘Vino Varietal’ by Jeff Taylor

Franklin Writers' Group Short Story Competition 2019

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 spit-soaked thing, sucking it hard, and we’re the neighbourhood kids we once were again, when we’d share a straw, wor…

‘Once a Phoenix, Now My Mum’ by Hui-Kheng Yeo

Franklin Writers' Group Short Story Competition 2019

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…