Sex offender escapes jail

A former Tauranga gym teacher who pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault escaped a jail sentence because the sentencing judge doesn’t think the offending is sexual enough. Ross Madden, 35, was babysitting an eight year old girl while...... Read More

Buses to replace Pukekohe trains this weekend

Buses will be replacing trains between Papakura and Pukekohe on Saturday and Sunday, so repair work can take place on the rail line. Recent wet weather caused two slips on the line near Paerata on April 5 and again on May 12. KiwiRail has...... Read More

Matakawau Point Reserve wharf closed

The wharf in Franklin’s Matakawau Point Reserve near Awhitu has been temporarily closed until further notice. Agnes McCormack, Head of Operational Management and Maintenance, says a recent safety inspection by Auckland Council revealed structural...... Read More

Shellfish biotoxin alert - warning extended

The Ministry for Primary Industries has reissued and extended a public health warning against collecting shellfish on the Waikato west coast, due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins being detected at levels of concern. The affected area...... Read More

Local Firefighters set to take on stairs

Franklin firefighters are among the 900 from across New Zealand who are once again gearing up to take on the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challange. That's 1,103 steps up the Auckland Sky Tower which will see them dressed in full gear, while...... Read More

Local organisations get boost from Z

Z's Good in the Hood is back this May, with a number of deserving organisations needing community support. Each year, the community funding programme awards more than a million dollars to Kiwi groups throughout New Zealand. This year, Z Pukekohe...... Read More

Animal home comforts at Little Acres

There can come a time when, for a variety of reasons, people need to re-home their animals. While handing over a dog or a cat is relatively simple, what do you do when you can no longer care for a cow, pet pig or goat? Without a doubt, most small farm...... Read More

Liz’s selfless gesture

When Liz Alexander's customers heard she was taking a break from her business for six weeks, they didn't realise she was not on holiday. Instead, Liz is donating a kidney to a complete stranger. The Onewhero resident is well known for her roadside...... Read More

Coastguard involved in search for missing man

Waiuku Coastguard were among one of the many emergecny services who were searching for a missing man in the Manukau Harbour last week. Police received a call from a fisherman who found an empty dinghy in the Papakura Channel at around 4:30pm on Wednesday...... Read More

Waiuku grocer fined $12,000

A grocer who owned a fruit and vege shop in Waiuku has been penalised $12,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA). This was after a Labour Inspectorate investigation uncovered attempts to charge a migrant worker a premium. “Employers who...... Read More