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As a hub for local businesses and farming, and as the ‘big smoke’ for all those in western Franklin, Waiuku is a town rich in history. In the latest instalment of Rural Living’s Our Towns section, we look at wonderful Waiuku, its past, present and outlook for the future.

River & Harbour major influences

The Manukau Harbour has had a profound influence on Waiuku’s development, but it wasn’t always as we see today.

NZ Steel – local business force

There are few locals who don’t know of New Zealand Steel’s fully integrated mill at Glenbrook. It can be seen from many places far...

Waiuku – A place like no other

A LOVE STORY: One legend has it when Tamakae was summoned to meet a high ranking chieftainess he was first washed in the Wai...

Changing the face of local governance

By Bill Deed, local historian With any town comes the need for management and planning. It has been no different for Waiuku although there are...

Living History

EXPERIENCE STEAM ON THE GVR A journey on the former Waiuku railway branch line on vintage steam hauled trains is a must to do. The...

Historic property remains prime real estsate

The Ray White office building stands pride of place on the corner of Waiuku’s Queen and Bowen Streets, being one of the township’s original buildings...

The Kentish an NZ Icon

The father of Waiuku’s colonial history is a man who emigrated from Kent in England in the first half of the 19th century. His...

On the road as usual

At 80 most people would be well into retirement but not GRAHAM DICKEY, owner and managing director of Waiuku-based haulage company, Knight & Dickey, one...

Township prospers

After the influence of traders plying the Awaroa portage on their way to Onehunga via the Manukau Harbour, European settlers saw opportunities to bring their expertise.

SPECIAL BOND

In last month’s column I covered my early years living in Tuakau and I’ve had a great email response as well as several telephone...

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