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Thanks TrailLite for new safety features

The Pukekohe East School bus has two new safety features thanks to the generosity of TrailLite and the Newman family.

You will have noticed our fancy new automatic step and a new reversing camera on the school bus. Both features were donated and installed by TrailLite to support our health and safety plan.

The reversing camera is a big help to our drivers and the automatic step enables the smaller children to climb aboard more easily and safely.

Thank you Totalspan

BIG thanks to Totalspan for providing a bus shelter for our families on Golding Road.

Totalspan, New Zealand’s leading supplier of steel sheds and buildings, has donated more than 500 bus shelters for rural and provincial school bus routes throughout the country. These undercover bus shelters protect children from the elements and passing traffic.

Total Span Shelter

Golding Road bus shelter kindly donated by Totalspan Counties.

Laugh Yourself Silly for a Good Cause

Comedy Hypnotist Dave Upfold coming to Pukekohe East
~ Laugh yourself silly for the kids of Pukekohe East School ~

Pukekohe, New Zealand – July 11, 2016 – World-renowned comedy stage hypnotist Dave Upfold is delivering a night of hilarity on Friday 12th August at Pukekohe East Hall. Proceeds will go to the operational funding of Pukekohe East School’s Farmer Jock Bus, the only remaining cooperatively-owned school bus service in New Zealand, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

As seen on TV3’s Campbell Live programme, Dave Upfold is known for his energetic, engaging and enthralling live hypnosis shows. Dave’s shows feature audience participation and utilise the power of the mind and suggestion. With no two shows ever being the same, Dave has been entertaining audiences around the world for 20 years.

Tickets cost $40 per person, and include a light supper. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.

Funds raised from Dave Upfold’s hilarious show will help keep the school bus wheels turning. The Pukekohe East School Bus was the first and is now the only cooperatively-owned school bus still operating in New Zealand, tracing its origins back to 1946. Bus models have changed rather a lot over the past 70 years. Today the Pukekohe East School Bus is adorned with David Henshaw’s Farmer Jock cartoon characters, and the school bus is fondly nicknamed The Farmer Jock Bus.

Pukekohe East School’s bus service receives no government funding. It’s 100% community-funded and relies on fundraising and sponsorship dollars. Loyal supporters of the Pukekohe East School Bus include Searle Group (major sponsor), Ansell Builders, Auckland Concrete Cutters, Continuous Spouting, Doppel, ExportX, Farmers, Franklin Silver Lining Trust, Franklin Vets, Glassways, PaperPlus, Pukekohe Travel, Kinetic Electrical, McConnell Stafford-Bush, NZ Hothouse, Oceania Helicopters, Total Span, and The Playhouse Preschool.

Dave Upfold’s comedy hypnosis show is open to the public. Sally Grey, Deputy Chairperson of the Pukekohe East School Bus Society said, “We hope the wider community will buy tickets to laugh their socks off in support of Pukekohe East School’s one-of-a-kind bus service. The more people, the more fun and more funds raised. It will be a fabulous side-splitting show to support a much-loved community bus, a piece of New Zealand’s history.”

Tickets can be purchased from Pukekohe Travel (89 King Street, Pukekohe) or online at Search for ‘Dave Upfold’.

About the Pukekohe East School Bus
The Pukekohe East School Bus started in 1946 when a group of parents altered a Ford V8 van to carry 16 children. Today 70 children catch the school bus to and from Pukekohe East School. Teachers also make good use of the school bus for educational class trips. The school bus is owned and operated by the Pukekohe East School Bus Society, a non-profit organisation of parent volunteers. For more information please visit

About Dave Upfold
Dave Upfold is one of the busiest hypnotists, one of the most copied and one of the biggest crowd-pulling hypnotists in the world today, with a vast range of experience, from corporate, conference or club, to school and other fundraisers. He has entertained in resorts, casinos and theatres around the world. Dave Upfold’s hypnosis shows have been used extensively for fundraising, having raised over a million dollars for schools and other fundraising organisations. For more information please visit

Sally Grey, Pukekohe East School Bus Society. Phone 021 239 1244 or


Franklin Silver Lining Trust Chef Night

The Franklin Silver Lining Trust is hosting a special fundraiser night with celebrity chef Michael Van de Elzen at LaValla in Tuakau on Thursday 26 May at 7.30pm.

Franklin Silver Lining Trust is a long-time loyal sponsor of the Pukekohe East School Bus and represented on the back window of the bus.

The trust supports local families facing a wide range of adversities and proceeds from this event will be put to good use in the Franklin community. Tickets are $30pp. Contact Megan 0276059261 for bookings.

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