Bus driver wanted!

The Pukekohe East School bus is looking for a new full-time driver to start next year. Bus Society Chairman Niko Kloeten says that bus driving experience and a current Passenger Endorsement Licence is preferred, but the Society is willing to pay for training for the right candidate.

“This is not an ordinary bus driving job. It’s about more than going round the bus route twice a day; you become a part of the school and the wider Pukekohe East community,” he says.

“It takes skill and patience to drive some of these rural roads, but the kids will put a smile on your face.”

The role is for school terms only and that there are additional school trips during the day. Extra charters are available on evenings and weekends if wanted.

Current driver Wallace Bremner, who is stepping down at the end of the year to pursue other interests, says the job is challenging and hugely rewarding.

For more information or to apply for the role, contact Niko Kloeten on 027 339 9681 or email niko.kloeten@bayleys.co.nz.


Quiz Night raises $9,000

The Pukekohe East School Bus Society’s latest Quiz Night has been a resounding success, raising more than $9000 for the school’s bus service.

The annual event took place this past Saturday, June 30 at the Pukekohe East Community Hall. New Zealand Herald sports journalist Andrew Alderson was the quiz master, with Bayleys national auctioneer Richard Valintine calling the auctions.

Bus Society Chairman Niko Kloeten says the Quiz Night was both an enjoyable evening and a great fundraiser, with more than 100 people attending.

“Thank you to all of our committee members and other volunteers who helped out before, during and after the Quiz Night. We also owe a big thank-you to Andrew as quiz master and Richard as auctioneer, and to Tim Gregory for providing the quiz questions and AV equipment.

Finally, I wish to thank all the businesses, families and individuals in our community who supported the Bus Society by donating goods and services to be auctioned. Our school bus is a valuable asset to the school and wider community, and their support plays a big part in keeping it going.”

The Bus Society wishes to thank the following donors: Hampton Downs, Kingstons Partners, Stihl Pukekohe, the Vink Family, The Pilates Room, Waterslide, Mania/Harrex family, Barfoot & Thompson (Brendon and Louise Moore), The Difference Catering, Laminex, Samone’s Cooking School, Mitre 10 Pukekohe, Harleh Laser Clinic, LaValla Estate, Balance Your Life, Chloe Cooper, Tan Box, The Good Home, Maxwell’s Golf, Bauer Media, Valentines, the Evans Family, Counties Fitness, Noel Leeming, the Wharfe Family/Franklin Country Meats and the Tapper family.

thank you bus photo

Only 3 days to go till our Quiz night!

Please remember to pop in to school tomorrow or friday latest to pay and pick up your tickets – you can pay online if easier: Pukekohe East School Bus Society, ASB 123023 0387539 00

If you plan on catching the bus please let Lisa Wharfe know 021 302 614. The bus will do two drop offs – the first at 10pm and then one at midnight.  The return bus fare of $10 per person can be paid onboard.

We will have auctions, raffles and mystery envelopes on the night so please bring cash and a generous spirit!