Franklin’s people…

Richard Taylor Weta WorkshopsFord_FG_Falcon_of_Lee_Holdsworth_2012so here is another bunch of people from Franklin, who rate in history.
(with us anyway)

Our Stone “boys“, who are very private people, which we respect, but they are our own “home grown” from Onewhero! Jimmy and Ross, and I think there was Kevin in there somewhere too, went on to own and operate the Tuakau Service station, which sold petrol and the usual things that petrol stations sell, as well as being mechanics in the workshop behind the service station. They did a great job of working on the vehicles and I, for one, was sad to see them go, as they were and are such great mechanics! but they decided though, to head “over the ditch” and get into the car racing game. They obviously made a great move and have been doing very well!

Sir Richard Taylor is another of our own “home grown locals.
Born and raised in Patumahoe, Richard went to school at Wesley College, Paerata and is the head of his company, Weta Workshop. As most of us know, Richard and his company worked with and Sir Peter Jackson to create all of the props, costumes, prosthetics, miniatures and weaponry for Jackson’s epic The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Richard has been nominated for and won, a number of awards for his part in the film industry and the work with Lord of the Rings movies and also King Kong

and speaking of Wesley College Jonah Lomu can more or less, be classed as “one of ours”. Jonah was educated at Wesley College and played rugby for Counties Manukau from 1994 – 99 and made his debut for the All Blacks in 1994 acheiving 63 caps. Jonah is regarded, still, as the first true global superstar of rugby union. He has had a huge impact on the game. (Wikipedia)


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