Franklin in photos

We’re a little bit country…………and a little bit city savvy, too……… with a whole lot of heart!!!

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Southern Corridor Update

Another update on happenings for the Southern Corridor, including part of the Franklin region, has now been published and delivered.

Auckland Mayor, Len Brown turned the first sod on the 21st October of this year – 2015.

The project will see –

  • improved safety and journey reliability on Auckland’s Southern Motorway

and extends 9.5 kms from Manukau to Papakura along SH 1.

Walking and cycling improvements have also been factored in to the improvements

Southern corridor improvements Nov 2015

Southern corridor imp Nov 2015

Franklin………our changing face

Franklin – our wee patch of NZ, like many others I guess, is ever changing, as the years move on…….

Pokeno of yesteryear
Pokeno of yesteryear

Just one instance is –

Pokeno, our neighbour down the road in the Northern Waikato part of Franklin, has been through many changes over the years – going from a fairly busy village as per our photo, to an area by-passed by the modernisation of the highway/motorway and now back again towards being a busy town with it’s new and increasing housing areas.

The town also has Yasihili, the new Infant Formula Factory, being built. It will  be interesting to see how this helps to build the region with employment, visitors and growth in general!

Yashili is part of a major group that leads the dairy market in China. To help us achieve our preeminent position there, we have been a longstanding importer of New Zealand milk powder. Now we are taking that one step further – we are not just sourcing our milk powder here; we are producing our finished goods here. Our $200 million investment in Pokeno focuses on the development and construction of a 30,000m2 manufacturing plant. Our annual production capacity of around 52,000 tonnes of infant formula products will supply the rapidly growing and increasingly demanding Chinese market.
To help us achieve our potential in New Zealand we are looking for the brightest and best people in dairy manufacturing to come on board with us. We have job opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain and quality management. Come and join us and be part of our team that is putting Kiwi expertise on the world’s stage.

Yashili is one of the “big three” producers of infant milk formula for the domestic market in China. Our two leading brands, Yashily and Scient, and the more recently introduced Merla brand account for more than 80 per cent of Yashili Group’s total business. Yashili is also one of the leading suppliers of soymilk powder, cereal, rice flour and milk powder for adults and teenager to the Chinese market. Our products are sold in just over 105,000 retail outlets in China. In July 2012, we were named among the top 500 Most Valuable Brands in China for the ninth consecutive year. Yashili Group employs over 5000 people and reported an annual turnover in 2011 of NZ$566 million. We are publicly listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In June 2013, China Mengniu Diary Company announced plans to acquire Yashili Group. Mengniu, China’s largest producer of liquid milk products, is part owned by China’s state-backed agricultural and food industry supplier COFCO.

Building Future Capacity
China’s infant formula market is expected to grow to NZ$32 billion by 2017, according to Euromonitor data. The increasing demand for infant milk formula is being driven by families shifting from rural locations to the cities, a stable birth rate, more mothers going out to work, and increases in disposable income. The challenge for Yashili and other manufacturers is to keep pace with demand while maintaining a high level of quality control. That’s why we have looked to New Zealand and its internationally recognised expertise in the manufacture of quality milk powder to build our newest dairy processing. Yashili already promotes the high quality of New Zealand-sourced milk content in our premium brands.  We have imported milk powder from New Zealand for over 10 years and we have used New Zealand milk powder exclusively in our infant milk formula since August 2010. Now we are adding further value to our product with Kiwi manufacturing expertise, and the support of the country’s skilled labour force.

Franklin – where Auckland meets the Waikato!!

I attended a(nother) meeting the other day and began to wonder about Franklin

Clarks BeachShould we just leave it to Auckland to take care of, as most of our region IS in the greater Auckland area – aka the Super City, and the rest to the Waikato/Hamilton, as there is the tail end of OUR patch that sits in the Waikato?
After listening to the speakers at the meeting, I really began to feel that Franklin IS the gateway that links the two regions!!

Anyone travelling by car will be going through the very centre of the Franklin region.
Sure….Auckland has, well, what Auckland has as does Hamilton and the Waikato – and what they DO have is not to be sneezed at. There are some wonderful attractions…..and here WE sit – smack in the middle, with our very own slice of paradise.
Port Waikato beachWe have beaches (ok – it’s now winter, so a tad cool for swimming, but awesome to wander along and watch the wild surf on the west coast or take in the calm seas on the east coast),
Nikau Cave we have our very own glow-worm cave, we have the wonderful Pukekohe Park Raceway – which is not only home to the V8 supercars again, but also for horse racing and events, we are also one of the venues for New Zealand’s largest antique and collectables fairs, we have the War birds D day open day display, we have international sporting events, a range of great golf courses to try your hand at, some amazing shopping and cafes/restaurants to name a few!
Kaye Maxwells Golf

Franklin is a GREAT place to come and take a stop and if you are heading north or south, we can give you that relaxation time before hitting the road again for your onward travels.
We ARE a destination that links Auckland and the Waikato! so come and visit, if you haven’t already and if you have – then why not come back and have a winter weekend with some of the awesome accommodation providers that we have here.
bersanti day spa Have some pampering at one of our fantastic spa’s before heading off on your journey to your next destination, or heading back to work! Pure day spa
This weekend is your last chance for the season, to go for a steam train ride at Glenbrook’s ever popular Vintage Railway but you can always come visit and see the station and have a picnic if the weather is favourable!GVR engine

Around the region

2013-v8s.pnga bit of a follow-up from the V8 weekend from ATEED and more
After a V8 Supercars follow-up meeting with local business operators and ATEED’s Events and Design manager, some points came up from the recent event held in the Franklin regions town of Pukekohe
It was noted that more than 128,000 people went through the gates at the Race track (as mentioned previously in another blog about the event), but not only was this a great number of visitors, it was also the 2nd most popular V8 event in Pukekohe – with the most popular having been the V8 race held in 2007 in Pukekohe.
Next year the region may have to look at how to attract our V8 fans to stay and play a bit longer right here – visit some of our local attractions as well as perhaps holding a few other events to make the most of the time spent here!
Now we are looking at the next big event of the IRB Junior World Champs (as posted yesterday)
We’ve had, and continue to have, a huge number of events in the area – big and small!IRB Junior Champs trophy

Along with some of the IRB pool games, we have the annual Antique and Collectables Fair coming up! This is New Zealand biggest fair and has some wonderful items of memorabilia, furniture and so much more on display to buy and admire, so if you just love antiques (and no!! not the husband or wife!! 🙂 ) then you really do need to come along and see what you can get your hands on!( check out the details here, also)
antiques

This could be a great weekend to get away from the cities and come to Franklin – our patch. We are only a short trip up or down the highway, so NO EXCUSE!
We have another historical moment a’happening too, at Matakawau – a milestone of sixty years is being celebrated for the Matakawau Church of the Holy Rosary, on Sunday 25th May.

The following weekend, Queens Birthday weekend, if you are keen on flying and war bird shows, then a visit to Ardmore is a MUST!
Queens birthday weekend is also the last chance for the season to have a steam train ride on the ever popular Glenbrook Vintage Railways steam train – open all weekend, Saturday to Monday.

old plane

With all of the action in the region, you just may want to linger longer – so check out our accommodation options and get in touch! We will take good care of you wherever you are from and wherever you are planning on heading to next! So – What are you waiting for 🙂 ??

Tuakau Hotel pic Touchwood

Merry Christmas

Wishing one and all a very merry, happy and safe Christmas that brings all the best that you could wish for.
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Warbirds D Day Open Day….right here in Franklin!!!

warbird picwow…..how awesome will this be??
Ardmore Airport is having a Warbirds D Day Open day on Sunday 2nd June to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the D Day landings in France. So for all of you history buffs, and anyone just looking to have a family day out, this will be the place to head!
Ardmore is only a short drive from central Auckland, and also not far from Pukekohe, and the Waikato region. There will be refreshments for anyone who doesn’t feel like taking their own picnic (hope the weather will hold!!) The kids will have activities that they can get into , too, so no excuse to stay away.
The Warbirds will have three flying display times throughout the day and the entry fee for adults ($15.00 and kids under 14yrs are FREE) will give you a chance to win a flight in a Warbird! How cool is that?
Get on over to Ardmore on Sunday 2nd June ready for the 10:00 a.m gate opening and a great day