200 cyclists expected in Pukekohe

A news report in one of our local Franklin papers, states that we can expect around 200 cyclists to arrive in Pukekohe for the conclusion of this years BDO cycle challenge and will see corporate teams vying for a $100,000 prize!!

The Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge is a revival of the Dulux – the ultimate cycle race back in the 1960-1980s that used to attract cyclists from around New Zealand and overseas.

The event, organised by Dynamo Events, was born out of a love of cycling by former Olympic and Commonwealth cyclist and former Dulux competitor, Stephen Cox.

Cycle through the heartland of New Zealand in the seventh annual BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge, Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 February 2015.
2015 Official Event Charity
Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

Take the simple pleasure of riding a bike, multiply it by seven days, 110km per day, 13 stages, big hills, good times and personal accomplishments, and you have a recipe for an awesome experience.

Our paper states –

BDO cycle challenge

The event is generating a whole new category of competitors as corporate teams line up to take on each other, the seven days and 13 stages of riding through heartland New Zealand.
Introduced for the first time in 2014 and attracting 11 teams, the corporate category already has 10 signed up to be on the start line on February 15th, with more in the mail …… and expecting plenty of good natured rivalry on and off the bikes during the week.
“The BDO Wellington to Auckland Challenge has established itself within the cycling community as an experience like few other events can offer, a genuine stage tour on some amazing roads.
Entries remain open online with a variety of price categories.

If you are into cycling, seeing NZ and creating new friends then this could be the thing for you…and ending up in our great little town is a bonus!!

…and here we are – 2015!!

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Where DID 2014 go?

The beginning of a new year with new plans and prospects. Franklin is no different in that respect as we have such a lot on the agenda again this year! BUT we do have such awesome events.

If you are a racing fan, then the end of this month at Hampton Downs (officially in the North Waikato, but we still call that area our southern Franklin!!) is the Fifty Plus Formula 5000 lineup

An unprecedented turnout of Formula 5000 cars looks set to secure the 2015 Gulf Oil Howden Ganley Formula 5000 Festival’s place in motorsport history as one of the largest ever gatherings of the iconic race cars.

The organisers are confident fans will see 50 plus of the V8, 10 and V12 powered machines, with cars covering all years of the F5000 formula’s life, and most if not all of the manufacturers who built cars for the series which ran in various guises in the USA, Europe and Australasia between 1968 and 1982.

The 2015 event – which stretches over the weekends of January 16-18 and 23-25 at the Hampton Downs circuit in the North Waikato – is a celebration of both the Formula 5000 type of racing car and driver Howden Ganley. Unheralded Kiwi Ganley’s story is a fascinating one that took the former team mechanic to sports cars, F5000 and the dizzy heights of Formula One.

It also marks the first ‘Formula 5000 World Series’ – the champion of which will be crowned after the last race of the second weekend of the Festival. At least one full grid of Formula 5000s will race during the Festival, and that could mean as many as 35 of the earth-shaking single seaters roaring around the Hampton Downs track almost five seconds a lap quicker than the best ‘V8 taxi’ is capable of

..and while you’re over this way, why not stay awhile and head to Waiuku for the Movies in Parks Rocky Horror Picture show on the 16th Jan? Rocky Horror pic

Splore pic
February, on our calendar here in Franklin has the “Splore Festival” at Tapapakanga Regional Park. So get set for summertime fun and music by the water!

Simply put Splore is a boutique music and arts festival like no other.

In March we have some celebrations of the area and our own Taste Festival…so keep an eye out for more info here AND get your accommodation booked (if you can!!) and come stay a while !!

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Getting to know us in Franklin

The Franklin district is strongly defined by urban and rural areas, outstanding natural landscapes and open green spaces.

Hamiltons Gap 2
Franklin is also regarded as both a desirable and accessible ‘lifestyle’ destination for those seeking an alternative to city living. Traditionally the Franklin area has supplied the Auckland region with fresh produce and today market gardens still remain a feature of the district’s landscapes providing an appealing backdrop to the building developments that are taking place within the area.
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As one of New Zealand’s fastest growing regions, Franklin offers not only excellent residential options and recreational opportunities, but also access to the goods and services available in much larger centres.

Families relocating to Franklin are attracted by the benefits that country living provides such as more space and larger sections while at the same time recognizing that Auckland and its attractions is just 45 minutes away by motorway.

The district is also home to a wide number of events both motor sport and art, horse racing and vintage to the traditional A & P show, equestrian events, Antiques and Collectable Shows and, on a weekly basis, the Franklin Country Markets at Pukekohe and Pokeno. With so much to offer, it is easy to see why Franklin Country is fast becoming the lifestyle destination of choice.

Merry Christmas

Wishing one and all a very merry, happy and safe Christmas that brings all the best that you could wish for.

Head2head Walk

In only two weeks time, the Head2head walk is on again!

Head2headThe walk starts on the Awhitu Peninsula at the Lighthouse, and finishes on the opposite side of the Manukau Harbour at the Huia Domain. The aim of the walk relay, is to help to raise money and awareness of local causes as well as making sure all monies raised are funding the improvement of our communities.

The founder of Head2head, Paul Disckson, also says “Now, how about this walk that starts at Manukau Heads Lighthouse in a little of fourteen days? Well to begin with, it is a pleasure to announce that Collective Dairy are once again supplying goodies for each of your walkers and just this week we have had the pleasure in joining Charlies Drinks to the walk and they will be supplying you and your teams with a bottle of water (we would encourage your walkers to bring additional water to get them through a five hour walk). To have these two great companies on board, along with Hubbards Foods, the H2H event really is starting to receive fantastic local support.

We also have to say thank you (yep, lots of thanks to give today) to our new friends at EcoStore, who have been very generous in supplying their product for our event. As you may have seen on our FB page, the goodie bags now contain EcoStore product and you should all be receiving your fundraising pack very soon. Talking of fundraisers, the Hubbards Team are holding a car wash fundraiser at their premises this Saturday, details on our FB page. Also, the Fab Physios are holding a Cake Sale at Middlemore Hospital today, which I’m sure will be a great success. Please let us know if you’re having a fundraiser, as we’d love to attend and spread the word. Remember there is a sponsorship form if you need it 🙂 Plus there is now a donate button on our website front page, which that barcode thingy on our posters takes people to 🙂

As mentioned earlier in this week, we now have a fantastic T-Shirt design for this years walk. If your teams would like to buy t-shirts for the walk, confirmation of order and sizes needs to be received by end of play today (sample of T-Shirt attached). It’s a great way to show what you’re walking for and after the event you can wear them with pride!

Just a reminder about the Pre-Head2Head Walk Breakfast at Glenn Innes Primary on the 19th October, it’ll be great to see your teams their. The Head2Head Walk is a social event and not a race, so we encourage all the walkers on each leg to have fun as a group and the pre walk event will help the teams to get to know each other prior to the event.

So get your walking shoes out and get ready for an amazing day!

More Franklin happenings

Has anyone looked at You Tube lately?
tui adIf you have then you will have possibly seen and heard about one of Franklin’s local and his prank. Our Waiuku builder, Sean, and his brother are great pranksters, but Sean’s prank has gone world-wide with the idea to plumb out his brother’s house with beer! Once Sean had managed to get his brother away for the weekend, with the help of some of Sean’s mates and Tui Beer, they set about connecting the beer kegs to all of the taps in the house!
Our local paper has the story, so if you are into pranks, then this is worth a read.

hair for CanTeenAnother local lad, Drew Marris, of Waiuku was seen on TV1’s Seven Sharp, last week. He had long curly locks and decided to drastically reduce the crop by having his head shaved for CanTeen. We have some wonderful people in our communities who are willing to go to all sorts of lengths to help others. Drew apparently manged to raise over $2000.00 for CanTeen and the 1st XV rugby boys then managed to join in with having their legs waxed for a gold coin donation. The total raised as of Monday 23rd was over $3000.00. What an awesome outcome for a worthy cause.