Franklin has it’s history from all parts of the world –
I’m being a bit lazy here, in that one of our local papers/mags does a great job of capturing bits and bobs from the regions history, which I thought that I would share further. It really is quite interesting how things come about. This case in point is from Clarks Beach – Torkar Road, in fact – so here is some interesting reading : –
Franklin Country is having their fantastically popular Thomas the Tank Engine Weekend this weekend!!
The Glenbrook Vintage Railway ‘s annual Thomas day always proves to be a great winner and an added bonus will be the new Glenbrook Morel Railway, which is situated on Morley Road…..a train stop away from the station at Glenbrook.
Bob and his elves have been working intently to make sure that they can get the Model Railway operating to coincide with the Thomas weekend, so if you are in the area……keep an eye out to discover the magic of the miniature train, boats and more!
The Port Waikato Whitebait fritter competition is also on!. Head out to our west coast beach for a taste test of some of the locals recipes for the perfect fritter!! mmmmmmm….mmm
I can personally vouch for a fantastic taste tingle!
Head to our patch of country – where Auckland meets the Waikato – and check out what’s on!!
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
The fun has really begun now – the track is set up and raring to go with the thunder of V8Supercars ITM 500. Fans will be flocking in to see their motor sport heroes in action!
For those wanting to spread their wings and investigate the region, well….there’s plenty to see. Head to our web page for some ideas including our fantastic local GVR steam train, our iconic Manukau Heads lighthouse and surrounds.
If you want to just hang out in Auckland city, the Cloud on the waterfront will be the place to head to see the Travel Expo for what we have in the outer regions of Auckland – the regional playgrounds!
Keep looking – there is much more to see and investigate than what it appears. We have it all – in a location that gives you city savvy with country style!
WOW!!! Franklin is once again showcasing a great deal of things to do and places to be over the next few weeks – just to start the summer season!!
Our area is quite a vast rural one, on the outer edges of what is now the Auckland Supercity, (not too far from the airport) but also taking in the Northern edge of the Waikato region, so we do have lots around – the west and east coast beaches are great for surfing and swimming (when the weather is fine), but also fantastic to walk along and take in the sounds, smells and sights at this time of year.
Right now we can also enjoy (well many of us can!!) a long weekend with fun times at the local Glenbrook Vintage Railway. This weekend is their opening weekend for the season and there will be fun aplenty for all ages,, including a country market day on Monday!
Our local Pukekohe Performing Arts group will help bring back memories of a bygone era with their production of “Grease,” showing until Sunday.
If that isn’t enough to get you interested, then just wait and keep an eye out for more happenings in the region – including the V8 Supercars – only a matter of weeks away now!!! and with Christmas looming ever closer, there’s always the Christmas display to help get into the swing of things to come .
According to reports , the site of Wesley College will be “transformed into a liveable town”.
Most of the college buildings, barring the historic chapel and a handful of newer buildings, will be demolished and relocated elsewhere. The sale of the sections will help secure the school’s future and fund the rest of the development.
Wesley College Trust Board general secretary Chris Johnston said the investment returns were crucial.
“The key beneficiary is Wesley College which provides for economically disadvantaged students.”
He said the plan was to transform the area and make it into the “most liveable town, within the most liveable city”.
Once built, the town would offer terraced homes, apartments, stand-alone houses, a primary school, high school, retail developments, green spaces, natural reserves and a retirement village – all interlinked with cycle, walking trails and public transport………….
………..”The rezoning will open up the Pukekohe area for new infrastructure and should provide new opportunities for those looking to live close to Auckland city.”
Pukekohe Business Association manager Kendyl Gibson said the added growth would help increase business capacity and enable residents to work locally. Plans for a high school were particularly welcome………….
……….Before any land is dug up the finer details need to be finalised, then an application for development consent could be lodged next year.