Franklin Primary Schools Triathlon – a great day!!

The local primary schools in and around Franklin, today held their Triathlon at Clarks Beach.

This is an event supported by local schools, Fulton Swim School, the Auckland Council, Surf Life Saving NZ, local police and many more and helps to encourage the kids from our local schools to enjoy taking part in a sport that is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing!! It also gives the kids a chance to challenge themselves in something that gets them moving and helps to create competitiveness in this area.

The event takes up to 400 school aged competitors as well as having the help and support of 500 + parents and supporters from the community.

A volunteer committee to organize and run the event is set up with all proceeds from the Triathlon being reinvested in sports in the Franklin Area.

Every child who participates is awarded with a medal, a certificate and a goodie bag for completing.

The morning proved to be fantastic weather wise and support wise. although I think that the kids may have found the sea water a wee bit cool!

All of the children did a fantastic job and it is  kudos to them and their families  efforts to make this such a great event!! 🙂

 

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Franklin in photos

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

Flag battle in Franklin….

The flag debate has made headlines in Franklin!

One of our local papers has this story to tell………..

Franklin RSA flag story Dec 2015

……and here we are again…almost summer….almost Christmas!

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.

Port Waikato beach
Port Waikato on the West coast
East coast beaches in summer
East coast beaches in summer

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! gvr-steam-train-and-engine.jpg

Our local Pukekohe Performing Arts group will help bring back memories of a bygone era with their production of “Grease,” showing until  Sunday.

Then there’s the local markets, an Orchid fair and the amazing Blast to the Past at Waiuku!

Heaps of great accommodation choices too – motels, hotels, campgounds, B&B’s – you name it!! along with dining experiences of all sorts!

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 .

bersanti day spa

Franklin’s new town…….

Franklin’s growth has been a talking point for some time as part of the greater Auckland Long Term Plan – we have Karaka growing rapidly and now there is more about  Paerata’s area – Wesley College.

Wesley College pic

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.

Pukekohe Paerata Map

The changing face of Bledisloe Park…….

Life is an ever changing process of which the Franklin region has it’s share …..

Many of the locals already know about this and as our latest information from Council mentions the Bledisloe Park upgrade, in Pukekohe.

Bledisloe Park is a cricket and football (soccer) ground in Pukekohe, Franklin Region , New Zealand. It is named after Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe.

The first recorded cricket match held on the ground, came in December 1950 when Franklin played King Country in the 1950/51 Hawke Cup. The ground later held two first-class matches which saw Northern Districts play Auckland in the 1976/77 Shell Cup and Wellington in the 1989/90 Shell Trophy. Two List A matches have also been held here, with Northern Districts playing Auckland in the 1977/78 Gillette Cup and in the 1980/81 Shell Cup.

The old AFC clubrooms in Pukekohe have been demolished to make way for new and upgraded facilities that will be home to the Pukekohe Association Football Club and the Pukekohe-Metro Cricket Club.

According to the information :

Developments at the park include a car park extension near the Pukekohe Netball centre and a new car park to be constructed next to the existing playground.

Bledisloe Park developments
Bledisloe Park developments

Bledisloe Park work July 2015

The new multisport facility will be led by the Bledisloe Park Society. As well as leading the development, the society will be responsible to fundraise and the future running of the facility.

The Franklin Local Board has contributed around $750,000 to the project, in addition to the funding from the Lotteries Commission, Foundation North (formerly ASB Community Trust), and NZ Community Trust.