Franklin in photos

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

Franklin – a little bit of our heritage

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 history of Torkar Road from elocal 2016

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.

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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

Weather patterns and Vege prices

One of Franklin‘s local papers has reported on what “Joe Blogs” enjoyment of the great summer weather is doing to our vege growing!

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The damp start to February may not be enough to keep vegetable prices down, as growers and dairy farmers battle to deal with the particularly dry start to the year.
….according to Weatherwise Auckland, Pukekohe received just 6 % of its historical average rainfall for January and Waiuku received 22% of January’s average.
…While the hot and sunny weather has been good for holiday makers, they too could be hoping for rain with the potential vegetable price rises on the horizon.
The Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association president said that if the dry weather continued, prices of crops like potatoes and onions could go up.
It has been an abnormal season for growers and farmers alike.

The hot dry weather has meant that the later planted onion crops may not reach their potential.
Many of the local crops are being irrigated, but that too, will bring its extra costs to the end product – extra watering and manpower amongst the mix!

Lets hope our patch in Franklin, will be able to cope!

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…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

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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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Our rural paradise – proposal threatens growers….

One of our local papers has news about the rural sector regarding a proposed Irrigation Tax!!

Franklin irrigation pic
The report mentions

…a proposal from the Labour Party to introduce an irrigation tax is a pointed attack on rural New Zealand and small businesses that operate there, and could also hit consumers in the pocket at the supermarket. The proposal could affect market gardeners in Pukekohe, among other areas nationally.
The proposal has been slated by the Irrigation NZ chief executive, who said last week : “A ‘fair and affordable’ variable rate water tax will be impossible to implement and will cost a fortune to establish. In no other country in the world is irrigated water paid for through tax”.
…only a few days ago Labour was claiming they supported small businesses. However, Labours water tax…..would cause real damage to hundreds of small, rural businesses in the productive sector.

… A water tax will increase the cost of production which could mean higher costs for New Zealanders, for products like milk, cheese and fresh vegetables. Improving the quality of our freshwater is important to all of us, but we must do it sensibly…..

(Irrigation NZ chief exec) says that the proposal does not consider the capital investment made by farmers

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Our corner of the World…..

Franklin District; your ultimate and unique destination – combining relaxed country lifestyles with savvy city style, all just a short drive south of Auckland or north of Hamilton, features olive groves, vineyards and market gardens, while providing a unique opportunity to taste locally grown and produced foods and wines, many of which are featured on menus around the district.
cropped-west-coast.jpgThe district has many beaches, – the rugged West Coast being perfect for walking, beachcombing and surfing while the East coast provides easy swimming.
The main town is Pukekohe, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing secondary urban area, Pukekohe offers not only excellent residential options and recreational opportunities, but also access to the goods and services available in much larger centres. Pukekohe is renowned for it’s market gardening, stylish cafes and enviable shopping.
Neighbouring towns and villages include Tuakau, a growing rural town with reasonably priced homes and land on offer and handy to wherever you want to be, THE_BRIDGE
Bombay being home to New Zealand’s largest olive estate, producing award-winning olive oil and skin care products and features an excellent restaurant.
Pokeno is a favourite stop known for its generous servings of icecream, its locally produced bacon and sausages and friendly country village atmosphere.

YUM!
YUM!

Mercer, beside the Waikato with its Dutch cheese shop is a ‘must do’ in any itinerary. Mercer Cheese
Patumahoe,Clarks Beach & Waiau Pa – The area reveals some of Auckland’s finest gardens, charming Wedding Chapels, Boutique Vineyards, Animal Studs, Olive Groves, Golf Course and more, Waiuku – with it’s historic Hotel built in the 1850’s and one of New Zealand’s oldest licensed hotels.
Awhitu Peninsula – offering some of the best views of the Manukau Harbour and rugged West Coast. The area was an important early settlement area and gateway to the rest of the country for both Maori and European and home to the replica Manukau Heads Lighthouse Awhitu Lighthouse
Clevedon Oysters signClevedon well known for Clevedon Oysters and Clevedon Valley Buffalo farm. A first for NZ, the company’s buffalo dairy has won multiple awards and gold medals at New Zealand’s national cheese and artisan awards. Pure white buffalo milk contains much more protein and calcium than cows milk. it is higher in fat but has roughly half the cholesterol of cows milk.
Drury and Karaka are tranquil, quiet, picturesque areas, situated just 30 minutes south of New Zealand’s largest city. They offer superb accommodation and cuisine.
Seabird Coast, Kaiaua and Miranda with its world renowned Chenier shell banks, is the summer home to a variety of migratory Arctic wading birds including the Wrybil which is found here all year round. A relaxing soak in mineral hot springs at Miranda is the perfect way to end your day before enjoying delicious fish and chips at Kaiaua, a favourite of locals and Aucklanders.P1000455
Hunua offers a natural playground – it’s park having the largest native forest in the Auckland region, and its impressive yet picturesque Hunua Falls
Hunua Falls