An incredible dream for local couple!!

I’d heard something vaguely on the radio, but didn’t realise that the dream that became a reality was one that happened to a local couple!!

Our local paper reported on the incredible dream come true. Such a wonderful and amazing gift by an insurance company, through one of our popular radio stations, The Hits, helping a family through a difficult time….I have added the article from the paper……

Dreams come True The Post 20 July 2016

Franklin in photos

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

…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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Merry Christmas

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

A BIG weekend in Franklin Country!

Just a few short km’s south of Auckland City central, our Franklin region has a full on weekend scheduled!

Even if the weather doesn’t appear to be looking the greatest, Franklin can offer a fantastic weekend away and this weekend is no exception.

Along with our local pet and Country Life Days at three of our primary schools, Patumahoe, Mauku and Ramarama, we have THE Game – Counties Manukau Steelers Ranfurly Shield Cup game v Waikato – our neighbours from down the road!rugby ball

After the excitement of the game, the region has a great variety of entertainment on offer too. For instance, at Waiuku you can dance the night away at the Kentish with Rhythm Express, or at Castaways get glammed up and into Retro Dine and Dance mode at the clifftop restaurant at Kariotahi, or head to Onewhero for a raucous evening of a Faulty Towers evening of dining and hilarity, or head to Pukekohe’s Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Show, Bad Moon Rising, at the Cosmopolitan Club on Nelson Street!
So much to choose! ….
BombayBB – and the accommodation in Franklin is great! Motels such as BK’s Counties Motorlodge, Aveda Motor Lodge – one of our Qualmark rated motels, Touchwood ( another of our Qualmark rated motel), The Country Inn at Ramarama, where you have the restaurant right on site, B&B’s such as Bombay Bed and Breakfast, where Alison will really look after you! La Valla Estate in Tuakau, or the Tuakau Hotel and Motel…..and many more – just visit our website to see more and give them a call to see which suits you, but hurry – the weekend is all but here.
Then on Sunday, pop out to Pokeno to see the Pokeno markets and discover a myriad of things for everyone!
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Who’s Who in Franklin (part one)….

I guess there are quite a few places around good old NZ that can lay a claim to fame of some of the locals, and Franklin is no exception.


For instance, we have our own (the late) Possum Bourne, rally driver extraordinaire, who lived and went to school locally and became extremely well known world wide in the rally driving industry, particularly. Possum came 1st over a number of years of Rally car racing in the New Zealand, Asia-Pacific and Australian Champs
Sir EdSir Edmund Hillary is another that we like to claim as our own.Born 20th July 1919, he moved to moved to Tuakau with his family in 1920, after his father was allocated land there. The young Ed went to Tuakau Primary school, before moving on to Auckland Grammar. Hillary was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
Douglas Wright was also born in the Tuakau region, in 1956. “Douglas danced with Limbs Dance Company of New Zealand (1980-1983), the Paul Taylor Company of New York (1983-87) and DV8 Physical Theatre of London (1988) before forming the Douglas Wright Dance Company in Auckland in 1989.

Over his 25-year career Douglas Wright has created more than 30 works including Knee Dance, Faun Variations, Hey Paris, How on Earth, Gloria, Elegy, Forever, Buried Venus, halo, Arc, Inland and Black Milk. When Forever had its European premiere in Switzerland, it was hailed as “an overwhelming contemporary contribution to the history of our life and times”.
I was recently speaking with someone I know, who went to school with Douglas and ran into him in New York, and they commented on how they had both come from small town Tuakau and “made good”.
Simon Doull – our well know ex CricketBlack cap cricketer, radio personality and now world travelled cricket commentator, is a local Pukekohe-ite, who made headlines in the cricketing world in his younger years. One of his older brothers, Lincoln, played cricket for Wellington. Simon also played for Northern Districts and Wellington