Growth in Franklin – and it’s Challenges!

Auckland SupercityThe new Auckland Super city certainly has its challenges to make sure that all areas are looked after in the best ways possible………
…and Franklin Councillor, Bill Cashmore has his work cut out for him!!

Quoted from a local publication :

House sections are appearing out of green fields in Pukekohe, Beachlands, Patumahoe and of course the well publicised Wesley housing expansion, and now Clevedon too. Pukekohe’s area planning process has been well run and a successful example of community engagement. Well done to the Franklin Local Board and to the community for their input and guidance.
..but with gridlock in Manukau Road, trucks backed up on the eastern arterial, constant streams of traffic on the Maraetai-Whitford Road, the challenge now is for all of the Council family to work together to get the roading planned and built, the storm water sorted, the waste water capacity made fit for the purpose and future proofed where possible, and the reticulated water in place. This is a massive piece of work with a massive budget attached to it……… The bottom line is funding – where it comes from and the timing of the funding stream………..Bottom line: housing, business growth and the associated infrastructure must be the number one priority.

Take a walk on the …….walkway

It may not be the wild side but you can still take a walk on one of our many walkways
Get your boots or shoes on and come to our patch to take a leisurely stroll or hard out hike, whatever takes your fancy.
walkway pic

The development of a network of walkways in New Zealand grew from an
idea, promoted in the early 1970s by the Federated Mountain Clubs of
New Zealand Inc. to develop a walking track the length of the country.
When legislation was passed in 1975 the intention was to create an arterial
route from North Cape to the Bluff, with branches east and west throughout
the country. It was quickly realised that developing sections, some of which
could later form part of the main artery, was more practical than focussing on
the mammoth task of creating a single 1770-kilometre walkway.
Now, over 25 years on, a walkways network has been established with over
125 walkways totalling about 1200 kilometres.

The Minister of Conservation has overall responsibility for the New Zealand
Walkways Act 1990. Implementation is largely the responsibility of the
Department of Conservation. The New Zealand Conservation Authority and its
regional conservation boards have roles in the establishment of new walkways
and monitoring the performance of the department. Local authorities and
other organisations are involved with the establishment of some new walkways
and their management.

Beachlands – Maraetai Walkway

This is a coastal trail and cycle path that winds along the south-eastern coast of the Franklin region of Auckland, along the “Pohutukawa Coast”. It is about 6 kms in length and takes about 90 minutes to complete as a walk. The walk is between the settlements of Beachlands and Maraetai, both of which have fairly signficant Maori and European history.
This walk has lovely views of Auckland’s Waiheke Island and the Coromandel Peninsula, as well as views of the Hauraki Gulf.
walkway pic 2 with pohutukawa tree

. Mount William

Length: 6.7 km (3 hours each way or round trip to the summit from
either end)
Location: Between Puketutu Road, Bombay and McMillan Roads, Pokeno,
50 km south of Auckland City in the Franklin region
Classification: Walking Track (reserve section)/Tramping Track
This walk extends through pastoral land across the summit of Mount William (369 m)
and the scenic reserve. Views from the top extend from the west coast to the Firth
of Thames. The track north of Mount William is along a saddle of rolling farmland
to Puketutu trig, at a similar height to Mount William. The northern section is
closed each spring for lambing. As dates may vary annually, it pays to check with DOC in Auckland

Mt William walkway view

Some stuff about Franklin………..

Almost a year ago, I was searching for some bits to blog about, about Franklin Country/region/district and I used a little of what I have decided to re-use and re-iterate……(good word!)just ‘cos I think that it’s quite interesting really

It is fairly lengthy BUT, if you are a bit interested in history and also particularly as we once again have the V8 Supercars here on our turf, you may just feel like a read 🙂

so… we go…….
Letter Franklin –

“Franklin” was originally a rural New Zealand parliamentary electorate, which existed from 1861 to 1996 during four periods.
(Quoted from various sources such as Wikipedia) –

The original electorate from 1861 to 1881 included the South Auckland towns of Papatoetoe, Papakura, Pukekohe and Waiuku, and west of Waiuku to the West Coast. When reconstituted in 1890 the northern boundary was north of Papakura, and (with the growth of Auckland) now excluded Papatoetoe.
In December 1887, the House of Representatives voted to reduce its membership from general electorates from 91 to 70. The 1890 electoral redistribution used the same 1886 census data used for the 1887 electoral redistribution. In addition, three-member electorates were introduced in the four main centres. This resulted in a major restructuring of electorates, and Franklin was one of eight electorates to be re-created for the 1890 election
The electorate existed from 1861 to 1881 as a two-member electorate, when it was split into the Franklin North and Franklin South electorates. One of the first MP’s, Marmaduke Nixon was killed in action in 1864 whilst leading an assault on a Māori village during the Invasion of Waikato, forcing the 1864 by-election. In 1890 it was reconstituted, to 1978 and then from 1984–87, and 1993–96. From 1978 to 1984 it was renamed the Rangiriri electorate, and from 1987 to 1993 it was renamed the Maramarua electorate but in 1993 it reverted to “Franklin”. In 1996 with MMP, the area became part of the Port Waikato electorate.
The single-member electorate was first represented by Ebenezer Hamlin from 1890 to 1893. Benjamin Harris defeated the future Prime Minister William Massey in 1893, but the 1896 contest had the opposite outcome. From 1896 to 1925 Franklin was represented by the Reform Party’s Massey, known as Farmer Bill, the Prime Minister from 1912 to 1925. Ewen McLennan then held the electorate for one term before he retired, and was replaced by Massey’s son Jack.
In 1935 Franklin was won by Arthur Sexton of the Country Party. He lost the seat in 1938 to Jack Massey, now standing for the National Party, who held the seat until 1957, when he was de-selected by the National Party in favour of Alfred E. Allen. Alf Allen held the seat until 1972, and was then replaced by future National minister Bill Birch who then held the seat over the remaining three periods that the seat existed.
Franklin District is a “territorial authority” lying between the Auckland metropolitan area and Waikato Plains. It was abolished on 31 October 2010 as a formal territory and divided between Auckland Council in the Auckland Region to the north, and Waikato and Hauraki districts in the Waikato Region, to the south and east. The Auckland portion is now part of the Franklin ward, which also includes rural parts of the former Manukau City and has one Local Board and three subdivisions.

Franklin currently spans the eastern coast of the Hauraki Gulf to the western coast of the Manukau Harbour and includes the inland and coastal settlements such of the Awhitu Peninsula, Karaka, Ardmore, Clevedon, Whitford, Beachlands, Maraetai, Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point, as well as the townships of Pukekohe and Waiuku.

onionsThe fertile volcanic soil and warm moist climate supports a large horticultural and dairy farming industry. The Pukekohe long keeper onion is well known internationally.
Pukekohe has a high school, a rugby union stadium (ECOLight Stadium, home of the Counties-Manukau Steelers), horse-racing, and Pukekohe Park Raceway, our own motor sports facility. Opened in 1963, this circuit is famous for having hosted the New Zealand Grand Prix 29 times between 1963 and 2000, as well as the V8 International (a round of the V8 Supercars championship) between 2001 and 2007, before the event was moved to Hamilton, but is now back home in Pukekohe and has celebrated 50 years of motor sport in the area. A year long celebration was planned and actioned, kicking off on the 6th April 2013 with billboards, stalls and more

Lightning McQueen 2

Some of our Famous people
• Peter (Possum) Bourne, Rallycar driver
• Simon Doull, cricket representative and radio personality
• Malietoa Tanumafili II, Samoan Head of State—educated at Wesley College
• Jonah Lomu, All Black—educated at Wesley College
• Bill Birch, MP—was a long-time resident
• Leslie Comrie, astronomer and pioneer in mechanical computation
• Allan Wilson, molecular biologist—grew up in the area
• DJ Ali, hip hop music producer
• Andy Dalton, resident and All Blacks captain
• Rex Mason, mayor and MP
• Ron Wai Shing, the first Chinese New Zealander to stand for Parliament.]

With this in mind, having history and a huge area to consider in developing the region, the website (developed in 2006 –, was re-instigated by two locals.