Franklin’s Fresh Taste

Well – the time has arrived!

Fish - Taste Franklin

Franklin‘s very own special Taste Fest is on here at Karaka on Saturday 21st March. It should be a great experience.
Some info about the show from one of our local papers –
Franklin Taste Festival March 21, 2015

Come stay and play at our place in Franklin for a great getaway!!

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Autumn is here – and no slowing down!!

P1000532 Autumn is officially upon us but that doesn’t slow things down here in Franklin Country – a region also known as Auckland’s Southern playground – where Auckland meets the Waikato!!

For those car and vintage vehicle enthusiasts, Franklin’s main town of Pukekohe is home again to the ever popular Swap Meet, where all things vehicle related should be able to be found – whether in the original state or a reproduction, there should be something there and very likely all manner of other items too. Should be THE place to be!!
Model A

Bombay 150th poster

Following on from that, over the next weekend, is the celebration of Franklin’s Bombay area. Another part of our district will be having a ball showcasing the 150 years of Bombay,

March 14th 2015
Bombay Family Festival, open to all, no entry charge.
10am to 3pm in the Bombay School grounds.
Farmers market, bouncy castle, Clydesdale cart rides, unicycles, tractor displays, face painting, historical displays and refreshments.

Bombay the shipBook sales: ‘They came by ship’ the history of the first 100 years of the district, and ‘Bombay, the next 50yrs’ telling the stories of the families, clubs, farms and businesses of Bombay between 1965 and 2015.
This Family Fun day is being held as part of Bombay’s 150th Anniversary Weekend, so come along dressed up 1860’s style and you may win a prize.

Should be a great weekend for all –

FRIDAY
Mix & Mingle
Venue: Bombay Rugby Club
Time: Evening
SATURDAY
Fun Run & Family Festival
Venue: Bombay School
The Pioneers Settlers Fun Run will start the day with a festival atmosphere growing as we celebrate success of fun run entrants. We envision games, food and fun activities for the whole family! Local Stalls/Farmers Market, Athletics, Old School Races (Egg & Spoon, Sack Races), Ethnic Foods, Vintage Tractors, Photobooths, Displays, Olden day Dressups/Photos, Facepainting. Ideas and input welcome!
SATURDAY NIGHT
Dinner & Guest Speaker
Venue: Bombay School Hall
SUNDAY
Church Service
Historical Bus Tour/Scavenger Hunt
With the help of local/school families, we would love to put together an ‘Amazing Race’ type challenge for families/teams to be a part of. This could be a really exciting way for us all to learn about our wider community and what it was like in years gone by.

……but wait – there’s more!!
If you haven’t already decided to book some accommodation and enjoy a great few weeks, this may help you to decide ……
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we have our very own Taste Franklin happening, This should be an amazing event showcasing the wonderful food that we produce right here on the edge of Auckland!
Fish - Taste Franklin

Us locals know that we live in an area that grows, produces, cooks, carves up, bakes and ferments some of the very best stuff that we consume here in Godzone yet do you always buy locally? What about people moving into the area – do they know what’s available? Do you know about cheesemakers, butchers, growers, breadmakers, fishermen, winemakers and brewers plus so many other culinary magicians that are found around the corner, a few streets down, or a short drive away (we are semi-rural after all)..

Check out the newsbeat piece here about this event.

So if you hadn’t considered Franklin – (where Auckland meets the Waikato) before now, this IS the time to get on over to our patch and celebrate – history, our own home-grown everything and so much more

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!!

green 2015
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

Splore pic
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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‘Tis the festive Season

green_christmas_baubles_192901Well….here it is! That time of year when the kids have put in their requests to Santa and the thoughts of holidays, sun and relaxation are paramount in the minds of many.

So have a safe and Happy Christmas – maybe some time to reflect on the year gone by and the new one coming, a wonderful New Year and be kind to one another.

A Christmas wish for all - be Happy, Healthy and at Peace with yourself and the world.
A Christmas wish for all – be Happy, Healthy and at Peace with yourself and the world.

Franklin – getting out there!

How awesome is Franklin region – a unique part of the greater Auckland super city!!??

Cafe PalazzoA couple of our local eateries have had articles written about them and they are justly deserved.
We sure do have a bunch of really great places to dine (among other things) – the Red Shed Palazzo is one. I can definitely recommend this family friendly place to go to at whatever time of day is needed.

Another great foody place, in the heart of Franklin’s main town of Pukekohe, is The Monarch Café and Restaurant and along with offering yummy whitebait fritters in the season, they also had a piece written in the NZ Herald review from Saturday 4th October. I would urge everyone to read both and then get on over to check them out for yourselves!!
…and while you are in the area, check yourselves into one of the fantastic accommodation providers for a great stay with our own Franklin hospitality and friendliness. 🙂

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…..here 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

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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 – www.franklincountry.com), was re-instigated by two locals.