Franklin in photos

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

Franklin………our changing face

Franklin – our wee patch of NZ, like many others I guess, is ever changing, as the years move on…….

Pokeno of yesteryear
Pokeno of yesteryear

Just one instance is –

Pokeno, our neighbour down the road in the Northern Waikato part of Franklin, has been through many changes over the years – going from a fairly busy village as per our photo, to an area by-passed by the modernisation of the highway/motorway and now back again towards being a busy town with it’s new and increasing housing areas.

The town also has Yasihili, the new Infant Formula Factory, being built. It will  be interesting to see how this helps to build the region with employment, visitors and growth in general!

Yashili is part of a major group that leads the dairy market in China. To help us achieve our preeminent position there, we have been a longstanding importer of New Zealand milk powder. Now we are taking that one step further – we are not just sourcing our milk powder here; we are producing our finished goods here. Our $200 million investment in Pokeno focuses on the development and construction of a 30,000m2 manufacturing plant. Our annual production capacity of around 52,000 tonnes of infant formula products will supply the rapidly growing and increasingly demanding Chinese market.
To help us achieve our potential in New Zealand we are looking for the brightest and best people in dairy manufacturing to come on board with us. We have job opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain and quality management. Come and join us and be part of our team that is putting Kiwi expertise on the world’s stage.

Yashili is one of the “big three” producers of infant milk formula for the domestic market in China. Our two leading brands, Yashily and Scient, and the more recently introduced Merla brand account for more than 80 per cent of Yashili Group’s total business. Yashili is also one of the leading suppliers of soymilk powder, cereal, rice flour and milk powder for adults and teenager to the Chinese market. Our products are sold in just over 105,000 retail outlets in China. In July 2012, we were named among the top 500 Most Valuable Brands in China for the ninth consecutive year. Yashili Group employs over 5000 people and reported an annual turnover in 2011 of NZ$566 million. We are publicly listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In June 2013, China Mengniu Diary Company announced plans to acquire Yashili Group. Mengniu, China’s largest producer of liquid milk products, is part owned by China’s state-backed agricultural and food industry supplier COFCO.

Building Future Capacity
China’s infant formula market is expected to grow to NZ$32 billion by 2017, according to Euromonitor data. The increasing demand for infant milk formula is being driven by families shifting from rural locations to the cities, a stable birth rate, more mothers going out to work, and increases in disposable income. The challenge for Yashili and other manufacturers is to keep pace with demand while maintaining a high level of quality control. That’s why we have looked to New Zealand and its internationally recognised expertise in the manufacture of quality milk powder to build our newest dairy processing. Yashili already promotes the high quality of New Zealand-sourced milk content in our premium brands.  We have imported milk powder from New Zealand for over 10 years and we have used New Zealand milk powder exclusively in our infant milk formula since August 2010. Now we are adding further value to our product with Kiwi manufacturing expertise, and the support of the country’s skilled labour force.

…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 !!

pohutukawa beach pic

Franklin – where Auckland meets the Waikato!!

I attended a(nother) meeting the other day and began to wonder about Franklin

Clarks BeachShould we just leave it to Auckland to take care of, as most of our region IS in the greater Auckland area – aka the Super City, and the rest to the Waikato/Hamilton, as there is the tail end of OUR patch that sits in the Waikato?
After listening to the speakers at the meeting, I really began to feel that Franklin IS the gateway that links the two regions!!

Anyone travelling by car will be going through the very centre of the Franklin region.
Sure….Auckland has, well, what Auckland has as does Hamilton and the Waikato – and what they DO have is not to be sneezed at. There are some wonderful attractions…..and here WE sit – smack in the middle, with our very own slice of paradise.
Port Waikato beachWe have beaches (ok – it’s now winter, so a tad cool for swimming, but awesome to wander along and watch the wild surf on the west coast or take in the calm seas on the east coast),
Nikau Cave we have our very own glow-worm cave, we have the wonderful Pukekohe Park Raceway – which is not only home to the V8 supercars again, but also for horse racing and events, we are also one of the venues for New Zealand’s largest antique and collectables fairs, we have the War birds D day open day display, we have international sporting events, a range of great golf courses to try your hand at, some amazing shopping and cafes/restaurants to name a few!
Kaye Maxwells Golf

Franklin is a GREAT place to come and take a stop and if you are heading north or south, we can give you that relaxation time before hitting the road again for your onward travels.
We ARE a destination that links Auckland and the Waikato! so come and visit, if you haven’t already and if you have – then why not come back and have a winter weekend with some of the awesome accommodation providers that we have here.
bersanti day spa Have some pampering at one of our fantastic spa’s before heading off on your journey to your next destination, or heading back to work! Pure day spa
This weekend is your last chance for the season, to go for a steam train ride at Glenbrook’s ever popular Vintage Railway but you can always come visit and see the station and have a picnic if the weather is favourable!GVR engine

Around the region

2013-v8s.pnga bit of a follow-up from the V8 weekend from ATEED and more
After a V8 Supercars follow-up meeting with local business operators and ATEED’s Events and Design manager, some points came up from the recent event held in the Franklin regions town of Pukekohe
It was noted that more than 128,000 people went through the gates at the Race track (as mentioned previously in another blog about the event), but not only was this a great number of visitors, it was also the 2nd most popular V8 event in Pukekohe – with the most popular having been the V8 race held in 2007 in Pukekohe.
Next year the region may have to look at how to attract our V8 fans to stay and play a bit longer right here – visit some of our local attractions as well as perhaps holding a few other events to make the most of the time spent here!
Now we are looking at the next big event of the IRB Junior World Champs (as posted yesterday)
We’ve had, and continue to have, a huge number of events in the area – big and small!IRB Junior Champs trophy

Along with some of the IRB pool games, we have the annual Antique and Collectables Fair coming up! This is New Zealand biggest fair and has some wonderful items of memorabilia, furniture and so much more on display to buy and admire, so if you just love antiques (and no!! not the husband or wife!! 🙂 ) then you really do need to come along and see what you can get your hands on!( check out the details here, also)
antiques

This could be a great weekend to get away from the cities and come to Franklin – our patch. We are only a short trip up or down the highway, so NO EXCUSE!
We have another historical moment a’happening too, at Matakawau – a milestone of sixty years is being celebrated for the Matakawau Church of the Holy Rosary, on Sunday 25th May.

The following weekend, Queens Birthday weekend, if you are keen on flying and war bird shows, then a visit to Ardmore is a MUST!
Queens birthday weekend is also the last chance for the season to have a steam train ride on the ever popular Glenbrook Vintage Railways steam train – open all weekend, Saturday to Monday.

old plane

With all of the action in the region, you just may want to linger longer – so check out our accommodation options and get in touch! We will take good care of you wherever you are from and wherever you are planning on heading to next! So – What are you waiting for 🙂 ??

Tuakau Hotel pic Touchwood

Well done Franklin!!

Well, it looks like Franklin Country has come up trumps again! – with the Waiuku Steel ‘n Wheels Day on the 11th May

Waiuku Steel n Wheels 2014According to the local paper, The Post, an estimated 20,000 people surged in to the town of Waiuku on Sunday 11th May, to see the Steel ‘n Wheels displays.
There were around 300 machinery attractions and vehicles on display as well as a number of stalls from local businesses.
The Glenbrook Vintage Railway added to the enjoyment of the day by taking around 800 people to the event.
There were classic cars, vintage cars, dragsters and live bands, to name just a few things on show.
The festival was bigger and better than last year, so look out for next years event – right here in Franklin!!
waiuku steel n wheels 2014 2

Franklin’s busy few weeks plus….

So – it’s been a pretty crazy few weeks or so with various things happening in the Franklin region (as previously blogged!)
targa-race-puke-2014
We’ve had the ever popular car enthusiasts Swap Meet, the Targa race, and a wee while ago, a get to gether at the Mercer Airport – yes that’s right, Mercer Airport.

Thanks to some of the local property owners/developers, Neil and Dee, Mercer now has what used to be the “Auto Dome Motorcourt” building as it’s airport headquarters. A few weeks back they hosted

Members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) who landed 38 light aircraft at Mercer Airport recently and spent the night at the airport, dining at the Tuakau Hotel. The airmen and their spouses had spent the week flying around the North Island

Mercer Airport 2014
Mercer Airport 2

Over this weekend just gone, (1st and 2nd March) the swap meet and the Targa race were on the agenda – and what a great weekend for them both too!
Swap Meet 1 2014
Some fantastic classic cars were on show at the Meet!
swap meet classic cars 2014

So keep an eye on Franklin to see what is happening here soon…….
(And a special thanks to our wonderful Rex for the photos!!)