Flag battle in Franklin….

The flag debate has made headlines in Franklin!

One of our local papers has this story to tell………..

Franklin RSA flag story Dec 2015

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is Auckland Council helping Franklin?

A local Franklin resident has put out some information on intended water upgrades in the area

Waikato River

Will this really help? or will it be more of a concern for the future of the area?

Watercare update Nov 2015

Locals are NOT happy – Auckland may need to rethink.??…….


cropped-p1000303.jpgGenerally, Franklin is a great place to be……Kaye Maxwells Golf
cute calf

We have so much that is great here.

The  chance for a very good lifestyle, towns and rural regions conveniently located, lovely shopping, cafes, accommodation, beaches and so much more……………….

but……………………the locals are once again, feeling the effects of big brother – Auckland.

One of our local papers has some unhappy letters to the editor in response to  the train service that isn’t……..

Let’s just hope that someone can take notice of the local ratepayers and constituents!

Letters to Ed FCN July 2015


Franklin letter to ed July 2015

…and the history continues in Franklin…..

Further to my blog about marking our history in Franklin, (as we are in the years of having notable historical events to recount), is a little info about connections to possibly one of the most famous kiwi warships, HMS Archilles – being the first NZ unit to engage the enemy in WWII.

A movie was made about the Archilles part in the war – this 1956 poster advertising the movie – river-plate-movie-poster

When the cruiser HMS Achilles opened fire on the German ‘pocket battleship’ Admiral Graf Spee in the South Atlantic, at 6.21 a.m. on 13 December 1939, it became the first New Zealand unit to strike a blow at the enemy in the Second World War. With the New Zealand ensign flying proudly from its mainmast – as battle loomed, a signalman had run aft with the ensign shouting ‘Make way for the Digger flag!’ – Achilles also became the first New Zealand warship to take part in a naval battle.

The 82-minute engagement between the Graf Spee and its three smaller British opponents – Achilles, Ajax and Exeter – was inconclusive. All four were damaged, with the British ships suffering 72 fatalities (among them two New Zealanders) to the Graf Spee’s 36. But the German warship’s subsequent withdrawal to the neutral Uruguayan port of Montevideo, and its dramatic scuttling by its own crew on 17 December, turned the Battle of the River Plate into a major British victory – and a welcome morale boost for the Allied cause.

Achilles’ role in the battle was a special source of pride for New Zealanders, who welcomed the ship’s crew home at huge parades in Auckland and Wellington in early 1940.

Archilles article Jan 2015

Archilles links wanted

The original Admirals Barge that was aboard the Archilles, was found on Waiheke Island and a Waiuku local managed to purchase the barge for restoration.
Franklin, as with other parts of the country and the world, has it’s share of history – albeit, younger than overseas, but history none-the-less! and here we have descendants of crew who served on the Archilles, as I can personally vouch for.

…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

a sad day to celebrate….

Franklin‘s rural town of Tuakau will tomorrow (8th October) become full to bursting!

Ewen GilmourWell known comedian, Ewen Gilmour had been based at Port Waikato since 2006, and sadly passed away at his home on Friday morning.

Ewen appeared on many TV shows and was very popular with people from all walks of life. As a resident of Port Waikato, Ewen was always willing to lend a hand and always had the interests of the Port at heart.
Ewen was a marriage celebrant, comedian and chairman of the Onewhero-Tuakau Community Board. He was very committed to the community and did a lot for clubs trying to raise funds.

Ewen Gilmour has been remembered as a comedic legend and “one of the nicest guys on the planet” by the entertainment industry.

soo… This Wednesday at Midday at the Tuakau Town Hall, George Street, the funeral for Ewen Gilmour will take place at midday.

everyone welcome…..

No drinks are being served at the funeral but Tuakau Cossie club is open as is the Tuakau hotel.

Expect traffic issues around town during the funeral…. Parking at the sale yards will be available.

Farewell to a great guy. R .I. P

Pukekohe (and Franklin) Growth…..

Franklin’s main town of Pukekohe is showing the signs of major growth!
GVR engine

Pukekohe, and the surrounding region within Franklin, is growing!! as if we didn’t already know, and as far as the local train station goes, the local public transport area is NOT growing as well, or as rapidly as the district would like and needs to, to accommodate the population explosion on our doorstep!

At the present time, Auckland Transport are not able to help with any inquiries, which would give the assumption that, really, not a lot IS happening, and according to local councillor Bill Cashmore, “this longer term planning needs to be aligned with the Franklin Long Term Plan”
We can all agree that careful thought is required so that the job is done properly to move the population to where it needs to be without clogging the roads more than necessary. Most of us can relate to the peak hour traffic chaos!
Info from one of our local media, show that:

in 2011, Pukekohe and surrounding villages had a population of 23,500. By 2021 that number is expected to reach 35,100, and by 2031, to over 52,000. In 30 years (2041) there will be over 78,000 of us, which is about six times the population back in 1981 (of 13,200).
When we consider that the Pukekohe-Papakura highway is largely unchanged, (save a few passing lanes) for over four decades, something has to give soon.

Franklin SH1

Also from the local media info : –

In 2011 there were 19,700 local jobs. By 2021 there will be 25,900, and this will grow by roughly another 10,000 for each of the next two decades. ……..
The Rail network from Pukekohe to Papakura, said Bill Cashmore, is a central government asset and talk about its electrification…..would need to be a joint Auckland Council/government project.
The government has said no to electrification for the immediate future.
Some comparative growth figures at two of Auckland’s rail stations confirm the growing popularity of a rail system.
Pukekohe Station daily passengers2003 – 74; 2007 – 218; 2011 – 1052… a growth rate of 1322% in 8 years. This represents the highest growth in the Auckland system…..
Even with the local growth in rail travel, still a number of Pukekohe people choose to drive to Papakura to catch the train from there. The attraction being the manned security of the park and ride

( and I feel a more regular number of departures and arrivals)
modern train