Franklin Primary Schools Triathlon – a great day!!

The local primary schools in and around Franklin, today held their Triathlon at Clarks Beach.

This is an event supported by local schools, Fulton Swim School, the Auckland Council, Surf Life Saving NZ, local police and many more and helps to encourage the kids from our local schools to enjoy taking part in a sport that is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing!! It also gives the kids a chance to challenge themselves in something that gets them moving and helps to create competitiveness in this area.

The event takes up to 400 school aged competitors as well as having the help and support of 500 + parents and supporters from the community.

A volunteer committee to organize and run the event is set up with all proceeds from the Triathlon being reinvested in sports in the Franklin Area.

Every child who participates is awarded with a medal, a certificate and a goodie bag for completing.

The morning proved to be fantastic weather wise and support wise. although I think that the kids may have found the sea water a wee bit cool!

All of the children did a fantastic job and it is  kudos to them and their families  efforts to make this such a great event!! 🙂

 

Franklin in photos

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

The changing face of Bledisloe Park…….

Life is an ever changing process of which the Franklin region has it’s share …..

Many of the locals already know about this and as our latest information from Council mentions the Bledisloe Park upgrade, in Pukekohe.

Bledisloe Park is a cricket and football (soccer) ground in Pukekohe, Franklin Region , New Zealand. It is named after Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe.

The first recorded cricket match held on the ground, came in December 1950 when Franklin played King Country in the 1950/51 Hawke Cup. The ground later held two first-class matches which saw Northern Districts play Auckland in the 1976/77 Shell Cup and Wellington in the 1989/90 Shell Trophy. Two List A matches have also been held here, with Northern Districts playing Auckland in the 1977/78 Gillette Cup and in the 1980/81 Shell Cup.

The old AFC clubrooms in Pukekohe have been demolished to make way for new and upgraded facilities that will be home to the Pukekohe Association Football Club and the Pukekohe-Metro Cricket Club.

According to the information :

Developments at the park include a car park extension near the Pukekohe Netball centre and a new car park to be constructed next to the existing playground.

Bledisloe Park developments
Bledisloe Park developments

Bledisloe Park work July 2015

The new multisport facility will be led by the Bledisloe Park Society. As well as leading the development, the society will be responsible to fundraise and the future running of the facility.

The Franklin Local Board has contributed around $750,000 to the project, in addition to the funding from the Lotteries Commission, Foundation North (formerly ASB Community Trust), and NZ Community Trust.

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.

Who says there’s nothing to do?……..

If anyone thinks that the school holidays are boring with nothing to do in Franklin Country, think again! Especially if you have an interest in racing, cars, trucks, markets, to name but a few.

Check out our photos and ideas here

United V8 Spectacular 2015
United V8 Spectacular 2015
Franklin Street Rodders Show & Swap meet at Mauku 2015
Franklin Street Rodders Show & Swap meet at Mauku 2015

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Frankly crafty market dates for 2015
Frankly crafty market dates for 2015
gorgeous handmade giftware at Frankly Crafty market
gorgeous handmade giftware at Frankly Crafty market

If you feel energetic, how about a bit of a run at the Waiuku Sand to Mud fun run, on Sunday 12th?Sand to mud run pic

…and look out for more things happening in our patch.
If these things don’t catch your eye, then there is always the local cinema for the latest movies (and if the weather turns to custard!)
So stay awhile at one of our fantastic accommodation providers and have an awesome weekend in Franklin Countrywhere Auckland meets the Waikato

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Manukau Heads lighthouse iconic pic Jan 2015

Lavender via Black Rabbit

Pure day spa

Kaye Maxwells Golf

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So come stay and play here in Franklin Country – there’s along weekend coming up waiting for you!!

Franklin’s Fresh Taste

Well – the time has arrived!

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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!!

200 cyclists expected in Pukekohe

A news report in one of our local Franklin papers, states that we can expect around 200 cyclists to arrive in Pukekohe for the conclusion of this years BDO cycle challenge and will see corporate teams vying for a $100,000 prize!!

The Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge is a revival of the Dulux – the ultimate cycle race back in the 1960-1980s that used to attract cyclists from around New Zealand and overseas.

The event, organised by Dynamo Events, was born out of a love of cycling by former Olympic and Commonwealth cyclist and former Dulux competitor, Stephen Cox.

Cycle through the heartland of New Zealand in the seventh annual BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge, Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 February 2015.
2015 Official Event Charity
Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

Take the simple pleasure of riding a bike, multiply it by seven days, 110km per day, 13 stages, big hills, good times and personal accomplishments, and you have a recipe for an awesome experience.

Our paper states –

BDO cycle challenge

The event is generating a whole new category of competitors as corporate teams line up to take on each other, the seven days and 13 stages of riding through heartland New Zealand.
Introduced for the first time in 2014 and attracting 11 teams, the corporate category already has 10 signed up to be on the start line on February 15th, with more in the mail …… and expecting plenty of good natured rivalry on and off the bikes during the week.
“The BDO Wellington to Auckland Challenge has established itself within the cycling community as an experience like few other events can offer, a genuine stage tour on some amazing roads.
Entries remain open online with a variety of price categories.

If you are into cycling, seeing NZ and creating new friends then this could be the thing for you…and ending up in our great little town is a bonus!!

…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

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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…and now we have SBW

sonny_bill_williams_of_counties_N2well – Franklin is able to claim Sonny Bill Williams as our own!

29 year old SBW had his first training session with the Counties Manukau team in Drury on Monday.
It was Steelers coach, Tana Umaga who coached Sonny Bill when he first made the switch to rugby union back in 2008 in Toulon, France.
SBW will begin his bid to feature at next year’s World Cup when the Steelers host Auckland in Pukekohe on Wednesday.

Auckland coach Paul Feeney has named his side to face Counties Manukau in their mid-week clash on Wednedsay at ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe.

Captain Tom McCartney and Liaki Moli are expected to return from injury to the starting line up while Hadleigh Parkes and Francis Saili will combine in the midfield for the first time since Round Two.

“Hadleigh wants an opportunity at second five-eighths and we haven’t given him too many this season. He started there against Manawatu with Francis outside him and we had a good win that day.

“We also think it’s the right time to give Francis a start again, he’ll be very motivated and we look forward to see how he and Hadleigh go,” said Feeney.

The mid-week match holds huge ramifications in the race to play offs.

“In essence it’s a quarter final,” said Feeney, with the winner of this encounter likely to take fourth spot on the premiership table.

“On top of that, it’s a local derby and all the boys know each other. We want to make sure we have the momentum heading into the semi-finals, should we get there.”

While Auckland has had the edge over their southern neighbours in recent years, no more than five points have separated the two teams in their last three matches.

“They’re very dangerous with good players across the park and on their day can beat anyone. We know they are a huge threat, especially playing at home and against us.”

The likely inclusion of Sonny Bill Williams in the Counties Manukau team adds an extra edge.

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