our Iconic Bridge – to Somewhere…..

As per one of our local magazines new article, the iconic Tuakau Bridge is  definitely taking us places…..

Tuakau Bridge Story 2016

Waiting for perfection….

Mercer cheese story April 2016

A story in our local paper tells of our local cheese maker, Albert Alferink, who owns and runs Mercer Cheese along with his wife.

Some years ago, a news item and video were broadcast telling of Albert and his award winning cheeses.

The Mercer Cheese store was opened in 1981, and Albert will be able to celebrate his more than 35 years in business.

If you are heading south from our area, toward Hamilton then, check out the business hours and pay a visit to try some wonderful cheeses!!

 

 

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

Getting noticed…….??

Franklin’s northern Waikato region of Tuakau, is talking, among other things, about a local information centre.

Tuakau's promotion
Tuakau’s promotion

The idea of an information centre in Tuakau has been floated, off and on, for many years now, but it will need  the support and communication of local businesses, groups and other entities.

The community and businesses will need to discuss where and what they want for the area,  for this to come to fruition for the benefit of not only Tuakau, but the wider region. There will be questions to look at and answer – Is it best to continue along the current path of many businesses working to promote themselves on a slightly more individual basis, either through Waikato and/or Franklin as a whole? Should all of the regions businesses and tourism interested groups, all communicate to make one over-arching place with whom to work as a Southern Auckland/Northern Waikato region??

Many areas will have been through similar procedures when trying to get the best for their areas.

Maybe the issue here though, is how to deal with promotion and “getting noticed” since the “Franklin” region became split, with the Supercity structure officially putting Franklin’s southern areas into the Waikato.

Much food for thought!

Tuakau of olden times
Tuakau of olden times
a more modern Tuakau
a more modern Tuakau

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

Entertainment in Franklin

 Franklin , is a place where we have such a lot of entertainment of all sorts to suit many different tastes

Our own local entertainer, Dennis Marsh and his lovely wife, Yvonne, have a number of friends in the entertainment business. With these connections, Dennis and the team at Tuakau’s La Valla Estate, are able to bring shows to the district on a more personal level.

Larry Morris Band 2The latest show – Larry Morris and the LMB band, was a great evenings entertainment, with songs from the distant past as well as some more up to date numbers.
I don’t know how many will remember Larry’s Rebels or their songs, but in their day,
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Universally accepted as a NZ Rock Legend, introduced by former Prime Minister Helen Clark as a true Kiwi Music Icon, Larry’s 45 year singing career has helped shape Kiwi music.

In October 2008 Larry recieved the Variety Artists Club Lifetime Achievement Award, the Scroll of Honour, a prestigious award bestowed on him by his peers.

Larry began singing professionally as a teenager (17) topping the charts with Larry’s Rebels. The band had more consecutive hit records (11) than any other act of that era, before Larry departed. Top Ten hits – This Empty Place, Long Ago Far Away, I Feel Good, Everybody’s Girl, Do What You Gotta Do, It’s Not True, Painter Man, Moreen, & Let’s Think Of Something – became part of Aoteroa’s music landscape.

Shotgun were another great New Zealand band that Larry put together in 1978. Two hit singles were produced, A Taste Of The Devil & Rain (a remake of the Uriah Heep song written by bass player Gary Thain.) Unfortunately Shotgun never recorded a full album although individual songs were recorded at Mascot Studios in Charlotte Street, Mt.Eden.

In 1981 Larry formed his first Larry Morris Band and became resident at Auckland’s Foundry Night Club packing the place for almost two years. Larry continues today with the powerful LMB.

He’s toured Australia the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe, wowing crowds in many famous venues.

Larry has toured and supported some of the all-time greats of music and song:

Roy Orbison
David Bowie
Tom Jones
Jimmy Page
The Who
Chuck Berry
Bo Diddley
Fleetwood Mac
The Yardbirds
Max Merrit & The Meteors
Herman’s Hermits
The Small Faces
America
Olivia Newton-John
John Farnham
Glenn Shorrock
The Walker Brothers
Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick & Titch
The Easybeats
Renee Geyer
Manfred Mann
Billy Thorpe
Brian Cadd
among others;

Locally, Larry has performed with Tommy Adderley, Gray Bartlett, Chris Fox, Mike Walker, Wiremu Karatiana, Frank Gibson Jnr, Les Still, Roger Sellers, Brian Smith, Martin Winch, Carl Doy, Merv Thomas, Bernie Allen, Wayne Senior, Murray Tanner, NZSO, Auckland Phillharmonic, Dalvanius Prime, Lou Pryme, Max Cryer, Dave Dobbyn, Tommy Ferguson, The Brew, Alan Wade, Jim Ford, The Dallas Four, Dody Potter, John Kristian, The NZ Party Boys, Rob Paterson, Richard Anaru, Ernie Semu, Mickey Ututaonga, Marc Hunter, Mark Williams, Suzanne Lynch, Annie Crummer, Steve Gilpin, Johnny Devlin, Howard Morrison, Ray Columbus, Shane, John Rowles, Margaret Urlich, Tom Sharplin, Ritchie Pickett, Steve Larkins, DerynTrainer, Dan Morley, Leyton Greening, Michael Tan, Gordon Joll, Ian Jeffries, Paul Voight, Jimmy Hill, Chet O’Connell, Brendon Ham, Joseph Anderson, Inga Cossey, Taisha, Tina Cross, Craig Scott, Bunny Walters, Gabriel Karcagi, Marina Danilova, Robyn Alexander, Edwina Thorne, Tuhi Timoti, Tich Walsh, Bruce & Dean Kerr, Rusty Greaves, Bruce Greaves, Kevin Greaves,
The Waltons, Brian Hatcher, Pete MacGregor, Rufus Rehu, Johnny Watson and many more.

Franklin Taste at Karaka…..

Today the Franklin Taste show was on at the Karaka Sports Grounds, with a pretty good turnout, and apparently Mayor Len Brown arrived, not sure where he was, but it was mentioned that he WAS there (maybe that bit will show on telly tonight?)

Franklin Taste 2015 Balle  (14)So, although not all of the stands were foodie stands, there was quite a mix of mainly local Franklin stands, and here are a few photos to get a “Taste” of what was on show.
Along with our own Balle family’s “Chip off the old Block” yummy potato chips,

Chip Off The Old Block potato chips are only ever made with Balle family grown and supplied potatoes which the chip makers then only ever cook in sunflower oil and then only ever sprinkle with natural seasonings. When they’re Flat Cut Chips they’re sliced thick with their skins on and when they’re Kettle Chips they’re cooked slow and long in batches for a bigger crunch.

we also had Sonja’s Taste of Austria stand (based in Tuakau) with some delicious sweet “Cremeschnitten” – Franklin Taste 2015 cremeschnitten from Sonjas taste of Austria

Tuakau Hotel, Awaroa Vineyard and Cottage, Mercer Cheese
and more had a presence along with delicious cold pressed juice from Soul Organics, rich in nutrients and tasty too, bringing their product to the Auckland market. I am NOT much of a veggie eater particularly, but the “Detox Dude” organic, carrot, apple and lime drink was very delicious. It is packed with vitamins A, K and potassium and is a great source of energy for the body. My friend tried the “Energiser Bunny” – organic carrot, beetroot, apple and spray free ginger, and was impressed by this mix too! – amazing for heart health and a great source of nitrates with anti inflammatory properties. Look out for this brand in our region!

In the non foodies range, Glenbrook Lavender Oil Co had a range of beautiful smelling lavender soaps, along with shampoo, conditioner

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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!!