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.
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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

Gypsy Travellers market 2015markets pic

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

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

All over for another year!

Well…that’s it for this year!
and as the Sunday Star Times said ” Mighty Murph does it again”


v8-podium-pic.jpgFranklin’s Pukekohe Park Raceway has, once again, been the home of the V8 Supercars racing over the ANZAC weekend, and what a weekend it was!

After a cooler ANZAC day start, the sun came out for Saturday and Sunday to give the crowd some fantastic viewing moments – such as Jason Bright heading into the wall at turn four, (not so good for Jason, but all adding to the excitement!) as well as some great passing moves on the track, by the likes of Shane van Gisbergen, and in the V8 Supertourers race, Aucklander, Simon Evans passing moves as well as Ant Pedersens attempt at passing Greg Murphy, only to end up hitting another car – Simon Evans!

With more than 125,000 people coming in to Pukekohe to spend the weekend at the V8 racing, the region can be proud of the way things went.
Obviously many people and businesses had a huge hand in the proceedings, with Franklin’s sub area commander of Police, Rob Honan, commenting (see the May 1 Franklin County News Paper)”

I would like to thank the people of Franklin for being great hosts……….it went without a hitch”

So fantastically well done Franklin and the visitors who came to our patch :)!!

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

Lightning McQueen 2

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.