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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Franklin’s Fresh Taste

Well – the time has arrived!

Fish - Taste Franklin

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!!

an evening of fun in Franklin

A few nights ago, I had the great opportunity to attend a fun evening here in Franklin………

Our very own Franklin jewel – LaValla Estate, did themselves proud with a fundraising event for the Eden Christian Academy school, which is housed within the boundaries of LaValla Estate.

A great turnout arrived to hear Susie Johnson, of The Oosh Experience talk and give guidance on”Wot to Wear and Not to Wear”.
Stalls with jewellery, makeup and skin care as well as hair care where all on hand to compliment the show, along with food and wine, to ensure a fantastic time was had by all!

Oosh show

At Oosh we understand body shapes and to dress in the most flattering styles. New Zealand made and imported clothing. we give good old fashioned customer service!! We are genuine, have positive energy and good honest advice, we don’t judge and make you feel good in the skin you are in! That’s the Oosh experience!!

The evening was organised with the efforts and hard work of the staff from LaValla Estate and Eden Christian Academy. An impressive amount of just a tad under $3000 was raised to help further develop the Academy and helping to develop a playground. The Academy began with 2 kids about 18 months ago and now boasts nearly 50.

ECA is private, non-denominational Christian School catering for boys and girls from Year 1 through to Year 13, offering its students a number of curriculum assessments and qualification pathways.

Our school is located on the beautiful and peaceful LaValla Estate in 131 Dominion Road, Tuakau and you are more than welcome to contact us to arrange a visit at any time.

As you may or may not know, LaValla Estate was once a school for young men considering entering the Catholic brotherhood. I remember talk that in the beginning, the Marist school (as it was then) taught about agriculture and farming amongst other things. When I used to live across the road from the school, it was used only for functions, such as weddings, and the gymnasium was also used for local sporting activities. It later became the home of Felix Donnelly School before once again falling empty.

The Jackson family purchased the property in 2010 in a run down state and are lovingly restoring all the facilities so they can again be shared. The vision going forward is simple, to preserve the past and protect the future of LaValla as a unique location. Many people have been associated with the property through its 90 year history, many of whom still visit to reminisce about good times gone by. To preserve the history the Jacksons are busily collecting articles, photographs and the memories of former residents and are happy to share these with any guests who have an interest.

So for anyone looking for a beautiful place to get away, hold a function or wedding, you can’t go past LaValla Estate, right here on our doorstep in Franklin!! ….and they have their own Chapel Theatre where the likes of well known local singer, Dennis Marsh, perform.
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Famous in Franklin…….St Brides church

Franklin‘s settlement of Mauku, which lies about 10km north-west of our main town, Pukekohe, is an area that boasts one of our lovely old churches – St Brides.
St Brides church Mauku modern

The church is a popular wedding venue, but began it’s life in the mid 1800’s –

The Church of St. Bride’s is of an eye-pleasing design that belongs to many of the churches planted by the pioneers, whose first care, after establishing their homes, was to set up a place of worship in their midst. Built of totara, its shingled roof dark with age, its spire lifting above the tree-tops, it stands picture-like on a green knoll in the midst of its little churchyard. Walk round its walls and count the rifle loopholes in its sides—narrow slits that remined one that the place was once a fort as well as a church. There are fifty-four of those rifle-slits, now neatly plugged with timber or covered with tin and painted over. The cruciform design of the building exactly lent itself to fortification, and gave the defenders the necessary flanking bastions. When the Mauku men erected their stockade of split logs, small whole tree-trunks and heavy slabs, 10 feet high, they planted the timbers alongside one another close up against the walls of the buildings. The openings for rifle-fire were cut through walls and stockade; the garrison therefore could point their long Enfields through the double defence. These loopholes, at regular intervals all round the church, at about 5 feet from the floor, are 9 inches in length vertically by about 3 inches in width; the cuts in the palisade were necessarily a little wider to give the rifles play.

The area, like much of New Zealand, has it’s own local history and

Even before the Waikato War, Mauku, first settled in 1856, was a fairly-well-peopled locality, when the site of the present Town of Pukekohe was still a forest of puriri and rimu.

sooooo…just a little more of interest right here in Franklin!! ….. our patch and your destination St Brides original church Mauku