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.

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An interesting morning..

I attended a breakfast meeting this morning – nothing too startling about that really..
BPP pic
The meeting was held at the Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura and the speaker was Mr Bruce Pulman.
Bruce has led a busy life by the sounds of things, and is a tribute to what you can do when you have a passion, and commitment to something that you feel strongly about!
Bruce was born in Tuakau in 1943 and was schooled at Pukekohe High .
He went on the work at Otahuhu and, after some years, felt that he didn’t want to work for others, so set about starting his own business, one of which is HEB Contractors Ltd. Bruce had been a customer of HEB Construction Ltd, and in 1980, went into partnership with one of the men who ran HEB Construction. Within a year, the Pulman family had gained full ownership of the company.

The belief of Bruce and his companies is ” It is about people, both internal and external clients, being humble and looking after each other. It is about serving people, our mates, our clients and our suppliers with a smile.”
Bruce is a community minded gentle man, who has helped his community in many ways, including giving back to the community by helping youth in sport, which is one of the reasons that he began the Bruce Pulman Park.
A quote from the Parks website is that the park is “

A new concept in sports, recreational and leisure amenities geared towards community excellence at all levels.

A World Class sports grounds & indoor facilities in 64 hectares of spacious park surroundings”

” and their Mission Statement is “For all people in the Counties Manukau region to have access to the highest quality passive, recreational and competitive sports facilities and to improve the general fitness, wellbeing and pride of all its people”

Bruce Pulman Park Gym CentreCheck out the Parks website and discover just what is on offer to the community of Counties/Franklin

Bruce began life as one of four children to hardworking farming parents (although Bruce says that his father became a horse trainer – no money in that) and has gone on to become a businessman whose companies employ many people (HEB began with only around 8 people and now employ over 700)and a person committed to helping others by ensuring that his companies ” work responsibly and respectfully to ensure that we achieve a positive long-term legacy through our projects, but we also support communities…”