is Auckland Council helping Franklin?

A local Franklin resident has put out some information on intended water upgrades in the area

Waikato River

Will this really help? or will it be more of a concern for the future of the area?

Watercare update Nov 2015

Local links to rugby All Black great…..

One of Franklin’s local papers ran a great story recently, about a link to this region of one of New Zealand’s All Black rugby legends .

England based Zinzan Brooke returned to the family’s former farm in Karaka, Franklin region, last week with his father Sandy, to film an episode of a documentary series. Descent from Disaster will screen on TV One later this year.

Zinny and his dad Kararka 2015

The story of Brooke’s late grandfather, Martin Brooke, will form the backbone of the episode.
The Waiuku-born 58 test No 8, admitted he knew “bugger all” about his grandfather’s time at war.
“It was probably out of respect that I did not ask him more about what it was like – I had heard stories of guys with post-traumatic experiences who did not deal with it”
His father said that stories of war never filled the Brooke household.
“The only thing he ever said was that it was the most hell of a place he had ever been in his life and he would not go near it again”
Martin Brooke was one of the first Pukekohe men to enlist in the army when it was announced New Zealand was joining the war in August 1914.
……… born in Essex, England, Martin Brooke’s outgoing, and at the time rebellious, attitude was on full display in the way he moved to New Zealand.
“When he left school he went to work in Barclays Bank. I think it lasted a week and then he said ‘The hell with this’ so he went down to the wharf and found a boat that was sailing to New Zealand and got on,” Sandy said.
“He never told his parents and he was 16 years old. The next time he saw his parents was when he was wounded in Gallipoli and shipped back to England.”
Learning his grandfathers full story was a special moment for Zinzan and one that he is determined to pass on to his children.
“A lot of guys paid the ultimate price for our freedom and I am very proud that my grandfather was part of that”

Brooke was not part of the ill-fated Gallipoli landing at Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915 but was there not long after.

“When [the landing] went badly, very soon after that, the Auckland Mounted Rifles, including Martin, got sent there.
“He was there for about four weeks when he was hit by a shell and his arm was very badly damaged.

“A shell exploded in his face and went through his shoulder, leg, and knee and shattered his left arm.

“He had a crooked arm after that and his war wounds were obvious for the rest of his life.”

That effectively ended his time at war but due to a lengthy stay in hospital, he did not return to New Zealand until August, 1916.

“He came back and eventually bought a farm in Karaka where he raised his family.
There he would marry Sybil Zinzan and have four children and 15 grandchildren, including All Blacks Zinzan and Robin Brooke.

Oh NO!! A potato shortage!!

Goodness me! Franklin is making sure that there are potatoes out there (as we usually do)…..
One of Franklin’s local papers has the (short) story of the potato shortage hitting home.

potatoes Puke grown

If it were not for Pukekohe, there would be no potatoes or carrots in New Zealand at the moment after weather conditions have resulted in a shortage of new seasons crops, according to a member of the Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association.
…crop yields have been below average because of the rough spring we have been experiencing. The below average temperatures and constant high winds have affected crops. Also the old season potatoes have run out, forcing the chip and crisps processors to use al the new season potatoes from the Franklin District. They are also not getting enough supply.Balle Bros chips
The situation highlights the need to preserve Franklin Districts frost free horticultural land.
“We are the first district in New Zealand to start planting and harvesting new seasons potatoes. Hence we are currently supplying New Zealand with fresh new season potatoes and carrots. If it were not for us, there would be no potatoes or carrots in New Zealand”!

The rich productive soils and the temperate climate favours the growing and horticulture industries. The name Pukekohe means “Hill of the Kohekohe”, New Zealand’s native mahogany. Pukekohe lies between the Auckland and Waikato regions (52 kms from Auckland and 97 kms from Hamilton). The town developed as a service town for the horticultural and agricultural industries and has now broadened into a thriving and modern community – a destination for shopping and recreation.

Pukekohe has been called the food basket of New Zealand.

Annual rainfall for Auckland is around 1142mm and annual sunshine hours are approximately 2149 hours. Parts of Pukekohe are frost-free – giving an early advantage over the rest of the country.

The local vegetable growing industry is acclaimed for its innovative growing methods. The Franklin Sustainability Project for environmental care won the prestigious Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Award in 2000. The project was initiated by the Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association to champion and promote best practice guidelines amongst the commercial vegetable growers of the area for the sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the district.

The Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association is affiliated to Horticulture New Zealand – the National Industry Body.

potatoes redcarrots

Franklin’s patch is growing!!

Well now…another brekky meeting and more info about our patch here in Franklincountry!
Happy Valley Honey

The speakers at this months business breakfast that I went along to (after being a bit held up by peak hour traffic!! Can that ever be remedied?) came from our own Happy Valley Honey. Another awesome business that we have in Franklin.
Did you know….
bee cartoon pic

Happy Valley Honey was founded in 1975 by the late Ben Rawnsley and his wife Dot.
What started off as a hobby quickly grew into a shop and office based on their farm in Mill Rd in Alfiston, South Auckland. Many of our current customers still recall visiting the farm and filled their containers with their favourite honey.

In 1990 Happy Valley commenced production of Fresh Royal Jelly; and to this day Happy Valley remain the only commercial producers of NZ Royal Jelly. Investment has been made to ensure we stay at the cutting edge of Royal Jelly production.

Royal Jelly
Royal Jelly

In 2003, Happy Valley honey was relocated to its current address in Drury when the Lipscombe family took full ownership. Happy Valley focused on setting up our honey production facility with state of the art manufacturing equipment. Production at our facilities focuses on converting bulk honey into packed honey, either for third parties or under the Happy Valley range of honey & beauty products. All Happy Valley honey products are displayed at the retail store based at 520 Great South Rd.

In 2011 the business changed shareholdings, and to this day is run by two families, the Lipscombe’s and the Harvey’s. The Lipscombes focus on Bee Enterprises, a separately run entity focusing on bee keeping and procurement of bulk honey and Bee related products for Happy Valley.

Happy Valley has a range of Honey related products including Energy bars, Lollies, Lozenges and toothpaste- have a look for yourself.

Happy Valley is the #1 producer of New Zealand Fresh Royal Jelly, believed to be the purest Royal Jelly in the world, giving unsurpassed wellbeing to everyone.
Our Fresh NZ Royal Jelly has the highest levels of 10HDA known: 3.1% – these high levels determine the quality of the product you get when buying from Happy Valley.

Royal Jelly benefits can help to assist with several health conditions:
Anemia, Arthritis, Broken or weak bones, Bladder infections, Coronary Artery disease, Depression, Diabetes, Eye Cataracts, Hormonal imbalances, High cholesterol levels, High blood pressure, Impotency, Infertility, Inflammation, Impaired memory, Immune system problems, Liver ailments, Mental exhaustion, Menopause, Panic or anxiety attacks, Parkinson’s disease, Skin blemishes, Viral & bacterial infection, Weight control, Wound healing, Weak or tired eyes, Wrinkles.

Happy Valley Honey have purchased another property locally to continue their growth into the food arena, so watch out for their next news…..

We are so lucky to have such a range of fantastic businesses in our patch, so come along and check out what we have here.

bee and flower

Another great weekend is coming…

For anyone wondering what to do this coming weekend…look no further than Franklin!!

It should be a stunner , kicking off – literally – with the CMRFU Steelers v Canterbury game (check out franklincountry.comfor details)

Countiesrugby ball

If that doesn’t take your fancy, we also have the Bride of the Year event. Always a wonderful occasion with beautiful brides capturing the magic of their special day again, and hoping to win wonderful prizes at the Pukekohe Town Hall. bride of the year wedding fresse

Stay at one of the fantastic accommodation locations in the area and head on out to the unequaled local markets on the Saturday before having your say in the National elections at one of the many voting stations set up for this, around Franklin.

If you are into cars (hot rods in particular) then head to the Indian Association Hall on Ward Street and check out the huge array of vehicles – from dragsters to trucks, with only a $10 entry fee to the hall or just browse around outside and get your fill. The 50th annivesary of one of New Zealands biggest clubs is on all weekend!! (check out our What’s on page!!)hot rod car

Sunday is another day to check out the markets if you didn’t get around to it on Saturday, or if you feel the need to go again – this time in Pokeno maybe…or head to Hampton Downs to check out New Zealand’s top drifters in action on Sunday 21 September. car drifts or even head to the Hunua’s and get into the Blackmores XTERRA Auckland Trail Run/Walk Series Hunua
Xterra fun run

Franklin locals celebrate 90 years……the circle of life!

A couple of Tuakau residents celebrated their 90th birthdays in July this year, and not everyone manages to reach this milestone!

John and Betty McKinlay arrived in Tuakau some 50 odd years ago, in the early ’60’s. They hailed from the Bay of Plenty, where John had been a school teacher at Te Puke, amongst others places.He had at one time, been the sole teacher at a central North Island timber mill town, has known deer hunting and once owned a model A car- back in “the day” Model A
John was not really a stranger to the region, as he had spent time during the war years, working on the land in Mauku during breaks from teacher training. Although he had been called up for service in the army , the “powers that be” managed to allow John and others, to continue their teaching training, as this was also an important undertaking.
The McKinlay family made the move to Tuakau so that John could take up a teaching position at the Tuakau Primary School.

The McKinlay’s and other locals who have been long time residents, have noticed a great deal of change through the years as Tuakau then, was quite a thriving town, with all of the necessary amenities to provide the area with what was needed for the farming district – Wallace Supplies, which had everything that one could ask for, from hairdressers to the grain store for animal feed, clothing and pretty much everything that the large chain stores provide these days in the larger towns. A number of dairies operated in the main street, a Woolley Bros vehcile sales, a busy Sales Yard for cattle and sheep…….
The old Northern Distributors Processing plant, first built in 1957 to serve Pukekohe, Tuakau and the surrounding areas and grew to become a 2500 square foot building holding everything for Poultry processing, was once where the Tuakau Cosmopolitan Club is now situated, the post office, with its banking and telephone exchange, now the Districts museum, the old Memorial Town Hall used to house the local pictures, the train stopping to pick up and put down passengers and so much more…….

John McKinlay not only worked at the Tuakau Primary school, but also drove the bus for Edwards Passenger Services, for the form one and two students (aged 11/12 years) who used to travel to Maramarua(a farming region with a volunteer Fire Brigade, school, Tavern and general store) to learn sewing and cooking for the girls, and woodwork for the boys.
John later went to the Tuakau College when it was built in 1975 and was dean of forms one to three, as well as continuing to teach and took retirement in the early 1980’s. He then was able to spend a bit more time playing golf at his local, Onewhero golf club and also enjoyed trips to other courses for mystery trips etc.

While John and Betty have still been able to enjoy living in Tuakau, Johns health has been starting to show signs of age – with early signs of dementia appearing to set in, but the pair still enjoy seeing their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow.

Head2head Walk

In only two weeks time, the Head2head walk is on again!

Head2headThe walk starts on the Awhitu Peninsula at the Lighthouse, and finishes on the opposite side of the Manukau Harbour at the Huia Domain. The aim of the walk relay, is to help to raise money and awareness of local causes as well as making sure all monies raised are funding the improvement of our communities.

The founder of Head2head, Paul Disckson, also says “Now, how about this walk that starts at Manukau Heads Lighthouse in a little of fourteen days? Well to begin with, it is a pleasure to announce that Collective Dairy are once again supplying goodies for each of your walkers and just this week we have had the pleasure in joining Charlies Drinks to the walk and they will be supplying you and your teams with a bottle of water (we would encourage your walkers to bring additional water to get them through a five hour walk). To have these two great companies on board, along with Hubbards Foods, the H2H event really is starting to receive fantastic local support.

We also have to say thank you (yep, lots of thanks to give today) to our new friends at EcoStore, who have been very generous in supplying their product for our event. As you may have seen on our FB page, the goodie bags now contain EcoStore product and you should all be receiving your fundraising pack very soon. Talking of fundraisers, the Hubbards Team are holding a car wash fundraiser at their premises this Saturday, details on our FB page. Also, the Fab Physios are holding a Cake Sale at Middlemore Hospital today, which I’m sure will be a great success. Please let us know if you’re having a fundraiser, as we’d love to attend and spread the word. Remember there is a sponsorship form if you need it 🙂 Plus there is now a donate button on our website front page, which that barcode thingy on our posters takes people to 🙂

As mentioned earlier in this week, we now have a fantastic T-Shirt design for this years walk. If your teams would like to buy t-shirts for the walk, confirmation of order and sizes needs to be received by end of play today (sample of T-Shirt attached). It’s a great way to show what you’re walking for and after the event you can wear them with pride!

Just a reminder about the Pre-Head2Head Walk Breakfast at Glenn Innes Primary on the 19th October, it’ll be great to see your teams their. The Head2Head Walk is a social event and not a race, so we encourage all the walkers on each leg to have fun as a group and the pre walk event will help the teams to get to know each other prior to the event.

So get your walking shoes out and get ready for an amazing day!