Author: Emma Sharplin

High tea for Cora

After living on the Awhitu Peninsula for nearly 60 years, Cora Brooking is making the move to Possum Bourne Retirement Village later this month. On Saturday 11 March, a high tea was organised for Cora at the Matakawau Hall to celebrate her achievements on the Peninsula. All of the community groups that she helped were brought together to say thanks and farewell. Former Franklin Mayor, Mark Ball was a guest speaker. His mother trained with Cora as a nurse in the early 1950s. “When you think of the word philanthropic, Bill Gates comes to mind. However, we have one...

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Is Council moving?

Over the last two weeks, the Post Newspaper has received reports and concerns from members of the community, asking if the rumours about the Franklin Local Board moving out of the area were true. Both the Local Board Deputy Chairman, Andy Baker, and Deputy Mayor, Bill Cashmore, confirmed that the Franklin Local Board will remain Pukekohe based. Local Board Chair, Angela Fulljames, is yet to respond. Minutes after their response last week, The Post received another query from a reader, who stated they had been told by Council staff that the premises, located at 82 Manukau Road, Pukekohe, is...

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Rising sports stars recognised

By Emma Sharplin – emma@thepost.nz After a year hiatus, the Franklin Junior Sports awards returned for 2017, showcasing some exceptionally talented youth from the area. Held at the recently opened Bledisloe Park Sports Centre in Pukekohe on Thursday 16 March, the event  recognised the effort and achievement of young people in the local community who dedicate their time to, either pursue their own sporting dreams, or to assist others in theirs. Due to funding being diverted into greater Auckland initiatives, Counties Manukau Sport were able to bring back these iconic awards, which had been running in the community for...

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Proposed rate increase set to hurt local hospitality

Franklin businesses based in the hospitality industry are being encouraged to have their say on new 'accommodation tax' that Auckland Council are wanting to impose through the Annual Budget plan. The council currently spends $27.8 million on visitor attraction and major events funded by general rates from Auckland ratepayers. At present all ratepayers contribute around two per cent of their rates to fund this expenditure. The council proposes to free up this general rate by funding visitor attraction and major events with a targeted rate on accommodation providers. It has been suggested that by imposing this tax, the ratepayer funding that is freed up will be available for new infrastructure investments, including transport infrastructure projects. However, in Franklin, questions have been raised as to how much the current ATEED promotional funding actually benefits local business, and whether the new tax is going to be more detrimental on affordability for businesses. "The connection between who is paying the rate and who is receiving the benefits is also questionable. Auckland commercial accommodation providers enjoy only 10% of the Auckland visitor spend. The other 90% is spread across food and beverage, passenger transport, cultural, recreational and gambling, tourism and retail. Also, it does not take into account accommodation providers like AirBnB, Bookabach etc, who benefit from the visitor economy but are not included in the targeted rate," says Rachael Shadbolt, GM Accommodation...

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Raising awareness about Grandparents raising Grandchildren

While most grandparents should be enjoying their retirement, over 6000 of them are currently raising their grandchildren. From Monday 20 March until Saturday 26 March, is Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Awareness Week. This allows the not for profit organisation, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust New Zealand, let families know that there is a charity accessible to them that provides nationwide support services specially dedicated to the cause. In Franklin alone, there are currently 133 grandparent families registered with the charity, who are raising 243 grandchildren. However, Waiuku Coordinator for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Luana Misa, believes that there are far more families...

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Future of Blast to the Past in jepoardy

For the last five years, Waiuku has been home to the iconic Blast to the Past event, one of the largest free firework displays in the area. However, unless sponsorship is found for this event, the Waiuku Business and Development Association will be unable to run it this year. After the recent overhaul of the town's security camera network, and the installation of 37 CCTV cameras, the WB&DA are unable to subsidise the event this year, which costs the them around $24,000 to host the not for profit event. "This event attracts thousands people from around and outside the...

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