Politics

Ombudsman investigating councillors claims

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is now conducting a formal investigation into two complaints from Auckland Councillors about the release of the central city stadium information. The investigation comes following a letter penned to Mayor Phil Goff by several of his councillors. Nine Councillors including Daniel Newman of the Papakura-Manurewa Ward signed the letter which raised concerns about Phil Goff’s leadership […]

Mayor responds to ‘dissatisfied’ councillors

After a letter was penned by nine councillors to Mayor Phil Goff regarding his leadership style and their ‘strong dissatisfaction’, earlier this week, he has since responded. Nine Councillors including Daniel Newman of the Papakura-Manurewa Ward signed the letter which raised concerns about Phil Goff’s leadership style and expressed formally their concerns around the report into a proposed downtown stadium. […]

The first woman to operate and own a newspaper in New Zealand

When thinking of women’s suffrage the image which often spring to mind is of supporters chaining themselves to railings, throwing themselves in front of race horses or staging hunger strikes. But the attractive likeness of Kate Sheppard which has graced our $10 note since 1991, doesn’t give that impression. In fact, her weapons of choice were logic and reason. The […]

$16 million Pukekohe Station upgrade opens

Public transport for the people of Franklin has taken a major step forward with the opening of the upgraded Pukekohe Station. Today the new bus and train facilities were opened by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff alongside the Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford. Mayor Goff says, “This $16.2 million upgrade is part of Auckland Council and Auckland Transport’s continued investment in […]

Franklin to benefit from Budget

Auckland Council released the final proposal for their ten-year budget last week, with a focus on transport, housing and the environment. The $26 billion budget will see a historic level of investment in Auckland, council say. Within that, Franklin is set to benefit from a multi-million investment in public facilities. Investment for Franklin over the next decade includes the electrification […]

Baker’s Banter – 22 May 2018

Timely I guess to add my personal and up close perspective to the recent news that the Council is selling several properties. These include some former headquarters legacy of District Councils, including Franklin DC. It has been discussed and referred to for a while now, but with nothing formal. Being only one of three elected representatives in Franklin (joined by […]

Franklin to get better facilities following service centre sale

Deputy mayor and Franklin Ward Councillor Bill Cashmore and Franklin Local Board are pleased the people of Franklin will ultimately benefit from a decision to sell the current site of the Pukekohe service centre. Both Cr Cashmore and the local board advocated for the sale of the 82 Manukau Road site on the basis that a fit-for-purpose alternative could be […]

Heritage Panel Feedback

Following on our story of the Heritage Panel opposing potential demolition of the Pukekohe Station building, we received the following two responses; It would be utterly foolish of both AT and KiwiRail to destroy this building. As mentioned in the article there are many old station and rail infrastructure buildings that have been restored and integrated into upgraded stations on […]

Mill Road gets the ‘go’, but is it enough?

Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced a $500 million upgrade for the Mill Road corridor as part of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project, on Thursday 26 April. The money will be allocated to Mill Road in the next ten years and will work on stage one, at the northern end of the project. Phil said they would add capacity to the […]

National leader visits electorate

Simon Bridges, leader of the National party visited Pukekohe and Waiuku on Thursday 19 April. At both the Pukekohe breakfast and the Waiuku morning tea, he answered questions from his constituents about transport plans, Labour’s decision to end offshore oil exploration, and MMP. At the Waiuku morning tea function, Simon said it was a great privilege to lead the National […]


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