Bill Cashmore

Confused about the RFT?

What’s that you say? What is the RFT? It’s a clever little tactic – taking a title with the word “tax” in it, and turning it into a sexy little abbreviation. RFT stands for Regional Fuel Tax, and a tanker load of confusion. I undertook a quick stake out at a local petrol station last week. ‘Had you heard of […]

Waste changes coming to Franklin ward

By Deputy Mayor and Franklin Ward Councillor, Bill Cashmore. Waste, Rubbish and Recycling. Auckland creates mountains of rubbish each year. How will Council deal with this? Our new waste strategy aims to have zero waste in our landfills by 2040. It’s a tough ask, but I reckon we can do it. We are rolling out a new three-bin system, which […]

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 […]

Council addresses housing shortages

To address the housing shortages and unaffordability in Auckland, Mayor Phil Goff, Deputy Mayor and Franklin Ward Councillor Bill Cashmore, Housing Minister Phil Twyford and Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa, have committed to working with the Mayor’s Housing Taskforce. The Housing Taskforce identifies barriers and constraints to building new homes in Auckland at the speed and scale needed […]

Protecting our elite soils and food security

Pukekohe’s elite soil and the future of food supply for Auckland has been the hot topic for Auckland Council, concerned horticulturists and MP for Hunua, Andrew Bayly. “In the Franklin area there are elite soils that, together with a temperate climate, mean growers can produce crops at all times of the year when many parts of New Zealand can’t. For […]

Council’s formal hearings defeated by digital options

There will no longer be the choice for Aucklander’s to have their say in public hearings for the 10-year budget and the Auckland Plan. At a recent Council meeting, Councillors Greg Sayers and Daniel Newman sought to introduce an amendment to introduce public consultation which would “… approve a public hearings process for the Long-Term Plan and Auckland Plan which […]

Buckland Bowling Club opening day

On Saturday 23 September 2017, over 50 people attended the official opening of the Buckland Bowling Club. Needless to say, the weather was fine even though the greens could not be played on as they were still recovering from the incessant rain that has dogged the area for a long time. Andrew Bayly, MP for Hunua, Bill Cashmore, Deputy Mayor […]


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