Franklin Local Board

Pohutukawa stands proud in Waiuku

Visitors to Tamakae Reserve may have noticed the proud Pohutukawa tree standing tall. The Maori Princess Pohutukawa was blessed last week and placed in its new home on the reserve as part of the Tamakae Wharf upgrade. Members of local iwi, the Franklin Local Board, Waiuku Business and Districts Association, and members of the community attended the small ceremony.   […]

Bridge completed at Pukekohe Station

Public transport users can enjoy the brand new facilities in all their glory with the opening of the over bridge last week. A small opening was held with members of the public the first to try the new lift and walk the stairs on Tuesday 31 July. The bridge links the station with the park and ride, and bus interchange. […]

Report into Pukekohe Station building

Auckland Transport are continuing their building investigation into the old train station building at Pukekohe. Following a request from the Franklin Local Board, AT commissioned a full building and structural report to see whether it was relocatable or reinstated on a new site with upgrades to comply with building code standards. Auckland Transport has received a quote from consulting company […]

Bakers Banter – 17 July 2018

A few weeks back, I was at a sporting club enjoying afternoon sport. The club is located about 10 minutes drive from the nearest Ambulance station and A & E clinic and 25 minutes from Middlemore Hospital. During a game a young competitor suffered a broken ankle. As is the practice now, he was made comfortable, the game shifted to […]

Hall goes from being condemned to community resource

The Franklin Local Board celebrated another important milestone in its strategy of empowering local communities as the West Franklin Community Trust took on the management of the Waiuku Memorial Town Hall. As part of Auckland Council’s rural halls programme, local boards support communities to manage and make decisions for their local facilities, as those based in a community are often […]

Waiuku community shows the way with trails plan

The Waiuku Walkways Committee presented a thorough run-down for how it will deliver the initial stages of the Waiuku Trails Plan at the most recent Franklin Local Board business meeting. The committee detailed how it will spend Franklin Local Board’s $300,000 budget allocation with the help of community volunteers and community contractors. Local businesses will provide discounted materials to start […]

Sporting volunteers shine

You’ll find them sideline at the chilly rugby fields, in the pouring rain at the netball courts, corralling kids at the athletics track and in the wet at the swimming pool. Volunteers in sport—what would we do without them? They’re often the people who already have jam packed schedules with their own family and work commitments. But somehow, they manage […]

New office for Franklin Family Support

Franklin Family Support Services is now up and running in its new home. The organisation has moved to the Auckland Council service centre in Manukau Rd, Pukekohe, and officially opened for business on Thursday 7 June. Hunua MP Andrew Bayly was among those who gathered to celebrate the opening. He says the new premises were the direct result of efforts […]

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 […]

Council to sell service centre

Local Board chair Angela Fulljames says the Pukekohe Service Centre site on 82 Manukau Road will be sold on the basis that a fit-for-purpose alternative can be found. Franklin Local Board deputy chair Andy Baker appeared before the Finance and Performance Committee on Tuesday 15 May and says the council must, not only, be financially prudent but also retain its […]

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