Franklin Local Board

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 […]

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 […]

Letter: Pukekohe Service Centre

Reading your article about the possibility that the Auckland Council may sell the Pukekohe Service Centre at 82 Manukau Road, Pukekohe. Instead of selling the site and buildings why not demolish the existing buildings and construct a carpark for the train commuters. This site is directly behind the train station. I know they are in the process of constructing a […]

For sale?

Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance committee will be meeting on Tuesday 17 April to discuss the future of council-owned buildings, including the Pukekohe service centre at 82 Manukau Road. Seven buildings and their land will be considered for sale. Councillor Ross Clow, Chair of the Finance and Performance committee, says that should the sale be approved, Aucklanders will still be […]

Footpaths pave the way for success

Waiuku’s pavers are looking fabulous and with only 100m2 to go, they’re just a few weeks away from being finished. The project, which has been in the pipeline for several years, has seen a brightening of the town centre. While other towns in Franklin and the North Waikato may have to battle with slippery tiles, the Waiuku pavers are a […]

Upgrade due for Karaka Sports Park

The Franklin Local Board, together with the Karaka Sports Park Trust, will be asking the Auckland Council Governing Body to set aside around $30 million in the 10-year budget to develop the current Karaka Sports Park into a multi-sport facility. Improvements to the existing site, on the corner of Linwood and Blackbridge Roads in Karaka, is the Franklin Local Boards […]

Baker’s Banter—20 March 2018

With the advent of technology and how we communicate, we have seen the creation of a whole new language. One such new term is “clickbait”. Wikipedia defines it as “web content whose main goal is to get users to click on a link to go to a certain webpage or video”. I prefer the Urban Dictionary definition “It’s a link […]

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 […]

Baker’s Banter— 20 February 2018

It is pleasing to see Mayor Goff come out swinging about those who think it is ok to dump their rubbish on the sides of the roads. Being a mainly rural area with fewer houses, less traffic and obviously less chance of being seen, Franklin is a popular destination for the toe rags who do this. However it is not […]


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