Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hitchen Road bridge to access hundreds more sections

With the completion of the Helenslee residential block, expansion into the Hitchen block began in 2016 with larger lots, some over 1300sqm. Located near Gateway Business Park, the growing employment zone that provides jobs and services for the thriving community, this has been the only route in and out of the Hitchen residential block.

Stage 1 & 2 sections have sold out, with builders offering house & land packages, however stages 3, 4 & 5 all have sections available, plus design & build options. Accessing these new stages is still through Gateway Business Park, however the new bridge, due for completion in December 2018, will make a direct link between the Helenslee and Hitchen blocks.

The rail crossing will connect Pokeno Road with Hitchen Road at the northern end of the village and allow greater access to over 800 sections throughout the Hitchen/Bartell blocks.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Pokeno gets free business advice from local service

North Waikato business people can now access free advice, support and potentially funding to help their enterprise grow.

Waikato District Council, as part of its Open Waikato economic development service, has partnered with Waikato Innovation Park to offer the free business service from Tuakau. The service offers support for start-ups plus advice on business expansion, export market development, research and development funding and product development. The service is already available in the south of the district, based at Ruakura in Hamilton.

Waikato Innovation Park is the lead agency for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation funding programmes. The Park’s business growth advisors can facilitate business access to the Food Innovation Network which provides services and facilities for food manufacturing businesses developing new products.

Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson said council’s economic development team (Open Waikato) had worked hard to extend the service into Tuakau and Pokeno.

“Waikato Innovation Park, along with the council, recognise Tuakau and Pokeno as high-growth, high-potential areas and we want to do all we can to foster and support economic growth that benefits our community,” Sanson said.

“North Waikato is full of smart people and budding entrepreneurs and this free service will provide support they might not otherwise have been able to access.”

Waikato Innovation Park business growth advisor Peter Davey said the main criteria for assistance was a desire to grow.

“We’re very interested in helping local businesses that are wanting to grow, facing technical roadblocks, or looking to take on new skills that will enable business growth.”

Business people can access the free service on the second Tuesday morning of every month and meet with a Waikato Innovation Park business advisor at the council office in Tuakau. Appointments can be made by emailing or by calling Open Waikato’s freephone 0800 252 626.

Mayor Sanson also urged North Waikato businesses to take advantage of the existing web-based business service already offered by Waikato District Council. A website, was “jam-packed” with information to help Waikato businesses succeed, he said.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Yashili's new factory a milestone for the infant formula company

Yashili New Zealand's new infant formula plant is a milestone for the company's globalisation strategy.

The $220 million plant at Pokeno in North Waikato was officially opened with much fanfare on November 6 at a ceremony at the factory attended by government and company representatives from both New Zealand and China.

Yashili New Zealand general manager and director William Zhao said it was "hard to describe" the feeling after Yashili New Zealand had developed from small beginnings into the company it was now.

It was the company's first overseas plant and Zhao said they searched all over New Zealand before choosing Pokeno because of its geography, location and excellent dairy farming facilities.

The 30,000m2 plant will employ 85 staff and have an annual production capacity of about 52,000 tonnes of formula product. It will produce formula under the brand 'Super Alpha-Golden Stage Infant Formula' with shipments to China expected to begin in early 2016.

Yashili New Zealand is a leading producer of infant milk formula for the domestic market in China and has bought milk powder from New Zealand for more than 10 years and had used this country's milk powder in its infant milk formula since 2010. The establishment of Yashili New Zealand begun a new chapter of Chinese offshore infrastructure development, China Mengniu Dairy Co and chairman of Yashili International Holdings Sun Yiping said.

New Zealand was a good choice for the company and Yiping hinted the company may look to build more factories in the future.

"Globalisation is one of our key strategies to help Mengnui transform from a very traditional dairy provider to be a more multinational company. I think New Zealand is a very good start and this plant will give us an opportunity and maybe in the future [we will have] more production facilities not only for infant formula but also UHT milk."

Yiping said the recent removal of China's one child policy was great news for Yashili.

"We will become a brand that knows Chinese mums best," she said.

Yiping said Chinese consumers highly valued New Zealand products, which was why they moved to set up a production facility in this country.

The opening was also the scene for the signing of a new global strategic cooperation agreement between Yashili International and European dairy producers Arla and Danone.

The agreement will see the three companies work closer together in supplying products into Arla and Danone's markets.

"It is a significant agreement between these two great dairy producers who are each committed to the highest standard of food quality and safety," Yashili International Holdings president Lu Mingfang said.

Yashili New Zealand is a subsidiary of Yashili International Holdings Ltd and Mengniu Dairy Co and was founded in 2012. The three companies have a history of collaboration with Danone acquiring 25 per cent of Yashili last year while Arla Foods has a joint venture company with Mengniu Dairy Co called Arla Mengniu.

Mingfang described the agreement as an "eco-system project" where the Pokeno plant can be into its global sourcing strategy.

"Today we have entered into a preliminary agreement with Danone to provide... supply into Danone and at the same time we are also working with Arla on the same thing on the upstream and we are going to work together."

He said it would ensure sure their products were up to the standard they wanted and it would set the similar global standard and allow them to supply the product to their partners.

China's ambassador to New Zealand Wang Lutong said the project had grown from a back shop of a handful of people to a beautiful plant and he thanked the New Zealand Government for assisting with the factory's construction.

"New Zealand is one of the most important and attractive destinations for Chinese investment and it has the greatest potential. The plant here is today is our commitment to New Zealand."

Prime Minister John Key said the plant was a great vote of confidence in the New Zealand dairy sector.

China had made a significant investment in New Zealand and it marked "an incredibly important day in relations between China and New Zealand", Key said.

"I'm certainly very optimistic about the relationship between New Zealand and China. I think it will go from strength to strength."

Key said the two countries had set a target of $30 billion in trade between the two countries by 2020.

Yashili will buy milk powder off Fonterra this season before putting the supply agreement out to tender. It can process both milk powder and liquid milk into infant formula.

The production plant was designed to operate under strict quality controls with food safety a top priority. It uses the latest technology with temperature and humidity to be controlled around the clock, guaranteeing stable production and ensuring reliable product quality.

Yashili New Zealand canning and brand manager Rob Bott said the Chinese had given them the best of everything with the technology and facilities on offer. The factory has the facilities to process both milk powder and liquid milk into formula and can choose which to use based on its cost.

He said they were working with a number of companies in the future to supply their milk.

"We'll take it from anyone as long as it's from New Zealand."

The factory can process two cans of formula a second and each can carries a bar code allowing it to be traced back to the date it was processed and where each ingredient came from.

It is totally automated with staff on hand to monitor and record each batch of formula. The empty cans are sterilised using a UV system before the formula is placed in the cans by machines in its 'high care' area and sealed. The cans then travel along the automated line to the lower hygiene area for packing.

About half of the formula produced at the factory is 'base' infant formula powder that is packed into 25kg bags. The factory can produce eight tonnes of bagged formula every hour, producing a 1.4 tonne pallet every 15 minutes.

Once the factory is fully up and running, about 80 per cent of the product will be put directly into cans and 20 per cent into bags.

It is either sent to the canning line where heat-sensitive vitamins and minerals are added to the powder or is exported as a bag to be canned by Mengniu in China

See the full article here.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Housing boom spreads south of the Bombay border

Skyrocketing house prices mean Aucklanders’ can no longer ignore happenings south of the Bombay Hills, as competitive house and land packages spark a population explosion ‘south of the border.’

Figures show that North Waikato has turned a predicted population drop into positive growth figures. Statistics New Zealand predicted a declining population based on 2006 census results. This has been reversed by a growing trend of Aucklanders buying affordably in the region.

Pokeno and Waiuku are experiencing huge growth. The Waikato District Council expects Pokeno to triple from a population of around 2000 to 6000 by the mid-2000s. Census results from 2013 show a 28 per cent population increase since 2001. The positive growth figures are a huge turnaround for Pokeno, which was hit hard when State Highway One bypassed it for a new route in the early 1990s, leaving a population of just 500. Waikato District councillor Jan Sedgwick said Aucklander’s attitudes to towns south of the Bombay Hills was noticeably changing. “As it has become financially unviable for many people to live in Auckland, they’ve started looking over the hill and discovered it’s actually very attractive,” she said.

Former Auckland resident Ann Hardman said it was very unlikely she and her husband would move again. “We can actually get to our daughter and grandchildren’s place in Titirangi faster from here than we could when we lived in Gulf Harbour. With the ever-improving roading systems we’ve also got great proximity to Hamilton where we have other children and grandchildren.”

Housing Minister Nick Smith recently said the government’s KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme, which came into effect on 1 April, would help 90,000 first-home buyers begin the process of home ownership.
“The next key measure is our planned second phase of the Resource Management Act reforms to tackle the long-term issues affecting housing affordability and supply.”

Summed up from a resident’s perspective, “It is a wonderful place to be living in. It's a great spot between Auckland and Hamilton, the Coromandel peninsula and Raglan, and has that real country community feel. It's a wonderful place for children to grow up in, and for those who want to improve their lifestyle and leave the stresses of Auckland behind,” she said.

Data from shows there was a 114 per cent jump in the number of Aucklander’s using the website to search for Waikato properties during the mid 2014-15 period.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Yashili Dairy Plant construction well underway

Construction of the $220 million dairy plant within Pokeno's Gateway Business Park is well underway.

  • The project is on schedule and progressing well, says Yashili operations manager Terry Norwood
  • The plant will feature a range of process buildings, offices, warehouses, service structures and a 41-metre tall dryer tower. This will cover 30,000 square metres of the 67,100sqm site
  • The build is providing jobs for around 350 people at its peak, the main contractor being GEA
  • Hiring of around 120 operational staff has begun, aiming to produce 52,000 tonnes of infant formula a year
  • The plant is estimated to generate $72 million a year for Waikato's economy and $191m for the country
Monday, October 20, 2014

Moving on out?

Pokeno is on the up so why not invest in property out there!

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Forget Auckland - it's Pokeno for a family and Kawerau to retire

Daniel and Sam Kealey with their 3-year-old son Kayden at their home in Botany Downs. Photo / Dean Purcell

Daniel and Sam Kealey bought their first home in Botany Downs when their son Kayden was born three years ago, but now the young family have outgrown the two-bedroom apartment.

The Kealeys paid $310,000 for the 80sq metre apartment with a swimming pool and gym complex, which is now being marketed in the mid-$400,000s.

But even with the promise of a sizeable profit, the young family struggled to find a suitable family home with a good-sized section for their son to kick a ball around in Auckland as they were all well out of their budget.

It was only when they started looking further south that they fell in love with Pokeno. The couple have bought a new four-bedroom, two-bathroom home on a 703sq metre section for $542,000.

"We pretty much looked everywhere in Auckland and it was just too expensive. For the same size place we are buying in Pokeno, up in Auckland it would be over a million dollars," Mr Kealey said.

"What's important is having a big place with a decent size section where the kids can run around as we plan to have another child."

Alan Devitt believes you can't look past Kawerau for value and lifestyle. The 79-year-old bought his first property in Kawerau three years ago for $130,000, and since then has bought another five houses - all for less than $100,000 each.

The town of 2500 had the fourth biggest decline in house sale prices - a 31.5 per cent drop from $159,249 in September 2007 to $109,141 in September this year, according to CoreLogic.

The retired businessman moved from the East Coast to Kawerau and he and wife Anne believe the town's affordability and its lifestyle, community feel, facilities and services, including medical care, were better than anywhere else in New Zealand.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

A busy 3 years in Helenslee

Check out the video below to see how its looking at Pokeno today!

Click on the video below to see new stages under construction 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Universal offers KiwiKids scholarhips

5 Universal Kiwikids Scholarships can be WON, worth $1500 each!

Just answer the Question: “Why I like living in my community”
Kiwikids Scholarships Applications can be obtained by visiting WWW.UNIVERSAL.CO.NZ

Kiwikids Scholarship Applicants must between the ages of 8-18 years old (as at 30 November 2014)
Applicants must have the permission of their parent or guardian to enter.
Applicants must live in and write about their community in 100 words or more.
The Kiwikids Scholarships are part of Universal Homes’ celebration of 55 years of creating the living difference for generations of Kiwi home owners.
Five Kiwikids Scholarships of $1500 each are being offered by Universal Homes to any New Zealand student aged between 8-18 years to help them pursue their educational goals in relation to the school they are currently attending.
Winning entries will be judged on applicants’ answers to the question “Why I like living in my community”
Essays should be between 100 and 500 words depending upon the age of the applicant.
Applicants should indicate their educational goals and what the scholarship prize money will be used for in furthering that goal. Educational goals can be in the areas of academics, sport, music, culture, language or educational study trips.

Click here to download further information

Click here to apply

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Low deposit loans now available again...

but only on new buildings

The recent restrictions on LVR loans by the Reserve Bank to a minimum of 20% deposit has been lifted

This only applies for new building, and with the very affordable options available in Pokeno Village Estate, your deposit goes so much further. See here for the full story.

Please note: Any deposit required is determined by your own bank, not Pokeno Village Estate. Please discuss the terms of your loan with your bank. Once you know how much you can borrow, you can better decide which option at Pokeno best suits you.