New town positive step
A New Zealand actor and former Wesley College student say the building of a new town and a new school is a positive step in the school’s evolution.
Ian Mune, as a Wesley student of 1956, said he barely recognised the place and nor would a future student in 2020.
‘‘It is the spirit that recognise,’’ he said.
‘‘He tangata, he tangata, he tangata - it is the people, the people, the people.’’
The iconic Kiwi actor presided over the cer- I emony for the new Franklin town on Saturday morning.
The president of the methodist church, Rev Tovia Aumua, who was handed the ceremonial spade to break ground on the new town, said he was honoured to start construction.
‘‘To coin the famous words of Neil Armstrong, it is one small move for us today, one giant step forward for the new town of Wesley.’’
The ceremony was an opportunity to further explain the rationale behind the decision to build the new town which would include around 5000 new homes, a business hub, high-speed broadband, a rail station and a complementary retail sector.
Chris Johnston, speaking on behalf of Grafton Downs Ltd and the Wesley College Trust Board, said Saturday’s event was the start of the largest private initiative ever seen in Auckland. The guests included Franklin families, Pukekohe residents, business interests and the multiple parties.