The Ministry of Education have released a number of ‘Aspire’ scholarships for 2015 to enable students from lower-income families to attend private schools such as Wentworth College in Gulf Harbour –Rodney’s only private school.Scholarship winners receive free tuition PLUS up to $1500 each yeartowards school related costs – not just next year, but for the remainder of their schooling at Wentworth!
The Puhoi Rural Fire Force is rightly proud of itself for the service its second-in-charge, Mike Donovan, has recently given to Australians fighting the Melbourne bush fires, and, says fire chief Russell Green, two other members of our local force are on standby for the next Melbourncontingent, and also in training for the possibility of an American call as well. “It is exciting to see our guys spreading their wings and getting some overseas experience,” he comments. Following an exceptionally busy January and February 2014 it has been quiet l recently for the local brigade. The restriction on lighting rural open fires still held, but was on track to end by April 1providing no exceptional circumstances inter- vened. All weather indices showed the district was drier than average, Russell reported before cyclone Lusi hit New Zealand.
“As to fire station building progress, there is still some to-ing and fro-ing between Auckland Coun- cil, builders and Resource Consent staff,” he reports. “Meanwhile, the fire force is making appli- cations to 16 funding agencies to help with the circa $200,000 needed for earthworks and approximately $450,000 for the building. At present the fire force has raised around $320,000.” The PRFF is still looking for new recruits.
The library, with its new manager, Helen Darnell, is settling into a year of monthly themes and display changes. Volunteer librarian Sue May organised a display to coincide with the interna- tional day of celebration of women, March 8, while we have Mary Fitzgibbon to thank for the display, running throughout March and tieng in with St Patrick’s Day, of books about Ireland, including a primer of Gaelic, which may not be the first choice of languages on my list to study, with all deference to the Celts in our community. The April theme, which the library does so well, will be Anzac Day, and will draw on its quite special collection, including books, artefacts, newspapers and other documents, to commemo- rate the soldiers and sacrifices of the two world wars. I for one look forward to the Anzac biscuits which also makes that day special down at the library. Opening hours that day are from 10am to 4pm. Look for poppy and raffle ticket sales in advance, to be drawn on Anzac Day, with book, DVD, and Bohemian bottled beer prizes. Funds raised from the raffle will be donated to Wark- worth RSA. The theme for May will be Extreme Endeavours, and, of course, Sir Edmund Hillary will be tops that month. On March 27 trials begin on Thursday evening opening hours for those out of town during usual daytime hours. In June the theme will be Matariki, the start of the Maori New Year, with links to the Bohemian founders of the European settlement of Puhoi on June 29 1863.
There seems to be something of an explosion of interest in Puhoi in beekeeping or at least having a hive on one’s property. Our local apiarist, Brian
Alexander, from Tahekeroa, has sold his main business, but is continuing with his ‘Hire Hive’ system, whereby people pay an amount annually to have him place a hive on their property and manage it himself, with the landowner receiving some of the
honey. Phone Brian on 09 420 5028 for enquiries about the system, which appears to be very satisfactory.
But for those who wish to manage their own hives, a new club, the Rodney Beekeepers Club, has just become incorporated and is looking for members. Based in the Helensville area, it is fairly easily accessible to Puhoi residents. Brian Alexander is the patron and its president and vice president are Peter McNab, 09 420 6179,and Claude Buchanan, and the treasurer is William Tiford from Upper Waiwera.
The Puhoi Farmers Market committee is planning
another celebration of Puhoi’s ethnic and national
diversity for the April 27 market, so, Carole Hay,
polish up your spoons, print out your song sheets,
shine your tiara and give us a repeat of the British
input which helped make the 2013 market such
There will be more information closer to April 27
but for the moment remember, the market will
provide free stall space among our usual com-
mercial stallholders for non-commercial groups to
showcase your flags, costumes, dances and oth-
er aspects of your culture.
Last year we counted among our Puhoi residents:
South Africans, Finns, Americans, Japanese,
Germans, Maori, Australians, Samoans, Chrst-
mas and Faroe Islanders, Danes, Brits, Dutch,
Irish, Ukrainians, Kiribati and Scots, not to men-
tion Puhoi Bohemians. Whom can we add this
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