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Update on Puhoi to Warkworth Motorway Project

One step closer for Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway project

The NZ Transport Agency has today taken another step towards building the new Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway by announcing the consortia shortlisted to progress to the next stage of the project.

Transport Agency Chief Executive Geoff Dangerfield says the building of the motorway is a significant step towards improving the safety, reliability and resilience of State Highway 1 between Northland and the upper North Island freight triangle of Auckland, Waikato and Tauranga.

In September 2014, a Board of Inquiry confirmed approval of the Transport Agency’s application for designation and resource consents for the project. This was followed, in May 2015, by the Cabinet approving an application by the Transport Agency to procure the motorway through a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The Cabinet approval came after the Transport Agency determined, following an extensive business case analysis, that the project met the Treasury’s criteria to be procured as a PPP.

The consortia shortlisted to receive a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the financing, design, construction, management and maintenance of the Pūhoi to Warkworth project under a PPP are:

· Northlink – made up of Cintra Developments Australia Pty Ltd, InfraRed Infrastructure III General Partner Ltd, John Laing Investments Ltd, Ferrovial Agroman Ltd, Fulton Hogan Ltd.

 

· Northern Express Group – Made up of Accident Compensation Corporation, HRL Morrison & Co Public Infrastructure Partners, Acciona Concesiones S.L., Fletcher Building Ltd, Macquarie Group Holdings New Zealand Ltd, Acciona Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd, The Fletcher Construction Company Ltd, Higgins Contractors Ltd.

 

· Pacific Connect – made up of Pacific Partnerships Pty Ltd, VINCI Concessions S.A.S., ACS Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments (No.4) Ltd, Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd, HEB Construction Ltd.

 

Mr Dangerfield says the announcement of the shortlisted consortia comes after a rigorous evaluation and selection process.

 

“We are very fortunate to have such high-quality companies and organisations showing an interest in the Pūhoi to Warkworth project. All of these companies and organisations have sound experience in delivering large infrastructure projects.

 

“I’m confident that any of these consortia can deliver a high-quality motorway which will provide greater resilience, improved road safety and journey time reliability, and a better connection for freight, tourism and motorists.”

 

Mr Dangerfield says the RFP will be issued to the shortlisted consortia later this month and the Transport Agency expects to announce a Preferred Bidder by mid-2016.

Subject to successful contract negotiations with the Preferred Bidder, the PPP contract for the project is expected to be awarded in October 2016.

He says the Pūhoi to Warkworth project seeks to procure a PPP contract that would deliver a value-for-money motorway which will assist economic growth in Northland.

 

“A PPP contract will likely see the PPP consortium manage and maintain the motorway for the 25 years that will follow the anticipated six-year period to build it.”

 

“PPPs are a particularly suitable procurement method for delivering great results for large-scale and complex infrastructure.

 

“Using a PPP for key infrastructure projects will open the door for private sector innovations that are not always achievable under traditional public sector procurement methods.

 

“PPPs allow specific outcomes to be established and measured – and for risks to be identified and transferred to the private sector.

 

“An outcomes-based PPP for the Pūhoi to Warkworth project will also allow great flexibility within the designation to achieve optimised innovative outcomes.”

 

Mr Dangerfield says that under a PPP, full ownership of the motorway will always remain with the public sector.

 

“The nature of the contract to be used will provide a strong incentive for the successful PPP consortium to deliver the best possible results for road users.”

 

Tentatively, construction of the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway, under a PPP arrangement, could possibly start in late 2016 with the road completed and open by 2022.

 

Mr Dangerfield says no decision has been made on tolling for the Pūhoi to Warkworth route but should the motorway be tolled, the Transport Agency would retain responsibility for tolling.

 

“The public would be fully consulted on any tolling proposal which must also obtain Ministerial approval,” he said.

 

He says the Transport Agency will continue to consider PPPs for other large-scale and complex infrastructure projects which could potentially benefit from the innovation and value-for-money that can be achieved through a PPP approach.

 

The first state highway in New Zealand to be delivered through a PPP is the Transmission Gully (MacKays to Linden) project in Wellington.

 

In July 2014, the Transport Agency signed a PPP contract with the Wellington Gateway Partnership (WGP). Work on Transmission Gully began in September last year, and the motorway will be open for traffic by 2020.

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Agenda for Meeting 25 August 2015

PUHOI COMMUNITY FORUM

MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 25 AUGUST 2015 at 7.30pm at THE PUHOI SPORTS CLUB – CHAIRPERSON – PETER STRAKA

AGENDA

  1. APOLOGIES

  1. CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING Held on

28 JULY 2015

  1. MATTERS ARISING FROM THOSE MINUTES (not appearing on this Agenda)

  1. CORRESPONDENCE IN

3.8.15 Auckland Council re payment of grant

6.8.15 Report from Rural Tech Solutions re Broadband

CORRESPONDENCE OUT

6.8.15 Thanks to Rural Tech Solutions
2.8.15 Fonterra application
for grant

  1. TREASURER’S REPORT

  1. OTHER REPORTS

Update on River Walkway Planting and development

  1. GENERAL BUSINESS

Broadband in Puhoi – discussion

Update re development of 98 Ahuroa Road

NEXT MEETINGTuesday 29 September 2015 – Chairperson, Hans Everts

Please invite other residents and friends of Puhoi to attend – widen participation!

Puhoi Forum Meeting minutes: 28th July 2015

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 28 July 2015 commencing at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Jenny Schollum, Theo Koops, Peter Straka, Larry Mitchell, Gillian Seymour, Judith Williams, Ian Bateman, Kristin Gillies, Terri Ryder, Hans Everts, Sandra Beagley (Minutes).

CHAIRPERSON: Hans Everts

APOLOGIES: Helen Darnell, Wendy Hayton, Beth Houlbrook (Local Board), Greg Sayers, Ian Boothroyd.

WELCOME

Hans welcomed members to the meeting.

 

2a CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MINUTES HELD ON APRIL 28 2015

Moved: Peter Straka

Seconded: Theo Koops

Carried

2b CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MINUTES HELD ON MAY 26 2015

Moved: Peter Straka

Seconded: Jenny Schollum

Carried

3 MATTERS ARISING

There were none.

 

4 CORRESPONDENCE IN

15.6.15 Letter from Aaron Hutching (Auckland Transport) re commencement of work on Puhoi pedestrian bridge and footpath extension

29.6.15 Letter from Kim Hammond with formal letter of grant approval for walkway project

 

CORRESPONDENCE OUT

22.7.15 Letter of acceptance of grant for walkway project to Kim Hammond

 

5 TREASURERS REPORT

The Trivia night raised $400. Jenny reported she had received subscriptions from 10 families, 3 organisations and 6 new members; however there are still a number of subs owing. There is $805 in the Forum’s General account.

 

Motion

That the Treasurer’s report be accepted.

Moved: Hans Everts

Seconded: Terri Ryder

Carried

Hans reminded the meeting that there will be several items regarding the Walkway that will need to be paid.

  • $286.76 for Fencing Wire
  • Hireage of a tractor to put in piles
  • Food for Sausage sizzles/BBQs for Working Bees at the end of next month. The working bee will involve 2 – 3 school parties, scouts and the community during 21st – 23rd August.

Ian Bateman offered for his business to pay for the food.

Gillian offered to approach Chris, Allied Workforce who has offered his BBQ and gas in the past, to secure it for the 23rd.

The Sports Club will need to be asked for permission to use their downstairs area.

 

Motion

That the Walkway expenses be paid for with funds out of the Forum Savings account.

Moved: Hans Everts

Seconded: Peter Straka

Carried

Motion

That the Secretary be paid the sum of $30 for this month’s meeting.

Moved: Hans Everts

Seconded: Judith Williams

Carried

6 OTHER REPORTS

Reports from the Hall Committee and regarding the Walkway have been circulated via email.

 

The Chairperson is finding the Forum workload too much and would like a Co Chair- to share the load – possibly someone to represent the younger population and so have a broader voice in the community. He asked that nominations for the position be brought to the August meeting.

 

Theo has found a potential funding source – Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

Funding for Walkway seats was a suggestion. The application needs to be submitted by the end of August and Larry Mitchell suggested that Hans approach Bernadette Straka for help in filling out the application.

Trivial Pursuit evening, Thursday August 13th - 7 members offered to be on the Forum team.

 

8pm, the Meeting adjourned and Tony Blandford, Rural Tech Solutions was welcomed and spoke to approximately 30 folk from the Puhoi Community about Fast Broadband service options in Puhoi.

 

FAST BROADBAND SERVICE OPTIONS IN PUHOI.

After explaining the four options – UFBB, ADSL, VDSL and Cellular, Tony recommended that the Forum write to Auckland City Council to state Puhoi’s case as an ‘important Tourist attracting; Historical Village just off the main Highway’ for Funding towards a better Broadband coverage.

Rural Tech Solutions currently has around 30 customers in Puhoi, using a Repeater on Emily Hill and one on the Puhoi Pub roof.

Tony agreed to send a report summary of his company’s Broadband options plus contact details, to the Chairperson for circulation.

The Chairperson thanked Tony for coming and for explaining the broad situation as well as his firm’s option.

 

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 25th at 7.30pm in the Sports Club. Chair: Peter Straka.

For that meeting

  • a representative from Vodaphone will be invited to discuss their company’s Broadband options
  • Tony’s summary report

If time permits, one of the following issues may also be addressed:

  • The new subdivision in Ahuroa Road
  • Speed limit change to past Puhoi Road.

 

Subsequent to the meeting, it was discovered that recommendations about the development of Te Muri Regional Park need to be in by August 19th, too early to permit discussion and submission by the Forum on the 25th.

 

The meeting closed at 9.30pm.

Gardener Wanted

A gardener is required by local Puhoi resident.  He/ she must be available to start within the next month.   Initially, about 40-50 hours of work would be available, to be undertaken within a 2-3 week timeframe.  This would include general pruning, weeding, tidying of areas and planting, followed by spreading of bark/ mulch over three large areas.

 

There would also be ongoing work for someone on a monthly basis to help with general garden maintenance.  The hourly rate is negotiable to the right person.

 

For more information please contact Daphne 0274 715 255

 

 

Broadband in Puhoi

Dear Community Forum
Thank you for the opportunity to discuss current events and options within the broadband industry and specifically how it relates to your community.
As requested I have summarized below the varied options with related pro’s and con’s.

The government has recognized the importance of broadband access.
“It is vital to New Zealand’s economic growth, productivity improvement and being part of the governments’ wider strategy to increase New Zealand’s global competitiveness”.

In 2011 the government entered into a contract with Chorus and Vodafone committing 300 million over the next six years to improve access with investment in infrastructure.
This included 154 new cellphone towers with an upgrade of a further 387, upgrade of 1000 communication cabinets and extending the fibre optic network another 3350 kilometers.
This investment was focused predominately around schools, hospitals and metropolitan areas.

The governments’ targets are 90% of schools and hospitals with fibre optic by 2015 and 80% of homes and businesses by 2020.
In the rural areas 90% of the population with broadband access (deemed as faster than 5Mbps).
(source: http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/technology-communication/communications/broadband-policy/rural-broadband-initiative)

Recently the government has committed to provide further funding of: 150 million to extend the fibre optic network, 100 million to provide connectivity and improved performance to the rural sector and 50 million to improve cellphone black spots.
This funding is open to all communications providers this time.
The government is proposing that local councils will have a substantial input into the design and areas selected for development, based on economic and social benefits.

Rural Tech Solutions has applied to the government to assist in providing part of the solution for difficult rural communities such as Puhoi.
We believe that the current level of coverage and performance for both rural broadband and cellphone is grossly exaggerated.
Due to the rapid pace of technology and delays in rollout, the specification are set too low.
By having local councils deciding who gets priority small but economically important communities will still suffer a lower priority due to a small voting base.

However as a community it is critical that a case is provided to your local council so your community is in the running for consideration and Rural Tech Solutions is more than happy to assist in this submission.

Based on the feedback from attending members, Puhoi has a range of existing potential broadband solutions depending on proximity to the town center.

If you are centrally located there is ADSL and VDSL available with good performance.
This technology is supplied via the existing copper network and provides a practical and economic solution for customers that can access it.
The disadvantages are the further you are away from the cabinet in town the more unreliable the performance.
This is due to user demand.
Thinking about provision of data as water in a reticulation system; the bigger the delivery pipe the better the performance. The further you get from the source the less resource available and if someone is drawing off before you there is less capacity available. There is also a limit to how far from the source you can go.
This is the case in Puhoi. Businesses in town get reasonable service while the homes progressively further from the township suffer from variable performance often dropping to less than dialup speeds and eventually nothing.

The second option is cellular access; this is access via the cellphone network.
It provides a solution for people that have cellular range, particularly good packages are available that include mobile phone, landline and internet.
Data can be expensive for some packages and cellphone access in many rural areas is at best patchy.
Many areas of Puhoi have limited or no cellphone access.

The third option is a wireless network. This type of network works by beaming wireless signals off repeaters strategically placed around the community.
Rural Tech Solutions operates a wireless network locally. We provide competitive pricing packages and excellent speeds.
The disadvantage of a wireless network is you must be able to see a repeater to get a connection.
Rural Tech Solutions is continuing to develop and expand the network infrastructure within the Puhoi community.

Currently there is no available documentation to support any plans for future development or expansion into the wider Puhoi community by the larger Telcos.
Even if a decision was made today to install additional equipment it would be a substantial period before the larger providers would be able to plan, permit, construct and implement to commence service.
Then there is the economics. Project selection is based on number of consumers as potential customers in relation to the cost of supply.
Due to the dispersed population and difficult terrain the cost to income ratio is very poor for the larger providers.
Smaller operators and technologies like Rural Tech Solutions are able to provide more cost effective solutions due to lower infrastructure costs and community support for repeater sites.

Long term Rural Tech Solutions believes solid access for high speed internet for the wider rural community will come from fibre optic installed on the power transmission network.
In the interim mutual support between the community and Rural Tech Solutions will provide the widest coverage, best performance and competitive pricing until appropriate infrastructure upgrade occurs or technology advances to provide alternative solutions.

Rural Tech Solutions have packages starting from $65 per month for 60gig, through to unlimited data caps and landline over internet packages.

If you wish to explore the possibilities of connection to your community wireless network or discuss a customized technology solution you can contact either James on 027 488 8124 or Tony on 0274 950 966.
Remember the more connections we are able to service locally the more investment we can provide in service improvement, coverage and competitive pricing packages.

[from Tony Blandford
Rural Tech Solutions
M 0274 950 966
E tony@ruraltechsolutions.co.nz]

Fire Brigade: July 2015 Report

Call statistics for July -

No callouts this month!

July brought a few cold nights this month, with reports of black ice on the roads around Rodney! We hope you are keeping well and warm out there!

Even though we have not turned a wheel with any callouts we have been busy behind the scenes! In late August through to September we have some big assessments coming up for the team. Chainsaw use courses, Pump operator sign offs and our recruits get put their paces at a Breathing Apparatus Course. As well as this we have the Johnstone Hill Tunnel exercise on the 17 August. This is when the emergency plan for the tunnel gets tested to ensure all emergency services are ok with a response to the tunnel.

Remember if you see anything out there that you think we should be aware of please do call 111. And if someone has sustained an injury as a result of a car accident or any substantial force please do not move them. If you need to ring an ambulance, cover them if you are able, leave them to ring for help then go back. Please do not move the patient or patients. This reduces the chance of further injury or damage to them.

PCF Minutes: 28 July 2015

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 28 July 2015 commencing at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Jenny Schollum, Theo Koops, Peter Straka, Larry Mitchell, Gillian Seymour, Judith Williams, Ian Bateman, Kristin Gillies, Terri Ryder, Hans Everts, Sandra Beagley (Minutes).

CHAIRPERSON: Hans Everts

APOLOGIES: Helen Darnell, Wendy Hayton, Beth Houlbrook (Local Board), Greg Sayers, Ian Boothroyd.

WELCOME

Hans welcomed members to the meeting.

 

2a CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MINUTES HELD ON APRIL 28 2015

Moved: Peter Straka

Seconded: Theo Koops

Carried

2b CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MINUTES HELD ON MAY 26 2015

Moved: Peter Straka

Seconded: Jenny Schollum

Carried

3 MATTERS ARISING

There were none.

 

4 CORRESPONDENCE IN

15.6.15 Letter from Aaron Hutching (Auckland Transport) re commencement of work on Puhoi pedestrian bridge and footpath extension

29.6.15 Letter from Kim Hammond with formal letter of grant approval for walkway project

 

CORRESPONDENCE OUT

22.7.15 Letter of acceptance of grant for walkway project to Kim Hammond

 

5 TREASURERS REPORT

The Trivia night raised $400. Jenny reported she had received subscriptions from 10 families, 3 organisations and 6 new members; however there are still a number of subs owing. There is $805 in the Forum’s General account.

 

Motion

That the Treasurer’s report be accepted.

Moved: Hans Everts

Seconded: Terri Ryder

Carried

Hans reminded the meeting that there will be several items regarding the Walkway that will need to be paid.

  • $286.76 for Fencing Wire
  • Hireage of a tractor to put in piles
  • Food for Sausage sizzles/BBQs for Working Bees at the end of next month. The working bee will involve 2 – 3 school parties, scouts and the community during 21st – 23rd August.

Ian Bateman offered for his business to pay for the food.

Gillian offered to approach Chris, Allied Workforce who has offered his BBQ and gas in the past, to secure it for the 23rd.

The Sports Club will need to be asked for permission to use their downstairs area.

 

Motion

That the Walkway expenses be paid for with funds out of the Forum Savings account.

Moved: Hans Everts

Seconded: Peter Straka

Carried

Motion

That the Secretary be paid the sum of $30 for this month’s meeting.

Moved: Hans Everts

Seconded: Judith Williams

Carried

6 OTHER REPORTS

Reports from the Hall Committee and regarding the Walkway have been circulated via email.

 

The Chairperson is finding the Forum workload too much and would like a Co Chair- to share the load – possibly someone to represent the younger population and so have a broader voice in the community. He asked that nominations for the position be brought to the August meeting.

 

Theo has found a potential funding source – Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

Funding for Walkway seats was a suggestion. The application needs to be submitted by the end of August and Larry Mitchell suggested that Hans approach Bernadette Straka for help in filling out the application.

Trivial Pursuit evening, Thursday August 13th - 7 members offered to be on the Forum team.

 

8pm, the Meeting adjourned and Tony Blandford, Rural Tech Solutions was welcomed and spoke to approximately 30 folk from the Puhoi Community about Fast Broadband service options in Puhoi.

 

FAST BROADBAND SERVICE OPTIONS IN PUHOI.

After explaining the four options – UFBB, ADSL, VDSL and Cellular, Tony recommended that the Forum write to Auckland City Council to state Puhoi’s case as an ‘important Tourist attracting; Historical Village just off the main Highway’ for Funding towards a better Broadband coverage.

Rural Tech Solutions currently has around 30 customers in Puhoi, using a Repeater on Emily Hill and one on the Puhoi Pub roof.

Tony agreed to send a report summary of his company’s Broadband options plus contact details, to the Chairperson for circulation.

The Chairperson thanked Tony for coming and for explaining the broad situation as well as his firm’s option.

 

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 25th at 7.30pm in the Sports Club. Chair: Peter Straka.

For that meeting

  • a representative from Vodaphone will be invited to discuss their company’s Broadband options
  • Tony’s summary report

If time permits, one of the following issues may also be addressed:

  • The new subdivision in Ahuroa Road
  • Speed limit change to past Puhoi Road.

 

Subsequent to the meeting, it was discovered that recommendations about the development of Te Muri Regional Park need to be in by August 19th, too early to permit discussion and submission by the Forum on the 25th.

 

The meeting closed at 9.30pm.