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Should Rodney Rexit?

[via Glen Ashton]

Hi all

Because you live in Rodney I thought you might be interested in a significant Local body event. Northern Action Group (NAG) has had a longtime fight with the Local Government Commission over breaking away from the Super City and forming a Northern Rodney Local Body. This year NAG won a high court appeal to force the Local Government Commission to consider the matter.

Last night there was a resident consultation meeting at Warkworth run by LGC. This is one of several meetings scheduled through northern Rodney. About 70 people attended. There were about 4 people who wanted to remain in the Super City, about 4 undecided and the overwhelming majority wanting to split away.

The public feedback was very disgruntled towards the Super City, loss of local control, lack of rates money spent in Rodney, local transport issues, unsealed roads and Hill St intersection, no contracts for local business, no consultation, no consideration for Rodney. There was one good point where a Matakana business got tourists directed from Auckland tourism office.

The public brought up the fact that we were undemocratically forced into the Super City at the eleventh hour.

LGC said they will gather all the feedback from the meetings (throughout Rodney) and submissions (thru web site), gather the financials from NAG and Auckland City and decide if there is a viable option other than the status quo (remain in the Super City).

Should there be more viable options then they will be presented back to the public showing the financials, effect on rates, pros and cons of each option.

Apparently the LGC have the power to bring changes to Local Government Act and could give more power and financial control to the local Rodney Board but remaining in the Super City.

It could also include merging northern Rodney with Kiapara or realigning the southern Rodney boundary.

I think from there on in it would be more public consultation and some sort of democratic process to select an option.

So interesting times.

I have attached a written submission that I sent to LGC. – Link to Document provided by Glen (Ahuroa_Super_City.docx)

It is easy to have your say on the Local Government Commission web site and complete the online survey.

Now is a good time to stand up and be heard, it is a great conduit to get our message across to the Super City.

Whatever happens, it is going to be good for Rodney.

I am not affiliated with NAG but I do have issues the Super City and how Rodney rural rate payers are treated.

Also the local elections are imminent and Greg Sayers has been a longtime advocate for getting the roads sealed. But that is a personal choice.

Glen Ashton –
0274 906 889

School Survey

As part of reviewing planning for the next 10 years of education at Ahuroa School, the board is looking at what Year 7 and Year 8 education at Ahuroa should look like.

We would love to hear from as many people in the community as possible. Maybe you have pre-schoolers (or plans for some!) that could be attending Ahuroa by 2026, or maybe you had kids at the school in the past – maybe you attended the school in the past! Or maybe you just have something valuable to say.

We have a survey that we would love you to fill out – unless you have a lot to say, it should only take a couple of minutes.

If you have any troubles or questions, please let me know: Tony Meyer,

Puhoi Community Forum Agenda: Meeting Tues, Sept 27th 2016





  1. Apologies – Kristin Gillies

  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 30th September 2016

  1. Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)

  1. Treasurer’s Report – for August 2016 – Jenny Schollum

  1. Unitary Plan Update – Mike Swain/Dustyn O’Leary

  1. Discussion of Moir Hill Road and Watsons Road, Pohuehue development – possible

207 lots by Asia Pacific International


  1. General Business

  • Planting Tearoha Walkway assistance needed. Plants supplied but we need labour – Paul Manton

  • Discussion on how the Forum should deal with subdivision issues, i.e. should we have a working group to address these matters as they arise?

  • Update from Traffic Safety Group on initiatives we are going to be pursuing over the next few months.

  • Farmers’ Market update.

  • Working Groups – update if any.


The next meeting and AGM will be held on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 7.30pm.

Rezoning Appeal

Here is a copy of our Appeal Notice ENV-AKL-2016-000195 as filed with the Environment Court. The forum has contributed $200 towards the $511 fee for this. If anyone on the village would like to contribute a small amount towards the cost we would appreciate it. We see this as an opportunity to at least voice our opinion on the unwanted rezoning of a large tract of land adjacent to the village for dense housing. Our PO Box is 404172 – I’ll just repay the forum if we receive more than the outstanding cost.


Puhoi Community Forum Minutes: August 30th 2016


HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 30 AUGUST 2016 commencing at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Dustyn O’Leary (Chair) Judith Williams, Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Terri Ryder, John Simons, Sandra Beagley, Beth Houlbrooke (Rodney Local Board), Kristin Gillies, Jim Sephton, Russell Green, Paul Manton, Sorrel O’Leary, Gavin Donaldson, Sheryll Titford, Brian Titford, Mike Swain, Val Smith, Graham Backley, Terri Ryder, Derek Broadmore, Roz Broadmore, Martyn Smith, Annaliese Ferguson, Stephen Ferguson, Larry Mitchell, Christine Mundell, Mary Shackleton, Jane Harrison, Bull Marcroft, Cleo Skinner, Linda Williams, Bob Gilhooly, John McClenaghan, Fiona McKinney, Greg McKinney, George Driver, Wendy Hayton (Secretary, Minutes)

APOLOGIES: Jenny Neel, Pat Backley, Mike Smith

Paul Manton (in his role as Co-Chair) started the meeting due to Dustyn being delayed in

traffic from Auckland.


Chris Mundell referred to her email about the accuracy of these minutes where they referred to her comments. The minutes read ‘AGM minutes correction – subs being taken during ballot votes, that people were allowed to leave chairs during count, this impeded Jenny commenting on her vote, and was disruptive.’ Chris felt that the key issue was that fees should never have been taken once the vote was in process, and that it was unconstitutional. The minutes of 26 July have been amended to read ‘AGM minutes correction – subs being taken during the ballot votes was considered to be contrary to the constitution, as well as people being allowed to leave chairs during count, this impeded Jenny commenting on her vote, and was disruptive’.

The minutes of the meeting held on 26th July 2016 had been previously circulated. With the inclusion of the above amendment, these were accepted as being a true and accurate record.

Motion 1

THAT with the above amendment being added, the minutes of the meeting held on 26th July 2016 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Sorrel O’Leary


Dustyn arrived at 7.40pm during the discussion about the previous minutes and took over

from Paul as Chairperson.


There were no matters arising.

Judith Williams expressed her very grateful thanks to the Puhoi Forum members for their gift of

beautiful flowers during her recent stay in hospital.


Jenny Schollum spoke to her previously circulated report.

A grant of $2000 from Auckland Council to run the 4 workshops with Cissy Rock in July has been received. Also received Cissy Rock’s invoice for running the 4 workshops for $2000. Approval for payment of this invoice and $30 secretarial services and $58.92 to Pat Backley for Judith’s flowers was requested and approved.

Motion 2

THAT the Treasurer’s Report for July 2016 be accepted and payments be approved as follows:

$2000 to Cissy Rock for 4 workshops in July

$58.92 to be paid to Pat Backley for Judith’s flowers

$30 to Wendy Hayton for secretarial services.

Moved: Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Chris Mundell



Mike Swain circulated a report and spoke to this issue. The key issues are:

  1. Chris Dickson owns a 40 hectare lot between Krippner and Saleyards Roads (97 Saleyards Road) in the centre of Puhoi.

  2. He made a resource consent application for 3-4 subdivisions which was granted by the Auckland Council in February 2014.

  3. Also in February 2014 he made a Rezoning application via a submission to the Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan process for a large part of his lot to be rezoned from ‘Rural Production’ to ‘Rural and Coastal Settlement’. At that time the lots would have been 4000sqm, as set out in the Council’s Puhoi Structure Plan 2010. This submission contained a concept plan for 25 houses. Auckland Council opposed this submission on the grounds that it was inconsistent with the Puhoi Structure Plan 2010, which specifically states ‘no planned change in zoning to provide for residential intensification within the catchment…’. The property developer appealed this decision, supplying two further reports from his consultants. An Independent Hearing Panel heard this appeal and overturned the Council’s previous opposing decision. The Panel rezoned the area to include the entire area of the property at 97 Saleyards Road, almost twice what the owner had applied for, along with the first four lots along Krippner Rd. The Council did not appeal this, so the rezoning has now become part of the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

Due to the fact that it was a Unitary Plan submission, neither the Local Board nor Penny Webster (Rodney Councillor) were aware of the developer’s application.

The Puhoi Structure Plan limits were established to take into account Puhoi’s geological (clay) and historical nature, and the fact that it has very few services.

  1. Importantly for Puhoi, the Rural and Coastal Zone lot size has now been changed from 4000sqm to 2500sqm. This was accepted for Puhoi on the basis that there were not many affected properties in the village to require a special variation. However

The 97 Saleyards Road property now re-zoned in its entirety, could mean up to 160 plots are involved.

The Puhoi Forum made a submission in 2014 to counter the development.

Discussion took place. The appeals deadline for the Unitary Plan is 16th September 2016.

There do not appear to be many grounds for appeal. The Puhoi Forum is able to appeal on the grounds that it has already made a submission. It was noted that the Unitary Plan applies to the next 30 years. Russell emphasized that this year is election year for the Auckland Council, and this might well mean more attention might be paid to any appeal.

The point was raised that Saleyards Road is not a fully tarmacked road and not fit for much increased traffic that construction vehicles, as well as much increased residential traffic, would bring.

There was a strong feeling that the historic nature of Puhoi could be completely altered by such a significant development taking place within its village boundaries under the new Unitary Plan re-zoning proposal. If Chris Dickson’s development does not go ahead, then there will be others.

It was agreed that any appeal should be limited to the one issue of village centre re-zoning as it applies to the proposed development at 97 Saleyards Road and the four lots along Krippner Road.

The question of funding any appeal was raised. At this point costs are not known.

The unanimous feeling of the meeting was that it would be worth exploring the possibility of an appeal, and understanding what this process would entail.

Motion 3

That the members of the Puhoi Forum (present at this meeting) wish to support a possible appeal process against the Independent Hearing Panel’s decision to permit the re-zoning of the property at 97 Saleyards Road and the four lots along Krippner Rd from ‘Rural Production’ to ‘Rural and Coastal Settlement,’ which overturns the Auckland Council’s decision not to allow residential intensification within the Puhoi catchment.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary


It was proposed that a sub-committee investigate the details and options of the appeals process over the developer’s property zoning issue, in order to save time, and allow those who have the time and the skills to focus on what is the best way forward since there is only two weeks until the deadline for the end of the appeals process.

Motion 4

That a sub-committee of the Puhoi Community Forum researches the Unitary Plan appeals process as soon as possible, to come up with recommendations around appealing against the Panel’s decision to re-zone the property at 97 Saleyards Road, and the four Krippner Road lots, including costs around this process. The sub-committee to consist of Graham Backley, Mike Swain, Fiona McKinney, Derek Broadmore and Martyn Smith.

Also that the sub-committee, in conjunction with the Co-Chairs, be empowered to make an appeal submission if it appears to be the most effective way forward for the Forum.

Moved: Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Kristin Gillies



  1. Road Safety Group

Terri Ryder read out a letter from Gerry Ryder who had requested her to bring to the Road Safety Group’s attention that parking on the footpath on the main Puhoi Road during Village Markets is a real issue, and potentially creating a very dangerous situation, particularly for children.

As representative of the Village Markets, Judith Williams said that stall holders are requested never to park on the main road, or take up public spaces. She was not sure whether the issue about public parking is really the responsibility of the Village Market’s team.

At the Workshop session for the Road Safety Group in July, there was discussion about putting a board walk between the new bridge and the library, which would create a much safer space. It may be possible to apply for a grant to cover this or other parking solutions.

Discussion also took place concerning the option for the Market stalls to be in the actual village, lining both sides of the main Puhoi Road, rather than its current location in the carpark, so that the car park could then be optimally used for visitors.

It was agreed that Puhoi does want to encourage visitors and allow parking where this is possible and safe.

The Road Safety Group is to look into this situation and report back to the next meeting.

Beth Houlbrooke said she will follow up with AT to see if there is anything that can be done.

  1. Firestation Grant

Russell Green acknowledged with gratitude the Council funding received of $495,000 towards the new Firestation. Building will commence in the next few weeks. The full amount of the build will actually be $700,000, so fundraising will be ongoing. Russell thanked all those present for their support.


  1. SH1 Junction

The Facebook page has received 300 signatures. There will be a public meeting on the issues about the junction. Kristin Gillies is pursuing this.

  1. River Park Update

Paul Manton has been keeping abreast of issues. Wet weather over recent months has prohibited much progress with the fencing or planting. The fencing needs to be installed first and it is too wet currently to use any machinery for this work. It was agreed that application should be made to the Local Board for the grant received for the fencing and planting (due to be spent by September 2016) to be extended to accommodate a realistic timeframe to allow for the fencing and subsequent planting.

Beth Houlbrooke (Local Board) said she would support this application, and considered that an extension would be likely.

  1. Puhoi Village Market update

Judith Williams reported the recent ‘Puhoi’s Got Talent’ contest, held at the last Village Market was successful, and it is planned to repeat this again next year. She asked all to note that the market has changed its name from ‘Puhoi Farmer’s Market’ to ‘Puhoi Village Market’, to embrace more stalls selling goods other than just produce.

The meeting closed at 8.50pm.


The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 7.30pm in the Sports Hall.

August 2016 Report for Puhoi Rural Fire


  • House Fire – 2
  • Flooding Preparation – 2
  • Motor Vehicle Crash – 1
  • Tree Blocking road – 2
  • Road clean up – 1
  • Water Rescue – 1

This month has been unseasonably busy for us. Sadly another fatal crash blocked SH1 putting our local roads under the burden of SH1 traffic, thankfully this time no trucks blocked the road! A water rescue came in early one morning where a boaty became unwell. A reminder to either have a locator beacon or a radio on board your boat to help get you help when you need it!


Weather is slowly turning around and with the upturn in weather comes the ability to burn your dead garden waste. Currently we are in an Open Fire Season excluding the islands. Please do be mindful when burning, no green vegetation make sure its brown. Otherwise lots of smoke is given off and if we are called for a smoke nuisance it will have to be put out. Also as the ground dries out be wary of embers in the wind. If you are not sure whether you can burn, go to the Auckland Council Website or ring them on 09 301 0101.


As most people are aware we have managed to secure $500,000 for our station build and building should be starting sometime September/October. With some luck we will be in the new premises by the time Santa comes! We have a sign up at the new site promoting how much more we have to go (only $200,000). This is mainly for the interior, such as office desks, chairs, tables, lockers etc. Any donations are gratefully accepted! You can donate at our Give a little page. Search Puhoi Fire.


Chris Farac

Senior Firefighter

Puhoi Rural Fire

Successful Petition, Great Video

A big thanks to Sarah Churchouse for getting 290 signatures (pretty much the whole village!) on her petition to get a more appropriate speed limit around the Puho SH1 intersection. There’s still time to give your support…

Check out this great little video too,  made by Mahurangi Matters about our SH1 issue …

Excellent presentation Kathy!

Puhoi Community Forum: Agenda For Meeting 30 Aug 2016





  1. Apologies

  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 26 July 2016

  1. Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)

  1. Treasurer’s Report – for July 2016 – Jenny Schollum

  1. Unitary Plan – Jenny Neel/Mike Swain

  • plot sizes

  • change in zone of Chris Dixon’s property

  1. Working Groups – update

  1. General Business

  • SH1 Junction

  • River Park Update

  • Farmers’ Market update


The next meeting and AGM will be held on Tuesday 27th September 2016 at 7.30pm.