Monthly Archives: April 2014

Organic Chestnuts Sale

Chestnut season is upon us and now’s the time to
get creative with all things chestnut!
Chestnuts are relatively low in calories, exceptionally rich in vitamin C, a good
source of dietary fibre as well as many other minerals and vitamins. You’ll find a
gazillion recipe ideas on the internet including uses for both sweet and savory.
Our chestnuts are completely spray free – no pesticide or insecticide nasties and
are totally organic, just how mother nature intended!
Ready harvested and ready to use.
$3.00 per each 500g
(a great price when compared with supermarkets and speciality stores that stock them)
Call, text or pop in …..
Julia Manuel
422 5151 / 021 2286665 / 1176 Ahuroa Road
(across the road from the Lothlorien orchards)


Traffic Survey

At recent Puhoi Community Forum meetings concern has been expressed regarding the safety of children in the village especially when the school buses are picking up and dropping off. Traffic does not slow to the required 20kph when passing stationery school buses, parking can be a problem for parents dropping off and picking up and the buses have to do a 3 point turn. We have been in touch with Auckland Transport seeking a solution to these problems and they in turn have asked the Forum to canvas the local community to ascertain the ‘best place’ for the Bus Stop.

The purpose of this Survey is to seek your opinion, especially if you are parents and care-givers of the local children, as regards the following possible sites for the bus stop. So – please have your say and respond with your choice, suggestions and concerns about the following options.

1) At the shop.

Advantages – Convenient.

Disadvantages – Traffic congestion, speed of traffic, 3 point turns needed for busses, busses sometimes have to stop and unload in the road.


2) By the Hall and/or church.

Advantages – Convenient.

Disadvantages – No ‘footpath’ when crossing the bridge, speed of traffic, 3 point turns needed for busses.


3) In the Domain Car Park

Advantages – Convenient, no traffic, no 3 point turn for busses.

Disadvantages – query re weight limit of bridge, safety of people crossing the bridge when it is being used by vehicles.


Please reply to Derek Hay, PO Box 404181, Puhoi, 0951  or email Derek Hay

Historical Thermometer

PHS fund raising sign 021We have this afternoon installed the new thermometer billboard sign to inform the Puhoi community of the fund raising required to have a new Museum building along with information about making a donation, with special thanks to Puhoi Valley Café who sponsored this billboard and a big thank you to the Catholic Church for allowing us to place this on their property.

This billboard will provide inspiration to those closely involved and allow the team fund raising leader Sheryll Titford to continue seeking new avenues for obtaining the necessary funds to reach the stated goal.

Adrian Anderson ( for the Puhoi Historical Society)

Noble Rot: Free Composting Courses

Receive a free voucher for $46 off a composting system of your choice.

An introduction to help you find the right system for your home – traditional compost bin, worm farm or bokashi buckets.
Matakana Saturday 3rd May 2-4pm
Orewa Saturday 10 May 2-4pm
Wellsford Saturday 17 May 1-4pm
Please book online at:
Or call the Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre office on:  (09) 482 1172
Exact locations provided on booking.

Sea Change

Glenda Bostwick is kicking off the new spatial plan for the Hauraki gulf and is seeking contributions from people in the Puhoi area. If you are a Puhoi local with an interest in the future management of our beautiful marine environment, please spare some time to attend and give our community a voice…

Tai Timu Tai Pari and the community meeting at the Orewa Surf Life Saving Club on Tuesday 22 April, from 5pm.  This  will be a small-group meeting to share information and stories of the gulf.  We will be looking at how it used to be, what’s changed, or not, what you value and what your aspirations are for its future.

The marine spatial plan is being developed over the next 18 months by mana whenua,  Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, DOC and the Ministry of Primary Industries.  It has a stakeholder working group of 14, representing organisations with an interest in the gulf, with members who have been selected by their peers to work collaboratively and find agreement on the use and protection of the gulf over the next 30 years.  Our role is to make sure all the issues and points of view are at their table.


I recommend you have a look at the project website,  The project’s monthly newsletter is there, background information about the project  as well as a survey, open till next Monday, 21 April, which gives you the opportunity to share your experience of the gulf: the places you visit – sea, coast, and islands – and why you value these locations.  You will also have the chance to go into the draw to win a Waiheke Island Explorer Tour family pass for two adults and two children.  You are very welcome to forward this information about the survey and the web site address to any of your friends, family and colleagues, who would appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the project and to have their say online.

I look forward to meeting you at the Orewa Surf Life Saving Club next Tuesday after work!  Please feel free to call me on my mobile if you have any questions in the meantime.  If you are not able to make the meeting,  you may like to nominate a colleague to take your place.

Noho ora mai | Best wishes Glenda

Glenda Bostwick | Consultation and Engagement Advisor
Auckland Council  Mob 027 214 2019

Puhoi Beauty Therapy

Rhoda Chignall, now working at 7 Saleyards Road, in the same premises as physiotherapist Jacki Piper, is offering a range of treatments – facials, waxing, massage, Omveda Ayurvedic natural products and Ravir paramedical for advanced treatment programmes. 20% discount for seniors – Special for April/May – end of season facial ‘ GRAPE WINE PEEL’ deep exfoliation, nourish and vitalise. $75.00 (other discounts do not apply) 10% discount when booking from this advert Please contact Rhoda 09 4220591,0272294654 for full treatment menu and bookings.

Show some respect guys

A local resident, recently bereaved, was saddened about having to pick up a bag full of broken stubbies and other bottles, plus fragments of decorations blown around the cemetery from graves, and wonders whether a working bee is necessary or whether people visiting the cemetery, which is otherwise in beautiful condition and very peaceful, could do a bit of picking up. Would a wheelie or rubbish bin near the cemetery entrance be a good idea, she wonders.

Old School

Former pupils of Ellerslie’s St Mary’s Convent School, of whom there are a few living around the Puhoi area, are invited to a centennial reunion on Queens Birthday weekend 2014. Please visit the website: or contact 09 79 8937 for more details on what’s happening and how to register.

Get Wood

Don and Melissa Bell still have plenty of felled trees lying in a paddock for anyone to harvest. The ground is very dry, so you shouldn’t need 4WDs to get to the wood. Bring chain saws and help yourselves.

Contact Don on 09 4220112 to arrange a time. (he may have to move stock out of the way).Don and Melissa Bell, 80 Tunnel Road.