Monthly Archives: August 2014

Getting Your Puhoi News – A Cornucopia

Sarah Churchouse has started a splendid new Facebook page for community related items at Puhoi  & Districts Community Group which is buzzing with chatter.

Just a reminder that this and other news is available on and is cross-posted to it’s partner Facebook page,

If you want a feed of Puhoi news items free of advertising and cat pictures, you can use the old-timer’s RSS feed from there too. To have your calendar automatically updated with all Puhoi events, you can subscribe to the calendar feed


I have often been asked when to use heat and when to use ice on an injury/strained or painful part of the body. Check out my website under “Hints and Tips” for the answer.

Yay! Spring is here: Along with the extra sun and warmth we have an increase in Stallholders for the Summer period

Omaha Vege grower is back and the local Hens are back in lay so time to fill your fridge and cupboards with YUMMY local wares.
Fresh local fruit and veges, eggs, Puhoi Coffee, Cheese, nut butter, fresh bread, pickles, chutneys and sauces, Olive Oil, scones, Spanish Churros, Hungarian Fry Bread and sausage, samosa, deli foods, vege seedlings, herbs, plants, Craftware and much more.
Musician this month: Blues and Folk band, Otherwise Fine

Next market: Sunday, September 28th
Support Local!
Any inquiries to Phillippa: 09 4220009

Fire Brigade August Report

A fire callout on Sunday, August 10, c10am, saw two trucks speeding to a tree burning out of control in the cemetery area. With lots of vegetation burn-ups being carried out around now, says fire chief Russell Green, people should ensure theirs is monitored, even though surroundings may still appear damp.

Be careful, too about where you dump ashes from your fireplace, as they could still be hot enough to start a fire, he reminds. FIRE CALLS

Call statistics for July: weather related 2, vehicle crash 1

In the last few months the upper North Island has been battered by high winds and significant amounts of rainfall. Each time these weather events have happened the Puhoi Brigade has had a team ready to respond for any situation, Civil Defence, Fire or Storm related either by Fire Truck or 4wd response. We are still recruiting; if you are over 16 years of age, live locally in Puhoi and have a can do attitude we are interested in hearing from you. We will supply all the training, uniform and support you need. Contact – Rob Beardmore 021891996 (thanks to Chris Farac, Puhoi Rural Fire Force, for this monthly report)

Wanted: Puhoi Holiday Accommodation

Living in Puhoi for over 10 years Kathy Sykes has seen a need for short term furnished accommodation. She successfully runs and has decided to operate a small, boutique operation from her Home Office in Puhoi where Devonport Holiday Houses is based. Maybe you have a small cottage on your property you would like to have paying guests stay. Maybe you are going overseas and want to rent your furnished house out while you are away. You might go away at Christmas and want to rent your house out while you are away. If this might be of interest or you have any questions please email me at with any questions and I can also email you with how it all works. We are very approachable and open to options. Puhoi Holiday Houses “Accommodation for discerning guests” 027-445-3887

Egging You On

Now it is August and the hens are starting to lay, there have been enquiries as to where people can buy laying birds. Two fairly handy options are Judy and Wilfred Scovell, West Coast Road, 422 5890, who are now taking orders for Red Shavers, from young pullets to older birds, while Sheryll Titford, Upper Waiwera, 09 426 6270, also has laying hens for sale.

World Challenge

Young Ella, of Saleyards Road, is raising money for a December 2015 visit to Cambodia to trek and help out in an impoverished village with the international organisation World Challenge:-

Hello, Ella Ferguson here, I’ve already raised around $1,800 with selling plants and chutney, etc and need to raise about $6,000 by September 2015. Ways people can help is if they want me to babysit their children, by donations, plant sales and planting. To contact me my landline is 09 425 8642 and my email

Dogs and Lambing: Please Take Extra Care

After an incident over a recent weekend with a dog in with our sheep and new lambs, I was wondering if you could put your usual yearly reminder out to everyone about how devastating it is for everyone if a dog is caught in a paddock hassling sheep. Dogs may be shot and the horror of putting down injured sheep and lambs is something that no one wants to go through. Many thanks, Ellie Davison