Monthly Archives: October 2014

Neigbourhood Support Group For Puhoi

After some discussion with locals and the recent dishonesty offending that has occurred in the area, I thought it was about time we started an official Neighbourhood Support Group in the Puhoi Community.

As a locally residing and working Police Officer and having had such a great response in the Ahuroa / Makarau area with their new Neighbourhood Support Group set up last year, I thought it was about time Puhoi followed before things get any worse.

The New Zealand Police are currently pushing for Crime Prevention Advise to be at the forefront of frontline policing and have seen some great changes as a result of this change of mindset. Ahuroa itself is a great success story and the crime stats show this.

If you are interested in hearing about how you can be more effective and aware of crime prevention strategies in your community, come along to the Puhoi Sports Club on Wednesday 5th November at 7.00pm for an informative and low key meeting and be part of making Puhoi a safer community together.

Look forward to seeing lots of you there and sharing with you some great ideas and stories. Kids are more than welcome.

Regards, Steve

New Zealand Police Logo Constable Steve Hunt
Rodney Prevention Team | Whangaparaoa | New Zealand Police
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Whangaparaoa Police Station, 716 Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa, PO Box 284, Whangaparaoa, Auckland 0932,
Safer Communities Together

Guinea Pigs Wanted

Pilot exercise programme for people with osteoarthritis of the hips or knees I am looking for expressions of interest from people with mild hip or knee OA who would be interested in a 4 week exercise programme.

The programme would be free of charge, although there will probably be a charge for hiring a small venue. You would also have to provide yourself with an exercise mat for floor exercises and of course would need to be able to get on and off the floor. The exercise class would be once a week but you would be expected to do daily exercises at home. As well as exercises there is an education component to the class and you will be taught joint protection strategies, goal setting, posture. If you are interested please ring me on 02156862 or email me on The goal of the exercise class is to

  • To reduce the pain
  • Improve joint mobility
  • Improve your ability to perform the activities that are important to your lifestyle eg gardening, golf, bowls, walking
  • Reduce reliance on medication.

The classes will be small with only 4 people in the class

Jacki Piper

Worrying Sheep

[from Sharon Hallett]
We have had sheep mauled by dogs in Billings Rd. There are no dogs living in this road at present so they must be wandering. Sheep are particularly susceptible at this time of year with lambs at foot. Could you please send out a reminder in your newsletter to dog owners to please take extra care to know where their dogs are at all times. If they are seen worrying stock they will be shot and the owner can be held responsible for the cost of stock lost.

Dont’ forget! Puhoi Farmers Market, this Sunday, 26th October, 9am to 1pm

Fresh local fruit and veges, EGGS, honey, Puhoi Coffee, Cheese, nut butter, pickles, pretzels, fresh bread, chutneys and sauces, scones, euro salami and meats, samosa, deli foods, vege seedlings, herbs, plants, and much more.

Musician: Otherwise Fine from 9.30

Next market: Sunday, November 30th
Support Local!
Any inquiries to Phillippa: 09 4220009, 021722266

Annoying Weeds

Sorrel O’Leary here of Krippner Road ( next to Straka’s before the hill).  I am writing to you to draw attention to and express concern, in fact growing alarm at the convovulus that is rapidly taking over large swathes of the creekside planting done some years back by the landcare group.  When this plant first appeared several years ago, Emily’s mother ( lives on the hill above the planting, with the goats) made an attempt to control it, but as with most of us, full time work means not enough time for the land.  It has now killed a number of trees in the planting and is spreading through Torban’s property next door and into our property as well.  We have been hand controlling this basically unkillable weed for a few years now, but other property owners need to be involved.  Anybody who drives through Orewa can see the results on the end reserve, if this weed is allowed to go unchecked.

I have spoken to Bill of the landcare group and he came and sprayed a small section a month ago to judge the effect of this, but said there were so few members of the group active that they could not really help.  I tried to speak to Pippa, another community leader who I thought might have some ideas, but she is away at present, so I thought I would try and open a discussion of the problem by contacting you. The Auckland Council has this advice. We have found a combination of handcontrol and spraying to at least slow it down, as roots can go down to 14 m it is impossible to dig out.  As all properties in Puhoi will eventually be infected by this weed if it remains uncontrolled, I wonder if there is some community mobilisation we can effect, of Krippner Road residents at least, to organise a group to initially hand control it along the planting.  Grazing can also keep this pest under control at least, if not eliminated.

[if anyone has any suggestions about how we could coordinate some of this work, especially now the landcare group is very undermanned, we’d be interested. A working bee, with beer, could be the solution;-) – Ed]

Fire Stats For September

Scrub Fire -1
Private Alarm Call -1
Medical – 1
Vehicle Crash – 1

This Month saw our members attend various trainings around Auckland to further their skills and knowledge in various areas. Brigade members also completed their Breathing Apparatus revalidation, passing with flying colours! All this while still attending Monday Night trainings and the occasional callout.
With the warmer weather on the way it is the early beginning of the fire season. Currently it is open fire season. But please be careful out there, always watch what you burn!

Remember to ring 111 if there is something you think the fire service or any other service should be attending. Please do not ring the brigade members. This way if the fire, ambulance or police call taker needs specific details, you can give them what they need for an appropriate and immediate 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

Chris Farac
Qualified Firefighter
Puhoi Fire Brigade