MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING
HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 28 April 2015 commencing at 7.30pm
PRESENT: Dustyn O’Leary, Jenny Schollum, Jim Sephton, Guinney and Torben Sorensen, Sorrell O’Leary, Phillippa Beagley, Ellie Davison, Helen Darnell, Theo Koops, Richard Walters, Peter Straka, Judith Williams, Hans Everts Wendy Hayton (Minutes)
CHAIRPERSON: Hans Everts
Apologies: Paul Manton, Terri Ryder, Beth Houlbrook (Local Board), John Simons
Hans welcomed members to the meeting. Several landowners had been invited to specifically talk to the noxious weed issues around the Krippner Road area.
- MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING held on 31 March 2015
That the minutes of the meeting held on 31 March 2015 be confirmed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Moved: Judith Williams
Seconded: Peter Straka
3 Heritage Trees available from the Historical Society
This is a work in progress.
Dogs signs – Paul Manton’s machine to make these signs is broken. He will produce them once this is mended.
River Park Walkway – work in progress, to be completed by Rodney Straka when he returns from overseas.
- Salvation Army State of the Nation meeting – at the Church last week went very well. About 50 people attended. A record of thanks is to be given to the community for support of this very positive meeting.
- CORRESPONDENCE IN
2.4.15Email from Beth Houlbrouke re date for close of tenders for footbridge and
footpath (7 April)
12.4.15 Auckland Council Obsfuscates – Larry Mitchell, forwarded
17.4.15 Fire Season Changes – forwarded
17.4.15 Puhoi Track Update – Rob Wakelin, CEO Te Araroa, forwarded
17.4.15 Volunteer Trends Newsletter, forwarded
20.4.15 Ten One April 2015, Neighbourhood Support, forwarded
22.4.15 Public Realm and Safety in Puhoi
24.4.15 Update from Beth Houlbrooke re footpath/footbridge
28.4.15 Auckland Council re weed control on Krippner Road – Jane O’Hagan offering assistance.
12.4.15 Letter of appreciation to Paul Manton (previous Co-Chair and Committee
Member) Hans Everts
20.4.15 Weed Control in Krippner Road (Hans Everts) forwarded to members
- TREASURER’S REPORT
Jenny Schollum spoke to her previously circulated report. This report was the final for the full financial Year April ’14 to March ’15.
The Treasurer’s report was received and accepted.
Moved: Theo Koops
Seconded: Helen Darnell
Judith Williams, on behalf of Forum Members, thanked Jenny for her clear and understandable format for the accounts.
- OTHER REPORTS
The market held on 26 April was the biggest and most successful to date.
- GENERAL BUSINESS
- The Kowhai singers will perform on 8th May at the Church as previously notified.
- The Historical Society’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 19 May at 7pm.
- The AGM of the Puhoi Forum will be held on Tuesday 30 June 2015.
Weed spraying of Loop Track
Hans thanked Richard Walters for the work done. He has taken out some privet trees in the River Park. The area being proposed by Landcare for planting, by the bridge is also being cleared.
Pub Trivial Pursuit
This will be held on the second Thursday of every month through the winter commencing on 14 May. July 9th is the key night for the Puhoi Forum Team. The following members put their names forward to be part of the team for some, if not every meeting:
Judith (and Kate)
Peter Straka (not 14 May)
Dustyn O’Leary (some occasions)
Hans is to contact Shaun re team membership.
- The Compost Collective
Philippa Beagley with Rosie Hutchinson are part of an initiative supported by Auckland Council, working as Facilitators to encourage the community (by working alongside) to reduce rubbish disposal costs by doing as much home composting as possible. As Compost Facilitators, Philippa and Rosie will be available to assist with tailored workshops, one to one home visits, meeting with organisations, or help in accessing resources for producing green waste. Composting kits such as worm farms, compost bins and bokashi buckets will be available for purchase with subsidies available. The first session ‘Troubleshooting’ will take place at Pip’s home on Saturday 2 May at 10am. Pip and Rosie are proposing ‘Compost Parties’ similar to Tupperware parties, where the host will receive an incentive gift for holding such a party.
- Weed Control in Krippner Road and the wider community
Dustyn had produced a full report about serious invasive weed issues in Lower Krippner Road. The main weeds encroaching and destroying trees and bush are Japanese and Himalayan Honeysuckle, Convolvulus, and Tutsan, as well as pampas and privet.
10 years ago Krippner Road residents requested that the Council denote the area as a ‘no spray zone’. It was agreed this needs to be revisited given the current state of noxious weeds now taking over this area. It appears that it is now Auckland Transport who deal with these issues (with responsibilities for the berm).
Torben, Ellie, Sorrel, Phillippa and Richard had been invited to speak at the meeting as landowners, who have serious problems with these weeds which they have fought to control over some years, but without significant success. While the frost knocks the weeds back, they spread very fast the rest of the year. Mowing helps keep them under control, but this is not possible in many of the areas where they occur. Torben has wet areas which are particularly difficult to control. It has been found that planting a cleared area immediately can help. All the landowners had spent substantial time and money trying to control and clear these weeds.
After much discussion, it was proposed and agreed that a robust plan of action is required, and that a community approach be taken, whereby those affected assist others similarly affected with working bees and support. The problem is too large for an individual approach. While Krippner Road has been the study target, noxious weeds are prevalent throughout the Puhoi area, and the community as a whole is challenged to take effective action.
- Immediate –promotion within and involvement of the wider community and Landcare is essential from the start. Further information needs to be collated, which will include approaching those organisations and individuals that can offer assistance and advice. Rodney Straka, Auckland Transport and Bio-security (Jane O’Hagan has offered technical advice, a small amount of supplies including chemicals and tools, and the involvement of 2 senior advisors, as well as the offer of a weed working bee similar to that done in Warkworth).
A starting point could be narrowing down which weeds are targeted to 3-4 of the major species e.g convolvulus, for a test run/testing of methods, which when successful can be taken to the rest of the weeds. When the community see a successful programme taking place, it will encourage people to see that efforts are effective and to participate more extensively.
It was suggested that a (free) stall at the Puhoi market could promote weed control, highlighting the need for effective information gathering, participation and groups involved.
- Public Space Development
At the last meeting it was agreed that a Public Realm and Safety group be created to lead on the development of the Puhoi Village Centre master plan. The Council is focussing on providing funding and support in particular to Community driven projects such as this.
A proposed Action Plan was circulated by Dustyn O’Leary and Jim Sephton. focussing on the village centre.
The following stages were identified:
Stage 1 – Structure Plan review, timelines and planning
A Structure Plan was done in 2010 outlining key issues and objectives. While there have been some changes since then, it will provide the springboard from which the master planning and design process can start. The obtaining of funding will be of key importance.
The Master Plan will be a work in progress, changing over time as relevant and appropriate and could include:
Retail Development and Tourism
Future Growth and Sustainability.
A timeline, determination of roles and responsibilities, establishing social media and other communication platforms as well as creating a budget for the project will all be part of Stage 1.
Stage 2 will involve seeking input and involvement from the main interest groups in Puhoi Village Centre and other key stakeholders including:
- Puhoi Community Forum
- Puhoi Business Forum
- Puhoi General Store
- Library and Historical Society
- Puhoi Pub
- Puhoi Sports Club
Potential partners among others are:
- Local Board
- Auckland Council
- Auckland Transport
- Parks and Recreation
- Creative Communities Trust.
Stage 3 – Engage the Wider Community
Stage 4 – Design Workshop
Stage 5 – Master plan Draft Development
Stage 6 – Feedback Workshop
Stage 7 – Feasibility Studies
Stage 8 – Implementation..
Hans thanked Dustyn and Jim for all their work on this proposal, which is comprehensive, builds on work already done (2010 Structure Plan), and has an impressive community driven focus.
Hans also thanked Ellie, Sorrel and Torben for their valuable input and information regarding weed control issues.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting is to be held on Tuesday 26 May at 7.30pm.
The meeting closed at 9.20pm.