Public Meeting: Broadband In Puhoi



Fast Broadband service options for

the Puhoi community.

An alternative Broadband system is being developed in Puhoi by Rural Tech Solutions, an independent Broadband service provider.

It is already being used by a number of private

and business subscribers.

Find out what is being done, and whether it might meet your needs.

Questions welcome on your wants, needs and solutions.



Forum meeting starts 7.30 pm

Presentation starts 8.00 pm

This meeting is sponsored by the Puhoi Community Forum

Holiday Activities for Kids

Holiday Programme in Puhoi Wed 15th – Fri 17th July.
The first 2 days will be 9.30 am- 4pm at Puhoi Sports Hall, Puhoi.
We will have Daniel Hales leading improvisation, clowning, wood and nature crafts and survival skills
Janette Ravens leading eurythmy (a form of movement)
Anne Molloy leading singing and dancing
Hannah Hales leading singing and more..
The programme is for children 7 and up (preschoolers are welcome with their parents).  The programme was created for Steiner inspired homeschool families and is also for anyone interested in music, outdoors, dance, clowning, singing, crafts… homeschooling or not. School children are also welcome to attend also.

Friday 9:30am – 3:30pm will be held outdoors (in Puhoi) and will be survival skills and nature crafts (for all ages) with Daniel Hales.

Timetable for Wed and Thurs (may change slightly)
9:30am – 10am  singing
10 – 10:50am Group 1 singing games and folk dancing (Thurs only) Group 2 clowning / improvisation  Group 3 eurythmy
10:50 – 11:10am  BYO morning Tea
11:10 – 12:05am  G1 eurythmy,  G2 games, G3 clowning/ improvisation
12:05 – 1pm  – G1 games, G2 eurythmy, G3 games
1- 2pm BYO lunch
2pm -4pm Nature crafts with Daniel / games

G1 (Group 1) is 6-7 yrs
G2 (Group 2) is 8 -10
G3 (Group 3) is 11 and up.

About the activity leaders:
Daniel trained in circus in Christchurch and travelled with Circus Aotearoa followed by teaching circus holiday programs and further performance work. He aIso has trained in Wilderness lifestyle skills in NZ and USA and now teaches these skills and makes primitive hunting tools. For more see <>

Janette is a NZ trained eurythmist. She has taught eurythmy since 1998 in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Nepal and Philippines (teacher trainees). She has also taught a “round” as a class teacher (grades 1-7). She has just been teaching in Los Angeles and has just returned to New Zealand as home base.

Anne has trained in both Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly. She combines these methods in her music classes which include singing, playing musical games and instruments, moving, reciting, improvising and expressing. Anne taught primary aged children for 23 years. She home schools her son and is involved in a Steiner-based home schooling cooperative in Mangawhai.

Hannah is an ex-Steiner school student and now a musician and mother of three homeschool children.

Children 5 yrs and over $35 1 day, $60 for 2 days and $80 for 3 days. 4 and under $5 day adults free

Registrations due by Saturday 11th July

For more information or to register email or ph 022 1049867

Thanks From Judith

Many thanks to Gillian, Sean, Amego and all the Puhoi Hotel organisers
of last nights Trivial Events evening, not to mention players Ineke
and Peter Straka, Judy Golland from Puhoi Cottage and her friend,
Jasmin Burrling, at 18 and 15 our youngest players, and Gillian, who
also provided the raffles which, when all was tallied up, made c $400
for the Puhoi Community Forum. Did it really matter that we came
bottom? Not really, but, without those two girls, we would have come
even bottomer.

With kindest regards,
Judith Williams

Rodney Neighbourhood Support: July 2015 Newsletter





‘GET TOGETHER and AGM for all Residents and  Street Contacts and their members throughout Rodney Neighbourhood Support Incorporated area. This covers all of Hibiscus Local Board and Rodney Local Board districts and Mangawhai. The evening will include guest speakers from the Police.  They will be available to answer your questions.  You will meet our hard working Committee and the AGM will be held. We welcome new members to join our team. Prizes and Supper will be served.


7.00pm Thursday 20TH August 2015, at St. Chad’s Anglican Church, 117 Centreway Road, Orewa.



If you are in business and a member of Rodney Neighbourhood Support, you are welcome to display your business cards etc. at the meeting. 




Three of our much respected committee members are leaving. If you would like to become part of this enthusiastic Committee contact . Nominations can be made at the AGM. All new committee members are required to complete a Vetting Service Request and Consent Form.


RSVP: 10th August 2015       


 Ph. or Txt: 0212583737

(We require RSVP numbers for catering).


Note: Agenda will be sent out mid August.




If happening right now ring 111

If the offender is no long their ring your local Police Station. 


Helensville  09 420 8967                    Kumeu/Huapai      09 412 5193

Mahurangi East  09 425 6608          Mangawhai   09 423 1060

Orewa  09426 4555                            Warkworth  09 425 8109

Wellsford   09 423 8228                    Whangaparaoa  09 424 6500


Crime Stoppers (tell us what you know not who your are)   0800 555 111

Traffic Incidents  *555


A members has had a Scam problem, this time the Microsoft Scam, in which the person on the phone says they are from “Microsoft” and that you have “bugs in your computer”. Everyone should look at the Scam Watch Website which has a list of the latest scams, and what you should do if you suspect you are being or have been scammed. Read before the event.

Margaret Faed

Rodney Neighbourhood Support Coordinator

021 2583737



Puhoi Community Forum AGM 2015: Minutes



Meeting held on June 30 at 7.30pm in the Puhoi Sports Club



Hans Everts, PCF co-chairman, Peter Straka, deputy chair, Judith Williams, acting secretary, Jenny Schollum, treasurer, Terri Ryder, Ian Bateman, Helen Darnell, Christine Mundell, John Simons, Larry Mitchell, Ian Boothroyd,

Gillian Seymour, Kristin Gillies, Jim Sephton (arrived 8.15pm)



Beth Houlbrooke ( Rodney Local Board) Phillippa Beagley, Wendy Hayton, Guinny Sorensen, Theo Koops, Dustyn O ‘ Leary


Approval of 2014 AGM Minutes

Moved Peter Straka, seconded Judith Williams


Matters Arising



Chairman’s Report

Tabled and read by Hans Everts, acceptance moved Peter Straka, seconded Chris Mundell


Financial Report

Previously circulated, and read by Jenny Schollum, acceptance moved Jenny Schollum, seconded Hans Everts

Authorisation of $30 secretarial meeting payment, moved Hans Everts, seconded Helen Darnell





Acceptance of Club and Group Representatives

Puhoi Rural Fire Force – Russell Green

Puhoi Historical Society – Jenny Schollum

Puhoi Library – Helen Darnell

Puhoi Farmers Market – Judith Williams

Puhoi Centennial Hall Committee – Val Smith (main contact)

Puhoi Business Group – Theo Koops

Puhoi Church Properties Committee – Peter Straka

Puhoi Sports Club – Sharon Hallett (main contact)

Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park – Hans Everts

Puhoi Horse Riding Group – Paul Manton

Puhoi Public Space Development and Road Safety Group – Jim Sephton

Puhoi Landcare Group -?

Puhoi Civil Defence and Neighbourhood Support -?

Puhoi Motorway Group – Helen Darnell


Nomination of Independent Committee Members

Terri Ryder – moved Helen Darnell, seconded Judith Williams

Gillian Seymour – Peter Straka, Hans Everts

Kristin Gillies – Judith Williams, Jenny Schollum

Larry Mitchell – Hans Everts, Gillian Seymour

Dustyn O’ Leary – Hans Everts, Larry Mitchell


Nominations Closed: moved Gillian Seymour, seconded Peter Straka


Approval of Chairperson and Deputy

Hans Everts, Chairman, moved Peter Straka, seconded Gillian Seymour,

Deputy, Peter Straka, moved Hans Everts, seconded Larry Mitchell


Jim Sephton’s suggestion that options be kept open for the choice, later in the year, of a co chairperson was noted and agreed upon by the meeting.


Election of Secretary and Treasurer

Secretary, Wendy Hayton, moved Hans Everts, seconded Jenny Schollum, Treasurer, Jenny Schollum, moved Larry Mitchell, seconded Terri Ryder.


Consideration of Forum Aims, Priorities, Processes and Membership, 2015 -2016

  1. Jim Sephton explained the genesis of the name Public Space Development and its origins in the earlier Road Safety initiative. “You can’t deal with road safety without considering how people live and move in the village,” he said. Puhoi is changing and we need to create the right environment, in conjunction with the Rodney Local Board, for which a small group is needed which would report back to the Forum,” Larry Mitchell pointed out the Forum was only starting to make road safety progress after many years of talking. “It is a very wide brief – how will it evolve?” he asked. Jim pointed to one issue for this year, equestrian safety.


  1. Ian Bateman asked for the subject of Rural Broadband to be added to the

list of topics for Forum consideration. Who the best person to investigate

this was initiated a lot of discussion. Larry Mitchell pointed out there was a

great need for someone, who didn’t need to be a forum member, to pick up

this local issue. It was suggested Mike Swain, who has extensive IT

expertise, be asked to investigate the options available for Broadband

provision for Puhoi.


  1. Hans Everts pointed to concerns about the enhancement of Puhoi’s

environment, since it appeared Landcare was ‘moribund’. Larry Mitchell asked if the forum could be proactive in calling a public meeting on the subject of Puhoi weed control, and, if the Landcare group really were moribund, could the Forum help resurrect it?

Might the help of groups such as MAD, who provide community labour, be


Hans offered to approach Landcare to discuss this issue.


  1. The secretary pointed out that the impact of motorway construction on Puhoi would be immense, and doubted that many residents were really aware of the implications, despite input by the Te Ara Tuhono liaison group. Helen Darnell, who had already had involvement with motorway issues, was asked to be Puhoi’s ‘ears to the ground’, although, it was pointed out, the contractors had not yet been chosen. Larry Mitchell suggested we should we be starting to ask our own questions on impacts and the matters that would concern our residents. Kristin Gillies asked if canvassing of community concerns could be added to a future Forum agenda.


John Simons reminded of the pressures on Puhoi for change through the influences from both sides of Hibiscus Coast and Warkworth developments. ‘Don’t fight it, use it’, he advised.


Meeting closed: 9.25

Next Committee Meeting: July 28 2015


Books We’ve Read


 Fireside Book Club Selections.  
(Ist Meeting 6th May 2008 )  
Mr Pip Lloyd Jones
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson
Jack Maggs Peter Carey
On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan
Pope Joan Donna Woolfolk Cross
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
About My Wife Emily Perkins
End of the Golden Weather Bruce Mason
Mistress of the Elgin Marbles Susan Nagel
My Name Was Judas C.K. Stead
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society Mary Ann Shaffer
Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
Catch 22 Joseph Heller
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Alexander McCall Smith
A Far Country Daniel Mason
The Education of Little Tree Forrest Carter
A Week in December Sebastion Faulks
The Book Thief Marcus Zusak
Fever Pitch Nick Hornby
Cannery Row John Steinbeck
Periera Maintains Antonio Tabucchi
The Long Story Andrea Levy
Child of Prophecy Juliet Mariller
Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
The Colour Rose Tremain
Fishing For Tigers Emily Macquire
What Remains Behind Dorothy Fowler
On the Road Jack Kerouac
A Very Private Gentleman : A Novel Martin Booth
Doomsday Book Connie Williams
Flight Behaviour Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
Lacuna Barbara Kingsolver
The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Casual Vacancy J K Rowling
Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks
Caleb’s Crossing Geraldine Brooks
Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells Sebastion Faulks
Human Traces Sebastion Faulks
The Pianist Szpilman Wladyslaw
The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith Thomas Keneally
Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier
Me Before You Jojo Moyes
The Hundred Year Old Man who…….. Jonas Jonasson
The Rosie Effect Graeme Simsion
Disgrace J M Coetzee
Shifting Colours Fiona Sussman
The Telling Room Michael Paterniti
The Picture of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
Dissolution C J Sansom



2018 picks
Month Proposer Title Author
January Kate London Fields Martin Amis
February Pat Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
Mar Jackie Season of the Jew Maurice Shadbolt
Apr Derek B The Children Act Ian McEwan
May Sandra The History of Bees Maja Lund
June Judith Old Filfth Jane Gardam
Jul (swapped from June) Annie The Mountain Drusilla Modjeska
Aug Gabrielle Being Mortal Atul Gawande
Sep Ngaire Best Laid Plans Kathy Lette
Oct Jenny Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
Nov Mike Post-truth: why we have reached peak bullshit and what we can do about it Ewan Davis
Dec Val Daughters-in-Law Joanna Trollope
Jan 2019 Diane Newcombe TBD
2017 picks
Month Chooser Book
Jan Val The Lost Child of Philomena Lee – Martin Sixsmith
Feb Pat Miss Garnet’s Angel- Salley Vickers
March Derek High Society – Ben Elton
April Mike Sun Storm – Åsa Larsonn
May Annie The Winter Rose –  Jennifer Donnelly.
June Kate The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
July Jenny Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Aug Gabrielle tbd
Sep Judith Winter In Madrid – C.J.Sansom
Oct Sandra All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Nov Diane tbd


Fire Brigade: June Report

Call statistics for June –

Vegetation Fire – 1

Minor Fire – 1

Hope you are all keeping warm out there with some of the freezing mornings we are having.

This month our members completed various courses. With two of our newest recruits completing their Basic Training course. We also had a driving course for 3 members who are now probationary Emergency Response Drivers. And the final course was a 4wd course. This saw our members take out our smoke chaser (ute) and put it through some challenges on a farm in Mangatawhiri. All were lots of fun and a lot learnt!

We are still collecting scrap metal at 1 Ahuroa Rd (Puhoi River Motors). This goes towards the new station funds. So if any scrap metal lying around, drop it off. But please no general rubbish.

We are continuing to recruit new members, 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

Keep warm out there!


Chris Farac

Qualified Firefighter

Puhoi Fire Brigade

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