Monthly Archives: February 2016

Dismissing suggestions of corruption and gerrymandering as puree press speculation, your editor swept the board today with a decisive win in the all important Tomato primaries…

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Have you done yours yet?

Just a reminder that you have until 4pm on Friday 18 March, 2016 to make your submission on the draft variation to the Regional Parks Management Plan . The Puhoi Forum has made a collective  submission reflecting the views of those present. I’d urge everyone in the village to think about this, and make their own submissions, as it is has exciting possibilities for the future of the village. I’ve posted my two penn’th here.

My Te Muri Submission

I’d like to thank Auckland Council and all those involved in securing Te Muri for us. I think this wIll be a superb asset for us all to enjoy for years to come.

With the accelerating urbanisation of the whole region, and encroachment on previous green spaces like Long Bay, the belt immediately North of Orewa represents the new rural frontier on the East coast. The plan you have as it stands looks exciting., though I do have some comments.

  • develop a main arrival area at the park entrance at the end of Hungry Creek Rd, including: parking, toilets and visitor information
  • seek agreement from New Zealand Transport Authority and Auckland Transport to upgrade Hungry Creek Road to provide safer access to the park
  • investigate the future improvement to the central road and develop a further arrival area set back from the beach with parking, toilets and visitor information

With reference to the above suggestions in the plan, I would disagree. There exist well resourced parks to the North (Sullivans Bay), and South (Wenderholm), providing extensive support for vehicular access and casual day use of the beaches. I think we have the opportunity with Te Muri to retain a more natural environment for non-motorised enjoyment. Other proposals in the plan, to allow a bridge access from Sullivan’s and the possibility of similar from Wenderholm across the Puhoi River, would allow adequate access for such use, within easy reach of existing car parks.

Devoting scarce funds to the upgrading of the Hungry Creek access road, when many public roads in the region are still in a very primitive state, is unwarranted. Instead, I think available funds would be better spent on developing usable tracks through the park for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.

A cheaper, more appropriate and innovative, option would be to build further parking areas adjacent to SH1 and allow easy access via board-walks and tracks to the park from there.

As a resident of Puhoi,, we are aware that our village is going to be somewhat cauterized by the building of the new toll motorway, with far fewer visitors bothering to stop off . Extending tracks back through to the village, and joining with the Te Araroa walkway would be a welcome development for us, making Puhoi something of a hub for access to the wider natural area.

  • maintain the farming operation and infrastructure
  • determine the future use and management of the exotic woodlots

With reference to the existing farming operations in the park, perhaps these could be phased out over time, as regeneration of native bush proceeds. I think there would be plenty of volunteers (myself included) who would be happy to contribute to the effort in making Te Muri a premier example of a somewhat denuded landscape being returned to a more natural state, along the lines of the Tawharanui project.

Puhoi Historical Society Anzac Day Speech Competition

Children Year 8 and under are invited to enter a speech of not more than 250 words in the Puhoi Historical Society Anzac Day Speech Competition. Entries to Puhoi Historical Society Box 404 224 or email by Sunday 17th April. Winner will receive a prize of $50 and the opportunity to read their speech at our 25th April Anzac Day Ceremony in Puhoi.

Folk Sessions

Beannachtaí Amhránaithe, rinceoirí, agus Ceoltóirí!
[Greetings Singers, Dancers, and Musicians!]

I’m starting a folk/Celtic ‘session’ with a few friends, where we will get together to make music and sing.
If you play the spoons, the bodhran, the linoleum, banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion, or anything else for that matter – or  you just like to sing this kind of stuff, you’re invited to join in.

We’ve got a set of music and lyric/chord charts to get us going but this will grow as folk put in their material. It will be held, initially, at our house in Puhoi. If you decide to join in I’ll send you a music set in advance. 

I’m thinking fortnightly on a Thursday night starting 7.30 pm but this is flexible. Please email me – or call if you might be interested. Let me know if Thursdays works for you. (   OR   09 4220011 )

If it looks like taking off I’ll let you know when the first session will be.

There were Germans, Poles, Italians playin’ polkas oompah-style
But the boys who had them reelin’, they came from auld Erin’s Isle
Touhy, Ennis, Coleman, Morrison, and the bands made up by Chief O’Neill
Daddy Rice he softshoe-shuffled while he fiddled jigs’n’reels.

From ‘What a Time’ The Black Family

Puhoi Fire Report December – January 2015 -2016

(with appreciation, as always, from Chris Farac)
Summary for 2015 and start of 2016 Scrub Fire – 2, medical – 1, motor vehicle crash- 2 We hope everyone made it safely though the holiday season and is now ready and raring for another year. Well, the heat has been, and so has the rain every few weeks. So far to date we have had only one major scrub fire, which was in a new subdivsion near Stillwater, which we had a crew attend every day for four days straight, working alongside heavy machinery, helicopters and arborists in extinguishing the fire. On the whole it has been quiet around Puhoi with our callouts, with only two handfuls of callouts in the last two months. This is in turn thanks to you for being careful around outdoor fires and burns. So far the occasional bouts of rain have managed to keep the complete fire ban at bay, but we are still very much in a restricted fire season right across Auckland’s mainland. To get a fire permit ring Auckland Council 09 301 0101. Saxon and Mike have travelled twice to Australia to help in the effort to fight the massive fires they have there. They are now back for some much needed rest. Thank you to their families for allowing them to gain this invaluable experience to bring it back home to us. Deployment teams from all over New Zealand are continuing to travel to Australia to help over the next few weeks. We have had a few new recruits start with us and they are currently being put through their
paces before their recruits’ course, which is coming up in the next few months.

New Library opening hours

Puhoi Town Library


Monday 12 noon – 2 p.m.

Wednesday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 Puhoi Farmers Market, next Sunday, 28th February, 9am to 1pm


Tomato Competition…..this market only! 
The competition is open to everyone, so bring along your prize crop!

Fresh local fruit and veges, eggs, honey, Puhoi Coffee, Cheese, nut butter, fresh-squeezed juice, pickles, fresh bread, chutneys and sauces, scones, samosa, deli foods, herbs, plants, and much more.

Next market: Sunday, 27th March 2016
Support Local!
Any inquiries to Puhoi Farmers Market Team 0274 27 0440