Monthly Archives: September 2016

How to Make a Submission on the Moirs Hill/Ahoroa Road Subdivision – this is the link to the publicly notified application on Council’s website – it’s the one called Moirs Hill Watson Road Pohuehue – submissions close on 10 October 2016 – the link contains all the application associated documents (enough to blind anyone with science!!) but also a link to the submission form you can fill out to make a submission

Should Rodney Rexit?

[via Glen Ashton]

Hi all

Because you live in Rodney I thought you might be interested in a significant Local body event. Northern Action Group (NAG) has had a longtime fight with the Local Government Commission over breaking away from the Super City and forming a Northern Rodney Local Body. This year NAG won a high court appeal to force the Local Government Commission to consider the matter.

Last night there was a resident consultation meeting at Warkworth run by LGC. This is one of several meetings scheduled through northern Rodney. About 70 people attended. There were about 4 people who wanted to remain in the Super City, about 4 undecided and the overwhelming majority wanting to split away.

The public feedback was very disgruntled towards the Super City, loss of local control, lack of rates money spent in Rodney, local transport issues, unsealed roads and Hill St intersection, no contracts for local business, no consultation, no consideration for Rodney. There was one good point where a Matakana business got tourists directed from Auckland tourism office.

The public brought up the fact that we were undemocratically forced into the Super City at the eleventh hour.

LGC said they will gather all the feedback from the meetings (throughout Rodney) and submissions (thru web site), gather the financials from NAG and Auckland City and decide if there is a viable option other than the status quo (remain in the Super City).

Should there be more viable options then they will be presented back to the public showing the financials, effect on rates, pros and cons of each option.

Apparently the LGC have the power to bring changes to Local Government Act and could give more power and financial control to the local Rodney Board but remaining in the Super City.

It could also include merging northern Rodney with Kiapara or realigning the southern Rodney boundary.

I think from there on in it would be more public consultation and some sort of democratic process to select an option.

So interesting times.

I have attached a written submission that I sent to LGC. – Link to Document provided by Glen (Ahuroa_Super_City.docx)

It is easy to have your say on the Local Government Commission web site and complete the online survey.

Now is a good time to stand up and be heard, it is a great conduit to get our message across to the Super City.

Whatever happens, it is going to be good for Rodney.

I am not affiliated with NAG but I do have issues the Super City and how Rodney rural rate payers are treated.

Also the local elections are imminent and Greg Sayers has been a longtime advocate for getting the roads sealed. But that is a personal choice.

Glen Ashton –
0274 906 889

School Survey

As part of reviewing planning for the next 10 years of education at Ahuroa School, the board is looking at what Year 7 and Year 8 education at Ahuroa should look like.

We would love to hear from as many people in the community as possible. Maybe you have pre-schoolers (or plans for some!) that could be attending Ahuroa by 2026, or maybe you had kids at the school in the past – maybe you attended the school in the past! Or maybe you just have something valuable to say.

We have a survey that we would love you to fill out – unless you have a lot to say, it should only take a couple of minutes.

If you have any troubles or questions, please let me know: Tony Meyer,

Puhoi Community Forum Agenda: Meeting Tues, Sept 27th 2016





  1. Apologies – Kristin Gillies

  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 30th September 2016

  1. Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)

  1. Treasurer’s Report – for August 2016 – Jenny Schollum

  1. Unitary Plan Update – Mike Swain/Dustyn O’Leary

  1. Discussion of Moir Hill Road and Watsons Road, Pohuehue development – possible

207 lots by Asia Pacific International


  1. General Business

  • Planting Tearoha Walkway assistance needed. Plants supplied but we need labour – Paul Manton

  • Discussion on how the Forum should deal with subdivision issues, i.e. should we have a working group to address these matters as they arise?

  • Update from Traffic Safety Group on initiatives we are going to be pursuing over the next few months.

  • Farmers’ Market update.

  • Working Groups – update if any.


The next meeting and AGM will be held on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 7.30pm.

Rezoning Appeal

Here is a copy of our Appeal Notice ENV-AKL-2016-000195 as filed with the Environment Court. The forum has contributed $200 towards the $511 fee for this. If anyone on the village would like to contribute a small amount towards the cost we would appreciate it. We see this as an opportunity to at least voice our opinion on the unwanted rezoning of a large tract of land adjacent to the village for dense housing. Our PO Box is 404172 – I’ll just repay the forum if we receive more than the outstanding cost.