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Puhoi Community Forum Minutes: 29th Nov 2016


HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 25 OCTOBER 2016 commencing at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Paul Manton (Chair), Dustyn O’Leary (Co-Chair), Tessa Berger (Rodney Local Board), Beth Houlbrooke (Rodney Local Board), Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Sandra Beagley, Peter Straka, Sorrel O’Leary, Gavin Donaldson, Pat Backley, Graham Backley, Christine Mundell, Derek Broadmore, Roz Broadmore, Mike Swain, Jenny Neel, Martyn Smith, Sheryll Titford, Brian Titford, Clinton McClean, Peter Cooley, George Drive, Bill Marcroft, Adrian Anderson, Terri Ryder, Cody Mankelow, John Simons, J Rijnbende, Marg Nelson, Heston Prospere-Smith, Wendy Hayton (Secretary, Minutes)

APOLOGIES: Judith Williams, Kristin Gillies

Paul Manton welcomed attendees to the meeting, and introduced the NZ2 Northern Express Group – Ray Wilson, CEO, Theresa Walsh, Jocelyn Shaw, Ray Chang.


Ray Wilson, CEO of NZ2 Group introduced the project, being run as a joint venture, Public/Private Partnership (PPP) between Fletchers and Axionna (Spanish). NZ2 is the funder and subcontracting the work to Fletchers and Axionna. A PPP provides quick, efficient and good design and innovation. The Group will build the motorway over the next 5 years and then operate it for 25 years prior to handing it back to the government (NZTA). Becca and Tonkin and Taylor are undertaking the design. Plans will be available for consultation. The contract was only formally awarded to NX2 on 3 November. Alan Horridge is the Project Director.

The first priority is to put in a longitudinal road down the whole length of the projected motorway for construction traffic, so it does not impede traffic flow on SH1 during the construction process. The first major earthworks will begin in September/October 2017. There will be an office close to Puhoi and one further north. The target completion date is Xmas 2021.

Dustyn has provided the NX2 team with the Draft Puhoi Vision 2016 developed at the Workshop in July which outlines details of the proposed village centre planning for trails and links, parking and the proposed bus turnaround.

An information session will be held by a team from NX2 Group for residents and interested community members in Puhoi on 15 December in the Sports Hall from 5pm to 8pm. This will include light refreshments.

Contact is welcome from community members.


Phone: 0508 P2WK INFO (7295 4636)

Website: (to be completed and up very shortly).

The NX2 Group team left the meeting at 8.10pm.

Paul Manton introduced Tessa Berger of the Rodney Local Board. Tessa introduced herself as the new Local Board representative on the Forum. She will be working closely with Beth Houlbrooke.


The minutes of the meeting held on 25 October 2016 had been previously circulated. These were accepted as being a true and accurate record.

Motion 1

THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 25 October 2016 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary



  1. Application for Extension of Grant River Park Update

An extension has been granted until August 2017 to allow time for planting and to complete the work.

  1. Planting Te Araroa Trail

Restoration of plants completed.

  1. TREASURER’S REPORT for October 2016 – previously circulated

Bank signatory for the Puhoi Forum was transferred from Peter Straka to Kristin Gilles (as Deputy Chair).

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Terri Ryder


The secretarial payment for $30 was approved. The Treasurer’s report for October 2016 was accepted.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Terri Ryder



This had been previously circulated. It is being presented as an official Deputation to the Rodney Local Board on 15 December.

Dustyn ran through the detail and circulated copies of the plan to refresh peoples’ memories. It is currently a draft only and needs more detail and costings, which will be completed in time for the 15 December Local Board meeting. Feedback is very welcome.

Paul Manton thanked the team for their hard in pulling this plan together.


The damaged macrocarpa trees have to be removed (2 out of 4) as per the arborist’s report. Peter Straka will give this to Paul Manton and Gavin Donaldson, who will liaise with the Parks Department of the Council.

Culverts – Paul is to talk to Kevin Jones. Peter Straka is to ask Rodney Straka if he will be willing to provide a tractor, time and materials to complete the needed work.


97 Saleyards Road – Proposed Development

Housing NZ have become involved in the project. There has been a suggestion that the Forum withdraw the pressure of their opposition. Discussion took place and it was agreed that Forum involvement is important to push the opposition point of view as far as possible.

Moirs Hill Proposed Development by Asia Pacific International

The Forum has not made a submission on this, but is keeping a close watch on



Judith Williams and Heston Prospere Smith had attended an area meeting in Mahurangi. Heston reported that basically Civil Defence for Puhoi is a matter of deciding what the local community wants to do. Paul Manton emphasized that this is issue is a high priority going forward and it needs to have proper representation.

Motion 2

That this Forum develop a working group to take ownership of, and develop a plan for Civil Defence in the Puhoi area.

Moved: Gavin Donaldson

Seconded: Sorrel O’Leary


Heston will bring more information to the next meeting for further discussion and decision making. Gavin will work with Heston on this in the interim and report back, while awaiting the appointment of a full working group.


  1. Working Group Reports

Traffic Safety Group – work has started on the pathway on Gillian Seymour’s land. It is an old trail which needs to be upgraded, with cutting back of bush etc. Gavin Donaldson is happy to assist with this.

  1. Moving fruit trees to River Park from Puhoi Historical Society

It is too difficult to get a tractor into the planted area. The trees are by now quite mature and may not survive re-planting. These trees were originally planted in the memory of local families. It was suggested that perhaps cuttings be taken from the trees to plan in the River Park.

Sheryll Titford is to take this proposal back to the Puhoi Historical Society for discussion at their next meeting.

  1. Puhoi Heritage Little Village project

Larry Mitchell, as spokesman for the team, introduced the members – Adrian Anderson, Marg Nelson, Sheryll Titford, Larry Mitchell, Gillian Seymour and Bernadette Straka.

They have spent the last few months developing an information brochure. It is a multi-facetted project. It is hoped to get 70% of the funding from the community trust and benefactor funding. At the moment the plan is focused on raising seed money and establishing an incorporated society, brochures and more information. It is anticipated this project will be similar to the Fire Station project and the Sports Hall, as part of a community effort, with an entrée back to the Forum. It is intended to have an information session in the New Year via a display in the Community Hall. The election of Trustees for the project is anticipated for mid 2017.


  1. Community Picnic – Wednesday 7 December in the Pony Park grounds at 6pm to celebrate the achievements of the year and for all members of the community to get together.

People are asked to bring food and their own drink. There will be BBQ facilities provided and likely a sausage sizzle. If it rains, it will be cancelled.

The meeting closed at 9.10pm.

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 31 January at 7.30pm in the Sports Hall. This will be the final meeting of the year.

Little Village Project

[from Ian Anderson]

See brochure

Our village of Puhoi has a rich heritage of over 150 years of historical connection to its original Bohemian settlers. The ‘Puhoi Heritage Little Village project’, to be located in central Puhoi, takes advantage of its close proximity (30 minutes) from Auckland City with its Auckland to Puhoi motorway connection.  It will provide visitors with a unique destination to visit for a truly memorable quality heritage, historical and leisure experience for children and adults alike.

We are seeking your support to help the Puhoi Heritage Little Village project become a reality. The brochure attached explains in more detail about what is envisaged, where, when and how we are aiming to achieve this goal.  The Puhoi to Warkworth motorway is targeted to open for traffic by late 2021 and we are aiming to have the project completed before then.

I’m sure you will appreciate there is still an enormous amount of work involved to achieve these goals and your support will be so important to getting this project started.

In the brochure we have indicated with an asterisk where the initial funds we are seeking will be used to get this project started. Donation information is listed on page 11 of the brochure about how your contribution will enable you as an individual/family or as a business can become a founding member of the Puhoi Heritage Little Village.  We look forward to welcoming you as a special part of our exciting project.

Kind regards

Adrian Anderson

2016 Puhoi Heritage Project Team member


PS! If you have family, relations or business associates that have a connexion to Puhoi can you please forward the brochure to them?