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Puhoi Community Forum Meeting 20th May 2017 Agenda


MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 30 MAY 2017 at 7.30pm at



  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 18 April 2017

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

  1. Treasurer’s Report for April 2017 – Jenny Schollum

  1. Puhoi Pioneer Memorial Park

  • Update – Paul Manton

  1. General Business

  1. A motorway consortium liaion representative from the Forum/Puhoi is sought (see attachment)

  2. Working Groups – updates

  • Road Safety Group update on the school bus extension to

Remiger Road, on behalf of the Road Safety Group – Terri Ryder

  • Civil Defence

  • Neighbourhood Support

  • Others

  1. Judith Williams – removal of Puhoi river tree

  2. Village market update

  3. Further item (Judith Williams)

NEXT MEETING The next meeting will be held on Tuesday June 27th 2017 at 7.30pm.

Puhoi Community Forum Minutes 17 April 2017


HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 18 APRIL 2017 commencing at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Paul Manton (Chair), Dustyn O’Leary (Co-Chair), Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Judith Williams, Sheryll Titford, Brian Titford, Sorrel O’Leary, Kristin Gillies, Gary Wenzlick, Johan Rijnbende, Beth Houlbrooke (Rodney Local Board), Tessa Berger (Rodney Local Board),, Christine Mundell, Terri Ryder, Sarah Churchouse, Martyn smith Wendy Hayton (Secretary, Minutes)

APOLOGIES: Russell Green, Heston Prosper-Smith, Mike Swain, Jenny Neel, Val Smith, Marg Nelson, Pat and Grahamde3 Backley


The minutes of the meeting held on 28 March 2017 had been previously circulated. The minutes were accepted as being a true and accurate record.

Motion 1

THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 28 March 2017 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Terri Ryder


Matters Arising

Chris Mundell referred to the reference in the minutes to the paddock with hay that was going to be planted out as wetland and reference to a discussion at a previous meeting. Chris had checked and reported that it was said that the issue of wetland or not would be put before the two farmers involved. Minutes of previous years’ meetings had said that if that land were put into wetland, it could never be put back to a hay paddock. However, there appears to have been no motion made regarding any decision. Dustyn said the issue had been discussed with Kevin and representative Forum members, and agreed that he would not cut it and in future when planting the walkway this area would be left as wetland. Dustyn will circulate minutes where this is covered in order to clarify.

Action: Dustyn

  1. TREASURER’S REPORT for MARCH 2017/ End Financial Year – previously circulated

Payments for the month were for the Sports Club meeting venue and a new member subscription. THAT the secretarial payment for $30 was approved. It was noted that the Sport’s Club rental fee has increased as from 1 April 2017. It was agreed that Jenny would send the accounts through to Larry Mitchell to get audited. Subscriptions will be due prior to the AGM in June.

Motion 2

THAT the secretarial payment for $30 was approved, and THAT the Treasurer’s report for March 2017 and the end of the 2106/2017 Financial year was accepted.

Moved: Judith

Seconded: Paul



Paul Manton gave an update on the river walkway. There has been little progress on the fencing because of wet weather. The Council arborists have not yet got involved, although they have visited the site.

The Forum leases from the Council all the land in the River Park (land to the left hand side of the bridge, through the metal gate), including walkways and planting, and sublets a substantial amount of this land to Kevin Jones (farmer) on a 5 year sublease, This lease has currently another 2 years or so to run (half way through). Kevin has indicated a desire to continue leasing the land once the lease comes up for renewal.

Paul Manton reported that the Council have sent documentation for renewal of the River Park land lease by the Forum. He requested approval to send these forms in to the Council. The lease is 10 x 10 years. This lease reflects the changeover from the Rodney Council to the Auckland Council. There is no change otherwise. Discussion took place. There is an income stream to the Forum at the moment from Kevin Jones, lessee of the farmland.

The whole Park is under the Council lease. The building of the Sports Club and surrounding land to the right hand side of the bridge is not included in the Forum’s lease. This is leased to the Sports Club by the Council.

It was agreed that Paul should send in the documents for lease renewal to the Council by a show of hands.

Judith Williams reported that a tree had fallen into the river in the storms. This is on public land. It appeared as if it might dam the river. Judith rang the Council storm water help line and lodged a request for assistance. It was suggested that a contractor be brought in to do the work, in order to avoid delays. To date, nothing has happened. It was agreed that Judith should log the call and get a reference number and email the Council (Tessa Berger).by email with the details.


This is ongoing. Some really good ideas have been received. More time and ideas are needed. Sarah Churchouse carried out a survey of Puhoi residents on her own account. She reported that the overwhelming response was as follows:

  • The driving force of the survey started with the Little Village information day. 

  • The survey showed strong opposition to the Puhoi little village project on Public Land (Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park).

  • The survey was a 6 week project, widely distributed, with 126 people taking part

  • Base Statistics showed that of the 126 returned surveys, 12 people are in favour of building and a tourist venture in the Park and 114 prefer to leave it as it is or

to continue with planting. 19 people who filled in the survey were not aware of the Little Village project.

  • The park is well used by locals for a variety of recreational activities.

Paul thanked Sarah and Gary Wenzlick for this information and welcomed the feedback.

Judith asked to table information about her views buildings in the Puhoi Memorial Park. This information accompanies the minutes.


  1. Working Groups

Traffic Safety/Walkways

Dustyn reported that Greenways have approached the Forum for a letter of support for their grant to develop a number of pathways. Duistyn proposed giving this support, conditional on Greenways further consultation with the Forum on a number of issues (e.g. planning for parking etc). This is a long term project. It was agreed in principle by a show of hands, so long as these are multi use pathways

Neighbourhood Support and Civil Defence

Judith reported 21 streets need coordinators. She has about 12.

  1. Village Market

Celebrating ethnicities on 30th April. The pub has ATM facilities for this (not the shop).

  1. ANZAC Daybeing organized by the PHS.

  2. Council 3 Year Strategic Plan Consultation.

Beth Houlbrooke reported that the Council is about to do more consultation on the 3 year strategic plan for the Rodney Local Board area – budget allocations are based on community feedback for projects over the next 3 years.

The meeting closed at 8.35pm.


The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th May at 7.30pm.

Park Survey Results So Far

A list of responses so far below. We’ll leave the questionnaire open for a while to gather more bright ideas…

Add a little bike pump track in conjunction with the horse area.  So the kids have somewhere safe to ride their bikes which isn’t completely flat like the car park and tennis courts.  Maybe updating the current playground area with new things to play on.

Community garden where the sale yards are, using them as the frame for the gardens and paths in between.

Drain area where horse jumps are to make it useable all round for various sports

Focus on environmental enhancement projects like the wetland

Avoid more built structures to maintain naturalness

Focus on looking after our existing heritage buildings instead of time effort money on building replica’s

Keep the park as a park but proving for the people that live in Puhoi as a whole.

Community gardens/orchard

Community pool

More walking tracks

Music in the Park area

Wetland. Re invigorating the existing wetland area

Community gardens and orchard/ wetlands

Wetlands if left will come away on their own. further native planting of small areas, where needed, but leaving wide open spaces.

NO buildings for tourist ventures such as the ‘little village project’ – this must not be let to go ahead with so many people apposing it, at the information day –  I would like the forum to reject this project on PUBLIC LAND on behalf of the community.

Community orchard sounds nice, and a link to the Te Araroa trail is a good idea.

I think we should leave the horse riding alone, or there will be horse riders from all areas and floats filling up the area – at the moment it is nice as it is (Do too much and OHS and everyone will want a bite of the apple).

A&P shed is not suitable for scouts or other, it is just an old shed with a earth floor, no power or toilet etc etc … we have the Puhoi Sports Club, and the Hall that are perfect and are for community use, I have watched this club go from a ground floor concrete building used for Rugby to the amazing multi use building and sports field it is now.

Music in the park would be great, but I don’t think we need an ‘area’ made for it, these things are mobile now – though an event would be great!

The park as a memorial – I would like to see info spots like the one in the link below, touching on our historical past, using photos of old puhoi, the logging, the river etc … Keep the place simple and natural is the most important thing.

I would like us to leave the park alone, in terms of buildings and structures. I think that any green spaces we have should be protected, especially given the pace of development/urbanisation coming to the surrounding area. With a larger population, both here and nearby, it’s even more important to have quiet, green spaces for people to be able to get outside and relax and exercise. If there are people with time and enthusiasm to complete a project I would rather their efforts went towards planting, weeding etc to continue the good work of those that planted along the riverbank and did weeding working bees and made the steps.

I like the idea of opening up the next section of walk by the river to walkers and their dogs and I like the idea of continuing on with the tracks to make a ‘loop’ walk.

I would like the rotunda area left as it is so that people can use it for musical events, plays, performances, recitals, picnics, get-togethers etc. I would not want to see a large part of it concreted/graveled over for buses and parking. As we know, as soon as there’s an area there for school buses other buses, coaches, and cars will use it all the time. My main worry with the park is that as soon as one structure, building or concrete area is allowed it will open the floodgates to more and a precedent has then already been set. We have been left an absolute treasure and we should protect it.

Acknowledge the original settlers of this land the Maori with some structures/buildings then the Bohemians and then include what Puhoi is today a multi-culture community village or perhaps soon a mini city with all of the new housing development planned.

Leave park as it is

I am in favour of a Museum on the Park and a blacksmiths shop. But no other development. The only other viable alternative I can see is build on Church land?

I have spent an hour or so reading the recent survey results. One thing that is patently obvious is that our residents value the rural undeveloped character of our Puhoi above all else. Another thing is that they do not value the Bohemian history very much, if at all.
Since Larry’s proposal was overwhelmingly defeated and the Puhoi Museum is in an impossible situation (the Church want them out of the Convent and they haven’t got enough room in the Convent anyhow), can I suggest a posible solution.
Why not shift the Puhoi Bohemian Museum to Walkworth? They have room for another building.Can I suggest a survey on the historical character of our village?

Turn the old A&P stock yards into a shade-house to grow native seedlings for replanting in the park. It wouldn’t need a lot to set up. A simple shade cover over it and the tops of the pens could become benches for plants. It would be a great little community activity growing trees from seeds – very accessible for most ages and abilities.

Utilize the facilities to reflect on the heritage of the village and to provide some areas for all of the community to be proud of. There is sufficient area for all to enjoy and how long before the horses are banned due to the housing influx over the next 10-15 years. The prospect of having a few buildings as per the sketch plan provided by the PLHVP is worth considering.

A track where you can walk the dog.

On the one hand I am totally against rampant development in Puhoi but on the other hand I was disappointed by the recent Puhoi River Park Survey results rejecting the proposed Puhoi Heritage Village (which included a new Bohemian Museum) being built in the River Park. Our Museum needs room to grow and the Puhoi River Park could provide room for growth. We could easily support a modern museum in Puhoi the size of the Warkworth Museum. The question is where will the Puhoi Museum go now if it is to grow? For example, could the proposed Heritage Village be located by the Puhoi Cheese Factory and a visitor hub be created there? Unfortunately, I imagine that to be viable it would need to be built on council land and the only council land I know of in Puhoi is the River Park. Personally I would like to see BOTH Puhoi’s unique Bohemian history and it’s charming rural nature preserved. Is that too much to ask?

ANZAC Day 2018

With the recent ANZAC Day commemorations still fresh in our minds,the
PHS are inviting members of all families to compile a short story on
family member/s who served in any of the wars.
We would like to use some of these stories with approval at next years Anzac Day.
These stories will form the foundation of ANZAC records to be held by the PHS along
with other documents related documents.
These can be handed in at the PHS Records Room any day 10am to 3pm or by email
to Thank you to all who attended, helped,
took part and contributed in any way to this year’s special ceremony.

Sheryll Titford (Mrs)
President PHS