Unfortunately Puhoi isn’t well served as a residential area. Services and facilities aren’t available that you might expect in a small rural town. This is due to its small population, terrain and history.
With pressure for increased development, we need to ensure the infrastructure is built in tandem. Below is a table showing, hopefully objectively, how Puhoi might compare with similar towns.
|Road Access||Puhoi Rd to SH1 (sealed)||Poor*|
|Krippner Rd to Waiwera/Orewa (unsealed)||Poor|
|Ahuroa Rd to Ahuroa (unsealed)||Poor|
|Pedestrian Access||Footpaths in village centre, none >0.5km||Poor|
|Power||Reliable since recent upgrades||Good|
|Broadband||VDSL in village centre, patchy >1km||Fair|
|Mobile||Patchy (some in village centre)||Poor|
|Pre school||None (Playgroup in village)||Poor|
|Primary Schools||None (Auhoroa 14km, Orewa 12km)||Poor|
|Secondary Schools||None (Orewa 12km, Warkworth 15km)||Poor|
|Public Transport||None (Waiwera 6km)||Poor|
|Taxi||None (Orewa 12km)||Poor|
|Doctor||None (Orewa 12km)||Poor|
|Dentist||None (Orewa 12km)||Poor|
|Shops||One convenience store in village||Fair|
|Supermarket||None (Orewa 12km)||Poor|
|Petrol Station||None (Orewa 12km)||Poor|
|Bank||None (Orewa 12km)||Poor|
|Library||Small (community run)||Good|
|Hall||Yes (community run)||Good|
|Sports Facilities||Soccer,Rugby, Tennis Courts (community run)||Fair|
* At the time of writing, the single sealed road giving access from the village to SH1 is presenting considerable problems for the village. Increased traffic flows on the trunk road make it dangerous and difficult to merge onto from Puhoi. At holiday times many residents simply will not leave the village unless absolutely essential. Forthcoming works to build the new Northern Motorway extension are likely to exacerbate this in the medium term, and the new motorway offers no relief for the village unless traffic flows decrease significantly on the old road
PUHOI COMMUNITY FORUM
MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2017 at 7.30pm at
THE PUHOI SPORTS CLUB – CHAIRPERSON – DUSTYN O’LEARY
Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 29 AUGUST 2017
Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)
Treasurer’s Report for August 2017 (previously circulated) – Jenny Schollum
Discussion Topic – Subdivisions & Future Growth in Puhoi.
Working Groups – updates
Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park
Road Safety Group
Village market – Judith Williams
NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 7.30pm.
MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING
HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 25 JULY 2017 commencing at 7.30pm
Paul Manton (Chair), Dustyn O’Leary (Co-Chair), Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Sandra Beagley, Sorrel O’Leary, Sheryll Titford, Brian Titford, Gavin Donaldson, Beth Houlbrooke, Terri Ryder.
Tessa Berger, Mike Swain, Jenny Neel, Judith Williams, Wendy Hayton, Heston Prosper-Smith, Ian Boothroyd.
Paul Manton, as Chair, welcomed attendees to the meeting.
1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING 25 JULY 2017
The minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2017 had been previously circulated. The minutes were accepted as being a true and accurate record.
THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 25 July 2017 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.
Moved: Gavin Donaldson
Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary
2. TREASURER’S REPORT for JUNE 2017– previously circulated
Invoices to Hallet Enterprises and Rodney Straka for work/plant supply on the River Park walkway were checked and accepted.
Donation to Puhoi Scouts Group was also re-confirmed for their contribution on the planting and fencing working days.
THAT the recent invoices from Hallet Enterprises and Rodeny Straka be paid in full.
Moved: Dustyn O’Leary
Seconded: Sheryll Titford
THAT the treasurer’s report for June be accepted as an accurate record of the financial transactions and accounts of the Forum
Moved: Gavin Donaldson
Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary
3. PUHOI PIONEER MEMORIAL PARK
Working bee on Sunday 6th August was a great success and approx. 1000 plants were successfully installed within the stage 2 walkway area. A big thank you to all who took part!
It was noted that there are fencing materials left over that could still be used for the entranceway posts into Gillian’s Walkway, as previously discussed.
Action: Dustyn O’Leary to follow up with Gillian to finalize placement of the entrances.
4. MEMORIAL FLAGPOLE
A discussion was held on how to progress with the proposed gate and flagpole installation in the parking area of the PPMP.
Formal letters of support are required from all the groups who regulartily attend/are involved with the Anzac Day services (i.e. Fire Force, Puhoi Historical Society, Puhoi Scouts etc).
Action: Sheryll Titford to collect letters of support to progress this project.
a) Working Groups Updates
Meeting to be held with Auckland Transport in the coming week regarding Forum supported projects within the Village. A report on the outcome of this meeting will be provided at the next Forum meeting.
It was noted that car drivers are still going too fast past the stopped school buses in the Village in the morning and this issue therefore still needs to be addressed.
Beth mentioned that the Local Board and Auckland Transport have approved the reduction in the SH1 speed limit to 80km, extending past the main Puhoi intersection to Hungry Creek Road. There will also be a reduction in the speed limit along the open road section of Puhoi Road when you first turn off from SH1. Beth did not know when the new limit would come in to effect.
Puhoi Historic Society
The name of this group has officially been changed to the Puhoi Heritage Museum Inc. to better reflect the role the group plays in the community.
b) Village Market
Bad weather made the last market day not such as successful month but the talent groups performed well and were enjoyed by all.
c) NX2 Meeting
The Historic Schischka House on SH1 has not yet been officially claimed as the cost for moving the building have turned out to be more expensive than earlier anticipated. NX2 is still looking for interested parties to relocated the dwelling within the local area.
The meeting minutes for the last session with the Southern Liaison Group will be circulated as soon as they are made available.
The meeting closed at 8.30pm.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at 7.30pm.