MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING
HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 27 FEB 2018 commencing at 7.30pm
Paul Mason (Chair), Dustyn (co-chair), Sorrel (sec), Terri Ryder, Tessa Berger (Local Board), Jenny Schollum, Sandra Beagley, Luke Krieg
Heston Prosper-Smith, Judith Williams, Brian and Sheryl Titford
Paul Manton, as Chair, welcomed the attendees to the meeting.
1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING held 30 January 2018
The minutes of the meeting held on 30 January had been previously circulated. The minutes were accepted as being a true and accurate record.
Matters arising from those minutes
Tessa Berger – 10 year budget proposes Targeted rates (extra rate tax) of $150 per dwelling or business per annum. This would be used for sealing of Krippner Rd, Ahuroa Rd, and is aimed at bringing everything forward e.g. Park and Ride in Warkworth, multi sport facility in Warkworth, Comments and visual evidence – 4,000 cars on Ahuroa rd after accident on main road, dust issue due to too much traffic. Traffic issues are impacting strongly on residents. Tessa recommended to keep the pressure on to have this road sealed as a priority. The 10 year budget is targeted through the online market – people Helensville and Warkworth will still have face to face drop in sessions, please go online and make a submission!
Forum to discuss its own submission at the next meeting (Tessa to clarify is sumbissions will still be open at the end of the month for this).
THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 31 October 2017 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.
Seconded: Terri Ryder
2. TREASURER’S REPORT for January 2018
All Council grant fund has now been used. Wendy is a signatory but has now retired, signatory to be assumed by secretary, S.Oleary. Thank you, Jenny Schollum, for the treasury report.
THAT accounts be paid.
Moved: Terri Ryder
Seconded: Sandra Beagley
Memorial Gates and flagpole area
Re-siting of gates for PPFM – we have large totara posts and flagpole, Heston will dig holes and concrete them in before 26 March, gates will be re-hung following this.
Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park
Battens are complete and gate in place at entry to Stage 2, Kevin will tidy up this week as necessary. New signage will be made for this new gate with name and rules of use (i.e. dogs on leads). Paul has offered to make signs up and install once designs are approved at an upcoming meeting. Still waiting for Kevin to do battens on the second stage.
Trail maintenance update – walkthrough required with mowing contractor UMS to have central trail and new walkway added to regular maintenance works. Dustyn to contact UMS and organize this. Paul and Dustyn have seen some evidence of workers doing weed control.
Pots from planting could be returned to Rodney or some other source of recycling.
Use the funds from Puhoi Landcare Group – contact Shelley to see if she can access funds – for next planting stage. Identification of planting area and timeline – two volunteer planting days – one in June/July one in September, Sorrel to publicize once organized and plants procured.
Opening day walk with cutting of ribbon was also mentioned.
Freedom Camping Bylaw
6 months away from a bylaw by Auckland Council and will have active enforcement. campable.com is a downloadable app for anyone to lease their land for camping (on paying or nonpaying terms) to anyone they want. Currently there are rules saying there is no camping, but there is no penalty for non compliance. Clarify whether this covers tent camping as well as camper vans.
Working Groups Updates
Traffic Safety Group
Ian Bateman sent in a comment about the SH1 slip lane and the difficulties in pulling out into southbound traffic. The slip lane is not being removed as Russell pointed out issues for fire trucks. Current measures have condensed traffic by slowing it, discussion of a concrete divider option.
NX2 meeting in March – Dustyn to attend and table this as an item.
Road safety group will re-visiting sidewalk bollards and parking signage as parking pressure on village space is becoming even more of an issue. E.g. 35 cars in front of store during weekdays, often angle parked – NX2 workers, visitors, locals, other tradies all contributing. Tessa proposes have a parking plan done, Ellen Barrett. Current plan is to block off parking on footpaths with low timber sleepers and improve signs indicating the parking over the bridge. Bus parking only signs discussed- push for 30 km shared space proposed by Paul. 5min parking for store only. Aim is to start with stopping parking on footpaths and redirecting to available parking in River Park.
Group also to look at completing Gillian’s walkway as soon as possible.
Luke from Bruce McGregor ( new to Puhoi and works for NZTA) is keen to join the Road Safety Group.
Terri met with Bernie, rescheduled to visit during bus time in the morning, to have a presence. New bus stop proposed at entrance of Rosa Villa Lane to help take futher pressure off the center of the village.
Civil defence – no one present
Neighbourhood support – no one present
Library – nothing to report
Historical Society – no one present
Farmers Market – 10th anniversary day was very successful, good numbers attending
Sports Club – new president, Brendan wanting to develop closer links/ better communication with Forum. A new committee, formal welcome from Forum.
Meeting closed at 8.50pm
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 March 2018 at 7.30pm.
Family fun, great music, dog minding and pet portraits, yoga and lots more.
Music this month is provided by local group the Dirt Road Orchestra and new Puhoi resident, singer song-writer Natalie Northover Winter.
This month’s fund raiser stall will be with the Ahuroa Primary School, tempting us with delicious baked goods and a sausage sizzle.
We are offering 3 free workshops.
10am – 10.25am: Worm Farm Talk by Phillippa Beagley. How to set up and maintain a worm farm compost system. All participants receive a $40 discount towards a new worm farm, bokashi or compost bin.
10.30am – 11am: “Give Yoga a go” with Shelley Charlton. Outdoor Yoga consisting of stretches, standing & balance poses. No mat or experience required. Shelley is a highly qualified instructor and has introduced many absolute beginners to yoga. See www.freeyogaonthebeach.com.
11am – 11.25am Bokashi Composting Talk by Phillippa. How to set up and maintain a Bokashi compost system. All participants receive a $40 discount towards a new worm farm, bokashi or compost bin.
For the kids we have a spot where they can decorate a Sand Saucer for free, materials provided.
We also want to display any funny shaped fruit or vegetable that you have grown so bring it along. Open to any age. A fun competition.
The Sports Club are again putting on breakfast and snacks, upstairs in their rooms.
Located in the heart of Historic Puhoi Village this quirky and relaxed market is a friendly affair, a place to support our local community, socialize, and listen to live music.
This is a great venue with a play area for the kids and free parking. Watch this space for updates. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Any inquiries to Puhoi Village Market Team 0274 27 0440,
Even though its an open season fires can still be extinguished if they are deemed dangerous or a smoke nuisance.
Please ask our community to be careful and mindful of their neighbours.
Chief fire Officer- Puhoi