Author Archives: Mike Swain

Watch Out, Thieving Buggers About…

Once again we seem to have some undesirables in the area in what looks like an orchestrated attack.

Last night Paul Manton’s place on the hill just before J tolhopf Rd ,container and out sheds were robbed. The gate chain and container locks were cut as well as a main entrance dead bolt door smashed. It happened between 7.pm Tues and 7am wed( Tues night) They used a vehicle “ ute or surf type” with large mud tyres and possibly had a trailer . They have taken a lot of personal stuff which they will possibly throw away as it will have no value to them as well as tools and valuable possessions etc . They backed down the side of the house and parked by the container as well as out by the road .  If any one saw any vehicles looking suspicious or looked like they were moving house or loads of stuff ,  around Ahuroa rd through these times  please contact me . They may of headed either to Puhoi or Ahuroa couldn’t tell.

Someone let our pet Ram out of his pen the day before and the steely boys may of given him the bash as he was covered in mud as if rolled around , I only hope Leroy broke their knee first.  Leroy’s ok and back in Pen with treats.

If anyone has any information that might help the police track down these people please pass it on. The sooner they are put away the better. We always look out for each other in Puhoi.

Minutes of the Puhoi Forum Community Meeting 26 September 2017

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 26 SEPTEMBER 2017 commencing at 7.30pm

Present

Dustyn O’Leary (Chair), Paul Manton (Co- Chair), Gavin Donaldson, Judith Williams, Sorrel O’Leary, Mike Swain, Jenny Schollum, Jenny Neel, Cheryl Titford, Brian Titford

Apologies

Heston Prosper-Smith, Teri Ryder, Peter Cooley, Chris Mundell, Beth Holbrooke, Tessa Berger.

Welcome

Dustyn O’Leary, 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.

Motion 1

THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 25 July 2017 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Gavin Donaldson

Seconded: Paul Manton

Carried

2. TREASURER’S REPORT for JUNE 2017– previously circulated

Current balance of $1584 in working account. Invoice outstanding from Rodeny Straka for $1527 for plant supply. Left over grant money of $700 grant money will go towards further plant orders next winter/planting season. Grant Accountability Report to be filed at end of month (Dustyn to complete and submit).

Motion 2

THAT the recent plant supply invoice from Rodeny Straka be paid in full.

Moved: Sorrel O’Leary

Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary

Carried

3. SUBDIVISION DISCUSSION

Chair raises the new subdivision and points out that the ‘working group’ formed earlier this year to try to keep tabs on future subdivisions

Difficult to find Council requirements and specs for development. This changes frequently, and with new zoning provides for a lot of new development.

We need to look at the potential areas for subdivision. The environmental impact on the Puhoi River is raised and Judith points out that with new tech the impact is lessened. However the infrastructure is still at when there were 10 families living here. Fire, water, traffic issues. Where does the money from the subdivisions go, we need to have infrastructure plans for utilities.

Another Chris Dixon subdivision behind Hallet Road and Titford House. It is now non notifiable, so Rodeny Board members will have no more notice than we do. Beth, although they often know of these, they are not allowed to tell us.

General discussion about the difficulty of fighting development, and the need to do something about the notifiable aspect, so subdivisions are happening without factoring in the accumulative effect on the receiving environment. Collective impact not being recognised by different planners or the Council at large.

Letters to Council, notify local newspapers, but be clear about what we want. With zoning already in place and no opportunity for input to this, it seems difficult to challenge subdivisions now. The use of Rodney historic structure plans to support community fights for specific infrastructure.

A plan to update the Puhoi Structure Plan and attempt to get it signed off or acknowledged by the Auckland Council. under the unitary plan. Mike will approach Beth to explore this avenue – ask Beth or Tessa to bring a Council planner and invite the public, and any other members of the Council.

Motion 3

THAT the Forum approaches Rodney Local Board reps to come to a meeting with Puhoi Forum members to liaise regarding subdivisions in Puhoi and request that the Forum itself be put on te list for notifiable applications for subdivision.

Moved: Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Mike Swain

Carried

GENERAL BUSINESS

a) Working Groups Updates

  • Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park

Sinead B from council with Biosecurity contractor and Shelley Hackett met with Sorrel 16th Sept to discuss maintenance of the planting. Pest control was discussed with regard to rabbits and contractor suggested spray as being effective. Contract has not being shared yet, but the agreement was to control kikuyu in some areas, and gorse, to replant bigger trees on one point of land, to look at in planting before planting next stretch of walkway, and to provide rabbit protection sleeves and stakes for 300 plants. Still waiting on these.

  • Traffic Safety/Walkways

Road Safety met with AT reps (3) who basically refused to provide any maintenance or support for local projects within the road corridor. Biggest message was that if Local Board takes it on as a project this would include liability , which would remove AT responsibility. Otherwise, we can apply for an encroachment license which gives us license to encroach on their land, but we would therefore be obligated to maintain any installations/structures that we install. With regards to the proposed car stop project, the Local Board put in the footpath between the Hall and Library but did nott address the parking issue that was raised at the time and is now ongoing problem. AT considers that therefore the Local Board may be able to help remedy the rpboelm within the original project scope. Dustyn (Chair) to follow up with Local Board.

Gillian’s pathway – Stage 2 (section to be within road corridor), would require a CAR (corridor access request), and would require AT involvement. There may be some help available within this from AT’s walkways group but this was not made very clear at the meeting. The proposed bus turnaround requires significant further community consultation and a full resource consent in order to progress and therefore AT will become involved again with this project at a later date.

SH1 Intersection Update – slip lane is going to be removed and the passing lane by Hungry Creek removed, along with speed reduction to 80kph. At the recent meeting with NX2 the fire brigade chief (Russell) made his displeasure at this development clear, as it will become next to impossible to make a right-hand turn out from Puhoi. Locals need to log their experiences and send these to AT.

b) Civil Defense

Judith reports back on meeting on Sept 7 for Regional preparedness at WW by Auckland Council, Mahurangi East group (the Mothership).

We need to encourage residents to sign up for Red Cross hazard app which is the main source for public disaster messages, and maintain a diverse range of website hazard notifications to ensure locals are quickly aware of any happening. Community centers and First Aid for locals are desirable. A free community course could be offered by Puhoi for locals. Puhoi Hotel, Puhoi Historic Hall, and the new Fire Station could all be emergency centers in disaster events. Asset mapping and knowing neighbors is essential, and there are problems with acquiring, storing and maintaining gear for being prepared for disasters. RESILIENCE was a core topic, being made up of Community Gardens, for instance and home emergency plans. Ministry of Civil Defence in Wellington has booklets available for more information on this.”

Decision made to approach Russell for temporary storage of CD (Civil Defense) information and to ask the Library, Museum and Store to hand out information at their counters. Core Leadership group being formed by Heston not too successful yet, so please put word out that he is looking for people to be involved in CD. Possible meeting in two weeks in Hall or Sports Club to start involving community members.

c) Village Market

The Market is continuing to use the upstairs area of Sports Club until the end of the year as this has been very successful. New market manager, David Dodsworth, former manager of Tea shop.

Road is damaged, exiting bridge from Domain, this may need Forum attention to help get fixed.

INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE

Christine Mundell Re spray on Krippner Road.

No spray zone has lapsed and landowners not mowing verges has led to current unmaintained roadway situation. As far as the Forum is aware AT scraped/cleared road and have sprayed to keep grass under control. There are no ‘No Spray’ zones indicated along Krippner Road currently and generally no one present was contacted to ask if they wanted the verge sprayed. Chair to contact Christine and tell her to contact Council regarding the spraying if she has any further issue. The forum upholds the rights of individual land owners to opt out of road spraying.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 7.30pm.

Museum Internships Offered

The Puhoi Heritage Museum is looking for interns to help with our archiving, displaying, filing, and restoration work.
Success applicants will have a chance to participate in all aspects of the museum’s work, including interfacing with the public and assisting researchers to locate the materials and records they need.

Interns will need to be in their final year of school or be enrolled in tertiary education. Basic computer skills are needed.

We are flexible regarding the hours and the duration of the internship.

To express your interest in this opportunity please contact:

Sheryll Titford:  sherylltitford@gmail.com
or 
Alan Wagstaff:  alanthewag@outlook.com
 

Puhoi Amenities

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.

Facility Availability Level
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
Town Water None Poor
Town Sewage None Poor
Power Reliable since recent upgrades Good
Landline Available Good
Broadband VDSL in village centre, patchy >1km Fair
Mobile Patchy (some in village centre) Poor
Postal Delivery None Poor
Courier Delivery None 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
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 Agenda: 26/09/2017

PUHOI COMMUNITY FORUM

MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2017 at 7.30pm at

THE PUHOI SPORTS CLUB – CHAIRPERSON – DUSTYN O’LEARY

AGENDA

  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 29 AUGUST 2017

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

  1. Treasurer’s Report for August 2017 (previously circulated) – Jenny Schollum

  1. Discussion Topic – Subdivisions & Future Growth in Puhoi.

  1. General Business

  1. Working Groups – updates

  • Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park

  • Road Safety Group

  • Civil Defence

  • Neighbourhood Support

  • Others

  1. Village market – Judith Williams

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 7.30pm.

Puhoi Community Forum Minutes: 25 JULY 2017

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 25 JULY 2017 commencing at 7.30pm

Present

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.

Apologies

Tessa Berger, Mike Swain, Jenny Neel, Judith Williams, Wendy Hayton, Heston Prosper-Smith, Ian Boothroyd.

Welcome

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.

Motion 1

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

Carried

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.

Motion 2

THAT the recent invoices from Hallet Enterprises and Rodeny Straka be paid in full.

Moved: Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Sheryll Titford

Carried

Motion 3

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

Carried

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.

GENERAL BUSINESS

a) Working Groups Updates

  • Traffic Safety/Walkways

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.

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  • 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.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at 7.30pm.

Puhoi Community Forum Meeting Agenda: Tuesday 29 August 2017

PUHOI COMMUNITY FORUM

MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 29 AUGUST 2017 at 7.30pm at

THE PUHOI SPORTS CLUB – CHAIRPERSON – PAUL MANTON

AGENDA

  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 25 JULY 2017

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

  1. Treasurer’s Report for July 2017 (previously circulated) – Jenny Schollum

  1. General Business

  1. Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park

      • August Planting Day & Fencing Updates

  1. Working Groups – updates

  • Road Safety Group

  • Civil Defence

  • Neighbourhood Support

  • Others

  1. Village market – Judith Williams

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at 7.30pm.

Puhoi Community Forum Meeting Minutes 25 July 2017

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 25 JULY 2017 commencing at 7.30pm

Present

Dustyn O’Leary (Chair), Paul Manton (Co-Chair), Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Sandra Beagley, Mike Swain, Jenny Neel, Kristin Gillies, Val Smith, Judith Williams, Peter Cooley, Sorrel O’Leary, Sheryll Titford, Brian Titford, Gavin Donaldson, Pat Backley, Heston Prospere-Smith, Wendy Hayton (Secretary, Minutes)

Ben Donaldson – Mahurangi Matters

Apologies

Beth Houlbrooke, Margaret Nelson, Tessa Berger, Terri Ryder.

Welcome

Dustyn O’Leary, as Chair, welcomed attendees to the meeting.

1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING 27 JUNE 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.

Motion 1

THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2017 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Heston Prospere-Smith

Carried

2. TREASURER’S REPORT for JUNE 2017– previously circulated

$420 donated from the Trivial Pursuits night.

Motion 2

THAT the secretarial payment for $30 be approved, and THAT the Treasurer’s report for June 2017 was accepted.

Moved: Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Paul Manton

Carried

3. PUHOI PIONEER MEMORIAL PARK

Working bee on Sunday, and added 2/3 of fencing. Posts for linking stage one and two

due to go in tomorrow. Many thanks to all those who volunteered and helped.

Planting – Sorrel reported that donated plants are coming from the Council and Wenderholm. There will be approximately 1000 plants in total. Planting will go against the fence. Planting day is 8am-12pm Sunday 6th August. Another planting day is to be held at the end of August. All volunteers to help will be most welcome. Please bring a spade, but the plants are small so the work will not be too heavy.

Review of Park Management Plan. Gavin Donaldson had sent an email to the relevant Council Team Leader re how the review process of the Management Plan will take place. The Council now has an Open Space Management framework – a new approach ‘omnibus reserve management plan to cover all parks in one area – for 2017-2018. They have no plan to review the Management Plan in Puhoi Pioneer Memorial Park at this stage, but the Rodney Local Board are likely to be developing an omnibus approach to local park management and endeavor to get community input and public consultation. At this stage the Forum can gather local resident input on what we feel might be an appropriate management plan. Under our lease with the Council we have taken on management of Park therefore can develop some plans but need to run everything past the Rodney Local Board first. Needs to be within parameters of existing park management plan. Puhoi is a special case with our lease and management plan. We can submit ideas and plans to the Council and there is nothing to stop us developing our own plans so long as they fit within the existing management plan and submit these to the Local Board.

Reformation of Park Working Group – The previous group is now defunct. It would be helpful to have a working group to assist with the Park management. Paul Mantonput his name forward, Sorrel O’Leary, Kevin Jones (might be interested as farm lessee), Gavin Donaldson. Please let Dustyn or Paul know if you would be interested in joining this group.

Motion 3

That a Puhoi Pioneer Memorial Park working party be formed and that it reports to the Forum meeting every month as a working group.

Moved: Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Mike Swain

Carried


GENERAL BUSINESS

  1. Working Groups Updates

  • Traffic Safety/Walkways

Dustyn has been in touch with Tessa Berger re getting in touch with AT. If Tessa doesn’t hear by the end of the month it is planned to go ahead without AT since there has been so many approaches which have been ignored.

Bus Turnaround

Dustyn has approached AT and given them all the details but so far without any response. Waiting on them for a response. Has been in touch with Beth re using an

existing footbridge now in a paddock which might be useful to use as a pedestrian footbridge in the bus turnaround project. This would need geotech and extensive work, and more public consultation. Plan and costings hopefully to be drawn up by the end of 2017.

Barriers to prevent parking on the footpath

Awaiting permission from AT.

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  • Civil Defence

Heston has met with other Civil Defence reps in the area, and they have agreed to meet as a group every 6 weeks. Next meeting is at Puhoi Fire Station at the end of August. We now have 3 more people to assist Heston and there could be more from the Waiwera and Ahuroa areas to re-write the handbook. Will eventually get a water-tight container for equipment.

  • Neighbourhood Support

Judith circulated pamphlets ‘Recreation in Rural Areas’ and ‘Fire in Rural Areas by National Rural Fire Authority. Judith also has some ‘Neighbourhood Support’ posters which she will distribute. Neighbourhood Support has drawn a smaller boundary than Civil Defence which is appropriate for the two different groups.

  1. Village Market – ordinary market this coming Sunday. Going upstairs is good.

Running ‘Puhoi’s Got Young Talent’ again at the August market. Judith has the entry

forms.

A very successful Anniversary weekend was held by the PHS including a dance.

Special thanks to the Scouts for their help over the weekend.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 29 August 2017 at 7.30pm.