Author Archives: Mike Swain

Cause to celebrate?

NZTA has advised that the 80km/h (rather aspirational at the moment – Ed 😉 at the Puhoi/State Highway 1 intersection will now be given effect to on 20 December, together with the new 80km/h zones at each end of Kaukapakapa on SH 16.

Ahuroa School – Part time positions 2018

Are you a Passionate, Authentic, Resilient Explorer?
We are looking for some new staff to help our wonderful school grow even better in 2018.

Our recent ERO review identified our school as a vibrant, dynamic, caring environment where everyone is encouraged to be their best.

Job 1 – Teacher-aide – 25 hours per week, full year
Job 2 – Teacher -aide – 5 hours per week, term by term.
Job 3 – Caretaker – 5 hours per week.

Positions will be filled as suitable candidates are found. All position job descriptions will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Please send your CV and a cover letter to Michelle Nell, email principal@ahuroa.school.nz.

Market Update

The Puhoi Village Market on Sunday 26 November had a relaxing and cheerful Christmas vibe.

Browsing amongst the stalls, socialising with old and new friends, enjoying the coffee and sunshine and listening to the music of International recording artist David Four (https://www.davidfour.com/) made for a very pleasant morning at the market.

Santa kindly dropped in and chatted with the children and an interactive family friendly drum circle added to the atmosphere and fun.

At the Kid’s Corner under the Christmas tree, the young ones drew pictures and posted letters to Santa in the especially made post box. These letters have now been sent on to Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole.

Amongst the usual popular food, beverages, plants, clothing, art and crafts stalls we found Errol from TIMBERCRAFT selling his lovely wooden signs and Bev offering her deluxe deck chairs with a difference. (http://www.bevschairs.co.nz)

Now that summer is upon us, a mention must be made about the delicious artisan ice cream made by Darryll and served in single portions in sealed containers. Flavours include Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Milk Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Mint Chocolate Chip and other intriguing taste treats. This locally made ice cream has been developed so as not to contain eggs, artificial colours or flavouring, but simply natural tasty ingredients, just the way ice cream should be.

The lucky stall holder of the day went to Judy, offering a number of beautifully written and illustrated children’s books.

The Puhoi Village Market committee would like to thank everyone for their support and wishing you all a safe and happy holiday break over Christmas and the New Year. For all offers of help in 2018 and enquiries please contact Dave on 0274 27 0440 or email puhoivillagemarket@gmail.com

The next Village Market will be held on Sunday 28 January 2018 and kicks off with a car boot sale and Suitcase Stalls, a mini scaled market with giant rewards.

 

Minutes of the Puhoi Forum Community Meeting : 31 October 2017

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 31 October 2017 commencing at 7.30pm

Present

Paul Manton (Chair), Gavin Donaldson, Judith Williams, Mike Swain, Jenny Schollum, Jenny Neel, Terri Ryder, Wendy Hayton (Minutes Secretary)

Apologies

Chris Mundell, Beth Houlbrooke, Sheryll Titford, Brian Titford, Heston Prosper-Smith, Dustyn O’Leary, Sandra Beagley, Sorrel O’Leary, Tessa Berger, Peter Cooley, Ros Broadmore

Welcome

Paul Manton, as Chair, welcomed the attendees to the meeting.

1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING 26 September 2017

The minutes of the meeting held on 26 September 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 26 September 2017 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Mike Swain

Carried

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

The last bills for the walkway were paid in September.

Motion 2

THAT a cheque for $30 be paid for secretarial services.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Judith Williams

Carried

3. SUBDIVISIONS and FURTHER GROWTH IN PUHOI

Beth Houlbrooke had responded to Mike Swain’s questions about how the Forum can take a constructive approach and provide input into development happening in the Village, particularly with regard to mitigating any upgrading of infrastructure – water, sewage, roads, culverts, disaster relief etc. There is a list of applications for consent available that can be forwarded. Discussion took place on this but there is not really a lot of clarity at this time. The more information that can be accumulated on this topic the more helpful it will be to the list of what infrastructure elements will be vulnerable. Some information is on the Puhoi website. Further work is ongoing.

4. GENERAL BUSINESS

  1. Puhoi Brochure (Jenny Schollum)

The ‘Welcome to Puhoi’ brochure has run out. The brochure needs to be updated and there need to be more printed. Sponsors are needed for the $5000 required for this. In the past these have been business sponsors as the Brochure has a business focus. It is not actually a Forum issue, but the Forum would like to have input if three is information relevant to the community rather than local business.. There is an electronic version on the website. It was in early days generated by the Forum. . Paul proposed that he have a look at it and perhaps make some recommendations on behalf of the Forum if the brochure still has a community focus.

  1. Annual Puhoi Community Barbecue (Judith Williams)

There was a small turnout last year. It was suggested to hold the 2017/2018 gathering in the pony club area in February rather than December as previously. It was suggested it could be held about 6pm 6.30pm on a Friday. If the Scouts are involved they would be able to provide some activities for children. At the next Forum meeting, the February date needs to be confirmed.

Moved: PaulManton

Seconded: Terri Ryder

Carried

  1. Repair of PPMP roading from carpark gate to riverbank reserve (Judith Williams)

The Market AGM raised the issue of potholes round by the old sheep pens, and asked if Judith would bring it to the Forum. Paul Manton undertook to get it fixed.

iii) Working Groups Updates

  1. Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park

As representative of the Working Group, Gavin reported that Sorrel has picked up 100 stakes and sleeves from Auckland Council and these will be put on plants this weekend. The posts are all driven. Paul Manton has purchased a gate. Some batons have to be purchased. Kevin is to put the batons up as available. The group need to work through funding for future planting. Funding is not a major issue as limited funds come from the grazing lease money.

  1. Traffic Safety/Walkways

Terri reported that attenuator trucks are turning around in the intersection and at Puhoi Close. They are supposed to be turning round at the tunnels. Paul is to give Terri a contact’s name who should be able to monitor and stop this.

Free school bus new ruling is to the closest school only, which means that 90 Ahuroa Road is the cut off (Rose Villa Lane), and all others need to go to Orewa primary. Some students are still going to Warkworth on a free bus system. Payment for out of zone is approximately $200 pa.

  1. Civil Defence and Neighbourhood Support

Judith reported that Heston is very busy. Judith is picking up some of the umbrella group meetings on Civil Defence to which 8 groups belong. Most groups are well ahead of the Puhoi group with radios, generators etc. Judith ran a stall on Civil Defence at the last Puhoi market. Judith has ordered from Auckland Council about 100 copies each of the resources – action plan booklets and children’s workbooks – which were handed out at that market. She has kept back a few boxes and will be putting some into shops etc for the community in general. She/Hesston could give some out at the Ahuroa School.

Heston is struggling to find a core leadership group of about 5 people in the Puhoi area who have appropriate skills. There was a request for people who are prepared to sit on a small committee group to organize this. Judith is to advertise it in the newsletter and Mike on the website.

iv) NX2 Motorway Project – Paul can provide information if any particular information is required to help the community outside the quarterly meetings. NX2’s policy is to get in touch with the Forum Chair as a first contact – this would be Dustyn since Paul has a conflict of interest.

v) Village Market

The AGM was held recently. They are some problems with using the upstairs of the

Club House.

The meeting closed at 9.00pm.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 November 2017 at 7.30pm.

Summer’s here – make a date for Puhoi Village Market this weekend

Visit the Puhoi Village Market on Sunday 26th November at the Sports Club grounds. It is a Christmas affair so time to stock up your pantry and think about gifts for your loved ones.

Colourful stalls, which include local and seasonal produce, organic fruit and veges, honey, coffee, cheese, nuts, preserves, chutneys and sauces, samosas, deli foods, olive oil, crepes and ice cream, fresh juice and a sausage sizzle. Other great stalls are selling plants, garden sculptures, out door furniture, jewellery, knitwear, colourful clothes, natural soaps, candles, face & body oils, flax weaving, art, photography and much more. We have new stalls to check out this month as well as our old favorites.

Santa has been invited to drop in and meet the kids between 10.30am – 11.30am and there is a kid’s corner where the little ones can colour in pictures and write and post a letter to Santa.

Located in the heart of Historic Puhoi Village this market is a relaxed and friendly affair, a place to support our local community, socialize, and listen to live music. Entertainment this month is David Four and around 10am a drum circle, suitable for kids and adults to have a go.

This is a family friendly venue with a play area for the kids and free parking.

Also taking place on the same day is an invitation from the Puhoi Fire Brigade to visit the Puhoi Fire Station Open Day, 52 Ahuroa Road, Puhoi. They have a flash new station which they want to show off to you and you can meet the amazing men and women who volunteer their time and skills for us.

Any inquiries to Puhoi Village Market Team 0274 27 0440,

Looking forward to seeing you all there.  

We are looking at possibly very busy Nov market.
 
Visit the Puhoi Village Market Sunday 26th November. It’s a Christmas affair and Santa will be there. Lots of goodies to buy, and music to air. See you there…