MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING
HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 28 July commencing at 7.30pm
CO CHAIRPERSONS – PAUL MANTON & DUSTYN O’LEARY
Present: Judith Williams, Tim Holdgate (Auckland Council RLB), Karen & John Rehm, Jenny Neel, Angie Prospect-Smith, Russell Green, Scott Noyes, Beth Houlbrooke, Sheryll & Brian Titford, Mike Swain, Sandra Beagley, Sorrel O’Leary, Fern McClearn, Clinton McClean, Emma Done, Gary Browne, Chris Charles, Jenny Schollum, Paul Manton, Dustyn O’Leary, Olive Ann, Duane Garner, Tim Holdgate,
Apologies: Gavin Donaldson
- MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING held 30 June, 2020
Minutes have been previously circulated.
Matters arising from those minutes (not appearing on this agenda) – none.
THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 30 June, 2020 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.
Moved: John Rehm
Seconded: Paul Manton
2. TREASURER’S REPORT for June 2020
Treasurer’s report has been previously circulated. (previously circulated) – Jenny Schollum
Brian Carley audited books.
Income $ 60 subs and .60c interest. Total River Park accounts 16,940 Forum with $1,204 for Orchard Planting .
$405.45 to approve
Moved: Sorrel O’Leary
Seconded: Paul Manton
THAT the Treasurer’s report for June 2020 be confirmed as a true and accurate record
Seconded: Judith Williams
3. UPDATE FROM LOCAL BOARD
- Local Board update. Local Board Page on Facebook etc, this is open for consultation, setting Board priorities for investment and advocacy over the next 3 years. Feedback welcome.
- Standard of roading which has been ripped up for installing pipes, outside library, needs to be addressed, call and complain to AT to support community.
4. Other items
Chris Charles (Auckland Council) update on District Walking, Cycling, Bridleways with Matakana Coast Trail Trust/Greenways Plan (Guest Speaker) with Gary Browne Strategy and fundraising lead. Chris has a Council role working with the Matakana Trail Trust and Rodney Local Board also Doc, ACC, AT and local landowners. The proposed trail network moves through private vineyards, AT land, council land etc, and is supported by community companies such as local planning companies, who provide services pro bono. Chris is building on Greenways work over the last few years with alignment of government, council and local players to contribute to realising the trail, creating a network of stakeholder support to create this legacy project to link all regional parks, providing a vision and a framework for different entities to engage with. Easements are put in place to ensure protection in perpetuity, and with community involvement. Economic modelling of benefit cost ratio foresees $8-9 return for every dollar invested is envisaged. Growth of cycling tourism is exciting. Delivering 50% more than other tourists, the cycling tourist is important for our economy. Every other sport is in decline in terms of membership, so it is a good area for us to invest in. Greenways plans are adopted by Local Board who refer to them for subdivision developments, for example to encourage provision of construction of connections as part of developments. The proposed walking and cycling experience between WW / Matakana and up to Mangawhai and Puhoi has a 3.5 m wide gradient 2-3, so provides a high level of accessibility and is to be integrated with public transport, strategic planning for parking, toilets, water infrastructure, cleaning stations, biosecurity protocols, boardwalks.
- Point Wells is now finalised and at the fund raising stage.
- The subdivision developers with Asian Pacific Industries and Regional Parks to the north of Pakiri is developing trail in that area.
- Puhoi Mangawhai trail is envisage as a100km corridor with an additional 150km ancillary trails. Northern Alliance has 750 km trails in Northland.
- Overall, with 1000 km of total trail network, 750,000 annual uses are expected, with the usual spinoffs for tourism.
Chris and Grant took questions after the meeting regarding their proposal to bridge Te Muir Creek and what provision is being made to provide parking infrastructure for this number of riders and walkers.
5. GENERAL BUSINESS
- Life membership of $150 proposal.
Moved: Paul Manton
Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary
(ii) Road control and traffic control by NX2 road closures of Puhoi Road
(iii) Auditor for annual Forum financial report see above
WORKING GROUPS UPDATES
- PPMP – Community Orchard planting report see attached. 8th August, infill planting of first planting. Paul spoke with Kevin Jones on Farm Park, now fertilised, gorse control and fencing on the agenda. Paul is to spray gorse on walkway ahead of planting. Council bought spray pre Covid, spraying calendared for Spring. Proposal from pubic for memorial trees, with plaques as a fundraising venture. Show of hands, most in favour. Sports club will move the pavilion when weather improves and ground firms.
- Road safety group – no funding available; now planning fundraising events, around $5,000 for bollards for materials, fees to Council for encroachment, AT stated support. Memorial bollards suggested by Paul.
- Puhoi Community Response – PERT need a chance to process Covid
- Puhoi Heritage Museum – Forum letter of support, notice in 2023 160 years Convent School building will be 100 years, celebrations for these events, and hope that the building will be renovated by then.
- Puhoi Library – Church and Library are being renovated. Pilfered firewood now have chained box on riverside for this, donations of firewood sought. Paul will donate.
- Puhoi Village Market – end of Sept.
- Sports Club – window treatments, carpets, etc are coming Jess Handlon no longer catering, new caterers starting this Thursday. Open 4 days a week, band night on 29th, fundraise, community open weekend aimed at families. Removal of trees, lights outside, cordoning off carpark area, painting.
- Waiwera AGM Facebook page.
- Fire Brigade 13 members, call rates down over winter, new appliance in the next month. Business as usual.
Meeting closed at 8.40 pm
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29 September at 7.30pm.