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School house for rent.


Our fabulous little 3 bedroom school house will be available to rent after the 2nd of September. If you know an amazing family who would love to be a part of our wonderful school community please let them know.

Queries and applications to or 09-4225898

Current rent $350 per week.

Puhoi Village Market, Sunday, 27th August, 9 am to 1 pm


The market will host again the Puhoi Got Young Talent show (entry details here). Performance starts at 10 am.


Plenty of stalls with fresh local fruit and veges, eggs, honey, Puhoi coffee, cheese, nuts, fresh bread, chutneys and sauces, scones, samosa, deli foods, plants, craft stalls with jewellery, knitwear, natural soaps, candles, face & body oils, flax weaveware and much more.
Next market: Sunday, 24th September 2017
Support Local!

Any inquiries to Puhoi Village Market Team 0274 27 0440, email:


Rental accommodation wanted

I recently moved to Puhoi and currently living in temporary accommodation. I enjoy the vibe of this community and would like to find a more permanent living situation here.
I am a mature, health professional working in the Auckland and Rodney districts, and a musician. I have been a home owner and also have excellent references from past landlords.
I am looking for a one or two-bedroom place, preferably unfurnished or partly furnished as I have a reasonable amount of ‘stuff’. However, I will consider all options, a barn, a long-term house-sit or flatmate situation. I do require access to internet as I run my own business and prefer a semi-rural setting.
I have skills which include gardening and animal care and spent many years living on a self-sufficient block of land in the Wairarapa. I am responsible, tidy and an environmentalist so you can be assured your property and animals will loved.
If you know of something that may fit my requirements I would be really grateful for any suggestions or leads. I am available to move anytime between now and November.

Phone Jaqui on 021 977 181 or email

Celtic Sessions: Now Back in the Hall…

We now meet in the Puhoi Centennial Hall (again) fortnightly on Thursdays. In August that is 3rd, 17th, and 31st. Starting time 7.15pm to 10.15 pm. Charge $3.00 per person.
New musicians are always welcome.

We have a spendid new website at and you can see us on facebook at

Alan Wagstaff

Puhoi Celtic Sessions
0274 836 023

Puhoi Community Forum Meeting Agenda for Tuesday 25 July 2017





  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 27 June 2017

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

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

  1. Puhoi Pioneer Memorial Park

  • River walkway planting and fencing working days.

  • Review of park management plan

  • Reformation of park working group

  1. General Business

  1. Working Groups – updates

  • Road Safety Group update

  • Civil Defence –

  • Neighbourhood Support

  • Others

  1. Village market – Judith Williams

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

Minutes of the Puhoi Forum Community Meeting: 27th June 2017


HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 2017 commencing at 8.20pm


Paul Manton (Chair), Dustyn O’Leary (Co-Chair) Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Terri Ryder, Sheryll Titford, Brian Titford, Sandra Beagley, Tessa Berger, Kristin Gillies, Val Smith, Judith Williams, Johan Rijnbinde, Sorrel O’Leary, Larry Mitchell, Pat Backley, Heston Prospere-Smith, Wendy Hayton (Secretary, Minutes)


Beth Houlbrooke, Alison Roe, Martin Smith, Mike Swain, Jenny Neel, Margaret Nelson


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


The minutes of the meeting held on 30 May 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 30 May 2017 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Sorrel O’Leary

Seconded: Johan


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

Motion 2

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

Moved: Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Johan Rijnbinde


  1. Working Groups Updates

  • Traffic Safety/Walkways

Bus Turnaround

A meeting was held with Beth Houlbrooke, Gubbs, Russell Green and Dustyn O’Leary re the bus turnaround in the village. They will be approaching AT for their approval in principle, and then get feedback from wider community consultation. This is a big project with a lot of money and construction involved, including another footbridge.

Barriers to prevent parking on the footpath

Dustyn is still trying to get in touch with AT to get approval for barriers, but communication is proving very difficult. It is a work in progress. Tessa Berger, as Council representative, said she will work towards supporting this project and moving it forward.


  • Civil Defence

Heston has met with other Civil Defence reps in the area, who agreed that they will have a meeting every 2 months. The Council is providing more support for Civil Defence than they previously stated. Civil Defence groups can choose their own borders (to include Waiwera Valley and Ahuroa) – this is to be determined. There will need to be number of representatives for the Puhoi valley area – possibly 9. The Forum will provide support as appropriate. Paul asked that Heston let the Forum know should the need for support arise.

  • Neighbourhood Support

Judith is still collecting information. She now has all but 5 of the street coordinators needed. Judith to let the Forum know should there be a need for support. Paul and Dustyn know what the needs are.

  1. Village Market

This was the 2nd month of moving upstairs, which is working well. They are still looking for a paid manager. Some discussion took place on the option of having different groups run the market through the month. Discussion also took place on how to raise the profile and therefore attendance at the market. Having a couple of stalls in the main village, was suggested along with another possible central village site. All this needs further discussion with the market representatives If the Forum can assist, please let them know.

  1. Historical Society had very successful day on Sunday 25 July for the 154th Puhoi celebrations.

Gate and Flagpole project

A question was raised about the metal gates for the reserve. They are memorial gates and need to be preserved and possibly relocated as they can be in the way in their current location. Can they be moved permanently to the other side of the bridge? Could they be moved before the next ANZAC Day? To be discussed on the next meeting agenda. Paul will talk to the Parks and Recreation representative he works with. A permanent flagpole has also been suggested some time ago.

  1. Reserve Legislation

Auckland Council told Judith Williams that under Reserves Act of 1977 reserves cannot be sold, without full notification. A conservation reserve cannot really be sold at all.

The meeting closed at 9.20pm.


The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 25 July 2017 at 7.30pm.