With the world facing uncertain times, and coupled with the potential
health implications of the COVID-19 virus, the Puhoi Village Market
Committee have been reflecting on its impact to our market on Sunday 29
Currently New Zealand has a low number of known cases and
as yet we still do not have community spread. However, we are not
comfortable that we should carry the associated risk factors.
As such our Committee have decided that we should cancel the March Market.
Remember this is only a temporary situation and we will emerge out the other side. Meanwhile stay well and look after yourselves, families, friends and neighbours.
Dear Puhoi residents and neighbours, Please find attached the team’s first meeting minutes of the year, March 11 2020, PERT’s origins were in August 2019 at a public gathering in the Puhoi Centennial Hall to assess interest in the formation of a core group to build up community resilience in the case of a disaster such as bushfire, landslip or flood. Around 10 people expressed an interest in forming a group to help the Puhoi community in preparing for and coping with such events.. Jared Rehm was appointed the Puhoi Fire Brigade’s representative on the group, now known as the Puhoi Emergency Resilience Team. The team has received welcome support from Melanie Hutton, Auckland City’s Community Resilience Manager, and members of the Mahurangi West Community Response Group, whose action plan (attached) Puhoi is studying to learn from their experiences so that we can write our own plan. Our first meeting (the minutes of which are referred to in today’s attachments) was held in November last year and its first public action was at the December 8 Village Twilight Market in the Centennial Hall with an information display on summer bushfire hazards. Hopefully, the action contributed to Puhoi’s freedom from fire this recent summer! Below is our team’s response to a call, by our librarian, Helen Darnell, for help with sandbagging, in anticipation of the flooding of our river which can sometimes occur in autumn. While it is hard to imagine floods during this time of drought, the change of season is likely to bring rain and with it the risk of flooding in Puhoi. The PERT has been asked to assist the library with the provision of sandbags to be ready for use if a flood is threatened. If your property is at risk of flooding and you would like to secure some sandbags, please let me (Judith Williams) know and we will see what arrangements can be made to assist others in the community in addition to the library. One thing to note is that sandbags, once filled, will need to be stored in a dry place so that they don’t rot before they are needed. Storage will be a matter for each property to arrange. Hopefully the bags will not be needed! In the meantime, crises, national and international, seem constantly to be thrown our way these days. The best advice we, as a community-building resilience team, can give is the old, familiar one – prepare your household to withstand an emergency (there are lots of websites, from lots of organisations, including Neighbourhood Support, to help you) and look out for those neighbours and ensure they are safe. Judith Williams PERT leader Puhoi 4220 181
I writing to update you about night time road closure at Pūhoi. I would like to keep you regularly updated with what we are doing and when. If you receive this email you are on my regular update list, if you don’t wish to be updated please
let me know and I will remove you from my list.
I have been in discussions with the structures team and have been able to modify the hours of road closure for the first week.
This information will not be advertised to the general public, except Pūhoi residents and others that may be affected, the SH1 signs will not change.
The first week of road closures from Sunday 1 March to Thursday 5 March will now be:
Sunday – Open
Monday – Closed – 9pm – 4.30am
Tuesday – Stop/Go only
Wednesday – Stop/Go only
Thursday – Stop/Go only
Friday & Saturday – Open
The remaining two weeks (8-19 March) the road will remain closed from Sunday to Thursday’s – 9pm-4.30am.
If there are any other changes I will let you know on a day by day basis.
We will be at the Pūhoi community Market on Sunday if you wish to come and visit us.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
This is the current road closure list for roadwork closures on Puhoi Road, with info supplied from NX2. Note that the signage boards etc. around the works may not reflect this list – as in an arrangement with NX2 they will open the road/implement stop/go when possible to allow locals to come and go when gaps in the works allow, letting us know at PuhoiNZ as frequently as possible, but they can’t keep the public signage up to date.