Puhoi Community Forum: Minutes July 2020


HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 28 July commencing at 7.30pm


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


  1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING held 30 June, 2020

Minutes have been previously circulated.

Matters arising from those minutes (not appearing on this agenda) – none.

Motion 1

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


Motion 2

THAT the Treasurer’s report for June 2020 be confirmed as a true and accurate record

Moved:Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Judith Williams



  1. 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.
  2. 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.


  1. 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


  • 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.


Puhoi Library and The QR Challenge

Helen from the library would like to remind everyone that the library will be closed until at least next Wednesday 19th Aug. She would also like to remind everyone how easy it is to create a QR for your premises:

QR Code – Today, with Luddite trepidation, I valiantly sat down to apply for the required Covid Tracer QR Code for the library. The form took 5 mins to complete, with very little detail required, and was emailed to me before I had clicked off the site.

I mention this as it is now mandatory for all businesses to have a QR code before Aug 19th, after which date, they will be fined for not displaying one. Could I request that you circularise this fact to Puhoi businesses on your various outlets. You could also mention just how easy it is to do.  https://qrform.tracing.covid19.govt.nz/.

I can concur : I did mine for my one-man-band software company and have it proudly stuck to the front door. Noone apart from my wife and I have swiped it yet though as I never have any visitors. I do swipe everytime I go out to the garden though – have this image of someone sitting there watching saying “he’s gone out to see those chickens again”

Puhoi Road Open at Night for Rest of This week

[Full list of current closures at https://puhoinz.com/latest-puhoi-road-closures/]

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to let you know that Pūhoi Road will be OPEN  at night time, for the rest of this week 11-15 August. 

I will update you further on Friday if anything changes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Ngā mihi 

Roslyn Prictor

NX2 Stakeholder and Communications Team

P. 0508 P2WK INFO (0508 7295 4636)  E. info@nx2group.com         W. nx2group.com

A. 45 Wyllie Road, Warkworth   P.  P.O Box 690, Warkworth 0941

Puhoi Road Closure Timing

Just circulating this reponse from Rosalyn Prictor at NX2 following communicating some concerns we expressed that the road was being shutoff to people trying to get back into the village before the advertised time:

Dear Neighbours,

We are progressing well with deck panel installation across Pūhoi Road and thank everyone for their continued patience.

I have received a number of concerns that the road closure is shutting early and that people have been turned around /not let through before the 9.30pm cut off time. I have talked to various people here at management level and have been assured that this will not happen.

I would like to mention that the signs and road cones are set up early and the road may look fully closed before the 9.30pm cut off time.  Please pull into the slip lane and talk to our friendly traffic management guys/gals and tell them you live in Pūhoi and would like to get through. If there are any issues with this at the time, please call me on 0508 7295 4636 immediately and I will deal with that conversation for you, while you wait. 

The road closure time is set at 9.30pm, this is a very firm closure time and traffic will not be allowed to pass after this 9.30pm. This is to enable us to still have enough time to do the required work. 

If you have further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Ngā mihi 

Roslyn Prictor

NX2 Stakeholder and Communications Team

P. 0508 P2WK INFO (0508 7295 4636)  E. info@nx2group.com         W. nx2group.com

A. 45 Wyllie Road, Warkworth   P.  P.O Box 690, Warkworth 0941

Puhoic Community Forum Meeting Agenda

This is to be held after the AGM this Tuesday, 28 July. The AGM is at 7.00 and the regular meeting at 7.30. All at the Sports Club. The minutes for the June meeting were sent out earlier this month.


MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, 28 July, 2020 at 7.30pm at



  1. Welcome/apologies
  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 30 June, 2020
  1. Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)
  1. Treasurer’s Report for July 2020 (previously circulated) – Jenny Schollum
  1. General Business
  1. Chris Charles (Auckland Council) update on District Walking, Cycling, Bridleways & Matakana Coast Trail Trust/Greenways Plan
  2. Community Orchard planting report
  3. Auditor for annual Forum financial report 
  4. Bollards for sidewalk
  1. Working Groups – updates
  • PPMP
  • PERT
  • Road Safety Group
  • Historical Society
  • Library
  • Village market
  • Others

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 25 August, 2020 at 7.30pm

Barrier Removal Works 13/14th July

Night time Stop/go on State Highway 1 (SH1), north of Pūhoi.
We’ll be carrying out night works to remove temporary barriers on SH1 north of Pūhoi. Stop/go traffic management will be in place on SH1, between Mahurangi West Road and Pūhoi Road.
The works will be carried out over two nights starting Monday 13 July 2020. Stop/go will be in place between the hours of 9:00pm and 4:00am when traffic volumes are lower to minimise disruption. The work is expected to be completed by Wednesday morning, weather permitting.
NX2 would like to thank drivers for their patience while we complete these works.

As always, currently list of works affecting Puhoi is at https://puhoinz.com/latest-puhoi-road-closures/

Got Kiddies? Your Local Playgroup is a Great Place to Take Them

We are a friendly relaxed group and would like to welcome any new comers. For 0-5 Years, Open MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY from 9.30am-12.30pm.
$4 per family session (first 3 visits are free) or $35 per term.
Parking located behind the Museum on 77 Puhoi Road. Once enrolled please join our friendly private Facebook group!

We would really appreciate this monthly mention to encourage new members.

Ngā mihi

Sara McLeod
contact puhoiplaygroup@gmail.com

Puhoi Community Forum 30 June 2020: Agenda

[Apologies for not publishing this earlier as I missed the attachment of Sorrel’s email earlier in the month]

MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, 30 June, 2020 at 7.30pm at

  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 26 February, 2020
  2. Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)
  3. Treasurer’s Report for 2020 (previously circulated) – Jenny Schollum
  4. General Business
    (i) Community ecological volunteering safety plans from Council
    (ii) Planting date early August for PPMP
    (iii) Fruit tree purchase for PPMP
    (iv) Planting assistance for John Rehm in June
    (v) Auditor for annual Forum financial report
    (vi) Gravel to top of trailhead on loop track
    (vii) Materials/volunteers for fixing steps on loop track
    (viii) Community orchard working bee/dates/volunteers
    (ix) Forum submission for toll road
    (x) Working Groups – updates

    Road Safety Group
    Historical Society
    Village market
    AGM at 7.30pm.
    The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 28 July 2020 after the

Puhoi: My Memories

[Judith Williams, Adrian Anderson]

I first started during the Covid-19 lockdown period reading an interesting old 1937 newspaper article about Puhoi, where my mother, Edith Wenzlick, grew up. This has now turned into a montage of photos I think other folk may enjoy, particularly the videos, knowing a few of the people featured.

This document layout has been produced by myself, Adrian Anderson, with special thanks to Dale Farnsworth for the re-enactment, official speeches, videos and numerous photos from Puhoi’s  Sesquicentennial, 2013. Shane Wenzlick has supplied photos, along with many from my own collection and from the internet, Local Matters newspaper, TV1, YouTube and some from the National Library.

 These are my memories of Puhoi, although I would have liked to include some from the Puhoi A&P shows, as I recall some happy times attending these as a very young boy and seeing the pleasure my mother got when meeting many relations and friends at the event. In fact, after Mass on a Sunday, we children had to wait for ages while mum chatted with what seemed like everyone before we could head back to our grandparents home for lunch.

Puhoi: My Memories (pdf)

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