Local Nurse, Amy Tolhopf as kindly offered the village her help during the lockdown. Please respect her position and try to limit your demands as much as possible, especially concerning direct contact – remote is best, on 0275164530!
Hi everyone, my name’s Amy, I’m a registered nurse with primary health care and acute care experience. I’m just letting you know I live locally and if for any reason throughout this period you are unable to attend a medical facility due to mobility issues, your home help for wound dressings and medication don’t arrive or we get to the point where you can’t access medical or emergency facilities (god help us if this happens) please feel free to contact me! I have oxygen and limited emergency supplies but they are available if needed. Take care, be kind and stay at home
Please just reiterate that if there is immediate life threatening concerns to call 111 I’m here as a backstop. If however there is medical concerns regarding day to day medical needs (carers not showing up). Or we are unable to access medical facilities I’m happy to go see them and triage them or do a dressing change, help with their medications as needed.
Happy to triage over the phone as I know healthline is very much overloaded. Or if your isolated, alone, concerned about someone else or just need a chat or guidance please don’t hesitate to call. Or send me a message if you have no minutes etc and I can call you back. Take care everyone, we are very lucky to live in such a beautiful area to ride this out
As you know the Prime Minister announced yesterday that the COVID-19 alert level has been raised to Level Three and will become Level Four from 23:59 hours on Wednesday 25 March 2020.
This means we need to stop non-essential services for a period of four weeks. From today crews across the country will be working to close down Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency construction sites, including the
Pūhoi to Warkworth construction site.
Our priority at this time is to ensure that while we close down the site, it remains a safe place for you to travel near or alongside. We will keep safe traffic management in place, as well as appropriate environmental
The project shut down includes a cessation in the projects ability to meet face to face with residents and the wider project community for the time being. The projects 0508 number and
info email address will continue to operate throughout this period.
For any project related stakeholder and community queries please feel free to contact the team on 0508 7295 4636 or
Thank you for your understanding and respect for others welfare as we navigate these unprecedented challenges.
we really hope you are all ok; please look after yourselves and others the best you can. In regards to the lock down situation Puhoi River Motors Ltd has an exemption due to it providing its services to keep ‘essential services’ ( Fire appliances and pumps) on the road -I.e- we fix fire trucks. So we can take some bookings from our customers around our essential services commitments. BUT;
This is by phone call/ bookings only.
This may change at any time.
Essential service work takes priority
No entry into the workshop is allowed- keep any physical distancing to 2 metres.
We will be taking extra precautions around hygiene and cleanliness- can you do the same with your car too.
We may struggle to source parts for your vehicle which will impact on our ability to repair them.
There will still be deliveries of post to the store until further notice we will be available from 9-12 Monday to Friday for people to collect their parcels and mail from indoor P.O. Boxes
We will identify customers through the shop window we ask that customers adhere to the rules around social distancing or remain in their cars -mail and parcels will be placed on the black side deck tables and then customers can come forward and collect them once we are back inside the store.
There will be no parcel pick ups so please do not drop off any items to be sent.
The General Store is closing for the foreseable future. At this point it’s not clear whether courier and Postal deliveries will continue. Nick has said that he’ll make sure there’s someone around at the store in the mornings so if you’re waiting for a parcel delivery just ask. The post boxes will still be accessible as long as the post arrives.
to the confined space within the library we are unable to comply with
the social distancing measures recommended by the government and are
therefore temporarily closing the library. We will review the
situation fortnightly and will keep everyone informed through
Judith’s Puhoi newsletter.
decision has not been taken lightly, but as most of our visitors are
tourists from outside the community the risk is higher than if we
were just open to local library members.
We were initially worried
about the influx of returning New Zealanders, who arrived just before
Sunday 15th ,
who did not have to self-isolate, but we now have to worry about the
estimated 80,000 still abroad who have been advised by the government
to get back immediately. There are worries that self-isolation is not
always being adhered to.
advice today is for everyone is to “stay apart”.
do not wish to leave the village devoid of reading material, so Nic
has suggested that we place a few boxes of books on his top verandah
for locals to fossick through. These books have originally been
donated to the library by the community and had not as yet found
shelf room. We are now giving them back to the community. You are not
required to either return them or pay for them, just enjoy.
order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and ensure the continued
good health of our community the Co-Chairs of the PCF have decided to
cancel this months meeting, scheduled for Tuesday 31st March. We will
be assessing the ongoing situation with regards to this illness and will
update the community regarding the April meeting as soon as possible.
Community information will be shared meanwhile through monthly updates
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