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Sheds in The Park

As part  of a recent audit by Auckland Council of buildings in the River Park, a report was done on the sheds currently being used by the tenant for storing farm equipment and hay. They are not in very good condition and would require extensive (i.e.  expensive) renovation to bring them up to a standard for use by the community. Puhoi Community Forum would like to canvas opinion locally on the value of the buildings and any suggestions as to possible uses and funding of renovation.



Minutes of the Puhoi Forum Community Meeting Held at Puhoi Sports Club On 31st July 2018


HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 31st July 2018 commencing at 7.30pm.


Sorrel O’Leary (secretary), Terri Ryder, Heston Prosper-Smith, Sandra Beagley, Sheryll Titford.


Dustyn O’Leary (co-chair), Paul Manton (Chair), Gavin Donaldson, Jenny Schollum (treasurer), Mike Swain, Luke Krieg (deputy chair), Brian Titford, Judith Williams.


Motion 1

THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2018 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Luke Krieg

Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary



Jenny noted that subs are low due to members not renewing and groups with outstanding fees. Luke Krieg offered to send out an email encouraging old members to rejoin. Action – Luke Krieg. The annual charities return has also been completed, big thanks to Jenny for her work on this.

Motion 2

THAT the Treasurer’s report for April 2017 be accepted as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Luke Krieg

Seconded: Gavin Donaldson Carried

Motion 3

THAT invoices for work and plants in the Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park be paid (details in treasurers report).

Moved: Jenny Schollum

Seconded: Paul Manton



  1. Working Group Updates

Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park

Audit of Assets

A report (audit of assets) has been issued by Auckland Council on the structures within the park, as part of the sub lease agreement processing, and this has raised the issue of safety of some of the older buildings such as the red barn in the farm section of the park (please see the full report attached to the minutes). No action has been taken on this yet and ongoing discussions are being held with Kevin Jones, Forum officers and Council to fully assess the buildings and determine what the options are for resolving the current safety issues. In the short term, signage and safety fencing will be installed around unsafe structures within the park. A discussion was held regarding the value of the building assets within the park and the members present deemed it appropriate to garner the opinions of the wider community on the issue.

Motion 4

THAT an agenda item regarding the structures in question be put on the agenda for the next forum meeting so that the wider community has the chance to attend and express their wishes. Opinions will also be sought via the village website and facebook page (action Mike Swain).

Moved: Gavin Donaldson

Seconded: Luke Krieg


River Walkway

Wood Pigeon Ltd (local contractor) has been employed to install the rabbit/spray sleeves around the new plants, carry out weed control in the planted areas and release last years planting. This work has been started and will continue in the coming weeks.

Motion 5

THAT Wood Pigeon Ltd shall complete the sleeving, weeding and releasing work required up to the total invoiced value of $1000.

Moved: Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Jenny Schollum



Re-gravelling of the bush track has almost been completed, with the top ¼ of the track still to go. A tractor is needed to drop gravel at the top for this so will have to wait until the weather is drier to get this part completed.

Mud has become a major issue on the grassed section of the loop track. This problem needs to be followed up with the Council to see if an alternative surface could be installed to ensure the track is usable year round.

Puhoi Scouts Club

The Puhoi Scouts Group are looking for land to site a new club house. They have the money for a building but nowhere to locate it. Please contact Heston Prosper-Smith if you know if a potential site. It was noted by the membership that Puhoi has no central community hub that is always available for use by groups such as the Heritage Museum, Scouts, Civil Defense.

Road Safety Group

Absent/No new action to report.

Civil Defense/ Neighbourhood Support

Absent/No new action to report.

Puhoi Heritage Museum

Commemoration stone is in now in place for the heritage trees planted 65 years ago.

Village market

The market has been quiet due to the weather/season but is going well.

Pest Control

The growth of Spanish Reed (Arundo donax) in several locations within the park has been noted as an issue and it was suggested that the Council maintenance contractor be contacted to see if they would remove the plants in question. Action – Gavin Donaldson.

The meeting closed at 8.50 pm.


The next meeting and the AGM will be held on Tuesday 28th August 2018 from 7.30pm.

Agenda for Puhoi Community Forum Meeting to Be Held On Tuesday 31st July 2018


MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 31st July 2018 at 7.30pm at



  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 26th June 2018

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

  1. Treasurer’s Report – for June 2018– as previously circulated by Jenny Schollum.

  1. General Business

(i) River Walkway Planting – update on planting.

(ii) Funding application to Rodney Board and Te Araroa group to upgrade loop track connecting forest track to Te Araroa trail

(iii) Working Groups – updates

  • Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park

  • Road Safety Group

  • Civil Defense

  • Neighborhood Support

  • Historic Society

  • Others

NEXT MEETING The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 August at 7.30pm.

Minutes of the Puhoi Forum Community Meeting Agm: June 2018

June 2018 commencing at 7.30pm.
Ross Broadmoor, Max Legg, Sheryll Titford
Dustyn O’Leary, Paul Manton (co-chairs), Sorrel O’Leary (secretary), Gavin Donaldson, Jenny Schollum
(treasurer), Beth Houlbrooke, Mike Swain, Jenny Neil, Sandra Beagley, Luke Krieg, Ginnie and Torben
Sorenson, Brian Titford, Terri Ryder, Judith Williams.
June 2017
Motion 1
THAT the minutes of the AGM held on 27 June 2017 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.
Moved: Gavin Donaldson
Seconded: Paul Manton
Chairman’s Report
Chairman’s report read by co-chair Dustyn O’Leary (will be circulated with minutes). Focus last year focus
on Puhoi Pioneer’s Memorial Park. Actions achieved include fencing of last stage, gates for access, planting,
and lease formalization. Heritage Memorial Gates installation in time for Anzac Day.
Circulated previous to meeting – membership fell from 48 to 26. Overall account shows a loss due to
spending on walkway from Auckland Council Grant. Lease has been paid for this year. $3000 annual
revenue from lease. Balance is nearly $10,000. Accounts have been audited.
Motion 2
THAT the Treasurer’s report for the 2017-2018 year be accepted
as a true and accurate record.
Moved: Gavin Donaldson
Seconded: Luke Krieg
Acceptance of Club and Working Group Representatives
Puhoi Rural Fire Force – lapsed, no sub paid.
Puhoi Heritage Museum – Jenny Schollum
Puhoi Library – Sandra Beagley
Puhoi Farmers Market – Judith Williams
Puhoi Centennial Hall Committee – lapsed, no sub paid.
Puhoi Church Properties Committee

lapsed, no sub paid.
Puhoi Sports Club – lapsed, no sub paid.
Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park – Paul Manton
Puhoi Horse Riding Group – Paul Manton
Puhoi Road Safety Group – Terri Ryder
Puhoi Pest Control Group – Ian Boothroyd
Puhoi Civil Defence – Heston Propser-Smith
Neighbourhood Support – Judith Williams
Waiwera Valley Association – Brian Titford.
Election of Officers
(i) Judith Williams nominates Paul Manton as a co-chair. Seconded by Jenny Schollum.
(ii) Terri Ryder nominates Dustyn O’Leary as a co-chair, seconded by Ian Boothroyd.
(iii) General nomination of Luke Krieg as Deputy Chair, seconded by Dustyn O’Leary.
(iv) Sorrel O’Leary nominates Jenny Schollum as Treasurer, seconded Terri Ryder.
(v) Judith Williams nominates Sorrel for secretary, seconded by Paul Manton.
These nominations have confirmed the officer roles for the 2018-2019 year.
The AGM closed at 8.00 pm.
The next AGM will be held on Tuesday 25
June 2019 from 7.00pm.

PCF Chairman’s Report June Agm 2018

26TH JUNE 2018
During the 2017-2018 year the Puhoi Community Forum has focused primarily on advancing
projects within Puhoi Pioneer’s Memorial Park, with good results for the community. The
fencing part of the river walkway – stage 2 project has been completed and the planting of
the riverbank has also begun with a very successful event in 2017. More planting events
will follow in the next few months to complete this project and an official opening day
will be organised. A big thank you to all involved in this work to date!
The lease for the PPMP has also been formalised with the Forum taking official authority
over the park through a lease arrangement with Auckland Council. The sub lease to Kevin
Jones for the running of the farmland areas was also renewed and the funds raised from
this sub-lease are being paid to the Forum to be reinvested back in the park.
Other initiatives included the creation of a new Heritage Memorial and flagpole feature,
utilising and protecting the memorial gates at the entrance to the park. This feature was
completed in time for the Anzac Day service and formed the centrepiece of the event, a
big thank you again to those who donated the materials and their time to make this
The Chair persons would lastly like to thank all the active members and groups who
participated in our meetings throughout the year, it has been productive and positive
annum and we look forward to more such times ahead.
Warm Regards
Dustyn O’Leary & Paul Manton
(PCF Co-chairs)

Free Spot Check

This month a free spot check clinic will be held by Dr David Hassan, of SunDocs.  Local Puhoi resident, Rose Walker, is a registered nurse who works for SunDocs and has arranged for the clinic to be held on Wednesday 25th July 2-5pm.  Thanks to the fire brigade, we will have the use of the Puhoi Fire Station to run the clinic, which is open to all in the community.  Anyone with any skin lesions of concern are most welcome to attend.  Either show up on the day or register your interest via email to secure an appointment time. 

Getting Down and Dirty in the Riverside Park

Another of Puhoi’s communal tree-planting working bees, for the riverside walkway, still in developmental mode, brought out enough residents to put 500 small native trees, shrubs and grasses in the ground on Sunday, July 8.

Rodney Local Board chairwoman Beth Houlbrooke helping out at Puhoi’s riverside walkway, for the day.

Recent new Puhoi resident Luke Krieg, keen to get those little trees in the ground and growing.

Spoilt for Choice: Volunteering Opportunities This Weekend

Opportunity 1 – Saturday, Track Maintenance

After a magnificent weekend of community effort last week, we managed to gravel about two thirds of our wonderful lookout track . Over last few years parts of the track have suffered a bit under heavy use (particularly from extra traffic from the trail) and rain has eroded the surface. We are applying a topping of gravel (3m3 kindly donated by JK Contracting) to it and fixing up some of the steps.

In case you’re new to the village, the track rises through the tree, starting next to the toilets in the domain car park over the bridge. It is a beautiful, invigorating walk/run/puff up through verdant dappled bush to meet up with the ridge track. It is now part of the Te Araroa Trail, but was built several years ago completely by village volunteer effort – no small feat as it comprises 120-odd steps. As part of the River Park, it is owned and maintained by the community (not Auckland Council or the Local Board) . We can be proud of our park and the work we put into its upkeep.

This Saturday we’ll have another working bee to apply the rest of the gravel to the steps – not much to finish, but the remaining work is at the top so requires quite a bit of effort to get the material up there. We’ve been unable to use machinery to get the gravel up there as the paddocks are so wet and muddy, but waiting for drier weather would leave the track open to further deterioration.

If you can spare an hour or so, and don’t mind taking a bucket of gravel with you while enjoying a bit of exercise in the fresh air, please come along and give us a hand. We’ll be working from 10am onwards.

Opportunity 2 – Sunday. Planting

Again in the our River Park, we are planting natives along the River Bank. Please come along and between 8:00 and 12:00, bring a spade , smile (& possibly, a raincoat) and help us make the park even more beautiful, it belongs to us all in Puhoi!


Can anyone in Puhoi help us?

[ Via Rochelle Martin ]

We have an opportunity for Puhoi residents and we thought you might be interested – or might know someone who will be.

Would you, or someone close to you, like to be a career firefighter?

Fire and Emergency NZ is opening recruitment for career firefighters on 20 July.

In a recent survey 25% of people told us they would consider a career as a firefighter. Fire and Emergency New Zealand offers a steady job, career progression and multiple opportunities to put skills such as problem solving, empathy and team-building to good use.

From working in communities and schools to fighting fires and responding to motor vehicle accidents, the role is varied. No two days are the same. It’s not 9 to 5 and it’s not behind a desk.

We have firefighters from a range of diverse backgrounds and life experience.

Don’t let concerns like not being fit enough get in the way of applying. Our fitness video – which outlines how to prepare for the fitness test (only one element of the recruitment process) – is online and includes a training programme to get you test ready.

Applications can be received from from 20 July to 20 August with successful applicants needing to be available to start training in January or April 2019. You can find more information at: or feel to ask me any questions you have.

For those of you happy in your work – consider becoming a volunteer. We need people up and down the country with a wide range of skills. Find out more here.

Stay Safe

Rochelle Martin
National Manager Career Recruitment
Fire and Emergency New Zealand