River Park Project Suggestions

The Puhoi Community Forum will be working with Auckland Council to review the River Park management plan over the next few months. They’d like to canvas some suggestions on projects that the community might like to do in the park over the next few years.

For the best chance of success, these would be small projects, within the scope of community effort and funding, rather than requiring financial input from the Council/Local Board

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Some suggestions from a quick brainstorm at the last forum are listed below – please note that these are by no means definite – just to get you thinking

  1. Scouts/Playgroup building. Perhaps using/rebuilding the A&P show shed on the sports field
  2. More walking tracks. To link up with Te Araroa trail etc
  3. Wetland. Re invigorating the existing wetland area
  4. Puhoi Little Village
  5. Horses/Riding – more jumps (as at present) and a further area for riding be drained with sand and flattened off. Such an area could possibly also be used as a sports area.
  6. Music in the Park area.
  7. Mountain bike/informal BMX tracks area to help get the kids of the roads.
  8. Community gardens/orchard  this was a popular suggestion at the workshops last year

Part-time Organic Horticulture Courses starting in February 2016

More info on flyer here

$300* Full course cost   36 weeks, once a week.

Course nearest to you- in Inner City Auckland, Devonport, Helensville (Parakai)

Call Agriculture New Zealand for more Information.  

freephone 0800 475 455      



Julie-Anna Child ( Jules) your North and Central Auckland tutor lives in Puhoi, she’s a teacher of 28 years experience, an artist, a beekeeper, and a ‘food forester’. She heads “A New Leaf”, a company specialising in biological illustration, and heritage plants and seeds ideal for cropping ecosystems.

Knowledge gained helps us support the health of our gardens, livestock, crops and ourselves from the ground up, naturally. Within the course we look at integrated pest management and how to build living soils, and resilient cropping ecosystems for ourselves, and our plants, insects, birds, animals and domesticated livestock. The course is relevant no matter how big your land is, whether it be a deck, a backyard, a lifestyle block or a large farm.


Information session and enrollment for the courses Jules tutors:  9.30-11.30am

Parakai  Tuesday 2 Feb      

Grey Lynn  Wednesday 3 Feb

Devonport  Thursday 4 Feb


Choice of 3 Course Venues in North Auckland:

Organics Course 2016

2016 looks set to start very well. Just thought I would let you know our Agriculture New Zealand ‘Go Organic’ Level 3 Horticulture Course is due to start at three different venues next February.

I’m the tutor for ‘Go Organic’ and come from a long background in education, art and putting food on our own table. We have a smallholding in Puhoi with a young but fast growing food forest.

The course runs for 36 weeks over one year, one day a week (but not school holidays). Our day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 2.30pm.

Venues to choose from:


-Te Whare Oranga o Parakai, in Parakai, on Tuesdays ( Orientation on 2 February )

-Grey Lynn Community Centre, on Wednesdays ( Orientation on 3 February )

-Devonport, Harmony Hall, on Thursdays ( Orientation on 4 February )

If you miss a class at one venue you will be welcome to ‘catch up’ at the other venues.

The course fee is $300 because the government generously subsidises the other couple of thousand. I can vouch for the content having done the course myself. It’s a sturdy industry qualification in Organic Horticulture, preparing people well for starting their own organic operation or small business, or working in nurseries, parks, farms, gardens and orchards. There’s an opportunity to carry on to Level 4 in future years ( 2017).

more information is available from www.agnz.co.nz

email: agnztraining@pggwrightson.co.nz

freephone: 0800 475 455

Please pass this on to those interested, if you feel it is appropriate. I hope the Summer Break will prove to be slow, hot, sunny and productive for us all. We have great plans for a hillside clad in pumpkins once again.

Hoping that you have a restful festive season.

Warmest wishes,

Julie-Anna Child (Jules)

Kauri Ridge, 152B Green Hollows Rd, RD1 Silverdale, Auckland 0994, New Zealand.
Mobile +64 21 373 910

Tutor of Organic Horticulture with Agriculture New Zealand

Gardener Wanted

A gardener is required by local Puhoi resident.  He/ she must be available to start within the next month.   Initially, about 40-50 hours of work would be available, to be undertaken within a 2-3 week timeframe.  This would include general pruning, weeding, tidying of areas and planting, followed by spreading of bark/ mulch over three large areas.


There would also be ongoing work for someone on a monthly basis to help with general garden maintenance.  The hourly rate is negotiable to the right person.


For more information please contact Daphne 0274 715 255



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