Work is beginning on an integral and important piece of work within the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth Motorway Project requiring significant road layout changes north of the Johnstones Hill Tunnels. What is happening at the Southern Connection? The Southern Connection works involve a four-stage construction sequence to connect State Highway 1 (SH1) north of the Johnstones Hill Tunnels to the new motorway. The works will enable the widening of SH1 north of the tunnels where it will eventually connect to the section of new motorway still under construction. Stage 2 requires SH1 southbound traffic north of the tunnel, to be temporarily transferred to the existing northbound lane (refer map below). This will ensure the safety of our workers undertaking these critical works and commuters using the existing roading network, whilst limiting disruption to traffic flows, as far as practicable. When and where will we be doing this work? For the past couple of years, we’ve been building the new alignment alongside SH1. Now we’re working to bring the two together. The new road layout on SH1, north of the Johnstones Hill Tunnels will be in place from 10 November 2020 until late May 2021. The road layout changes will be formed over a period of two nights on 8-9 November 2020 from 8:00pm – 4:00am. Stop/go traffic management will be in place to enable this to happen safely. Safety is our highest priority and the reduced speed limit of 60km/h will remain in place for the duration of the works. While we will try to limit disruption to traffic flows, road users should plan ahead and allow more time for their journey. What does this mean for you? We ask that drivers keep to the temporary speed limit for the safety of our work crews and road users, drive to the conditions and don’t be distracted by work activity. Motorists may experience longer travel times during this time. We advise planning ahead by allowing extra travel time especially during the weekend and public holidays.
Thank you for your patience and support while we complete this important work. To help plan for peak time travel, visit the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency journey planner at www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz. Alternative routes are available via Hibiscus Coast Highway and State Highway 16. Please don’t hesitate to contact our communications team via email: email@example.com or our 24/7 freephone: 0508 P2WK INFO (0508 7295 4636) if you have any questions. More information on the Southern Connection work can be found by visiting our website https://nx2group.com/ and our Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth Facebook page. Warm regards, Stakeholder & Communications Team Fletcher/Acciona Joint Venture on behalf of NX2
HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2020, COMMENCING AT 7.39PM
Present: Paul Manton (Chairperson), Judith Williams, Greg Taylor, Sandra Beagley, Jenny Schollum, John Rehm, Karen Rehm, Jared Rehm, Sheryl Titford, Brian Titford, Jessica Hanlon (Secretary)
Apologies: Beth Houlbrooke,Richard and Alexandra Winterbourne, Emma Dore Puhoi Sports & Community Club, Dustin O’Leary, Sorrell O’Leary
1: Confirmation of Previous Minutes held on 28 July
Movedthat the minutes of the meeting held on 28 July 2020 to be confirmed as a true and accurate record
3: Matters Arising from those minutes (not appearing on this agenda)
Paul would like to nominate Jessica Hanlon as our secretary
Seconded by Judith William
4: Treasurers report – for August & September as previously circulated by Jenny Schollum
180 in subs. Total number of Members – 24.
Expenses: $30.00 for guest speaker January.
August $0.47 interest
Expenses: Public Liability Insurance $402.50 (Jenny Schollum has paid this account from personal funds)
Jenny Moved that she is reimbursement for Public Liability $402.50
Seconded – Paul Manton
Working Account: 1254.03
River Park Cheque: 5818.12
River Park Savings: 11122.88
Available Funds from Lease: 8397.74
Treasures report 2nd Judith Williams
5: Incoming correspondence
FMG Account – Personal Liability
Email regarding people working in the park recently – No work done by volunteers during COVID
6: Local Board update
Volunteers evening – to recognize work done by our local volunteers
Deferred to next meeting
7: General Business
Jared – Puhoi Fire brigade – Senior Fire Fighter Puhoi
Fire call outs over COVID very quiet not too many call out, motor vehicle. chimney and roof cavity. Nothing significant. Very good from fire crew point of view.
Noticing as returning to normal life more people travelling causing increase in traffic incidents – tiredness etc.
Fire season – Potential Drought situation. Puhoi is in many ways better off that other areas as we are used to conserving our water having our own household supplies. Drier than normal winter so rainfall
Community needs to be aware of conserving the water for themselves, Keeping in mind how the fire brigade would access your water source at home, to put out fires, while they have a small tanker and sources they would still need to access the home supply and small tank first.
Jared has done presentation at local markets etc. regarding fire safety and fire seasons / requirements etc. The fire brigade is happy to help in the community answer questions, provide support.
Ways you can help the brigade keep your property fire safe (available on PDF and the Check its alright Website)
Cleaning gutters so that waterflow into tank is not restricted
Create a boundary around your house – keeping debris and vegetation low around the house, less chance of your house catching fire. Easier for the brigade to access and protect your house.
Is your driveway clear enough for the trucks to get down onto your property?
Can they turn around when down your driveway?
Fire brigade is happy to come and do an assessment of your property if you have any concerns. (contact – Jared – 021 723 428 or at the station leave a note they train on Monday nights
www.checkitsalright.nz – great place to check the conditions and rules about lighting fires in local area.
Do you have a large water source on your property that the fire brigade can access water for use in fires?
Puhoi Community Fire Station is Looking for new able bodied, fit recruits – keen to share your skills, support the local community.
Female or male – 20+
Lots of opportunity for different skills – admin / fire fighting / medical / cleaning
Fire indicator arrow for Puhoi still a work in progress. There are designated spots and the fire station in Puhoi is not in a busy enough throughfare.
Volunteers evening – Sorrel – Deferred to next meeting
Extending river walkway using Mayoral Conservation Award Funds
Planting 800 plants 18 August done. Dustin, Sorrel and John completed the planting.
Spraying of gorse to be done – Mark Hallet &
New fencing to be done to keep the stock out – Post required about $800.00 – Mark Hallet
Paul moved that we will pay $800 for the post and materials for the fencing on the river walkway.
Seconded: Greg Taylor
Judith – 10 years ago planting of road reserve very heavily. This has grown very well however weeds are now growing through the natives. Judith asks that we look at organizing working party to remove these during summer alternatively Judith will get arborist in to do the weeding and charge back to the forum.
Action: Paul will look at the area in question and assess what is needed to be done.
Forum Lifetime membership
This was raised in the past. Forum currently collects $10.00 as a yearly membership.
Suggested Lifetime membership is designed to help raise a reasonable amount of funds to be able to use on a project.
Suggested amount $200.00
Paul Moved that we offer a lifetime membership at a cost of $200.00
Seconded: Greg Taylor
All in favour
To think about for future – encouraging corporates to invest in projects outside the park.
Think about, and to be discussed at the next meeting.
Clearing of Tracks
Keir Dady is still prepared to come and clear the tracks in the park. Scraping all the gorse and pampas, swail at bottom and reinstate so that water goes through to the culvet. This will keep the path dry.
Metal then can be overlaid to help preserve the path. Small amount of metal to be
Paul: Keir and track clearing $1500 to be actioned
Seconded: Greg Taylor.
Road Safety – Deferred Next meeting
Puhoi Heritage Museum – Jenny Schollum / Sheryl Titford
Is still looking for a permanent home for the museum. They need a space with good foot traffic.
Paul suggests that we put a notice out to the community to see if anyone has any land or space that the museum could move to.
Forum is happy to help the museum find options.
Waiwera Valley – Sheryl & Brian Titford
Are currently meeting on Zoom. AGM has had to be postponed due to COVID. The next meeting
Tuesday (6 October)
Puhoi Village Market – Sandra Beagley
No Longer able to access the Sports Club.
They have been welcomed by new owners of the pub.
October 25th they are going to trial having the market on the lawn at the Pub
Civil Defence & Neighbourhood support – Judith Williams
Judith had earlier wanted to have a debrief for people to share their experiences over COVID but with the recurring situation, she has decided to not continue to pursue.
Judith feels that the feeling in the community is not as buoyant as it was earlier in the year, she feels that local social gatherings help to lift the spirits and provide opportunity for people to meet and help each other.
Attended the recent meeting AGM Rodney neighbourhood support (August). Dr Martin Hadler was a guest speaker – Red Beach Urgent Care. (Potential to approach him regarding talking to a group in Puhoi at quarterly event)
CARRE are holding a day in the beginning of October that Judith will attend. Radio-training, plans for potential water shortages.
Justin pointed out that in Puhoi our first emergency response people is the Puhoi Fire Station.
J Tolophf group – Greg Taylor
Repairs and Maintenance have been done on J Tolopf road.
Stage 1 of Ahuroa Road to be sealed by end of 2020 but, as of yet, no confirmation from AT on funding or start date for stage two but we are told it will happen.
14 October Tolopf road hosted by forest bridge trust. Hope is to talk about weed and pest control on their properties.
Puhoi Library – Sandra Beagley
The library is still closed, with the plan to reopen when Auckland returns to Level 1
Traffic speed in Puhoi. – Judith Williams
Raised concerns about the speed that people are travelling past her place on Ahuroa Road.
The Traffic group have ongoing requests for greater traffic speed restrictions to be in place in Puhoi.
Red strips / Bollards / lowering of speed limit in centre of village / footpath from Villa Rosa to village.
Speeding Vehicles – call 510
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday November, 27th October 7.30pm
Ara Tūhono Pūhoi to Warkworth project will be installing temporary barriers on the northbound lane of State Highway 1 (SH1) north of Johnstones Hill Tunnels overnight. For safety reasons the lane will be closed and stop/go traffic management will be in place while works happen.
The night works are scheduled to commence on Sunday 11 November 2020, with a complete duration of works planned for two nights. The date is weather dependant. Works will be carried out at night between the hours of 9:00pm and 4:00am when traffic volumes are lower to minimise disruption.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Due to overnight maintenance work the SH1 Northern Mwy will be closed – in both directions – between Silverdale and Puhoi (including Millwater and Orewa interchanges, the Toll Road and both Johnstones Hill Tunnels) from 9.00pm on Mon 05 Oct until 5.00am Tues 04 Oct.
Please plan your late night journey in advance or allow an extra 15 minutes journey time for a detour via Hibiscus Coast Hwy. More here: http://ow.ly/NGiA50BFYJH
For safety reasons traffic management will be in place on SH1 between the hours of 8.00pm and 4.00am, when traffic volumes are lower to and to minimise disruption. The works are scheduled to commence on Sunday 20 September 2020, with a duration of works planned for one night. The date is weather dependant.
We are writing to update you on our extended work hours during the summer season. Starting this week, we may be working on site from 6.00am – 8.00pm, Monday to Sunday in some isolated areas across the whole project. In the Pūhoi area we have a lot of work coming up and I will keep you updated on this as the work happens. In the next two weeks you will see people working on top of the Pūhoi Viaduct. This team will be doing steel fixing, this is relatively quite work and doesn’t require machinery.
We also need to lift the remaining girders/beams, place the deck panels and then pour the concrete onto them, we also have work planned for the Pūhoi on and off ramp and the Pūhoi Road intersection as a whole. With some of the works planned, you may experience a small increase in noise levels (but still within our consent conditions). We will try to limit any disruption but do thank you for your patience while we get this important work done.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.