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

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

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)

On-Ramp Closure Update

See for a summary of the upcoming closures/works

Further time is needed for the works near the northern end of Johnstones Hill tunnels. Our team will be continuing with the night works for two more weeks at the Hibiscus Coast Highway northbound on-ramp, it will be temporarily closed while we complete this work.

Each night, traffic management crews will put out road cones from 08.00pm and stop-go lane closure will start from 09.00pm. The Hibiscus Coast Highway northbound on-ramp will be closed from 09.00 pm – 05.00 am from Sunday 28 June 2020 to Thursday 09 July 2020. The Hibiscus Coast Highway southbound off-ramp will have stop-go traffic management in place to allow traffic to pass in both directions. There will be no closures in place on Friday and Saturday nights. Dates are weather dependant.

Schedule of road closures

Sunday 28 June – Thursday 02 July 2020Road/Onramp Closed – 09.00pm – 5.00am
Sunday 05 July  – Thursday 09 July 2020Road/Onramp Closed – 09.00pm – 5.00am

We acknowledge the inconvenience of these works to motorists and nearby residents and thank you for your understanding while we complete this important work.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Ngā mihi 

Roslyn Prictor

NX2 Stakeholder and Communications Team

P. 0508 P2WK INFO (0508 7295 4636)  E.         W.

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


Judith’s Newsletter: June 16th 2020

(Dear all, as my bulk emailing system is temporarily out of action, Mike has kindly agreed to put messages on his website. Please use all your contacts to circulate the messages too.)

Dear neighbours and friends of our Puhoi community,
This recent mild Sunday, for me, marked the coming out of a long, Covid-19, sleep for our village and people.
That morning Nick from the store and I together lowered the hotel flag to half mast – Puhoi’s traditional way of marking the passing of one of our people. In the afternoon neighbours and relatives gathered at my young neighbours’ Mahi and Mikassa’s, to show our sorrow and share our love upon the death of their baby, Manuka Nucky Mains,
Born very premature, he struggled for almost five months, watched over in hospital day and night by his mother and father in a sacrifice of  love which only a parent who has lost a child can probably truly appreciate, until, last week, the struggle ended.
Farewelled by his family and relatives, by now little Manuka’s spirit will have made its own lonely journey to Cape Reinga, climbed down the roots of that pohutukawa tree from which the spirits of Maori take their leave of Aotearoa, and descend to the underworld to their traditional homeland of Hawaiki to be gathered to his ancestors. 
Meanwhile, up at the Hotel, I said farewell to our cheerful and dedicated bar-manager of several years, Michal, who is leaving to be with her family.

Possibly, tomorrow, Wednesday, the sale of the hotel to the former owners of Northridge Country Lodge at Silverdale will be concluded, and we will be able to welcome them and wish them well.
In the interim, however, former owner Gillian Seymour has given the go-ahead for the bar, (and the kitchen, of course) to be opened for June 29, the annual day on which the arrival of our Puhoi Bohemian ancestors, is commemorated.
Usually, in the afternoon, the bar fills with descendants of our Bohemian families, and much beer is drunk, Bohemian bagpipes (dudelsack) music is played, along with accordion and fiddle, not to mention many reminiscences exchanged.
These things, once mooted, tend to evolve and widen into even bigger events, maybe even including  an opening of the pub that weekend of June 27-28 as well, so it will be a matter of wait and see what happens.
In the meantime, this coming Sunday, June 21,  the Puhoi Heritage Museum Inc holds its Annual General Meeting. Here is the message:
Sunday 21st June 2020 1.30 p.m.
Museum Records Room
Please advise of your attention to attend
For more information
Ph 027 2110316, 09 4278987
And, with that meeting, the AGM ‘silly season’ in Puhoi (pardon my humour)  commences.Attachments areHi Judith,It will be followed, according to the message below, by two further events for your community calendar
Dear Judith,Hope you are keeping well. Please could you advertise these two upcoming events for the Hall in your next community email. Puhoi Centennial Hall AGM Sunday 12th July 1 pm Afternoon tea included. All welcome. Quiz Night 8th August 7 pm $10 per person BYO nibbles etc. Best Hat competition and lots of Raffles. Thank You Kind RegardsVal SmithPuhoi Centennial Hall Committee
And I think Sarah has organised something for us in July. See Puhoi Village People face book…….
The Puhoi Community Forum AGM, traditionally held at the June meeting, has been postponed until the end of July, but there will be a normal meeting this month, June 30th, at 7.30pm in the Sports Club, agenda to be circulated in advance.At the library, this same Sunday past, Helen and Sandy were busy dusting off books, windows and furniture in preparation for their official opening day this Wednesday, tomorrow.
Meanwhile, our Puhoi Fireside Book Club has prior use of the premises, back in its old home, the library, tonight, Tuesday, looking forward to a good discussion on Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel.
To add to an already crowded Sunday, Phillipa Beagley organised a produce exchange on the Rotunda reserve, and it is probably an idea which should  be repeated in the weeks between monthly Puhoi Village Markets, when people are keen to source greens, nuts, seedlings and exchange citrus fruit, root vegetables and fruit trees to plant out. Great idea, Pip, but I missed the mangoes!
Apropos our monthly village market, under our new manager Jenny B (yes there are a lot of Jennys in Puhoi, but this one is a newer comer) we are preparing to reopen again in September with a Spring garden special and including a bread-making competition. From all the talk and exchange of sourdough starters, plus recourse to American friends and websites, I am picking this idea will be a winner.
As part of my efforts to help the New Zealand economy in these difficult times, I plan to advertise some new business ventures by local people, as well as applaud local businesses which I feel have given  extraordinary service, such as our Puhoi Store. And for a new business I have chosen Sue Kane, of 17 Slowater Lane, who has retired from her role as a Hospice worker to create Flourish Retreat and Garden Design. Garden design and ideas, light garden maintenance and plants for purchase are available now – the Retreat will come later. Best wishes, Sue. Call her on 021 044 9419.
I will go up and take another look to see if my AC recycling bin has been emptied – despite all the instructions about collection days etc, the orange bags were uplifted from my end of Ahuroa Road on Thursday as promised, but the bins stayed full. I hope by now they have been emptied.
With arohanui, as always,Judith Williams,Puhoi news 4220181

Temporary River Closure

In case your’re planning excursions on the Puhoi River:

Dear Neighbour,

Our structures team will be installing large beams across the Pūhoi river soon.  The first beam lift is planned for Friday 12 June and the second beam lift is planned for Monday 15 June, between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. These dates are weather dependant and may change.  For safety reasons, the river will be closed off with a temporary visual barrier while this happens.

Pūhoi river will be temporarily closed during the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm for both days.

We ask that people please plan their river excursions for alternative days.

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.         W.

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


Consultation on Tolling and Speed Limits

Locals may want to add their feed back to the below – without wanting to bias your thoughts, maybe the Auckland Fuel Tax, the Targeted Transport Rate and the existing Toll charges we are liable for may influence your opinion on whether the new motorway should be tolled…

Dear Neighbour,

We’re sending you this email on behalf of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, as you have an interest in the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway.

Waka Kotahi is working hard to ensure safe, resilient and reliable travel between Pūhoi and Warkworth.

We wanted to let you know about two consultations we are about to begin. We are proposing a toll for the new Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway and to ensure the alternative free route is safe, we are formally consulting on proposed lower speed limits for the current State Highway 1.

We want to know what you think of the tolling and speed limit proposals, and if there is anything we have not considered, before decisions are made.

Tolling proposal

Every new state highway in New Zealand, along with significant upgrades to existing state highways, is assessed to see if they meet the criteria to be tolled. An assessment completed last year confirmed that the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway is suitable to be a toll road. The motorway is scheduled to open at the end of 2021, but this may be delayed by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speed limit proposal

It’s also important that we’re ensuring the existing State Highway 1, the alternative free route, is safe. One of the best things we can do to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured on this road is reducing speed limits to make them safe and right for the road. That is why we have undertaken a review of the current speed limits on this road between L Phillips Road (near SheepWorld) and Pūhoi.

Have your say

As your feedback is important to shape what we do, we encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say.

You can provide feedback:

Feedback is open from 15 May to 15 June 2020

More information

Contact details:

Web or

Phone 0800 581 987

Kind regards,

the Stakeholder and Communications Team

M. 0508 7295 4636      E.          W.

A.  45 Wyllie Road, Warkworth 0981     P. P.O. Box 690, Warkworth 0941

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