Puhoi Road Closures 13-17th Sept

[From NX2]

See also Current List of Upcoming Closures

Dear Neighbour,

The structures team are preparing to pour concrete onto the recently installed deck panels on the Arawhiti ki Pūhoi viaduct across Pūhoi Road.

Overnight road closure

For safety reasons and to minimise disruption to motorists, the concrete pour onto the deck panels will be carried out at night. A small section of Pūhoi Road will be closed for up to one week between 13 September to 17 September 2020, from 9:30pm and 4:00am. Signposted detours and stop/go traffic management will be in place. Please note the dates are weather dependent and may be postponed if necessary.

We will keep you updated if anything changes or the weather allows the road to stay open. The traffic management team may set up road cones and signage from 7:00pm, but Pūhoi Road will not be closed until 9.30pm. You will be able to travel through the area until this time please find a safe place to pull in and talk to the traffic controllers.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the closure and thank you for your understanding while we complete this important work.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our communications team via email: info@nx2group.com or our 24/7 freephone: 0508 P2WK INFO (0508 7295 4636) if you have any questions.

Ngā mihi 

Roslyn Prictor

NX2 Stakeholder and Communications Team

P. 0508 P2WK INFO (0508 7295 4636)  E. info@nx2group.com         W. nx2group.com

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

NX2: Busy Summer Sundays

With summer just around the corner and bulk earthworks starting to kick off, it is important that the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth Project utilise our time and resources wisely. This includes making the most of the increased daylight hours and warmer weather. To do this we are planning to work extended hours in some areas of the project and will also be working on Sunday’s, weather permitting. 

From Sunday 13 September 2020, we will be carrying out intermittent Sunday works at various locations from Johnstones Hill Tunnel (Southern Connection) and Tapuwae o Kahumatamomoe (Moir Hill Road bridge). The projects working hours on Sundays will typically take place between 7:30am and 6:00pm, and will continue until the end of the 2020/21 summer earthworks season.

Some of you may notice noise and vibration during these works, however the project team will actively monitor this and every effort will be made to minimise disruptions. The Sunday works will be designed to comply with Auckland Council requirements for noise and vibration and our Environmental Team will be monitoring this.

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. info@nx2group.com         W. nx2group.com

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

Hall Quiz Night Bubbled Over With Success

The Puhoi Centennial Hall Committee would like to thank everyone for their fabulous support at the Quiz night held in the nick of time before the latest lockdown. It was wonderful to see the Hall filled with friends and neighbours enjoying themselves. A special thanks to the local businesses that very generously donated goods or services for prizes. These include The Puhoi Pub, Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Canoes, New World Orewa, Sausages by Design Silverdale and Mike Smith for making the Cheese boards. We managed to raise about $1,600.00 which will help with the general running of the Hall and maintenance. The Hall Committee put a great deal of time and effort into organising everything,  but without your support it would not have been a success. If I have forgotten to thank somebody I apologise, but be assured that your support is very much appreciated. Kind Regards Val Smith Hall Sec.

Stop-Go In Operation Hibiscus Coast Highway/SH1 Junction 24th Aug to 3rd Sept

[Please see https://puhoinz.com/latest-puhoi-road-closures/ for latest list]

Night time road closure: Hibiscus Coast Highway on-ramp northbound

We previously let you know about night works on the Hibiscus Coast Highway northbound on-ramp near the Johnstones Hill tunnels, where our team has been undertaking directional drilling and then cable hauling. As a result of some complications with this work we need to close the on-ramp for a further two weeks to allow us to complete the task. The northbound on-ramp will be closed at night from 09.00 pm – 05.00 am from Monday 24 August 2020 to Thursday 03 September 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 dependent A reduced speed limit of 30km/h will be in place while works are happening. While we will try to limit disruption to traffic flows, road users should plan ahead and allow more time for their journey Blue line denotes location of stop/go traffic management. Orange line denotes road closure area

Planting Stage Complete!

[from Sorrel O’Leary]

Huge thank you to John & Karen Rehm who helped get the  last of the 2020 planting completed👍👍on the River Park walkway.
A reminder to please respect the new planting and keep your dogs on a leash at least up to the  macrocarpas. Some trees have already been destroyed by dogs, so please do keep your pets under control in this newly planted area.
River access is now after the macrocarpas, so if your dog likes a swim there are plenty of spots further along the walkway where they can access the river without damaging the new trees in at walkway entrance.

Thanks for your help as we regardd the river bank and help. Keep our river healthy! 

Puhoi Community Forum: Agenda September 2020


MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 29 September at 7.30pm at

THE PUHOI SPORTS CLUB – CHAIRPERSON – Dustyn Oleary with Paul Manton


  1. Apologies
  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on
  1. Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)
  1. Treasurer’s Report – for August & September – as previously circulated by Jenny Schollum.
  1. Incoming Correspondence
  1. Local Board Update

General Business

  1. Volunteers evening – to recognise work done by our local volunteers
  2. Extending River Walkway using Mayoral Conservation Award funds

(ii) Working Group Updates

  • Road Safety Group
  • Puhoi Heritage Museum
  • Waiwera Valley Association
  • Puhoi Village Market
  • Civil Defense/Neighborhood Support

(iii) Miscellaneous Items

NEXT MEETING The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29 September at 7.30pm.

Puhoi Community Forum: Minutes July 2020


HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 28 July commencing at 7.30pm


Present: Judith Williams, Tim Holdgate (Auckland Council RLB), Karen & John Rehm, Jenny Neel, Angie Prospect-Smith, Russell Green, Scott Noyes, Beth Houlbrooke, Sheryll & Brian Titford, Mike Swain, Sandra Beagley, Sorrel O’Leary, Fern McClearn, Clinton McClean, Emma Done, Gary Browne, Chris Charles, Jenny Schollum, Paul Manton, Dustyn O’Leary, Olive Ann, Duane Garner, Tim Holdgate,

Apologies: Gavin Donaldson


  1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING held 30 June, 2020

Minutes have been previously circulated.

Matters arising from those minutes (not appearing on this agenda) – none.

Motion 1

THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 30 June, 2020 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: John Rehm

Seconded: Paul Manton


2. TREASURER’S REPORT for June 2020

Treasurer’s report has been previously circulated. (previously circulated) – Jenny Schollum

Brian Carley audited books.

Income $ 60 subs and .60c interest. Total River Park accounts 16,940 Forum with $1,204 for Orchard Planting .

$405.45 to approve

Moved: Sorrel O’Leary

Seconded: Paul Manton


Motion 2

THAT the Treasurer’s report for June 2020 be confirmed as a true and accurate record

Moved:Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Judith Williams



  1. Local Board update. Local Board Page on Facebook etc, this is open for consultation, setting Board priorities for investment and advocacy over the next 3 years. Feedback welcome.
  2. Standard of roading which has been ripped up for installing pipes, outside library, needs to be addressed, call and complain to AT to support community.

4. Other items

Chris Charles (Auckland Council) update on District Walking, Cycling, Bridleways with Matakana Coast Trail Trust/Greenways Plan (Guest Speaker) with Gary Browne Strategy and fundraising lead. Chris has a Council role working with the Matakana Trail Trust and Rodney Local Board also Doc, ACC, AT and local landowners. The proposed trail network moves through private vineyards, AT land, council land etc, and is supported by community companies such as local planning companies, who provide services pro bono. Chris is building on Greenways work over the last few years with alignment of government, council and local players to contribute to realising the trail, creating a network of stakeholder support to create this legacy project to link all regional parks, providing a vision and a framework for different entities to engage with. Easements are put in place to ensure protection in perpetuity, and with community involvement. Economic modelling of benefit cost ratio foresees $8-9 return for every dollar invested is envisaged. Growth of cycling tourism is exciting. Delivering 50% more than other tourists, the cycling tourist is important for our economy. Every other sport is in decline in terms of membership, so it is a good area for us to invest in. Greenways plans are adopted by Local Board who refer to them for subdivision developments, for example to encourage provision of construction of connections as part of developments. The proposed walking and cycling experience between WW / Matakana and up to Mangawhai and Puhoi has a 3.5 m wide gradient 2-3, so provides a high level of accessibility and is to be integrated with public transport, strategic planning for parking, toilets, water infrastructure, cleaning stations, biosecurity protocols, boardwalks.

  • Point Wells is now finalised and at the fund raising stage.
  • The subdivision developers with Asian Pacific Industries and Regional Parks to the north of Pakiri is developing trail in that area.
  • Puhoi Mangawhai trail is envisage as a100km corridor with an additional 150km ancillary trails. Northern Alliance has 750 km trails in Northland.
  • Overall, with 1000 km of total trail network, 750,000 annual uses are expected, with the usual spinoffs for tourism.

Chris and Grant took questions after the meeting regarding their proposal to bridge Te Muir Creek and what provision is being made to provide parking infrastructure for this number of riders and walkers.


  1. Life membership of $150 proposal.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary


(ii) Road control and traffic control by NX2 road closures of Puhoi Road

(iii) Auditor for annual Forum financial report see above


  • PPMP – Community Orchard planting report see attached. 8th August, infill planting of first planting. Paul spoke with Kevin Jones on Farm Park, now fertilised, gorse control and fencing on the agenda. Paul is to spray gorse on walkway ahead of planting. Council bought spray pre Covid, spraying calendared for Spring. Proposal from pubic for memorial trees, with plaques as a fundraising venture. Show of hands, most in favour. Sports club will move the pavilion when weather improves and ground firms.
  • Road safety group – no funding available; now planning fundraising events, around $5,000 for bollards for materials, fees to Council for encroachment, AT stated support. Memorial bollards suggested by Paul.
  • Puhoi Community Response – PERT need a chance to process Covid
  • Puhoi Heritage Museum – Forum letter of support, notice in 2023 160 years Convent School building will be 100 years, celebrations for these events, and hope that the building will be renovated by then.
  • Puhoi Library – Church and Library are being renovated. Pilfered firewood now have chained box on riverside for this, donations of firewood sought. Paul will donate.
  • Puhoi Village Market – end of Sept.
  • Sports Club – window treatments, carpets, etc are coming Jess Handlon no longer catering, new caterers starting this Thursday. Open 4 days a week, band night on 29th, fundraise, community open weekend aimed at families. Removal of trees, lights outside, cordoning off carpark area, painting.
  • Waiwera AGM Facebook page.
  • Fire Brigade 13 members, call rates down over winter, new appliance in the next month. Business as usual.

Meeting closed at 8.40 pm


The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29 September at 7.30pm.


Puhoi Library and The QR Challenge

Helen from the library would like to remind everyone that the library will be closed until at least next Wednesday 19th Aug. She would also like to remind everyone how easy it is to create a QR for your premises:

QR Code – Today, with Luddite trepidation, I valiantly sat down to apply for the required Covid Tracer QR Code for the library. The form took 5 mins to complete, with very little detail required, and was emailed to me before I had clicked off the site.

I mention this as it is now mandatory for all businesses to have a QR code before Aug 19th, after which date, they will be fined for not displaying one. Could I request that you circularise this fact to Puhoi businesses on your various outlets. You could also mention just how easy it is to do.  https://qrform.tracing.covid19.govt.nz/.

I can concur : I did mine for my one-man-band software company and have it proudly stuck to the front door. Noone apart from my wife and I have swiped it yet though as I never have any visitors. I do swipe everytime I go out to the garden though – have this image of someone sitting there watching saying “he’s gone out to see those chickens again”

Puhoi Road Open at Night for Rest of This week

[Full list of current closures at https://puhoinz.com/latest-puhoi-road-closures/]

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to let you know that Pūhoi Road will be OPEN  at night time, for the rest of this week 11-15 August. 

I will update you further on Friday if anything changes.

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. info@nx2group.com         W. nx2group.com

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

Puhoi Road Closure Timing

Just circulating this reponse from Rosalyn Prictor at NX2 following communicating some concerns we expressed that the road was being shutoff to people trying to get back into the village before the advertised time:

Dear Neighbours,

We are progressing well with deck panel installation across Pūhoi Road and thank everyone for their continued patience.

I have received a number of concerns that the road closure is shutting early and that people have been turned around /not let through before the 9.30pm cut off time. I have talked to various people here at management level and have been assured that this will not happen.

I would like to mention that the signs and road cones are set up early and the road may look fully closed before the 9.30pm cut off time.  Please pull into the slip lane and talk to our friendly traffic management guys/gals and tell them you live in Pūhoi and would like to get through. If there are any issues with this at the time, please call me on 0508 7295 4636 immediately and I will deal with that conversation for you, while you wait. 

The road closure time is set at 9.30pm, this is a very firm closure time and traffic will not be allowed to pass after this 9.30pm. This is to enable us to still have enough time to do the required work. 

If you have further 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. info@nx2group.com         W. nx2group.com

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

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