Are you Ethnic, Pacific or Senior?

Media release – 7 February 2014

Auckland Council is calling for applications for three advisory panels covering Ethnic Peoples, Pacific Peoples, and Seniors.

The panels are designed to provide the council with strategic “big picture” advice on issues important to diverse groups, helping the council to engage effectively with   communities.

“The panels alert the council to critical community concerns, allowing us to work across generations, ethnicities and cultures as part of creating the world’s most liveable city,” said Mayor Len Brown.

The council is seeking applicants who have good knowledge of their communities, and are across emerging trends, challenges and opportunities, and have   experience with governance and advisory roles.

Applicants also need a broad perspective on the future direction of Auckland as envisioned in the Auckland Plan, the council’s defining blueprint for managing growth and change in the city.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified and interviewed by a selection panel comprising council and community representatives.

Application forms are available online or from libraries and council service centres from 7 February 2014.  Applications close on 20 February, 2014.

Information on the role of advisory panels and the application process is available on www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/advisoryboards or by calling 09 301 0101.

Ethnic Peoples and Pacific Peoples’ advisory panels were statutory bodies created under legislation for the first term of the new council.  They were disestablished one month before the 2013 local body election. The council has agreed to retain the concept of advisory panels and has introduced a new one for Seniors (people over 65 years). The council already has other advisory panels including the Youth Advisory Panel and Disability Strategic Advisory Panel.

For other council news, please go to the Council website.

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at consultation@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

Kind regards

Victoria Ly

Attention! Kauri Dieback

 

With less than 1% of our original kauri forest remaining due to an intensive history of logging and exploitation, the residents of Puhoi can be considered privileged to have these kings of the forest in their very own back yards. In spite of the fact that kauri stands are regenerating in many areas throughout the North Island, these forests now face a new threat: kauri dieback disease.

Kauri dieback is a fungus-like disease that is specific to New Zealand kauri, having killed thousands of trees already and putting the entire species at risk. While much is still to be learned about this disease, the movement of soil via footwear, gear and machinery has been identified as a major cause of its spread throughout the North Island. Microscopic spores in the soil infect the roots and damage the tissues that carry nutrients within the tree, effectively starving it to death. If you’re fortunate enough to have never seen a sick or dying kauri, let me assure you it’s a very sorry sight. Symptoms include yellowing leaves, canopy thinning, dead branches and bleeding gum at the base of the trunk.

 

Kauri dieback has been found in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, on private land throughout the Auckland region, in the forest plantations of Omahuta, Glenbervie and Russell in Northland, Department of Conservation reserves at Okura, Albany, Pakiri, Great Barrier, Trounson Kauri Park and Waipoua Forest in Northland, home of our most iconic kauri – Tane Mahuta.

 

As a new disease to science in 2008, no official treatments or control tools have been available to manage this disease to date. Research is underway investigating how to slow the spread and control areas of infection. Containment is the key to protecting our healthy kauri forests for future generations. We are doing everything we can to win the war and protect this national treasure. To lose kauri would be an absolute tragedy.

It’s not all doom and gloom however, many healthy stands of kauri can still be found on both private and public land throughout Auckland including the Puhoi area where the disease has not been detected at this stage. We need to work together to protect these healthy areas.

To protect your own slice of paradise, a few simple measures can be taken to keep your kauri disease free, with the key being soil removal. To stop the spread of this disease give your boots and any equipment a good scrub to remove soil both before and after spending time in kauri forests. Please help spread the word about kauri dieback by telling others – we need to raise awareness to ensure the disease is contained.

The Auckland Council can provide support to landowners by way of funding fencing to protect kauri and associated native vegetation from stock movement and grazing. For further information on this and how you can protect your kauri, visit www.kauridieback.co.nz. Alternatively if you have any concerns about your trees please call our Kauri Dieback Hotline (0800 NZ KAURI) to arrange a site visit from one of our biosecurity inspectors.

by Jacqui Wairepo

 

Fire Break

We have now changed Fire Seasons as of 0800hrs
today, 2 Dec.

Restricted Fire Season for the Auckland Rural
Fire District (excluding the islands of the
Hauraki Gulf)

Prohibited Fire Season for the Islands of the
Hauraki Gulf.
Please refer to the Auckland Council Website, Rural Fire

Customers will be asked
to complete the free online application form and a
Council Officer will be in contact with them within two
working days.
Thomas Harre – Land Management Risk Assessment Policy Advisor

Auckland Rural Fire District | Civil Defence and Emer-
gency Management

Ph 09 369 7257 | Mobile +64 21 413 197
Auckland Council, Lv 1 Bledisloe House, 24 Wellesley St,
Auckland CBD
Visit our website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Puhoi Rural Fire Brigade: Forum Report 26/11/2013

Puhoi Rural Fire Brigade

Report for Forum meeting 26/11/2013

Our turnouts are increasing inline with the fine weather.

76 calls for the year so far.

Of note is the increase in complaints from neighbours in regards to smoke nuisance from rubbish fires. It would be good if all parties showed more consideration and tolerance around this issue as we do live in the country. Large rubbish fires should be notified to stop false callouts- please ring me to advise if you are having a burn off- 021 655461.

The Restricted Fire Season will come into play as per normal on the 1 December. Only permitted fires will be allowed after that date. If the weather continues to be dry and hot then it wont be long and the area will be in a total fire ban. I will make sure this is notified via the various channels in Puhoi if that is the case.

Our new ute is still ‘ a couple of weeks away’- same as it was 6 weeks ago!

Watch this space!

Our station plans are progressing slowly and once we have an agreed concept design I will be able to share this with the community. We are finding that there is very little input into the design as planning restrictions, resource consent requirements and other such things as the Puhoi Structure Plan are coming into play to denote the construct and design so to speak- now this is a good thing but it does take away the communitys ability to have input into this side of it. I was hoping to have this by this meeting but it isn’t ready yet- ‘another couple of weeks’ apparently- sounds familiar!

The project looks like to be circa $700,000- so we have a few more bbqs to go yet!

We have 4 locals interested in joining the Brigade. This is fantastic and we look forward to them becoming part of the crew. If anyone else- male or female- 16 years and older would like to join please contact myself or Rob Beardmore 021891996 to have a chat.

New recruits are always welcome as they bring new skills and energy to the Brigade.

We had a theory training session with Westpac Helicopter crew last week and was great to be able to clarify a few things with them. Their night vision goggles allows them to see the flame from a cigarette lighter from over 2 kilometres away! They were so cool to put on and look through- an excellent xmas present for the bloke with all the toys already I reckon- trouble is $10,000 US probably means they wont be in my stocking!

So please keep yourself safe.

Don’t hesitate to call 111 if you need us- best to call us first and then try to put your fire out than the other way around!!

Thanks to the community for its support.

Chief Fire Officer Russell Green 021 655461

Puhoi Rural Fire Brigade

Fire Your Passion?

For those of you busy doing your burning up before the annual Restricted Fire Season on lighting open fires in rural areas of Auckland City kicks in, here is a message from our fire chiefs. Normally the restriction runs from December 1 to March 31, but indications are that it might start a bit earlier in our area and also continue later as soil moisture levels have never really recovered properly from last summer’s drought. Permits can normally be applied to burn up outside in the restricted season by contacting Auckland Council on 09 4265169.People are becoming less tolerant these days of their neighbours’ smoke, even in country areas, where it is a legal activity for most of the year, says our fire chief, Russell Green, ‘so please exercise commonsense when you are lighting a fire and choose a time and a day when the smoke will go straight up, that is, with no wind. Early morning is best’. Russell will be providing us with updates as to the current status of 2013-2014 summer season restrictions.

Great Excercise

Thanks to all who helped clean up Puhoi’s roadside on Sunday,
and the provider of an easy chair, pulled from the river by Cody
Mankelows, allowing puffed workers to sit a while and contem-
plate the heap of ‘treasures’ collected. As anticipated
the collection was smaller this year, as our roadsides have al-
ready been pretty well cleared of bigger items. My bag, from
village to cemetery, both sides of the road, mainly contained
bottles and drink cans thrown out of cars, some takeaway food
bags and other odds and ends. Special thanks to organisers
including Bill Marcroft, John Simons and Hans Everts, Auckland
Council’s rubbish man and now one of our newer neighbours,
Marcus Braithwaite, and all those local residents who covered practically all of our 13 roads from State Highway 1 to the
hills heading to Ahuroa. It may seem like a relatively insignifi-
cant and dusty exercise, but it achieved its purpose, and to
my mind, anyway, was another sign of the way Puhoi is
pulling nicely together.

Stone Walls Speak Volumes

Our congratulations to Helen Darnell and the library volunteers
for the terrific start to their celebrations of 100 years of the build-
ing’s life last weekend and the two days of exhibits, during
which many of the identities and characters associated with the
building when it was still a Roads Board office, and later, when it
became a library. Many of us were thrilled to recognise old
friends among the more modern photographs.

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