Following discussions at the Community Forum, we’re proceeding with plans for an orchard/garden/leisure area in the River Park where we’ve cleared the old sheep pens. Dustyn has has produced a first-cut plan for discussion of what we might want to do.
This is by no means a final plan – in fact feedback and suggestions at the forum will already see a change to the location/size of the horse pens to give more space. A well supported suggestion from Roz Broadmore was that we build a Pentanque court – an achievable community project which could give the village a nice summer evening location for a glass of wine and a fun game … more suggestions welcome (obviously these have to be low/zero budget ideas that we can do as a community as there’s no funding for us from the Council)
Take a look at this pamphlet and it will explain all!
The forum is really the only collective representation available for just the residents of Puhoi and the surrounding area. Although not a local government organization, it does have excellent connections with the Local Board and Council. If you want your voice heard in shaping what happens in the village it must be your first port of call! Please support us by coming along on Tuesday 25th. 7:30 at the Sports Club, for the AGM, or any of the monthly meetings ….
Treasurer’s Report – for March 2019– as previously circulated by Jenny Schollum.
(i) Working Groups – updates
• Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park
• Road Safety Group
• Civil Defense
• Neighborhood Support
• Historic Society
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 May at 7.30pm.
Present: Judith Williams, Dustyn O’Leary, Sandra Beagley, Jenny Schollum, Sorrel O’Leary
Apologies: Beth Houlbrooke, Mike Swain, Tessa Berger, Paul Manton, Terri Ryder
Welcome by co-chair, Dustyn O’Leary
Matters arising from Minutes
Who did planting maintenance?- Woodpigeon Ltd
Motion 1: THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January, 2019 and previously
circulated, be confirmed as a true and accurate record.
Moved: D O’Leary.
Seconded: J. Schollum
Currently $2,360 in account to be used for Park when needed.
Motion 2: THAT the Treasurer’s report for the month of January, 2019 be accepted.
Moved: J. Schollum
Seconded: D. O’Leary
(i) Slipway on wharf – concreting the mud part on the Park side of the river to aid boaters.
To be followed up with Beth next time she attends.
(ii) NX2 parking lot could be revisited at their next quarterly meeting. Possible solution to
Museum home. We could advocate to extend the Waiwera bus to Puhoi once a day.
(iii) Park fire signage – already signs around the area so legally can’t do more.
(iv) River Park Planting this year – plan for 1000 plants two planting days in July and Au-
gust. Lance to be contracted for spot spraying beforehand.
(v) Forum membership – membership now down to 17 again. Possible need to advertise –
mail drops, sandwich board, stall at market. Need a quorum to progress this.
Working groups updates:
• PPMP – Mike Swain met with group re Community Gardens, but there was not
enough manpower to advance the project at this point. Recommends that after re-
moval of perimeter fence of yards, we plant fruit trees and set up a couple of picnic
tables. No budget to provide more gravel for trails – Jenna Thompson at Council.
• Road Safety Group – Tessa Berger notes that road carpeting is an option for traffic
calming; rural speed bylaw being introduced is an opportunity to include communi-
ty feedback and input. Still working on funding for timber stops
• Heritage Museum – Jenny shared a full file on family history of the village.
• Heston cannot take on Civil Defence for area due to commitments to Scouts.
• Neighbourhood Support – 300 booklets have now been distributed to mail boxes.
• Market celebrated its 11th birthday; weather forecast didn’t encourage numbers,
Sandra Beagley won the tomato competition; a community donation was made to
the children’s choir for music printing. Church has allowed market users to park
there so signage was organised, which was successful.
No other business. Meeting closed at 8.30
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 7.30pm.
We’d like to hear from people in the community interested in creating a community garden for the village. We have a spot over in the River Park where the old sheep pens used to be which would make a good location.
If there’s enough interest we’ll get a little group together and present a plan to the council (who I’m sure will be happy for us to do something with it so they don’t have to mow it 😉