Puhoi – PCF Agenda for 31.3.15 meeting

Puhoi – PCF Agenda for 31.3.15 meeting (pdf)






24 FEBRUARY 2015

  1. MATTERS ARISING FROM THOSE MINUTES (not appearing on this Agenda)



10.3.15 Puhoi Historical Society re 3 Heritage Trees available but need to be dug


23.2.15 Jane Tolman re Meeting of Puhoi Business Association

23.2.15 Beth Houlbrooke re The Puhoi footbridge and footpath project

23.3.15 Paul Manton re Dog Signs, Walkway progress, Co-Chair & Committee



Hans 3.3.15 Feedback on behalf of Forum to Auckland Council on Auckland’s draft 10

year budget

Hans 10.3.15 Puhoi Historical Society re 3 Heritage Trees for donation to Forum for


Hans 3.3.15 Email to Paul Manton and Peter Straka re Dogs in the Park

Hans 23.3.15 Letter of thanks for Kath Anderson for contribution to Forum

Hans 23.3.15 Letter of thanks for Ashlea Farac for contribution as Forum Secretary



  1. Russell Green, report on status of Fire Station, will be forwarded when available.


  1. Traffic safety

  2. Public space development

  3. Park Maintenance

  4. RiversideWalkway

Please Note:

  • All welcome to Puhoi Church’s ‘Stations of the Cross’ Good Friday 10.00 a.m. Meet on the lawn behind the Old Convent School

  • Puhoi Historical Society is co-ordinating an Anzac Day Ceremony at Puhoi this 25th April

NEXT MEETING – Date and Chairperson

Please invite other residents and friends of Puhoi to attend – widen participation!

Copy of Forum Submission For Auckland Draft Plan Budget Comments

Is your feedback on behalf of an organisation (if yes, this confirms you have authority to submit on the organisation’s behalf)? Yes

Name of organisation Puhoi Community Forum
First name: (Dr.) Hans
Last name: Everts
Email: evergreenheights@xtra.co.nz
Postal address:
Local board area: Rodney Local Board
Are you?
What age group do you belong to?
Which of the following best describes your ethnicity?

Date of feedback: 3 March 2015

Your feedback

Question 1a: Do you agree with the proposed overall average general rates increase of 3.5 per cent each year, which will enable the proposed investment and spending outlined in this document?

Question 1b: If you do not agree, in which activity areas do you think we should spend more or spend less, and what level of general rates increase would you support?
No comment by the Forum

Question 2a: Do you support the basic transport network or do you think we should invest more to get the Auckland Plan transport network that would address our transport problems?

Please comment:
No comment by the Forum

Question 2b: If we decide to invest in the Auckland Plan transport network, how do you think Aucklanders should pay for it?

Please comment:
No comment by the Forum

Question 2c: Are there any projects or priorities e.g. cycleways or more bus lanes, we should focus on delivering as part of the basic transport programme or the Auckland Plan transport programme?
We request that:
(a) the budget for seal extension be increased from $1 million to $10 million a year, for the reasons given in the Rodney Local Board’s LTP submission/feedback form – seal extension budget,
(b) public transport around Rodney be improved,
(c) rural road safety be specifically addressed.

Question 3: Do you support the council taking a more active role in the development of Auckland through replacing two existing Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) with a new development agency?

Please comment:
No comment by the Forum

Question 4: What do you think the fixed portion of rates (UAGC) that everyone pays should be?
Please comment:
No comment by the Forum

Question 5: Do you support gradually reducing business property rates from 32.8 per cent of all rates to 25.8 per cent over the next 10 years?

Please comment:
No comment by the Forum

Question 6a: Which local board does your feedback relate to?
Rodney Local Board

Question 6b: Do you support the proposals for your local board area?

Please comment:
As a distinct Historic Village, Puhoi strongly endorses the proposals put forward by the Rodney Local Board, as summarised in their Information Statement accompanying the Auckland Council’s 10-year Budget, with particular reference to their plans for constructing pedestrian networks, upgrading main streets, supporting community environmental restoration and sustainability projects, the construction of recreational walkways/fitness/bike trails, and upgrading sports facilities (eg. tennis courts).

Rodney Local Board

The following proposals have been prioritised for funding in 2015/2016 in the Rodney local board area:

Plan for and construct recreational walkways and bike trails ($350k)

Construct footpaths to complete the pedestrian network within our towns and villages ($2m over three years, subject to agreement by the governing body)

Continue to develop the Warkworth Showgrounds ($3.4m)

Undertake a feasibility study for the expansion of the Kumeu Arts Centre ($20k)

Support communities to undertake environmental restoration and sustainability projects ($60k)

Partner with the community to build a playground in Warkworth or Kumeu ($100k)

Undertake planning and concept design for a swimming pool in Warkworth ($70k)

Upgrade town centre toilets in Kumeu and Warkworth ($90k)

Upgrade sportsfields in Huapai and Warkworth ($1m)

Upgrade the Warkworth Town Hall ($450k plus agreed additional renewals funds)

Partner with the community to build a skate park in Wellsford or Snells Beach ($75k)

see above 6(b)

The following proposals have been prioritised for funding in 2016 – 2025 in the Rodney local board area:

Contribute to the expansion of the Kumeu Arts Centre facility in 2016/2017

Upgrade main streets through the implementation of existing town centre plans ($1m over three years)

Partner with the community to design and construct a multisport facility at Warkworth Showgrounds

Plan for and construct recreational walkways, fitness trails and bike trails ($700k)

Improve sports fields through sand field construction and floodlighting

Complete a comprehensive (structure) plan for the Kumeu/Huapai area and Warkworth

Complete Warkworth Showgrounds development ($640k)


The Rodney Local Board has identified the following as key advocacy areas:

$10m per year over 10 years for sealing roads (currently funded for $1m per year)

Completion of Warkworth roading projects, including Mansel Drive Bridge

Improved public transport around Rodney

Construct new seawalls

Additional renewals funding to make community hardcourts useable

The construction of a swimming pool in Warkworth


Do you have any other comments?

Question 7. Please provide any additional feedback below.

Agenda Forum Meeting 24th, 7.30 PM, Sports Club

All residents and friends of Puhoi are welcome. We value your contribution to our efforts to enhance the wellbeing of Puhoi. At the meeting we will, among other things, address the following issues:

Auckland Council’s 10 year budget.

How it affects Puhoi, and how we can have our say.

Puhoi CBD footpath.

We intend to finalise our agreement with the Local Board on the design of this footpath.

Neighbourhood Support.

What specific actions can we undertake in 2015 to keep Puhoi safe?

The new Fire Station.

The state of progress and how we can help.

Memorial Park tracks and weed control.

What has been done and what can the community do from here on?

Riverside walkway.

Construction of the stockproof fence and community contributions.

Forum logo.

Should the Puhoi logo (as used in the 150th celebration) be included?

Come along and have your say!

Hans Everts and Paul Manton, Co-chairmen

Puhoi Forum meeting at 7.30pm, Tuesday 27th January

Hi all,

Welcome to the New Year! Hopefully you are able to continue enjoying the summer weather, even as some are back at work.

We look forward to an interesting and exciting year for the Forum, as we seek to highlight and foster projects that benefit the whole of the Puhoi community.

We are delighted that Wendy Hayton has offered to pick up the role of secretary. Thank you, Wendy, we look forward to enjoying your contribution to the Forum!

Please let me have any items that you wish to have put onto the agenda of the coming meeting by Tuesday the 20th.




H all,


Please note the background notes below, in preparation for Tuesday’s Forum meeting at 7.30 in the Sports Club:


Peter Straka and I looked through the constitution and decided that, as it stands, it allows for the Forum to foster community endeavours and activities, to instigate and support worthy activities for Puhoi, to support other Puhoi organisations in their endeavours, to conduct monthly meetings, to encourage wide membership from the Puhoi area, to discuss and vote on issues, to establish working parties on particular projects, and to make representation on matters of relevance to the Puhoi community as a whole (though it cannot claim to represent all of Puhoi, and has been careful to not do so in the past). At the same time, the Forum Committee remains responsible for the ‘entire management’ of the Forum, which we interpret as ensuring that its structural and procedural integrity is maintained in line with the constitution, and that its financial resources are used appropriately. The Committee may make decisions on pertinent matters during a Forum meeting, or meet separately as required.


Taken together, this will allow us to change our way of working without changing the Forum’s structure. It allows us to widen our membership, to be more flexible in our processes, and to pursue activities that are of benefit to the community as a whole – as decided by us at the end of last year, and put into practice this year.



Please note that the Sports Club has its own formal relationship with Auckland Council, and that any Forum activity in relation to the Park must not impinge on the Sports Club’s sphere of responsibility.


The riverside walkway working group (of Paul Manton, Peter Straka, Shelley Hackett, Rodney Straka and myself) is about to start with the actual construction of a culvert and stock-proof fence between the second gate and the cluster of macrocarpas 300 metres away, pending final Parks approval. Authorisation of expenditure from the dedicated river park fund is sought (in line with the role of the Committee, as above). Practical help from community members will be sought as required. Suitable river bank planting will be undertaken in autumn/early winter. The walkway will be mown as part of the Parks maintenance programme, and may also be used as a bridle path during suitably dry weather (like other tracks in the Park). The possible construction of a separate sealed walking path will be considered as and when required.


As people will have noticed, Kevin Jones has developed the grazing lease apace and to a high standard. The Forum’s relationship with him is working very well.


The Parks maintenance team will, as asked by us, restart mowing the upper section of the loop track, and also repair a dislodged step on the bush track. Our relationship with Parks staff is cordial and effective.


The control of weeds along the loop track, the Puhoi track, and elsewhere is of concern. The Parks staff and Biosecurity team have done what they are contracted to do. But weeds of different kinds are flourishing. Rodney Straka has undertaken some urgent weed clearance along a stretch of the Puhoi track, with thanks! At present Landcare is planning a programme of weed control, to be discussed at a Forum meeting. The Forum strongly encourages all Puhovians to participate.



It is with gratitude and sadness that we note Ashlea Farac’s resignation from the role of Forum secretary. We thank you, Ashlea, for your thorough approach to capturing what happened in our meetings during the later part of 2014. We are sad to lose you from that role, but acknowledge your stated willingness to continue supporting the Forum’s activities.


At the same time we thank Wendy Hayton, a current Forum member, for offering to take on the secretary role. Interviewed by Hans, she has been appointed to the position with the approval of Paul Manton and Peter Straka. Wendy brings to the role a wealth of experience as administrator in large companies and organisations. Welcome and many thanks, Wendy!



Kath Anderson’s family are moving to the South Island, and she has given notice of her impending departure. Thank you, Kath, for your contributions to the Forum as treasurer since June 2014, as member of the traffic safety working group, and as an active contributor to the Forum’s processes! Now we need a new treasurer. It is a limited-scale role, and we would greatly appreciate for somebody to undertake it – at least until the middle of the year. Please put yourself forward if you think you can do the job, or ask somebody you know with an appropriate background, to do so. Contact Paul Manton or myself.



With reference to the minutes of the meeting of 25.11.14, the final paragraph contains some incorrect content. I suggest that it be rephrased as follows:

“It was put forward that appropriate projects within the PPMP be initiated by the Forum, that a working group be formed to undertake the lead in developing a project on its behalf, that it reports on progress at Forum meetings, and that the Forum retains overall responsibility for any such project.”



Inward: Kirichuk letter of 4.1.15, as forwarded by Judith on 20.1.15.

Outward: letter from Paul and Hans to the Local Board regarding the footpath, on 8.12.14.



Phew! That is all I can think of. Some of the above is for noting at the meeting, some is for discussion under general business. Anything else in the way of background material for the meeting, please circulate ASAP.



Wordsmith Wanted

The Puhoi Community Forum needs a minute secretary for its meetings at 7.30pm in the sports club on the last Tuesdays of the month, except for December. Some remuneration is available. Contact forum chairmen Hans Everts, 42200026, Paul Manton, 4220060, or Peter Straka, 4220877.

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