School Buses

[via Terri Ryder]
Just a gentle reminder to all that schools are back now so school buses will be on the road again, and in the village. Please remember it is 20kph when passing a stationary school bus. There are 4 school buses that come into Puhoi village with 3 heading back out to the highway and 1 going over the hill to Ahuroa. They are around in Puhoi from 7:30ish – 8 and back again 3:30ish, 4 and 4:20ish in the afternoons. Thanks

A Win for Puhoi Road Safety Group: School Bus Route Extension


We on the Puhoi Road Safety Group have some fantastic news to report. After many, many emails and and even more phone calls we have managed to get one of the school buses to extend their route to Remiger Road. This means that there will be pick ups in the morning and drop offs in the afternoons at the intersections of Ahuroa Road and Bruce Mcgregor, Tunnel and Remiger Roads. This will save kids having to walk home along Ahuroa Road and alleviate congestion in the village centre in the mornings and afternoons when the buses are int he village. Please remember that the legal speed limit when passing a stationary school bus is 20kms whatever side of the road you are on. And please keep an eye out for the kids waiting for their school bus. Attached is a notice of running times for your information.

Additional Agenda Item for Forum Meeting (Traffic Congestion): Feb 28th 2017

[from Russel Green]

Traffic congestion issues/alternatives.

Hi all, I agree the traffic congestion around the Shop at School bus time is a safety issue for the kids and a nightmare for drivers to negotiate at times.


With the new subdivision just up the road, accessed via Rosa Villa Lane I wonder if this gives us a new opportunity to redirect this congestion to a more open area that has less limitations than the central hub of Puhoi.

For these reasons;

  1. It’s a deadend road so no passing traffic to contend with
  2. It has a large turnaround area at the end so no reversing needed by the buses
  3. It has heaps of kerbside for cars to park against
  4. It is wide enough to accommodate two buses passing each other
  5. It is in the general direction of where future growth to Puhoi will come from
  6. It has a footpath back towards the village for use



Could I please ask that this option is explored as a viable alternative to what happens now as well as the current plan, of moving the buses up 50 metres up the road towards the band rotunda area which to me seems like not really fixing the problem but just moving the problem.


I am sure some of the new subdivision residents might have a different view but this is an issue affecting the whole village and the bus interchange time is very quick turnaround, hence any disruption to them is minimal.


Thank you,

Russell Green


021 655461.

Puhoi/SH1 Intersection: Good News

[ via Mahurangi Matters]

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is planning to reduce the speed limit on State Highway One around the Puhoi intersection early next year due to the high crash rate in the area.

NZTA is beginning consultation to extend the 80kph limit from the Johnstones Hill Tunnels to beyond the intersection with Puhoi Road.

NZTA Northland safety and network performance manager Tim Crow says it initially planned to install a responsive sign, which would only reduce the speed limit when a car on Puhoi Road approached the intersection. However, a traffic survey found that the high level of traffic would mean the sign would be activated almost permanently.

A crash reduction study found there were six crashes at the intersection between 2011 and 2015, resulting in two serious and six minor injuries.

“In all of the injury outcomes, the conflict occurred between traffic turning right out of Puhoi Road and northbound traffic on State Highway 1,” Mr Crow says.

Successful Petition, Great Video

A big thanks to Sarah Churchouse for getting 290 signatures (pretty much the whole village!) on her petition to get a more appropriate speed limit around the Puho SH1 intersection. There’s still time to give your support…

Check out this great little video too,  made by Mahurangi Matters about our SH1 issue …

Excellent presentation Kathy!

Chairman Brown’s 80 Year Plan

[Reproduced from Glen Ashton’s post on Ahuroa Grapevine. See also to]
Hi all

Andy Finch of AT has sent me the detailed spreadsheet of the unsealed road priority.

From this spreadsheet it is easy to derive the length of time before a road is sealed. Simply accumulate the estimated cost and divide by the annual sealing budget ($3.4 million – targeted transport levy).

On the AT website Ahuroa Road has priority 6 but if you read the small print this is only for the highest priority section. Ahuroa Road is in 5 sections and the priority six is only for a very small 0.41 Km stretch.

Here are the results in years before the following roads are sealed:

Ahuroa Road .41Km 4 years
Ahuroa Road .46Km 4 years
Ahuroa Road 5.08Km 6 years
Ahuroa Road .49Km 11 years
Ahuroa Road 2.44Km 30 Years

Martins Access 2.39Km 28 years
Wechs Access 2.98Km 36 years
Komokoriki Hill Road 6.33Km 40 years
Wilson Road .39 Km 41 years
J Tolpohf Road .48Km 54 years
Hawkens Road .97KM 62 years

Ahuroa Valley Road 2.75Km 66 years
Poyner Road 1.45Km 72 Years
Clifford Road .97Km 76 years
Parker Road .94Km 80 years

Ahuroa has had no capital infrastructure since 2010 and the future looks grim under the present regime.

It makes one wonder why Ahuroa ratepayers are paying their rates? Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are diverting our rate money into the CBD and City Rail link. Obviously of no use to us, we cannot even connect to public transport.

Elections are coming soon and it is time to think about Local Board members and Councilors that will support Rural Rodney and stop the centric Super City spending.


Glen Ashton Ahuroa Hill Country Farming

0274 906 889


From: Andy Finch (AT) []

Sent: 12 July 2016 9:52 a.m.

To: Glen Ashton <>; Tony McCartney (AT) <>; David Warburton (AT) <>; ‘Mayor Len Brown’ <>; ‘Stephen Town’ <>; Councillor Penny Webster <>; ‘Phelan Pirrie – Rodney’ <>; ‘Hibiscus & Bays” <>; ‘Office of Mark Mitchell MP’ <>;

Subject: RE: Sealing of Ahuroa Road

Hi Glen,

Thank you for your email dated 30 June. I apologise for the delay in replying.

As requested I attach the spreadsheet used by Auckland Transport to prioritise the unsealed road network for sealing. This spreadsheet does not include an analysis of the specific length of time that will pass before a road will obtain funding for sealing. I believe that this would be misleading as any calculation would need to make assumptions around the level of funding to be identified for seal extensions in the Long Term Plan to be published in 2018 and subsequent iterations. It would also need to assume an average cost of sealing which may or may not be realised across the entire sealing programme.

I am aware of your concerns regarding the summarising of a number of unsealed road sections on the same road into one line on the spreadsheet. I addressed this in my response to you dated 13 May 2016. An updated prioritised list fully addressing this issue will be published early 2017.

The point you have made regarding rates and the targeted transport levy would be better addressed by Auckland Council.


Andy Finch
Manager, Strategic Asset Management and Systems
6 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, Auckland 0612
Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142
Auckland Transport

P 09 355 3553 ext (48)9579 | F 09 355 3550
DDI +64 9 4474579
Mobile 021331066 |


From: Glen Ashton []
Sent: Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:05 a.m.

To: Andy Finch (AT) <>; Tony McCartney (AT) <>; David Warburton (AT) <>; ‘Mayor Len Brown’ <>; ‘Stephen Town’ <>; Councillor Penny Webster <>; ‘Phelan Pirrie – Rodney’ <>; ‘Hibiscus & Bays” <>; ‘Office of Mark Mitchell MP’ <>;

Subject: Sealing of Ahuroa Road

Hi Andy

Thanks for the reply (below)

The analysis that supports the road sealing priority list used to be on the AT website. It would be useful if you could send me that spreadsheet (as per your offer). I believe that it would be very easy to assess the time it will take to complete any and all unsealed roads.

From your detailed analysis of each road section (I have the old spreadsheet before it was taken off the AT web site) we know the Km to be sealed and the priority order. We know that the annual budget for extension road sealing is $1.4 million per annum. We know that road sealing costs $1 million per Km. Thus only 1.4 Km will get sealed per year. You could add a couple of columns to your detailed spreadsheet to calculate the years to completion of each section. Not hard. If AT cannot do this, then send me the latest detailed spreadsheet and I will provide the spreadsheet calculations free of charge.

Thus given that the lowest priority of a section of the Ahuroa Rd is 147 then from you old detailed spreadsheet it will take 40 years to complete! Side roads will take 300 to 800 years to be sealed.

I believe AT are deliberately misleading the public by publishing only the summary spreadsheet. Several residents of Ahuroa now think that the Ahuroa Road sealing is going to be completed in the near future given it is a priority 6 (which in fact is only a small section of .41Km).

An honest publication of the timeframe for road sealing extensions on the AT website would be a better approach. That would provide ratepayers, councillors, AC staff and AT staff with accurate information from which a debate can be held.

Perhaps AT and AC do not wish to be drawn into public debate and wish to continue diverting Ahuroa rates into CBD congestion issues funding instead of improving our local Ahuroa infrastructure. Ahuroa rates should provide Ahuroa infrastructure according to the Local Bodies Act. Rural Rodney is being neglected by the Centric Super City. Ahuroa has had no capital infrastructure since being forced into the Super City. The reason we pay rates is to sustain and improve our local environment, certainly not to fund downtown projects, 80 Km away that have no benefit to us.

Why are Ahuroa ratepayers paying a three year targeted transport levy when there is absolutely no benefit to our area? I believe that AC and AT are in breach of the Local Bodies Act.

I await your reply.
Glen Ashton


Dear Glen,

Sealing of Ahuroa Road – CAS-276834-P5T2Y8

Thank you for your correspondence regarding the updated road sealing priority list published early 2016.

As you have identified this updated list aggregated all unsealed sections of Ahuroa Road. These are detailed on the attachment to this letter. It is probable that the three sections with the highest priority will be aggregated and sealed together.

It is difficult to assess how long it will take to seal Ahuroa Road in its entirety. The funding for seal extensions over the period 2015 to 2018 has been set along with the programme for delivery of the highest priority projects. However, the next Council Long Term Plan will be published in 2018. This will identify future funding for seal extensions and accordingly determine the level of sealing that can achieved over the subsequent 3 years.

The analysis that supports the sealing priority list would be better demonstrated. Please contact me if you would like to take up this offer and this can then be arranged.

Yours sincerely

Andy Finch
Manager, Strategic Asset Management and Systems

Possible School Bus Trial

Good Morning


I work for Auckland Transport and have been discussing, with school bus operators, problems in Puhoi with the current school bus transfer arrangements that take place outside the Village Store. After a site meeting last Friday, we’d like to move the transfer arrangement to the parking bay adjacent to the hall – the one towards the village centre – as in the picture below. We may need to look at replacing some of the grass area with concrete to stop the buses running over the grass and making a mess.



Nick from the store mentioned that in summer this area is used by kayakers, so we may need to implement some time limited parking restrictions to make it work, although I’d like to trial it through winter on an informal basis.


I would like to speak to relevant members within the community to canvass views on this proposal – it is aimed at making the bus-to-bus transfer arrangement safer for the children and also better for the two bus companies involved (Ritchies and Gubbs Motors).  The current arrangements have worked well for a number of years but are now in need of an alternative home, as the numbers of school children involved has grown markedly in recent times.  Neither the store owner or the bus companies are content that the status quo remains, given the numbers of students now involved.


I did sent an initial email to the team who are responsible for the hall, but Maria (who kindly responded) indicated that this should be discussed elsewhere – possibly with Terri Ryder?


Hoping that you can help me reach relevant members of the community.

With Best Regards


Simon Milner | Principal PT Planner (Infrastructure)

Bus Services – AT Metro

Level 17, HSBC Building, 1 Queen Street, Auckland

Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142


Direct line 09 447 4896 | 021 808 480 |


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