Puhoi Park and Ride: What Do You Think?

With the proposed new bus services between Warkworth and Silverdale, there is a possibility of stop at the toll booth  area before the tunnels. This would allow a sort of ‘Park and Ride’ for Puhoi users. It’d be a 2km walk from the centre of the village with no footpath, so perhaps not a viable ‘bus service’ as such – but still could be a useful and cheap way of getting a bus into town if you can drive to the stop. Beth Houlbrooke (Local Board chair) is canvassing local opinion on this idea, so please get in touch with her with your thoughts so she can gauge support.

Beth says its unlikely that a more convenient stop for Puhoi (e.g. in the village or even at the gravel area across SH1) would be considered in the short term, but showing a need for a service will get us ‘on the radar’, especially as otherwise they might consider routing it down the new motorway later, with no possibility of a Puhoi stop as there’s no northbound entry/southbound exit [my thoughts – Mike]!

Please get in touch with Beth at beth.houlbrooke@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or on Facebook. There is a now a poll on the Puhoi Village People facebook page to register your interest too.

Update From Rodney Local Board

[Ed.: Please note that Puhoi Centennial Hall isn’t council-run]

Tell us how halls and reserves should be managed in Rodney
Your local board is conducting a review of the way council-owned halls are managed in Rodney as well as looking at the roles and responsibilities of the reserve advisory groups. Local board members would like to acknowledge and recognise the very important role of the community advisory groups – some who manage halls and others who are involved with reserves.Up to now the 24 council-owned halls have been managed in a mix of ways; some are council-run while others are run by community advisory groups who were initially appointed for a three year term under the former Rodney District Council.


Before any decisions or changes are made, your local board wants to hear your views. Please take the time to have your say from 10 August to 25 September 2015. Visit our website for the many ways you can give feedback including community meetings and also for a full list of the halls and reserves advisory groups under review.

Help shape Auckland’s future urban land supply strategy
Feedback is also being invited on a strategy to determine the sequence and timing for 11,000ha of greenfield land to be made ready for development in the Auckland region over 30 years. The Future Urban Land Supply Strategy focuses on land located in growth areas in the north, south and north-west of the region.

Attend a have your say event in August:

  • Warkworth Masonic Hall, Monday 3 August 7-8.30pm
  • Drury Community Hall, Wednesday 5 August 7-8.30pm
  • Dairy Flat School Hall, Monday 10 August 7-8.30pm
  • Kumeu Community Centre, Tuesday 11 August 7-8.30pm

You can also have your say online at shapeauckland until 17 August.


Calling on Huapai and Kumeu residents to help shape their area
Kumeu and Huapai are growing fast and this impacts you, your family, your home and the things you enjoy about living here. We want to hear your views about how to plan for your area as it grows and develops. Come and share your views at a community workshop taking place next month.


Community Workshop Date Venue
Sports and recreational clubs 12 August 6.45pm Cricket Club rooms, Huapai Domain
Local businesses 13 August 6.30-9.30pm Kumeu Cricket Club
Community groups 16 August 2-5pm Huapai District School
Young people 25 August 6-9pm Kumeu Arts Centre

For information about these meetings, please email Judy Waugh.

Get along to a community grants workshop
You may also like to attend a community grants workshop to find out more about the new grants programme and how it relates to environmental and historic heritage projects. Workshops are being held at:

Helensville Takapuna
4 August: 3-4pm 6 August: 5.30 – 6.30pm
Helensville Library
49 Commercial Rd Helensville
Takapuna Library
9 The Strand Takapuna

Please RSVP via email to mailto:environmentalfunding@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz?subject=Environmental%20and%20Heritage%20Funding%20Workshop with Environmental and Heritage Funding Workshop in the subject line.



Wellsford Greenways takes a step forward
Planning for greenways in Wellsford took a big step forward this month with the adoption of the Wellsford Greenways Plan. This plan is part of your local board’s commitment to improving access and connectivity in Rodney towns and villages.

Feedback from the community identified five important priority routes that will be used as a blueprint for implementing any future walkway and cycleway projects in Wellsford. Before any priority routes can progress; funding must be identified as well as further scoping of each route to determine its feasibility and in some instances this could mean finding alternative routes.

The Wellsford Greenways Plan is available online or can be viewed at Wellsford Library.


Connecting young people with real job opportunities
JobFest 15 is a unique opportunity for young job seekers to meet face-to-face with leading employers from all over Auckland who are actively recruiting for their business. It’s taking place at North Harbour Stadium on Friday, 7 August from 10am to 2pm. For more information about the event, how your organisation can get involved or for job seekers wanting to get the most out of the day, visit jobfest15.co.nz


Lighting up sports fields in Riverhead and Rautawhiri
Four new light columns are lighting up the off-field training areas at Riverhead War Memorial Park. At Rauatawhiri Park, the no.2 field now has new lights which the club is enjoying using.

Meetings coming up in August
Everyone is welcome to attend our public meetings. Agendas are posted on the council website on the Wednesday prior to each meeting.

  • Rodney Local Board Transport, Planning and Infrastructure Committee
    3 August at 3.30pm – Council Chamber, Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Road, Orewa
  • Rodney Local Board Business Meeting
    17 August at 3.30pm – Coatesville Hall, 3 Mahoenui Valley Road, Coatesville.

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Algies Bay and Snells Beach sea walls


Construction of the Algies Bay sea wall has been completed. The project involved the replacement of a 140m section of old sea wall that had failed. It also involved the construction of several timber retaining walls and installation of drainage.


Landscaping works are now underway to create a more attractive and useable high tide beach area at the reserve for local residents.


Works have just started on another sea wall at Snells Beach. This project involves the extension of the existing sea wall to the south and the replacement of the sea wall northwards between the existing wall and the boat ramp at Sunrise Boulevard. This project is expected to be completed within 4-6 weeks.



Algies Bay seawall – as it looked on 24 December 2014


Tuapaki School earns environmental award


Several Auckland kindergartens and schools, including Tuapaki School, received awards for outstanding commitment to sustainability at the Enviroschools celebration held in December.


Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse presented the Enviroschools certificates at the ceremony, with Albany Ward Councillor Wayne Walker, Waitākere Ward Councillor Linda Cooper and local board representatives.


Enviroschools teach important real life skills and shows children they can become environmental leaders of the future by taking action and making a difference in their local community.


The Enviroschools programme is facilitated in Auckland by Auckland Council and the Enviroschools Foundation. It helps children with projects including recycling, water conservation and increasing biodiversity by planting native gardens.


Snells Beach Reserve Playground


Improvements at the Snells Beach Reserve playground this summer have proved popular with locals and visitors.


A new junior climbing module has been built, as well as a rope-climbing turnstile and five swings, including a basket swing and a 30m flying fox. All the equipment is suitable for a range of ages and abilities.


Local children approached the local board to ask for equipment more suitable for them, and as a result the playground upgrade responds to that request. Most improvements were completed by early January, while new scuff mats for the flying fox, turnstile and swings were added earlier this month.

We would like to thank the Snells Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association and students at Mahurangi Christian School for their positive, pro-active and enthusiastic input into the project.



The new flying fox at Snells Beach Reserve


Warkworth Showgrounds update


A new toilet block and changing sheds have been installed at the Warkworth Showgrounds. This new addition was completed and opened on 23 January in time for the Warkworth A&P Show. The new toilet block features a unisex disabled changing room, a drinking fountain, new and improved toilet and changing room facilities and an outdoor drinking bowl for dogs.



The new improved toilet facilities at Warkworth Showgrounds


Music in the Gardens – Kawau Island


Treat yourself and your significant other to a fun day on Kawau Island this Valentine’s Day. There will be live jazz and swing music at the historic Mansion House gardens, along with great local food and wine to enjoy. Tickets are $25. Click here to find out more.


Local Board business meeting


Our February 2015 business meeting will take place on Monday 16 February. It starts at 1pm and will take place in the council chambers at the Orewa Service Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend our meetings. Agenda items for this month’s meeting include:


  • Public deputation on a proposal for a walking trail in the Matakana area called the Big Omaha Trail and a public deputation by Kowhai Art and Craft to outline the activities of the club.
  • Quarterly Finance & Performance Report
  • New Community Lease to Puhoi Sports Club Incorporated on Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park
  • Auckland Transport Update
  • Local board input on the draft Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-2025
  • Road Name Change – Bishop Lane and New Road Name – Hawks Ridge Rise

Click here to access our online agenda and minutes from previous meetings.



Have your say on Auckland Council’s 10-year budget


The Auckland region is facing big opportunities and equally big challenges, and Rodney Local Board wants you to have your say on council’s 10-year budget.


We need to hear your views on regional and local priorities.


Visit shapeauckland.co.nz to have your say or provide feedback in person at one of the following events in the Rodney Local Board:


Have Your Say


You can provide your feedback in person to councillors and local board members at ‘Have your say’ and ‘community feedback’ events.


The ‘Have your say’ events replace traditional hearings and will cover key topics  including investment in Auckland, fixing transport and keeping rates affordable – plus local proposals. The local ‘Have your say’ events are being held at:


  • Kumeu Art Centre, Kumeu on Thursday, 5 March (6.30 – 8.30pm)
  • Shoesmith Hall, Shoesmith Domain, Warkworth on Saturday, 7 March (10am – 12pm)


The ‘community feedback’ events hosted by the Rodney Local Board

will be held at:


  • Lions Lounge, Rautawhiri Park, Helensville on Thursday, 5 March (3pm-4:30pm)
  • Wellsford War Memorial Library, Wellsford on Saturday, 7 March (1pm-3pm)

For more information or to provide your feedback visit shapeauckland.co.nz or call 09 301 0101.


Have your say on Auckland Council’s 10-year budget by Monday 16 March.

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