Go bananas

Our company has about 50 banana boxes to give away to anyone needing them
for shifting or whatever. They are currently stored at Silverdale.
Interested folk can call me on my mobile Paul Bowater 021 2527767

Bright Spark on Ahuroa Road

[via Eli DeMeulemeester]

A few weeks ago I asked Spark if and when they intend to provide cell coverage from the new tower on Woodcocks hill. I have finally heard back that ”…there are plans to upgrade next month….”
Next month being September.

Cheers & Kind Regards
Eli DeMeulemeester

[Now if we can just crawl into the 21st Century on Saleyards Rd too. Perhaps it would spoil the rustic charm  though – Ed]


Poetry in the Pub is back!

This year the Hibiscus Coast /Puhoi New Zealand Poetry Day event will be held in the Sugar Loaf Bar and Restaurant, 38 Waiwera Road.

Date: 26th August 2016

Time: 7.00 – 9.30

Door entry: $2.00

From 7 pm, readings of original and others’ poems will take place.

Readings will be interspersed with coffee, wine and food, and some poetry-based fun, for example the raffle of a poetry book, a poetry trivia game and haiku or couplet writing.

There will be a prize for an original poem, either judged, if we have the services of someone authorised to do so, or a “pot luck” prize from among the poets who presented an original poem.

Everyone with an interest in poetry is extremely welcome: this will be the fifth such event we have held, all great fun.

Please contact us if you are interested in coming, to assist with seating arrangements.

If you would like to present a poem ( your own or someone else’s) let us know so you can be added to the programme.

dianenewcombe@hotmail.com 021483849

Bring Home The Bacon!

salamiMaking your own Bacon, Salami & Chorizo

A practical workshop
Does the idea of making your own traditionally cured and great-tasting meat products excite you?

Could a practical workshop, in which you see how easy it all is, kick-start that hobby?
I will be running a one-day practical workshop, which focuses on making bacon, salami, chorizo and a few other meat small goods. You will see a simple set-up for cold smoking and air-drying meat products in action.

There will be a maximum of three participants on the day. This ensures a real hands-on experience. Total cost for the day will be $300. This includes breakfast, lunch, and a finishing drink on me at the local pub in Puhoi. The workshop is planned for Saturday the 30th of July.

Please email me on louistousain@gmail.com

Alternatively, ring me in the evening or weekend on 09 972 3390


Puhoi Library Updates

(thanks to manager Helen Darnell for this report)

ANZAC Display

World War artefacts, documents, books & DVDs will again be on display for several weeks around ANZAC day. Every year we obtain more and more interesting items for this display and, as usual, many of the books and DVDs within the display are available to borrow.


The library will be open on ANZAC day from the time the ANZAC parade finishes (aprox.10 a.m.) until 3 p.m. In addition to the display, on the day audio and video recordings will also be running.

We serve FREE coffee/tea and home-made ANZAC biscuits all day. 

 Puhoi Town Library Incorporated Society Annual Subscription

In keeping with Puhoi Library’s ethos, providing you live in Puhoi or surrounding district “USER MEMBERSHIP is absolutely FREE” and no charges are made regarding book or DVD borrowing (with the exception of minimal overdue fines on DVDs, which are onwardly donated to the Puhoi Fire Service). 

However, the library is run by an incorporated society “Puhoi Town Library Incorporated” and the society membership subscriptions of $10 are due on 1st April. A letter has gone out to PO Boxes and forms are also available from the library.

Community Law Manual 2015/2016

Has been donated for use of the Community – Reference only and donor requested that the book is not to leave library but be available for reference use of all members of the community.

Anzac Day In Puhoi

The second annual commemoration of Anzac Day in our community, organised by our historical society, starts at 9am at the War Memorial gates to the Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park with traditional musical, oral and wreath-laying ceremonies and then moves in procession, led by our uniformed groups, to the hall, where there will be displays and records of Puhoi’s participation in two world wars, followed by a cup of tea for all the community. If it rains, all ceremonies will be held in the hall.

Please remember the 250 word speech writing competition for children Year 8 and younger being run by the historical society. The winner will read her or his speech at the Anzac Day ceremonies.

Help is needed by the historical society on Anzac commemoration day for a variety of jobs. Please contact Jenny Schollum or Sheryll Titford, museum archives room, 4220 852.

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