Puhoi Celtic Sessions


Thursday March 31st 
Puhoi Sports Club Rooms
7.00 pm – 10 pm

and afterwards – every fortnight.

Only two days to go till the first Puhoi Celtic Session.

[A word of explanation: a ‘session’ is a circle of players where everyone simply pitches in – it’s not a performance. We do it for the pleasure of making music.]

We have fiddlers, harpists, accordionists, guitarists, bassists, whistle players, singers, banjo players, bodhran players, and toe-tappers in the group; in all about 24 musicians. We also have a few people who simply like to listen.

To give the group a ‘common core’ of material I’ve created a dropbox that, currently, has 40, four-part arrangements in it of tunes (jigs, reels, waltzes) and songs from the Celtic repertoire. Each tune/song has a sound file and the sheet music – so you can ‘play by ear’ or read the tadpoles. You’ll need to print out this material and make a drop-in folder.

If you want to join us, as a musician,  send me an email address and I’ll give you access to the dropbox. The more the merrier. We could still use mandolins, more fiddles, and more banjoes. To all friends, please spread the word: copy and email this post if you like. It’s looking like we’ll have a folk orchestra!

We’re charging $2 per family to cover the hire of the rooms.


Alan Wagstaff


My Te Muri Submission

I’d like to thank Auckland Council and all those involved in securing Te Muri for us. I think this wIll be a superb asset for us all to enjoy for years to come.

With the accelerating urbanisation of the whole region, and encroachment on previous green spaces like Long Bay, the belt immediately North of Orewa represents the new rural frontier on the East coast. The plan you have as it stands looks exciting., though I do have some comments.

  • develop a main arrival area at the park entrance at the end of Hungry Creek Rd, including: parking, toilets and visitor information
  • seek agreement from New Zealand Transport Authority and Auckland Transport to upgrade Hungry Creek Road to provide safer access to the park
  • investigate the future improvement to the central road and develop a further arrival area set back from the beach with parking, toilets and visitor information

With reference to the above suggestions in the plan, I would disagree. There exist well resourced parks to the North (Sullivans Bay), and South (Wenderholm), providing extensive support for vehicular access and casual day use of the beaches. I think we have the opportunity with Te Muri to retain a more natural environment for non-motorised enjoyment. Other proposals in the plan, to allow a bridge access from Sullivan’s and the possibility of similar from Wenderholm across the Puhoi River, would allow adequate access for such use, within easy reach of existing car parks.

Devoting scarce funds to the upgrading of the Hungry Creek access road, when many public roads in the region are still in a very primitive state, is unwarranted. Instead, I think available funds would be better spent on developing usable tracks through the park for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.

A cheaper, more appropriate and innovative, option would be to build further parking areas adjacent to SH1 and allow easy access via board-walks and tracks to the park from there.

As a resident of Puhoi,, we are aware that our village is going to be somewhat cauterized by the building of the new toll motorway, with far fewer visitors bothering to stop off . Extending tracks back through to the village, and joining with the Te Araroa walkway would be a welcome development for us, making Puhoi something of a hub for access to the wider natural area.

  • maintain the farming operation and infrastructure
  • determine the future use and management of the exotic woodlots

With reference to the existing farming operations in the park, perhaps these could be phased out over time, as regeneration of native bush proceeds. I think there would be plenty of volunteers (myself included) who would be happy to contribute to the effort in making Te Muri a premier example of a somewhat denuded landscape being returned to a more natural state, along the lines of the Tawharanui project.

Puhoi Farmers Market, this Sunday, 27th September

Lots of new stalls from September onwards….Soy Candles, Fabrics and Buttons, Puhoi Valley Milk and much more 🙂

Fresh local fruit and veges, eggs, honey, Puhoi Coffee, cheese, nut butter, pickles, Komucha, gluten free and raw foods, fresh bread, chutneys and sauces, scones, Long Flat Bacon Co, samosa, deli foods, vege seedlings, herbs, plants, quality crafts and much more.

Next market: Spring Garden Fest, Sunday, October 25th
Support Local!
Any inquiries to Phillippa: 09 4220009



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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