Fire Brigade: June Report

Call statistics for June –

Vegetation Fire – 1

Minor Fire – 1

Hope you are all keeping warm out there with some of the freezing mornings we are having.

This month our members completed various courses. With two of our newest recruits completing their Basic Training course. We also had a driving course for 3 members who are now probationary Emergency Response Drivers. And the final course was a 4wd course. This saw our members take out our smoke chaser (ute) and put it through some challenges on a farm in Mangatawhiri. All were lots of fun and a lot learnt!

We are still collecting scrap metal at 1 Ahuroa Rd (Puhoi River Motors). This goes towards the new station funds. So if any scrap metal lying around, drop it off. But please no general rubbish.

We are continuing to recruit new members, if you are over 16 years of age, live locally in Puhoi and have a can do attitude we are interested in hearing from you. We will supply all the training, uniform and support you need. Contact – Rob Beardmore 021891996

Keep warm out there!


Chris Farac

Qualified Firefighter

Puhoi Fire Brigade

Free Hot Compost ‘hands on’ Session

Build a Hot Compost from start to finish with experienced tutors

Puhoi – Tuesday June 6th

1pm – 4pm

This is a FREE event

please register by contacting Pip on 0217 22266 or for address and other details


This course is run by the Compost Collective and supported by Auckland Council

Get Your Stolen Stuff Back

Police investigating the discovery of thousands of dollars worth of stolen property at a Dairy Flat address are making steady progress in identifying who the goods belong to.

Around sixty percent of the items have been identified and traced back to their owners, including all of the motorbikes/trail bikes and quad bikes and the  majority of the kitchen appliances, which were stolen from homes under construction in the Rodney area.

Police have received numerous phone calls from across the country from people who have had things stolen.

Police now believe that the goods are most likely to have been stolen over the past 18 months predominantly from the Rodney and Albany area.

A contact phone number and email address has been established for the Operation, which has been called Operation Tank.

Members of the public can call 09 424 6509 or email

The owners of several  trailers, a concrete mixer and a large number of power tools still need to be identified, as well as a diesel tanker on a trailer.

“We’ve reunited a number of people with their belongings and doing this has been a really enjoyable part of our job.

It’s so upsetting to have anything stolen so being able to give the items back to good honest owners has been awesome” says Snr Sgt Andy King, Rodney Police.

The Operation Tank number is now up and running.

“Anyone who calls us is asked to have the details of serial numbers or distinctive markings ready to provide us when they ring.

We expect to receive a flood of calls but we must warn people that it’s a very hard task to be able to reunite people with their property without serial numbers, photos or distinctive markings.

For example we’ve got a number of nailguns, and without any identifying factors it will be very hard to prove which nailgun belongs to who” says Snr Sgt King.

The investigation into who is responsible for stealing the items is ongoing and Police are following positive lines of enquiry.

Beth Bates/Waitemata Police 

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New Zealand Police

Te Araroa Trail Update

[from Rob Wakelin, Cheif Executive Te Araroa Trail, via Hans Everts]

I hope all is going well with you, and the community.

Just wanted to update you on a few things and wonder if you can pass word to Puhoi folk:

  • Works re new motorway – some geotech works for the new motorway have taken place which has seen Watson/Cook Rds used by some heavy trucks. I met with the motorway people who thought they could simply close the track – no way!! What we agreed is that the short stretch where the track route uses Cook Rd would have a 10km/h limit for their vehicles however people walking the track should be aware and look both ways when entering Cook Rd in either direction. If/when the motorway gets the go-ahead we will look at a safer, longterm solution for this short stretch.
  • Maintenance – we will be getting some people in to do some maintenance on the track, mainly around controlling the vegetation regrowth. There is a patch of ginger at the western end of the track and some gorse and pampas sprouting, these will all be addressed. There wont be much more growth over winter so we have this planned for August so its looking great for next summer. Within the next couple of months there will be more planting done at either end of the swingbridge to keep it looking nice and not give the weeds as much chance to find space to grow. The domain/farm stretch is due to be grazed shortly so once that’s eaten down we’ll see if anything further is required.
  •  Kauri dieback – given this got a little topical a few weeks back we just want to let the community know that when the track was constructed, special methods (a geotextile base underneath aggregate surfacing) was used in all areas within 30m of identified kauri on the route. At the completion of construction the track was inspected by MPI and determined no further measures were necessary – including any cleaning stations – as the track had been constructed to such a high standard. Cleaning stations in particular have been raised with me often but despite seeing them around a lot, they are not universal. Signage was installed adjacent to the swingbridge and where the track passes from the Domain land to the DOC bush block and anyone walking should follow those guidelines of washing footwear thoroughly after walking in any kauri area. The kauri issue remains an ongoing topic in our relationship with DOC and we’ll be kept abreast of any changes in the science and advice around it.
  •  Feedback – I continue to get great feedback from people about how enjoyable a day in Puhoi is walking the track and taking advantage of the Puhoi hospitality. Our thanks as always to the community who continue to make people feel so welcome and provide such a great environment for people to visit. I make it up roughly monthly and always try to support the local businesses with a beer/cuppa/cold drink.
  •  Puhoi Scouts – Heston from the scouts was in touch and the scout group are going to do some work on the local Puhoi routes – not just the new track but also the track down from Moirs Hill Rd, and across the old Dunn property. We really appreciate that and want the community to know they are chipping in to help look after this community asset.
  •  We are still working through the finer details but are looking at having a “conference” of all our nationwide people in Puhoi in July. We want to show off the track and how it fits into what somewhere like Puhoi offers visitors. The NZ Recreation Association also had a day in Puhoi recently which ended with me taking them over the track – which they were all raving about afterwards.

Thanks Hans for all the ongoing support.


Best regards, Rob


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Help Support Our Local School

The Ahuroa School Feast, Fair and Fireworks is coming up on Saturday 21st March, 4- 8.30pm. 
This is the main annual fundraiser for the school and a really fun, family event with fantastic prizes for auction, raffles, games, an awesome country feast with dessert, games for young and old, and of course, spectacular fireworks! So come along and invite your friends and family too.
Thank you to the parents and community members of Ahuroa and Puhoi that have donated their time, their money, and some great auction items for the event. We love the support that we are receiving – and we can’t wait to get the list of sponsors out after the fair to thank everyone!
Remember that your support over the last decade has:
–  contributed to the reinstatement of our much-used school pool
–  built our great playground
–  bought iPads for our classrooms
–  just helped pay for a massive shade sail to go over our playground
This year, the money raised will be used for several projects – our technology room (food, textiles, metal, wood, robotics etc), and the development of two outdoor learning areas – below the staffroom, and above the turf court.
Some great BIG announcements:
–  Cheline Allinson of Barfoot & Thompson, and Barfoot & Thompson’s Warkworth Office have teamed up and donated $1000 to our school!!!!  Isn’t that amazing support?  So please, if you are in the market to buy or sell property in the next twelve months, make sure you contact Cheline to show your support in return (  and
–  We have a two night stay in a luxury 2-bedroom Auckland apartment to bid on!  There’s a gym, sauna, spa and pool in the building, and its right in the heart of the city –  you deserve a couple of nights away, so make sure you bid on this great auction at the Fair.
–  Charter Connections – a fantastic Gulf-Harbour based fishing charter business owned and operated by a school family – they’ve donated a whole range of great prizes, check them out at come along to win a great day out fishing with them!
–  We’ve got a load of mulch, a truckload of water, pilates sessions, plants, a juicer, a calf crush – so many great items for you to win or bid on.  We’ll send a list out next week – please read through it.
–  Thanks so much to the people and locally owned businesses that are making our Fair possible – Puhoi River Motors, Lance’s Local Landscapes, Shirley Jenkins, Dr Hud’s Home Kill, Warkworth Motorcycles, and too many other school parents to name.  We couldn’t do this without your generous support.
–  It’s not to late to make a donation – just contact Nicky on 09 422 5060 or  Every little bit helps.  We would still love the donation of 5 days accomodation in a bach/ holiday home for our auction – it would be a big boost to our fundraising – I’m sure someone in our community must be willing to help!
Finally, but most importantly:
We know how busy everybody is these days, and we also know how many demands there are on the coins in your pockets.  Our Fair, Feast and Fireworks has always been as much about the opportunity to get together as a small community as it has been about raising money – so please, while we’ve been banging on about making donations, what we really want to make sure of is that you come along Saturday night March 21st for a really good family and community evening – live music, country games, and a fantastic fireworks display.  We can’t wait to see you there!
Ness Atkinson
Ahuroa School Parent Teachers and Friends Association

Rodney Local Board Area – Dog Access Rules Review

Kia ora,

The Rodney Local Board is reviewing its dog access rules.  It is well understood that dogs can impact on native flora and fauna.  As such the review includes identifying and assessing those areas in local parks and at local beaches where the presence of dogs may be of concern with regards to wildlife, both now and into the future.

To support our research in this area before developing a proposal for public consultation, the views of local environmental groups are being sought, and we would like to invite a representative from your group to an informal workshop to share your views.

Please note, that dog access rules in the Regional Parks of the Rodney Local Board area are the responsibility of the Auckland Council Governing Body, and as such are outside the scope of the upcoming work. However, if your group’s area of focus is specifically located in a regional park area, please do feel free to still come along. It is anticipated that the review of the Regional Park dog access rules will commence in 2016.

Attached [see below] please find the current dog access rules for the Rodney Local Board area. The Schedule 1 rules are those determined by the Auckland Council Governing Body.  The Schedule 2 rules (excluding regional park and DoC areas) are those being reviewed.

We are holding two meetings, one in Warkworth and one in Helensville, you are welcome to attend either.



Date: Thursday 5 March, 3.00 – 5.00pm

Location: Warkworth Masonic Hall, Baxter Street.




Date: Wednesday 11 March, 3.00 – 5.00pm

Location: Helensville Community Centre, Helensville Meeting Room, 49 Commercial Road.


An RSVP would be appreciated for planning purposes.


Nga mihi | Regards


Shireen Munday | Policy Analyst

Social Policy & Bylaws | Community & Social Policy

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Schedule 1
General dog access rules ( 2012 Bylaw Shedule 1 and Schedule 2 Rodney Local Board pdf)

(1) Playgrounds under the control of the council

Dogs are prohibited on any playground at all times and must be under control on a leash in
the vicinity of any playground when in use.

(2) Sports surfaces under the control of the council

Dogs are prohibited on any sports surface at all times and must be kept under control on a
leash in the vicinity of any sports surface when in use.

The prohibition on any sports surface does not apply to the following areas when the sports
surface is not in use or closed –

(a) any marked grass sports surface (sports field) on Glover Park, Madills Farm, Shore Road
Reserve, and Thomas Bloodworth Park in the Orakei Local Board area;

(b) any marked grass sports surface (sports field) on Onetangi Sports Park in the Waiheke
Island Local Board area;

(c) any area developed or marked out as a grass sports surface (sports field) in the former
Franklin District.

Dog access rules in the above places are stated in Schedule 2. For the avoidance of doubt,
dogs must still be kept under control on a leash in the vicinity of the sports surface when in

(3) Roads, private ways, and council-controlled car parks and boating areas
Dogs must be under control and on a leash on all –

(a) formed public roads (including any street, highway, access way, service lane, and any
footpath, cycle track, bus stop and berm within the boundaries of the road);

(b) private ways;

(c) council-controlled car parks; and

(d) council-controlled boating areas (including any wharf, jetty, boat ramp, boat marshalling

For the avoidance of doubt, this rule does not apply to any unformed road, or any walkway,
track or road within or surrounded by a park.

(4) Council cemeteries, council camping grounds and council holiday parks

Council cemeteries

Dogs are allowed under control and on a leash in the following council-controlled cemeteries:

(a) North Shore Memorial Park

(b) Waikumete Cemetery

Dogs are prohibited from all other council-controlled cemeteries unless permission is obtained
from the council (e.g. a park manager with the appropriate delegated authority), or signage
indicates dogs are allowed and provided the person whom the dog is accompanying complies
with any reasonable conditions imposed by the council in relation to the entry or presence of
the dog.

Camping grounds and holiday parks under the control of the council

Dogs are prohibited from all council-controlled camping grounds and holiday parks unless
permission is obtained from Council (e.g. park manager with delegated authority), or signage

Fire Brigade Update: Jan 2015


Call statistics for January –

  • Scrub Fire – 3 Medical – 1
  • Special Service Call – 1
  • Assist Helicopter – 1

January was a very hot and very dry month, remember currently there is a restricted fire season, to burn you must have a permit and follow its instructions. So far we have escaped anything dramatic despite the heat!

January station update! After the earthworks was completed in December the builders moved onsite in early January. The floor pad has now been prepared and the concrete will be laid next week. The funding for the next stage is still in limbo whilst we wait for certain trusts, etc to meet and decide on our applications- we are confident the money is there is all about timing. Please be aware it is a construction site and strict Health and Safety Rules apply-please do not go on site- all queries should be directed to Russell. We are grateful to the indulgent and understanding nature of our neighbours during this construction stage.

We are recruiting new members for the year, if you are over 16 years of age, live locally in Puhoi and have a can do attitude we are interested in hearing from you. We will supply all the training, uniform and support you need. Contact – Rob Beardmore 021891996

We have had Jared Rehm join us recently as a new recruit Fire Fighter. He is currently going through his training now, welcome to the team Jared!

This weekend – Waitangi Weekend, Manly Fire station on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula is celebrating their 50th jubilee. On Saturday there is a large display and fire appliance parade around Manly ending at The Circle in Manly.

For those of you on Facebook we have a Facebook page, (click here, or  search Puhoi Rural Fire. We upload pictures and commentaries of some of our calls.

Chris Farac

Qualified Firefighter, Puhoi Fire Brigade




February in the Riverside Park

This is a good time of year for enjoying the Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park. On the Loop Track two new seats are being installed along the top section as a gift by Val Dunn and family, and Arthur Dunn’s Memorial provides a scenic overview of village and valley. Dogs are permitted on the Loop Track. Should there be cattle in the paddock where the track crosses it, note that they are used to people and friendly, may approach you in curiosity, but should be ignored and certainly not be frightened.


Puhoi village from Dunn Memorial

Puhoi village from Dunn Memorial – photo by Theo Koops

The 5 km. long Puhoi Track is part of the national Te Araroa Track system, and has become well known among locals and visitors alike. It has fewer viewing places, but the scenery is varied, and the stands of mature native trees are magnificent. Dogs are not allowed on the parts of this track where it does not overlap with the Loop Track. Remember to have transport placed at both ends of the track unless you want a long walk to retrieve your car. A refreshment stop in the village after walking the track is highly recommended.


The meadow, past the first gate and near the old tennis pavilion, is an excellent place for picnics and informal recreation. It is also used for casual equestrian activities.


Horse riding is becoming a more popular pastime in the Park as well as elsewhere in the village. While permitted and encouraged in public areas in the Park, there are no bridle paths separate from the walking track so that, when on a track, avoid damaging or soiling it, especially when the weather is wet.


The Puhoi Community Forum is sponsoring an initiative to create a Riverside Walkway along the bank of the Puhoi river, starting from the second gate. The first stage runs some 300 metres to the cluster of macrocarpas and will consist of a stock-proof fence, a walkway/bridle path, and a planted riverbank. Work will commence on construction of the fence shortly. If you want to help with any part of this project, please contact Hans (phone 422 0026).


The grazing lease is in full use. Kevin Jones, the lessee, has done a great job of building culverts, clearing road tracks, extensively rebuilding parts of the old woolshed, making hay, refurbishing the old water pump, clearing logs, mending fences, and installing water troughs in different paddocks. He has brought cattle back in after the summer break. As stated on the notice at the first gate, please do not enter paddocks in which there are stock, except for the Loop Track, as noted above. On grazed paddocks, keep dogs leashed and horses under control.


The local community contributes to the upkeep of the Park. A working party will tackle weed control on February 21st. Please come along to the Park at 9.00. To help with Landcare activities, please contact Shelley (422 0076), Rodney (027 2793775) or Phillippa (422 0009).


Hans Everts, Puhoi Community Forum


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