PCF Minutes: 28 July 2015

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 28 July 2015 commencing at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Jenny Schollum, Theo Koops, Peter Straka, Larry Mitchell, Gillian Seymour, Judith Williams, Ian Bateman, Kristin Gillies, Terri Ryder, Hans Everts, Sandra Beagley (Minutes).

CHAIRPERSON: Hans Everts

APOLOGIES: Helen Darnell, Wendy Hayton, Beth Houlbrook (Local Board), Greg Sayers, Ian Boothroyd.

WELCOME

Hans welcomed members to the meeting.

 

2a CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MINUTES HELD ON APRIL 28 2015

Moved: Peter Straka

Seconded: Theo Koops

Carried

2b CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MINUTES HELD ON MAY 26 2015

Moved: Peter Straka

Seconded: Jenny Schollum

Carried

3 MATTERS ARISING

There were none.

 

4 CORRESPONDENCE IN

15.6.15 Letter from Aaron Hutching (Auckland Transport) re commencement of work on Puhoi pedestrian bridge and footpath extension

29.6.15 Letter from Kim Hammond with formal letter of grant approval for walkway project

 

CORRESPONDENCE OUT

22.7.15 Letter of acceptance of grant for walkway project to Kim Hammond

 

5 TREASURERS REPORT

The Trivia night raised $400. Jenny reported she had received subscriptions from 10 families, 3 organisations and 6 new members; however there are still a number of subs owing. There is $805 in the Forum’s General account.

 

Motion

That the Treasurer’s report be accepted.

Moved: Hans Everts

Seconded: Terri Ryder

Carried

Hans reminded the meeting that there will be several items regarding the Walkway that will need to be paid.

  • $286.76 for Fencing Wire
  • Hireage of a tractor to put in piles
  • Food for Sausage sizzles/BBQs for Working Bees at the end of next month. The working bee will involve 2 – 3 school parties, scouts and the community during 21st – 23rd August.

Ian Bateman offered for his business to pay for the food.

Gillian offered to approach Chris, Allied Workforce who has offered his BBQ and gas in the past, to secure it for the 23rd.

The Sports Club will need to be asked for permission to use their downstairs area.

 

Motion

That the Walkway expenses be paid for with funds out of the Forum Savings account.

Moved: Hans Everts

Seconded: Peter Straka

Carried

Motion

That the Secretary be paid the sum of $30 for this month’s meeting.

Moved: Hans Everts

Seconded: Judith Williams

Carried

6 OTHER REPORTS

Reports from the Hall Committee and regarding the Walkway have been circulated via email.

 

The Chairperson is finding the Forum workload too much and would like a Co Chair- to share the load – possibly someone to represent the younger population and so have a broader voice in the community. He asked that nominations for the position be brought to the August meeting.

 

Theo has found a potential funding source – Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

Funding for Walkway seats was a suggestion. The application needs to be submitted by the end of August and Larry Mitchell suggested that Hans approach Bernadette Straka for help in filling out the application.

Trivial Pursuit evening, Thursday August 13th – 7 members offered to be on the Forum team.

 

8pm, the Meeting adjourned and Tony Blandford, Rural Tech Solutions was welcomed and spoke to approximately 30 folk from the Puhoi Community about Fast Broadband service options in Puhoi.

 

FAST BROADBAND SERVICE OPTIONS IN PUHOI.

After explaining the four options – UFBB, ADSL, VDSL and Cellular, Tony recommended that the Forum write to Auckland City Council to state Puhoi’s case as an ‘important Tourist attracting; Historical Village just off the main Highway’ for Funding towards a better Broadband coverage.

Rural Tech Solutions currently has around 30 customers in Puhoi, using a Repeater on Emily Hill and one on the Puhoi Pub roof.

Tony agreed to send a report summary of his company’s Broadband options plus contact details, to the Chairperson for circulation.

The Chairperson thanked Tony for coming and for explaining the broad situation as well as his firm’s option.

 

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 25th at 7.30pm in the Sports Club. Chair: Peter Straka.

For that meeting

  • a representative from Vodaphone will be invited to discuss their company’s Broadband options
  • Tony’s summary report

If time permits, one of the following issues may also be addressed:

  • The new subdivision in Ahuroa Road
  • Speed limit change to past Puhoi Road.

 

Subsequent to the meeting, it was discovered that recommendations about the development of Te Muri Regional Park need to be in by August 19th, too early to permit discussion and submission by the Forum on the 25th.

 

The meeting closed at 9.30pm.