MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING
HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 18 APRIL 2017 commencing at 7.30pm
PRESENT: Paul Manton (Chair), Dustyn O’Leary (Co-Chair), Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Judith Williams, Sheryll Titford, Brian Titford, Sorrel O’Leary, Kristin Gillies, Gary Wenzlick, Johan Rijnbende, Beth Houlbrooke (Rodney Local Board), Tessa Berger (Rodney Local Board),, Christine Mundell, Terri Ryder, Sarah Churchouse, Martyn smith Wendy Hayton (Secretary, Minutes)
APOLOGIES: Russell Green, Heston Prosper-Smith, Mike Swain, Jenny Neel, Val Smith, Marg Nelson, Pat and Grahamde3 Backley
1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING 28 MARCH 2017
The minutes of the meeting held on 28 March 2017 had been previously circulated. The minutes were accepted as being a true and accurate record.
THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 28 March 2017 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.
Moved: Paul Manton
Seconded: Terri Ryder
Chris Mundell referred to the reference in the minutes to the paddock with hay that was going to be planted out as wetland and reference to a discussion at a previous meeting. Chris had checked and reported that it was said that the issue of wetland or not would be put before the two farmers involved. Minutes of previous years’ meetings had said that if that land were put into wetland, it could never be put back to a hay paddock. However, there appears to have been no motion made regarding any decision. Dustyn said the issue had been discussed with Kevin and representative Forum members, and agreed that he would not cut it and in future when planting the walkway this area would be left as wetland. Dustyn will circulate minutes where this is covered in order to clarify.
TREASURER’S REPORT for MARCH 2017/ End Financial Year – previously circulated
Payments for the month were for the Sports Club meeting venue and a new member subscription. THAT the secretarial payment for $30 was approved. It was noted that the Sport’s Club rental fee has increased as from 1 April 2017. It was agreed that Jenny would send the accounts through to Larry Mitchell to get audited. Subscriptions will be due prior to the AGM in June.
THAT the secretarial payment for $30 was approved, and THAT the Treasurer’s report for March 2017 and the end of the 2106/2017 Financial year was accepted.
PIONIEER RIVER PARK
Paul Manton gave an update on the river walkway. There has been little progress on the fencing because of wet weather. The Council arborists have not yet got involved, although they have visited the site.
The Forum leases from the Council all the land in the River Park (land to the left hand side of the bridge, through the metal gate), including walkways and planting, and sublets a substantial amount of this land to Kevin Jones (farmer) on a 5 year sublease, This lease has currently another 2 years or so to run (half way through). Kevin has indicated a desire to continue leasing the land once the lease comes up for renewal.
Paul Manton reported that the Council have sent documentation for renewal of the River Park land lease by the Forum. He requested approval to send these forms in to the Council. The lease is 10 x 10 years. This lease reflects the changeover from the Rodney Council to the Auckland Council. There is no change otherwise. Discussion took place. There is an income stream to the Forum at the moment from Kevin Jones, lessee of the farmland.
The whole Park is under the Council lease. The building of the Sports Club and surrounding land to the right hand side of the bridge is not included in the Forum’s lease. This is leased to the Sports Club by the Council.
It was agreed that Paul should send in the documents for lease renewal to the Council by a show of hands.
Judith Williams reported that a tree had fallen into the river in the storms. This is on public land. It appeared as if it might dam the river. Judith rang the Council storm water help line and lodged a request for assistance. It was suggested that a contractor be brought in to do the work, in order to avoid delays. To date, nothing has happened. It was agreed that Judith should log the call and get a reference number and email the Council (Tessa Berger).by email with the details.
FUTURE PROJECTS/ACTIVITIES FOR THE MEMORIAL PARK
This is ongoing. Some really good ideas have been received. More time and ideas are needed. Sarah Churchouse carried out a survey of Puhoi residents on her own account. She reported that the overwhelming response was as follows:
The driving force of the survey started with the Little Village information day.
The survey showed strong opposition to the Puhoi little village project on Public Land (Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park).
The survey was a 6 week project, widely distributed, with 126 people taking part
Base Statistics showed that of the 126 returned surveys, 12 people are in favour of building and a tourist venture in the Park and 114 prefer to leave it as it is or
to continue with planting. 19 people who filled in the survey were not aware of the Little Village project.
The park is well used by locals for a variety of recreational activities.
Paul thanked Sarah and Gary Wenzlick for this information and welcomed the feedback.
Judith asked to table information about her views buildings in the Puhoi Memorial Park. This information accompanies the minutes.
Dustyn reported that Greenways have approached the Forum for a letter of support for their grant to develop a number of pathways. Duistyn proposed giving this support, conditional on Greenways further consultation with the Forum on a number of issues (e.g. planning for parking etc). This is a long term project. It was agreed in principle by a show of hands, so long as these are multi use pathways
Neighbourhood Support and Civil Defence
Judith reported 21 streets need coordinators. She has about 12.
Celebrating ethnicities on 30th April. The pub has ATM facilities for this (not the shop).
ANZAC Day – being organized by the PHS.
Council 3 Year Strategic Plan Consultation.
Beth Houlbrooke reported that the Council is about to do more consultation on the 3 year strategic plan for the Rodney Local Board area – budget allocations are based on community feedback for projects over the next 3 years.
The meeting closed at 8.35pm.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th May at 7.30pm.