Ahuroa Rd sealing, and update.

Below is an update on Ahuroa Rd’s sealing progress provided by Rodney Local Board chair, Beth Houlbrooke. If you have any questions about the following please contact Beth in the first instance.

Beth Houlbrooke | Elected Member
Chair – Rodney Local Board
Auckland Council
Email: beth.houlbrooke@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
c/- Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Drive, Orewa
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Clarification on queries regarding Ahuroa Rd follows.

‘Design and consenting’ is progressing for the proposed full 8km length of sealing work on Ahuroa Rd. The initial design had been focussed on what was referred to as Stage 1, chainage (from West Coast Road) = 850m to 5,875m, being the flatter western portion.

Learnings from this have informed the design approach for the remaining eastern hilly section referred to as stage 2, chainage (from West Coast Road) = 5,875m to 10,075m which is currently at the design phase.

Construction is proposed for the 19/20 and the 20/21 financial years (FY) as per the programme below, with the Stage 2 section planned to be constructed first due to its relatively poorer condition. The timing of construction of the Stage 1 section will be dependent on budget availability.

Although the 19/20 financial year is only 2 months away, construction is planned to commence in the latter half of the 19/20 FY i.e during the Jan- May 2020 construction window.

Some further background info is attached below:


Missing cat & Bed for Sale

Missing Cat – from Wech Access since Thursday 25th April.

Basil is a large black cat with a rather small white tuft on his chest. He does appear a burnt brown colour when the sun shines on his fur though.

He is a large, moderately long haired neutered boy with a handsome face and a tail reminiscent of Basil Brush (hence the name).

He is a rescue that has been with us coming up 3 years. He can be rather nosy, and may have adventured in to a temporarily open shed or shipping container.

Basil is chipped and has been listed as missing. Please can anyone operating cat traps check them.

Also if you have had a sealed building open the last few days, could you have a quick peek for him.

My girls and I miss him a lot, and would like to have him home, but we would just like to know, even if the news isn’t the greatest.

Please email sightings to Robyn; miniature.me@hotmail.com or send a text only to 021 083 12892

Thank you so much.


Queen size King Koil Ortho Care bed for sale.

$700 or ono. Has a solid rimu headboard. Medium/firm mattress. A couple of rips in the fabric on the side of the base but otherwise in excellent condition.

Pick up from SH16 Glorit.

Phone Marilyn (09) 420 3022 or email: shemya@hotmail.com


Dickie goes home… – Found-tabby-cat reunited with Mum after a year!

So we have a good-news ending to our ‘Found Tabby Cat’ saga. – It turns out that this is ‘Dickie‘ a cat which has been away from home for just more than a year!

And to top things off this morning, before his Mum came around he was starting to relax and purr for us…. 🙂

A happy ending all round, thank you so much to everyone who called, txt’d, and got involved with this in one way or another.



Tabby Cat found – still looking for his home.

This old boy is still with us (Martin Access Rd), he’s being fed and looked after in our laundry for now but can’t stay here. So far we’ve failed to find his family. He is quite comfortable around people and so it’s clear he has been someone’s pet. – He’s not chipped, so we’re not going to reunite him that way… if anyone knows of a lost, solidly built, older, tabby male, neutered cat can they please get in touch?

Alternatively, if you would like to adopt this older fella (and don’t have cats of your own – he was scrapping with our two), then we’d consider rehoming him directly, that would be a good outcome.

We can’t keep him here and will be looking to move him to a shelter either over the weekend or during next week.

Please share this with your friends.

Thanks, Chris – Call or txt 021624717

Found – cat, Martin Access Rd

A large and tame, tabby cat has been hanging around our place for the past couple of weeks. It’s pretty tame and very used to humans so it’s clearly not a stray.

We think it’s male due it’s size and behaviour. Tonight we’ve managed to lock him in our laundry so that we can find his home. We’ll be scanning him tomorrow and then taking him to a rescue if he’s not local or identifiable. He’s an old boy with what looks like the start of cataracts in one eye. Please see photos below:

If you know who’s boy this might be then we’d love to see him get home. Please phone / txt Chris on 021624717.

Puhoi news: ANZAC Day, and Puhoi Market

An update circulated by Judith Williams from Puhoi

ANZAC Day update – Puhoi

A community decision will see a traditional Anzac commemoration go ahead this April 25 in Puhoi despite a police directive to postpone the annual event and encourage people to travel to memorial ceremonies in larger centres such as Warkworth, Wellsford and the Hibiscus Coast.

The rationale for the directive is the lack of sufficient police force members to patrol Anzac ceremonies in smaller centres in the face of possible threats to public safety following the events of March 15, when 50 Muslim worshipers were gunned down and killed at two Christchurch mosques.

Puhoi people have, however, expressed a wish to meet, as has become traditional over the past few years, at the settlement’s war memorial gates at the entrance to the Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park.

The familiar format – a gathering, this year at 9.30am, comprising Reveille, Scouts, Fire Brigade members and other uniformed groups, a talk by a resident war history enthusiast and the laying of wreaths – will be repeated, the major difference this year being that the coordinators of the event will be the local fire brigade, not the Puhoi Heritage Museum Society, instituters and organisers of previous commemorations.

The heritage society will abide by the police directive not to hold a commemoration in Puhoi this year.

The annual display of war memorabilia and literature, plus an Anzac biscuits and refreshments gathering at the historic Puhoi Library, will not be affected by these changes to the traditional format, except for opening times – this year from 10am to 2pm.

Instead of the usual morning tea in the community hall following the parade, the fire brigade will be hosting the refreshments following the ceremony. People can easily find parking or walk to the centrally-located station.

“The decision to go ahead with the gathering was a community one, and the risk expectation has now been lowered from high to medium,” says deputy fire chief Mike Donovan..

Puhoi Market update:

And thanks to our market manager, Jaqui Barrett, for the following village market news:

Come and join us at the Puhoi Village Market on Sunday, 28th April, 9am – 1pm.

Music this month is by Paul King and Chris Power, multi-instrumentalists and sin…gers of Celtic/ Folk Roots based music and songs. We will also be entertained by Dianne Morgan and the Jade River Ukes.

Other features at this month’s market include a visit from the Warkworth Theatre Group to promote their upcoming production ‘Allo ‘Allo and an education stand run by the Waitotora Sustainable & Resilient Living group.

A new service we are trialing is the delivery of fresh, organic veggie boxes, https://aotearoamarketgarden.co.nz/box/ orders taken between Tuesday, 23rd @ 10am – Thursday 25th @ 8pm).

There are spaces available for car boot selling (book your spot now, puhoivillagemarket@gmail.com or 021 977 181)

Funny fruit and vegetable display, bring along your produce by 10am for display. Creative interference allowed, even encouraged. An activity for the kids and adults with a sense of fun.

All this, combined with our friendly bunch of old and new stall holders and locals will make this a relaxing and enjoyable morning.

The Sports Club will be open and Jessica and her team offering hot food and drinks for a snack or brunch.

Family and dog friendly, safe play area for the kids and easy, free parking.
All enquiries – puhoivillagemarket@gmail.com or 021 977 181

Work wanted

Looking to earn extra money. I’m 16 years old and looking to fund my Borneo trip to help disadvantaged kids. Happy to do any type of work required in the Makarau area. Experience with fence repairs, gardening, manual labour, tidying up, cleaning, cooking.

Please email me joshua021@hotmail.co.nz if you have anything available. Happy to consider anything. Wages negotiable.

Regards Josh

Significant news for those affected by the ASC

ASC = Auckland Shooting Club

As per a public Facebook post, published yesterday (https://www.facebook.com/1313080602124534/posts/2016606531771934?sfns=mo):

“The Court of Appeal has found in favour of the Vipassana Trust. The Auckland Shooting Club’s consent (a CoC) was wrongly issued and has been set aside, not just from today, but from the time of issue. The Auckland Shooting Club should never have been in operation, and their CoC is gone for good. They cannot legally operate.” (post continues…)

Radio NZ reported the story this morning here: https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018690441/shooting-club-told-to-close-meditation-centre-neighbours-celebrate

Further to this, another report says that the club president has resigned with some further details here: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/386798/gun-club-president-resigns-after-closure-order-and-residents-fears?fbclid=IwAR01aOMogE0rP3HlZkDOpwhoi-lNs9R8erRD6eAwLrfLTPH9dSoDRjzz4FY

For some this will be significant, and very welcomed news, for others it may not be welcomed. Either way, it is still significant news which we felt ought to be shared. The link above is a public link which you can visit, even without a facebook account.