Patumahoe Community Support Charitable Trust

Was set up in 2003, as a vehicle to hold assets for the Patumahoe community.

As the local community had raised the money for the local Fire Brigade’s Rapid Response Vehicle and equipment, this was the trust’s first project.

It was designed to be separate and autonomous with the Fire Brigade, and was originally named Patumahoe  Emergency Support Charitable Trust. Two trust members are Fire Brigade representatives.

The long term vision was that, as a charitable Trust, it would be in a position to respond to further community projects as appropriate.

The church project came to the Trust members’ attention in 2006, and for various reasons it has taken until now for this project to near fruition.

The name has changed recently to the present more appropriate name of Patumahoe Community Support Charitable Trust, with the advantages and transparency Charitable Trust registration brings.

Trustees are Graeme Weck, Lex Wilcox, Bruce Carter, Norman Taylor, Craig Howe, Paul Wallbutton.

Patumahoe Community Support Charitable Trust

Private Richard Harris – Afghanistan

“On Monday we were informed that a past pupil Private Richard Harris had died while serving our country in the NZ Army in Afghanistan.

Richard was a pupil from 1995 to 1999 when he left with his mother to live in Rarotonga. Yesterday our school held a short remembrance ceremonyand lowering of our school flag to ½ mast in respect of Private Richard Harris and his connections to our school and district. He was, as has been described on TV, a happy, friend of many type character and in recent years attended a School Calf Club with his mother and niece Acacia, who was also a past pupil.

Our sympathy and respect go out to Sandra Harris, Acacia and all their

A service will be held at the Patumahoe Rugby Club on Sunday.”

SOURCE: Patumahoe Primary School newsletter 22 August 2012

We all share in the loss of these young men and woman and add our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Private Richard Harris,
Corporal Luke Tamatea and Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker.

Auckland Environment Community Awards

Last week (30th July 2012) Whakaupoko Landcare represented by Dave Puflett, Roelf Schreuder and Andrew Sinclair attended the Auckland Council Environment Awards. It was an excellent evening with a large crowd including many Councillors, MP’s and also Mayor Len Brown.

The overall winner was Paremoremo Community who are doing great work. You can find out more on the link below and on their website:

It was interesting as in many ways in our local community we are starting to head in a similar direction. They have managed to combine very successfully many of the Landcare issues that we are embracing as well as the wider community focus that Patumahoe Village is taking on board.

One thing they had found successful was to have plenty of good ideas out there in front of the community but only take them up when at least 1 person puts up their hand to take responsibility for it.


Patumahoe Village Track update – We need a name – What do you think?

Track Update
Stage 1 of the track has almost been completed with an opening planned sometime in the late Spring. Still to go is a little more planting, forming an unmetalled bush walk loop, track signage, (working with AC on this), marking the link track to Henry’s bush through private land and building a couple more stiles. We also plan to share a story for all at the spring towards the bottom of the track. This is considered waahi tapu – sacred place. It was used as a water source by early Maori and all children of Patumahoe School have helped bring this special place back to life with all dragging bags of stones to form and protect the path leading to the spring.

We will have one more track attack working bee to complete all of this and will let you know when.

Track Name
What do you think?
The track will need a name so have your say. Feedback on line or contact Paula Crosswell, Peter Hardy, Dave Puflett or Andrew Sinclair.
Some ideas that may get you going are:
Patumahoe Village Walkway
Mahoe Walkway
Whangamaire Walkway. (Whangamaire is the name of the stream that flows through the Valley and with the awesome waterfall in Henry’s bush)

As background to this project, you may be interested in the following:

Patumahoe – How did it get it’s name?

Tohikuri, of the Ngati-Tamaoho Tribe, Pukekohe, gives the following explanation of the place-name Patumahoe, that of the gently rounded hill near the battlefield of Hill’s Clearing:—

The chief Huritini, of the Ngaiwi or Waiohua Tribe, of the Tamaki district, came to these parts to make war upon Hiku-rere-roa and Te Ranga-rua, the leaders of the Ngati-Tamaoho Tribe, six generations ago. The pa of Ngati-Tamaoho was on the Titi Hill. The battle began on the western side of the present Mauku Railway-station, near the church. Huritini was killed with a blow delivered with a mahoe stake or part of a sapling snatched up hurriedly from the ground by a Ngati-Tamaoho chief who had dropped his weapon; and the Ngaiwi men were defeated and driven from the district. Hence the name: Patu, to strike or kill; mahoe, the whitewood tree (Melicytus ramiflorus).

Track Signage
We will be including signs at a number of locations so let us know what information you think we should include at each location.

Places where there will be signs are:

  1. Car Park at North East Fields to mark the track start and inform people that this is where you park your car if you have had to drive to the start.
  2. On the first corner of Clive Howe Rd at the start of the grassed walkway
  3. Sign at the Spring
  4. Sign to mark the start of the loop bush track
  5. Sign to mark where walkway leaves AC Reserve and crosses on to private land.
  6. Sign at the Henry’s Bush end of the walkway.
  7. Other signs?

Jim Diers Community workshop – Inspiring Communities

Jim Diers from Seattle and invited by NZ Inspiring Communities led a workshop at Avondale. Over 100 people from a range of Community Groups throughout Auckland were in attendance.

Louise & Andrew Sinclair attended on behalf of Patumahoe Village and Whakaupoko Landcare and their comments are as follows:

It was a great workshop with emphasis on the positive about what communities can do rather than what they can’t do. This was reinforced by examples of many successful stories over the years with Communities finding innovative solutions to enhance their communities. Some key points were:
1 While think big, specific projects are excellent as the outcomes are very visible and tangible for everyone to see.
2 Find ways to personally connect with all in the community and target communication leaders within your community as key contact people.
3 Stay positive, have fun and have lots of parties / activities to allow the community to connect and interact.
4 Recognise and enhance community bumps (places where people meet).
5 Focus on peoples abilities and not disabilities. Recognise the wide range of skills and attributes everyone has to offer.

Jim Diers is (an internationally recognized community builder, faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute and inaugural director of the City of Seattle’s pioneering Department of Neighbourhoods.

A brief background on Jim Diers is below and links lead to more information.

In past visits, Jim has used his experience to help local councils develop their own programs of bottom-up planning and matching grants to support community self-help projects. Jim has also worked with community associations to share the lessons he learned as a community organizer about building broad and inclusive community engagement. Jim has conducted practical, full day workshops on how to map and mobilize a community’s strengths. In addition, Jim has delivered inspiring speeches full of stories from his work throughout the world about how communities have organized to revitalise downtowns, prevent crime, preserve the environment, create art, grow food, demand justice, and care for one another.

He would be happy to work with you to tailor a presentation or workshop to best meet the needs of your organisation.

Jim’s work has been recognized with an honorary doctoral degree from Grinnell College, Public Employee of the Year Award from the Municipal League of King County, and an Innovations Award from the Ford Foundation and Kennedy School of Government. You can read more about Jim’s work in his book Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way and, for more information or to book some of Jim’s time, please contact:

Letter sent to Auckland Council & Auckland Transport

Auckland Councillor – Franklin : Des Morrison,
Franklin Local Board – Chairman Andy Baker

Auckland Transport Service Centre Contact: Auckland South Team Leader – Claire Dixon
Auckland Transport Regional Contacts:

Community Transport Manager – Matthew Rednall Dina Hanna


Auckland Council Mayor: Len Brown,

Auckland Transport Regional Contacts:

Community Road Safety Coordinator – Tony Bowis
Senior Road Safety Engineer – Irene Tse

Franklin Local Board  – All members
Patumahoe Primary School – Principal, Ron Gordon


We ask that Auckland Council and Auckland Transport  review the recently erected 3 x 2 barriers in our rural village as part of a wider review of traffic safety and traffic flow in our community.

We understand that these installations are a legacy project from ARTA and the Travelwise programme run in conjunction with our local primary school in Patumahoe, and are to be implemented regionally in the vicinity of any rural school with a student enrolment of more than 200 pupils.

While what has been put in place is probably well intentioned, it has focused on just one particular group (Patumahoe Primary School students) and one mode of transport (pedestrian) and been implemented without regard to wider community impact.

In our opinion the resulting changes have increased the likelihood of death and serious injury in our village.  The planning appears to have been generalised and reactionary on a one-issue basis and has not taken into account overall traffic safety and flow for Patumahoe village.

This is especially frustrating, as following community consultation, we have been lobbying for suitable traffic calming devices since 2010.

In order to address the current situation and avoid further discrepancies between intention and implementation we asks that Auckland Council and Auckland Transport:

  • review (which may result in removal) of the six structures now in place on Patumahoe Road,
  • effectively consult with us  – who will distribute information to the wider community via website and newsletters,
  • consider overall village traffic planning in line with spatial planning (not just the narrow question of ‘how to slow down traffic around the school),


Patumahoe Road – new road narrowings and signage

The main issue is that the barriers create a significant road narrowing and a hazard for cyclists sharing the road with cars and trucks.  Some images are shown below:




1.  Auckland Unleashed
We note that Auckland Council with Auckland Unleashed have embraced the concept of ‘including Communities’. This is welcomed in Patumahoe where we have an active Village Group allowing easy communication with our community.

2.  Trend to encourage other forms of transport
We share Councils position on the future with having communities less dependent on cars and more cycle / walking / public transport friendly. For example in Patumahoe there has been a large increase in locals biking. Also Patumahoe is regularly frequented by large groups of cyclists from Auckland in the weekend. They come out here to enjoy the lower traffic densities.

3.  Major Hazard
Tamaki Drive is New Zealand’s most dangerous road. This is primaril ybecause of parked cars and narrow roads combined with traffic. This results in a lot of cyclists getting killed or seriously injured. There is only room for one vehicle in each direction and in parts visibility is limited. While we do not yet have the traffic densities the erected barriers in Patumahoe to some degree replicate this. We have been advised that in Patumahoe the barriers are no wider than a parked car – so what is the problem. Do we need the equivalent hazard of 6 parked cars 24/7 that are not even as easily visible as a parked car?4

4.  International Trends
Internationally for Traffic Calming there is a move away from simply putting in barriers to try and slow down traffic. The reason for this is perhaps best summed up from this extract from Wikipedia re Traffic Calming: ‘However, some UK and Irish “traffic calming” schemes, particularly involving road narrowings, are viewed as extremely hostile and have been implicated directly in death and injury to cyclists’.5

5.  Planning appears reactionary
From the barriers ‘appearing’ about a year ago there has already been one change with the central two barriers being made wider. There is we understand a further change coming with the striped poles being removed at the central two barriers. This will make them less visible to motorists. It reinforces our conclusion about the planning being reactionary and failing to consider overall traffic safety and flow through our Village.

6.  Traffic Calming Options

There are many ways of slowing down traffic besides putting in barriers. Some of the more standard options are shown below. There are also many other tools available that are for instance contained in the likes of the book ‘Mental Speed Bumps’ by David Engwight.



Other options:

We have been advocating for appropriate traffic calming installations since 2010.

Included in our proposals:

  • Welcome/farewell signage at the four entry points to the village (which cooincide with a reduction to 50 km/hr speed limits)
  • Considered plantings alongside signage.  ie.  deciduous trees, bulbs and colourful annuals that provide a constant seasonal change and visual reminder;
  • Change in road surface – our suggestion is for a 6-7m cobblestone strip across the road which will provide a physical reminder in conjunction with the above visual ones.

We intend to provide these signs as a separate project, and wish to coordinate with current projects for off road walking and cycling access in the village, and would appreciate having Auckland Transport and Auckland Council provide guidelines and contacts on how to achieve this.

Community feedback:

At a recent community open workshop, none of those attending agreed that what has been put in place has made our roads safer.  All signed a copy of this letter agreeing that the main road is now more dangerous in their opinion.As part of our spatial planning project, we have also requested integrated Auckland Transport planning given the extensive residential growth planned for our community, and for Kingseat which utilises our village roads as a throughway to Pukekohe.

It is with some frustration that we note that we have been advocating for alternative traffic calming measures since 2010.


More recently ….

One of our concerns was the large volumes of traffic going through the village and lack of transport planning associated with the increased residential growth within the community and wider area.

One of our local intersections – Kingseat Road & Glenbrook Road – was the recent site of a dobule fatality, resulting in some part by the delay in implementation of a legacy project for a roundabout at this location.  It is frustrating to see resources allocated to implementation of possible hazards when identified blackspots remain despite budget allocations.

We have provided our local community with opportunities to input on this issue and some of their comments can be found online, and have recently contacted another resident who has been advocating for the roundabout installation on Kingseat & Glenbrook Roads for over two years, since she was involved in an accident at that site.

All responses and stories indicate a definite requirement for considered traffic planning in our community, and ask that it be provided.



In conclusion we ask for the following:

  • Review and possible removal of recent traffic installations on Patumahoe Road,
  • Auckland Transport and Auckland Council guidelines for purpose built village welcome signage – and accompanying plantings and road surface changes;
  • Direct contacts within Auckland Transport who we can liaise with to ensure our efforts for walking and cycling are aligned with policy.

We appreciate the work of Auckland Transport and Auckland Council in promoting road safety, but we believe that in this case wider considerations and better community consultation would have produced a favourable outcome.

We are encouraged that our Local Board has recently reiterated their priority for road safety in Franklin, and are confident that a colloboration between all stakeholders will produce the best result.

Yours sincerely,
Andrew Sinclair & Paula Crosswell
Patumahoe Village Inc