The story of a Patumahoe Hill Community Lookout….

I was speaking to someone this week and after a while understood that I could not explain to them effectively the amount of work that goes into trying to inform and engage community even before a proposal is presented to community.

I decided to try and concisely track how just one project – a community-led design for the Patumahoe Hill Community Summit came into being.

While I have been involved in the Patumahoe Hill summit proposal, I have not been the primary driver and going through the process systematically have gained even more admiration for the amount and effort put in by Andrew Sinclair.

For those, like me, who are compulsive readers, there are 14 pages of timeline there. For skim readers, pick and choose. But remember, this does not include the detail of the number of documents, conversations emails, meetings, events or processes that have been undertaken to get to this point.

And, as always – feel free to comment at the end of this post.

And though I would love to pretend otherwise – any errors are my own, and please contact me if you have corrections or clarifications you wish to be made.

Download pdf: The story of Patumahoe Hill Community Summit proposal

The Story Patumahoe Hill Community Summit Proposal

Previous posts on this particular topic can be read by clicking on the links below:
Patumahoe Hill Community Lookout
Views from the summit
Community Meeting – 13th September 2012
Private Plan Change 37 – Patumahoe Hill Structure Plan
Patumahoe Hill – Community Amenity proposal
Patumahoe Community Meeting – 19 March 2014

Thriving Communities Action Plan

Thriving Communities cover

After much consultation, discussion and work the Thriving Communities Action Plan has finally been released by Auckland Council.

The document itself is 42 pages long, but is an easy introduction into the intent and outcomes of Community Development Work.

(As many of you know, we currently have a community development project being undertaken in Patumahoe.  Emma Murtagh is the coordinator of the Looking After Locals Project, and can be contacted on

Much of the work and consultation undertaken by Patumahoe Village Inc, in the last four years has followed the framework provided by other grassroots organisations.  This action plan puts in place a concrete commitment from Auckland Council to support and assist such grassroots initiatives.  Along with the development of the Looking After Locals project, this gives all of us a wonderful opportunity to have a more direct influence on our local community.

So, grab yourself a cup of tea/glass of wine and sit down for a good read.  Then let those ideas flow – whether small or large! – then get in touch and we’ll see what we can do to make it happen.


Thriving Communities Action Plan by PatumahoeVillageInc

Gardeners wanted

At this time of the year, the garden may be dormant but gardening ideas are sprouting like weeds, and now one has bourne fruit – so – Whakaupoko Landcare is hosting an informal get-together of new gardening friends, and you are invited to be one of them!

new to the district and want to meet other people?
looking at your garden and don’t know where to start?
whether you are a novice or a long-time gardener
or simply want to share ideas about plants and gardening with others

– this may be the group for you –

Everyone is invited to come along to this first meeting and bring your ideas

Feel free to bring along a plant for ID or a garden/plant related question
Bring yourself & a friend or two and enough $ for a cup of tea or coffee. Food will be provided

Fiona MacDonald will profile a couple of plants and give a brief talk about gardening and we can discuss venues and format for future get-togethers

You buy your beverage of choice, and we will provide the nibbles and some food for thought!!

For more details phone Fiona on 235-8301 (evenings)