Community Conversation – Patumahoe Road new chicken operation


Many of you may have received the above flyer in your letterboxes sometime in the last couple of weeks.

PVI has been contacted by a few residents and one has stepped forward to hold a community meeting, where this proposal can be openly discussed and residents be given the opportunity to have their views and concerns aired.

This meeting will be held next Thursday 3 July 2014.

Venue: Patumahoe Primary School Hall
Time: 7pm – 9pm

At present there is no way to make a formal community submission, but this is intended to allow interested community members and residents an opportunity to share information, concerns, ideas and solutions. Please read through the information provided by Auckland Council below, and printout to bring along to the meeting if you are going to attend. This will ensure that everyone has the relevant information and eliminates waste.

Auckland Council has decided that the effects of this proposal are “no more than minor” and so, only submissions from four properties identified in the limited notification can make formal submissions – which are due by next Thursday 3 July 2014.

This decision can be challenged, and formal processes would require a challenge to go through the High Court.

However, we do have local representatives, and given that formal submissions and presentations have been made to Auckland Council over the last few years regarding an existing operation, it is not unreasonable to suggest that the community has already indicated that they are very interested in the development of any new operation.

(Note: Over the course of eighteen months, hundreds of residents were involved in the identification of concerns regarding the adverse effects of a chicken farm on Patumahoe Road. Discussion with the existing landowner, resulted in a solution of proposing a change of landuse for this property. This solution was then conveyed to community in face-to-face contact over the years, publication on the website, and direct mail to 1600 residents. Any comments received were in favour – absolutely none received in opposition to this solution. This request for landchange has been presented to the Franklin Local Board more than once, and in formal written submissions during Unitary Plan change process. The most recent submission being made on 28 February 2014.)

Two posts written by a Patumahoe resident – Peta Berry – have been posted online:
Council decides you are not affected!
Birds of a feather stick together

Peta Berry also created a Facebook page – Ban Chicken Layer Cages – which contains some of the information that she has collected and distributed so far.

An open invitation is issued to the property owners to contact us if they wish to provide information, or to publish their own articles or notes on this matter. Apologies for not getting in direct contact, but the lack of volunteer time and short timeframe have lessened the amount of work that can be achieved.

The copy of the information released by Auckland Council with permission for public distribution is below:
If you intend to participate in the meeting next week, please printout a copy of the consent to bring along. If you do not have a Scribd account you may use the following.
Login: patumahoeprint Password: patumahoe2011

Patumahoe Road – Proposed Intensive Poultry Operation by PatumahoeVillageInc


Please use the comments below to add your thoughts…

Birds Of A Feather Stick Together


PetaBerryArticle17June2014Patumahoe will have another intensive poultry farm notch on its belt if the Craddock Farms Ltd resource consent application is approved. The application is to build ten sheds each housing over thirty thousand caged chickens at any given time. With a total of 310,000 chickens this will be one of, if not the biggest intensive poultry farm in New Zealand. Surprising as this comes at a time when the global demand for any caged product is declining. Specifically the social appetite for caged eggs is waning and in New Zealand there are some cases where supermarkets (including Countdown) are reacting to social pressure and banning these products from their shelves. Kudos to them.

Currently there are between 125-140 poultry farms providing eggs for local consumption and a small amount for export. In terms of volumes this is more than one billion eggs or a retail value of $286 million a year. Of those more than 80% of the egg farms are caged – that’s over 2.5 million caged chickens just in the egg industry.

The Patumahoe village already has a broiler operation right in the heart of the township. There have been significant efforts to have this shut down as it is offensive by nature but also it flies in the face of the rural community atmosphere. Patumahoe is an up and coming area that has recently been part of a developmental program to help accommodate the growing wider Auckland region, particularly for those who prefer the country lifestyle. New residents are looking for access to all the surrounding ‘big city’ facilities whilst having a corner of bliss right at their doorstep. Another farm of this nature in Patumahoe will easily dispel these beliefs. This will prevent families like the ones already living here, from choosing Patumahoe as the preferred place to live.

It is an indictment on our council that they consider that the community itself not relevant enough to include in this type of decision making. An operation like this affects the entire community not just those who live on its boundary. No one wants to live next to this type of operation but it begs the question – how close is too close?

Printed at the request of Peta Berry, resident of Patumahoe
Post originally published on 17 June 2014, on FaceBook