Te Whangai Trust Community partnership

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Whakaupoko Landcare/ Te Whangai trust Community partnership

On the second Wednesday of every month, from 10.00am – 12.30pm Whakaupoko Landcare and Community Members are welcome to come and work alongside Te Whangai staff & students at their Tui Glen Nursery 188 Jutland Road, Pukekohe (At end of Princes Street West) Pukekohe-(next door to the new subdivision.)

We will be doing native plant nursery work, such as seed sowing/taking cuttings /pricking out seedlings/ potting/weeding and other general nursery activities.

Members are then welcome to remain for lunch. (Bring your own lunch or something to share.)

This is an initiative aimed at providing a regular meeting place for Whakaupoko members, interacting, mentoring and generally assisting Te Whangai with their nursery work plus meeting a whole new group of people.

There will be a short safety brief and detailed instructions for all volunteers.

Please wear closed in footwear and bring wet weather gear in case the weather lets us down. Bring some gardening gloves as well if you can.

Parking will be on the driveway around the lean- to shed, just before the narrow entrance to the nursery section.

Any queries or further information to Fiona Macdonald 021-596946 or 235-8301 or

Deborah Savill at whakaupokolandcare@gmail.com

Patumahoe History – starting a conversation…

Kay Carter rang me just after the successful 150th Patumahoe School Reunion, with the news that my preordered copy of the Patumahoe history book (published to coincide with the reunion) was available.

During the same conversation, she mentioned an article in the Franklin County News (Oct 26 2016, Page 3) and an online article “Has the Time Come?” written by Gary Wilson (a journalist, local historian, and author of Patu – a book on Patumahoe Rugby) that referred to that original Māori hapu that lived, farmed and exported from this area.

As I had seen neither, I reassured her that from what I knew of the project the heritage group had worked to collate all they could with care, and that any projects relating to history are perhaps best viewed as a beginning for conversation rather than a definitive work.

Some background…

Part of the initial grant received by Patumahoe Village Inc, was used to help create a history display for the first Open Day in May 2012. I was present for the inception of the idea for the history archive, and spent a very minimal amount of time setting up the Google email for Kay, and the Google group so members could communicate with each other easily. I attended the first few meetings, and offered assistance where I would be of any use, but it was apparent that there were enough passionate and much more knowledgeable members of the community that had everything in hand.

Superfluous would be the best word to describe me at that point.

I was aware, though, that contact with local iwi was to be sought, and I provided the heritage group with the contact details that Patumahoe Village Inc and Whakaupoko Landcare used when keeping Ngāti Tamaoho and Ngāti Te Ata informed, and I know they were used as a starting point. I was pleased to hear that at one stage a professional writer was engaged, who created a framework that included the significance of local Māori ownership as part of the history.

Patumahoe Village Inc also offered the heritage group the use of this website to make material available to the wider community, but this option was not taken due to concerns over the release of sensitive or copyrighted material. But Patumahoe Village Inc was still able to help promote and publicise the group when asked. They also were instrumental in acquiring the Looking After Locals grant, which gave financial assistance to the group to help with publication costs when the Looking After Locals project was finalised.  I understand that now the book has been published an archive is available via the Patumahoe History & Memories Facebook page.

In my conversation with Kay that day I expressed my opinion that any historical collation could only work with the archival material available, and that because of that restriction, you could only truthfully say that despite all effort any conclusion would give a truncated view, and often would be from limited perspectives.

Adding to this, is the oral history that is often not recorded, particularly for Māori in those times, and the fact that the local hapu that occupied this land were dispersed around the country when they lost it, and their stories are hard – if not impossible – to collect.

However, this lack of material could be acknowledged and noticeably regretted in order to give significance to that loss. (I think this is true, regardless of location and group and intent, but that is a topic for another post no doubt.)

So without any preconceived intent – but taking advantage of the dialogue with Kay that day – this post is primarily to start a conversation which begins with a question, (particularly for those not intimately involved with Patumahoe history):

Did you know that the residential village of Patumahoe rests entirely within the “Native Reserve” allocated at one time to local Māori?

And the slideshow above – with it’s amateur graphics by yours truly – which allows a transition that the printed page cannot, shows you how.

I live within that boundary… do you?

Paula Crosswell

Comments are encouraged and welcome.

Patumahoe: A Social History

The much anticipated and exceptionally well researched Patumahoe: A Social History has now been published.

For those who missed out on the discounted pre-orders, you have another chance to purchase. Just print out the form below and send with payment (or payment reference) to patumahoehistorygroup@gmail.com:

History Book by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Does anyone recognise me?

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Sophia, who lives down Wylie Road, just had a close encounter with one of our Patumahoe residents.

As it is Sunday, she has taken it home for the afternoon, but it would be great if someone recognised this young dog, and we could get it returned to it’s owners as soon as possible.

If you own this lovely dog, or know it’s owners – can you please get in touch with Sophie 027-376-7443

Submission to Auckland Council – Sports Facilities & Investment

A lot of the feedback we received during our consultation regarding the community spaces in Patumahoe, and how they will be affected by residential growth.

The Patumahoe Draft Structure Plan addressed this, and for a quick visual guide visit these two Google Maps: Patumahoe Village Centre and Sports Field options that allow you to click the various items to see what information was used for decision making.

This additional information given on request to Auckland Council limited itself to these community consulation outcomes.

Additional Information for Sports Facilities Investment Plan by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Community Conversation – Long tailed bats & Pest-free evening

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Long tailed bats and Pest free NZ Evening. Don’t miss it.

When: Wednesday August 24th, 7.00pm

Where: Pukeoware Hall

Bring: Yourself, friends and a plate if you can.

Michael Ngatai, Auckland Council Biodiversity will tell us more about our cool and secretive Long Tailed Bat. What do they eat? Where do they roost? How many in a family? What is tupor?

10 Bat locators were set up for several week and the results are in. Are they in the Bald Hill area. Have they made it to Patumahoe or the Awhitu Peninsula? Have you seen them in your backyard? How can we look after them? Come along and find out more.

Garrick McCarthy from Auckland Council Biosecurity will background the ever increasing range of options for pest control and what is working well for people. Whakaupoko and Awhitu Peninsula Landcare experiences will add to this. This is very topical as the Pest Free Initiative starts to gain momentum.

Any queries contact Andrew Sinclair, Mob 021 268 1904. See you there.

Patumahoe: A Social History

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Kay Carter has provided us with an invitation to pre-purchase a much awaited publication – Patumahoe: A Social History.

Update: Book is now longer available at the pre-purchase price, but you can still obtain a copy by going to this page.

The Patumahoe Heritage Group has worked assiduously for several years, collating, compiling and archiving local material in order to provide local residents with a gold-mine of information and local history.

 

Patumahoe Order Form by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Planting and Weeding Days

Saturday 23rd July 2016 and Saturday 20th August, 9:30am at the stream behind St Brides Church, Findlay Road, Mauku

Whakaupoko Landcare extends an invitation to everyone and anyone to come and join us for a couple of hours helping out with the third year of the St Brides riparian planting project.

For those who have not yet visited the historic church grounds, or want to know more about how riparian planting protects the waterways – it is a great opportunity to inform, explore and give a hand…

This project is part of the long term vision to protect the Mauku stream by completing riparian plantings and has been funded by Auckland Council’s generous donation of funds to purchase the plants.

Grab your gumboots, long sleeves and trousers and bring a spade to join us for a couple of hours to help continue this worthwhile project.

We are also looking for landowners who border Mauku Stream or its tributaries to join the project.  Whakaupoko will provide advice, support and locally grown plants to enhance your section of the stream.

Enquiries to Deborah Savill 09 2363051 or whakaupokolandcare@gmail.com

Mauku Stream project – Landowners wanted

Whakaupoko has been steadily working on a project aiming to improve water quality in our local Mauku stream.

One of the first landowners to agree to participate has been the local historical St Bride’s Church, and many hours have been spent planting and maintaining a riparian strip on that property alongside the stream.

The project is funded by Auckland Council – thanks to support from our Franklin Local Board, and volunteer provide the manpower, any participating landowner needs to provide access and good communication.

With that in mind, perhaps you are someone who would like to consider the following invitation from Whakaupoko Landcare:

“Kia ora katoa

The Local Board has just allocated another generous donation of funds to Whakaupoko for purchasing plants to plant along the Mauku Stream ( and its tributaries ) for 2016

Many thanks to the local board  for including Whakaupoko in this round of funding it is great to be able to continue with this project.    

If you or anyone you know owns land along the Mauku stream and would be interested  in protecting and planting the riparian margins would you please let me know asap.  We do already have some landowners who have expressed interest in joining us this year.  More would be welcome.

Heoi ano, na Deborah Savill

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – Due 21st April 2016

From Auckland Council “Have your say” pages:

“Auckland Council is looking to develop a coordinated approach to the investment in sports facilities.

A discussion document is the first step. It will seek stakeholders’ views on the following two questions:

  1. How should Auckland Council invest in sports facilities given funding and land supply constraints and a growing and changing population?
  2. How can the sports sector, including Auckland Council, respond to increasing demand for sport facilities with the same funding and land supply constraints?


Supporting information

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – discussion document (PDF 2.2MB)

The feedback that you provide will inform the Sports Facilities Investment Plan which will detail our investment framework and priorities.

Online feedback

Our online feedback form will be available from Monday 21 March until Thursday 21 April 2016.

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – online survey  


Workshops

A series of workshops have been scheduled in March and April 2016 with local boards and other stake holders.

Please note that Auckland Council intends to publish a summary of feedback. If you do not wish your name and/or organisation to be associated with your feedback in the engagement report, please indicate this in your feedback.

You might also be interested in viewing the Golf Facilities Investment Plan consultation.”

This issue is of particular importance to Patumahoe according to work undertaken to create our  Draft Structure Plan in consultation with community members.

It may be of interest to have a look 3. Multi-use community centre which was based on a community of similar size and demographic in Nelson, which was successful in turning a profit within five years and is able to sustain the employment of a full-time manager.  The success of this centre can be attributed to it’s community size, the flexibility of use, and the availability of affordable and available hiring options.

Also, in line with this is the 8. Parks & Recreational Land section, which itemises the expected growth needs of the community as identified by the current local sports clubs.

The expected requirement for further large sports fields has limited options.  An agreement for a conversation with local landowners was undertaken, and options were limited.  The best case scenario at the time, provided not only further rugby fields, but retained the existing number one field and stand in place, and allowed for continued use of the Patumahoe Rugby Club in the War Memorial Hall.

It also provided for the multi-use centre in a walkable village location, and created a space for further commercial and social areas that were not located on increasing high traffic roads.

For more information view the proposal for reconfiguration of the council owned land on Google Maps – AND – the options investigated of the further sports fields that would need to be acquired.  (Further information can be viewed by clicking on various items on the maps).

A Youtube video of a mockup of that proposal can be found here: