Kiwiana in the Garden – Totara Hospice Fundraiser

Hank and Margaret, owners of one of our wonderful local garden venues, Ginagin are having their annual fundraiser for Totara Hospice this weekend on Sunday 26th November 2017, from 1pm.

This year’s theme is Kiwiana in the garden, and the afternoon includes the welcome return of musician Richard Middleton, as well as all the usual activities including a late lunch or afternoon tea for the donation ticket price of $25/person. Children are free, but please advise if they are attending to aid with planning.

On sale will be handmade cards and Christmas decorations, and all sale monies and ticket fees will go directly to Totara Hospice. If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit this popular local venue, then do so on Sunday while supporting a wonderful service provider.

You can RSVP directly to Hank and Margaret by phoning 09 236-3147 or going to https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/kiwianainthegarden

Please pass on the invitation to friends and family, and feel free to print out this invitation to take to your workplace.

Drury to Paerata upgrades – Feedback wanted

SH22 Drury to Paerata

Posted below is a message received from Safe Roads NZ.

Public meetings to be held:
Pukekohe Town Hall 26 August 2017 10 am – 2 pm
Ramarama School 29 August 2017 3 pm – 7pm

Tēnā koe

As you are probably aware, the NZ Transport Agency is working on making SH22 between Drury and Paerata safer. Over the last 10 years nine people have died and 36 seriously injured.

Earlier this year we sought community feedback, to hear where the key safety issues and concerns were for this road. This has helped us shape the proposed improvements. It has also highlighted some extra ideas for improvements which we have incorporated, now we’re letting people know where we have got to with these plans and checking to see if we have the plans right. This will also give anyone who missed the previous open days an opportunity to have their say.

We are teaming up with the wider NZ Transport Agency SH1 Papakura to Bombay team for public open days to inform the public. We are keen to ensure that key stakeholder and community groups are aware of the update and have an opportunity to share their thoughts. Please see attached for the details and an update of the solutions we are investigating to make this area safer.

We encourage you to attend the open days, share this in your network, and submit feedback (form attached). Feedback can be given in writing via letter or email, or online via nzta.govt.nz/d2p/have-your-say.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Cheers, Kathy
Kathy Chinn
Community Engagement Manager
Kathy.chinn@saferoads.co.nz
64 21 064 4777″

Information below:

Community information and questionnaire – SH22 Drury to Paerata by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Franklin Local Board Plan 2017

Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to send this through to our email loop, but following is the proposed Franklin Local Board Plan 2017, and the submission I sent on behalf of Patumahoe Village Inc.

Our submission reinforced many previous submissions we have made to both our Franklin Local Board, and Auckland Council and reflects the results of past community consultation and engagement.

Please take time to comment or add your thoughts on this plan or our submission.

Predator Free Patumahoe – Trap Day

Trap 1Time to get serious with rats.

This Friday May 19th we have a free rat trap and cage pick up afternoon at Patumahoe School from 2.25 – 4.30pm.

If you are able to help hand out traps and talk to people that would be great. You are welcome to come along and pick up 1 or more rat traps yourself. There is also an awesome limited special offer where you can register to purchase a Good Nature A24 rat trap for just $80 including a counter for free. (Normal retail direct from Good Nature $199).

This is immediately after school finishes and has been publicised through the school newsletter and County News. Some of us will be there earlier at 1.00pm helping assemble some of the rat trap cages. If you are able to join us at 1.00 – even better. No carpentry skills needed.

We carried out some bird surveys around the Village with help from Patumahoe School room 9 students. What was great to see is that tui and kereru numbers were way up on similar surveys we carried out 5 – 7 years ago. In the buffer zone around Patumahoe we saw several bait stations and one land owner has in place 24 Good Nature rat traps. It is awesome to see the difference and it will exciting to see what can be achieved with even more predator control.

Any questions call Andrew Sinclair
Mob 021 268 1904

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.