Rural – Ultra Fast Broadband initiative for Patumahoe

First and foremost, thanks to Alan Cole who saw a further $150 million investment in the rural Ultra Fast Broadband initiative come through in March this year, and registered interest for the communities of Clarks Beach and Patumahoe.

For a quick look at the current state of affairs, visit the Chorus Broadband Capability Map.

Auckland Council have contacted me and the more information we can provide, the more they are able to assess whether Patumahoe would be a suitable recipient of this fund.

Given the increasing residential growth in the community, the existing ADSL system may be less than adequate in the future for providing consistent, reliable and high traffic internet access.

Please take a couple of minutes to fill in the form below, so that we provide a collection of reliable data along with our register of interest.

Patumahoe vs Craddock Farms


(Resident submitted notice – Thanks!)

Craddock Farms who own intensive egg layer farms applied to build a new intensive farm for 310,000 more hens in the village of Patumahoe. In late 2014 there was a hearing for the resource consent application where three opposing submitter’s fought vigorously to prevent this.

With the weight of the local community and the Animal Rights groups behind them the submitter’s managed a successful defence and the independent commissioner’s declined the application in full on the 13th of January 2015.


Craddock farms having already purchased a significant property are not willing
to let this go without further fight and have now appealed the commissioner’s

The appeal will be heard in the Environment Court and will be very costly – more than double that of the original hearing. We have created a givealittle fund to provide financial backing so that we can continue the fight with legal and other expert representation to keep hens out of cages and out of Patumahoe. If you would like to donate or help with the fundraising please visit our page

Attend A Community Meeting 7:30pm Tuesday 3rd March At The Patumahoe School Hall To Find Out How You Can Help

If the decision is reversed this alone will account for 10% of New Zealand’s total egg production and the egg layer facility will be a total of ten sheds with 31,000 caged chickens in each shed, five cages high.

This will affect our community – noise, pollution, flies, odour, additional traffic
on an already busy road and of course property values.

If you want to know more contact
or phone 027 419 0413

We need your help!

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

Meeting – Tuesday 23 July 2013 All Welcome

Apologies for the late notice, but our energetic committee member, Andrew Sinclair has just returned from overseas and as usual, has hit the ground running. He has been in contact with various people from Auckland Council and been directed towards funding opportunities that need to be in by the end of the week.

So, a joint Patumahoe Village Inc & Whakaupoko Landcare committee meeting is to be held tomorrow night to go over some ideas.

Time: 7.15pm
Place: Andrew & Louise Sinclair’s home, 89c Baldhill Road
Who: All welcome


1. Purpose:
To establish budget requirements for various projects from both PVI and Whakaupoko Landcare for the next 12 months that relate to possible funding support via Auckland Council and the Local Board. (We have just been made aware of a requirement to have this sorted before the end of this month).

This includes a funding application request from Patumahoe Heritage group for purchase of computer hardware and office furniture for their archive and collation project, to run in line with Patumahoe School’s next reunion.

Some brief background of any projects / ideas along with a budget estimate for the next 12 months. (The projects can be longer than 12 months).

Also if time permits for each group to establh a framework of meeting dates etc for the next year.

Auckland Transport response – 28 January 2013

Update on Response from Auckland Transport post – 5th September 2012 


Response from Auckland Transport – 28 January 2013 by HEARSAYAotearoa

Response from Auckland Transport

Recent posts on this topic:
Letter sent to Auckland Council & Auckland Transport
Traffic calming installations – Patumahoe Road July 2012
Making the road in Patumahoe safer – Draft for community review
Traffic calming installations – tell us your view…
Background to traffic calming discussions with Auckland Council

Response received 5 September 2012:
AT2012-039815 Andrew Sinclair
Update: Auckland Transport response dated 28 January 2013



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

Traffic calming installations – Patumahoe Road July 2012

Feedback regarding these installations has been sought from the community. Thank you to those who have taken the time to discuss this topic.

Twelve signatures from local residents were collected at the Open Community workshop on Monday June 10th 2012, which were most of those attending.

Informal discussions with local community residents have been overwhelmingly against the installations.

Comments received via website and email include:
“… The response from Andy Baker defies belief, if this is the quality of thinking that is controlling the structures along our roadways we need to be very scared.
There is a good case for a narrowed crossing point in front of the school but all the other Kea crossings/narrowings are clear hazards, these pinch points are no different to negotiating parked cars, they are squeeze zones waiting to kill riders trying to compete with a car and a Kenworth.
There are several more enlightened & effective methods of calming traffic that have been proven in Europe, Andy’s response sounds more like scrambling for excuses for having spent thousands of ratepayers dollars on a clearly failed initiative rather than being willing to take a clear & open view of effective road safety, if Andy Baker and the Board were genuinely “concerned with road safety for children…” they would not have constructed these “killing zones” along our highways.”

“…I agree that the barriers are really tricky for cyclists, and we do get a lot of recreational cyclists and commuting children on this road given the push to move towards non-motorised means of transport or children and the community

A shame the barriers were just put there without consultation!! It does seem like a better approach would have been a visual barrier rather than one that puts cyclists and traffic in the same limited road space!!

Not a good move to make the barriers less visible either as motorists need a warning to take care and slow down anticipating cyclists and children on bikes or on foot in the village which is the key issue”

In the media

As an indication of timely relevance regarding traffic planning and installations, Closeup had an episode on Monday 23 July regarding the recent fatalities on the intersection of Glenbrook and Kingseat road.

Appearing in this segment are local residents:
Butch Williams – Patumahoe Deputy Fire Chief,
Toni Searle – recently injured in a crash at the intersection and
Paula Townley – involved in a crash two years ago and part of a residents group who has been campaigning for installation of a roundabout at this location.

Also, appearing is Local Board Chairman – Andy Baker to give his opinion on why – despite funding being allocated for implementation in 2011-2012 for the roundabout – it has not occurred. He stated that safety in the rural roads was the priority for the Franklin Local Board Submission to the RLTP, and that it remains a priority of the board.  A copy of the minutes from the hearings can be found here, Local Board submission is (Track Number: 88).

Patumahoe Village Inc has been requesting Auckland Transport review and strategic integrated planning and implementation of the traffic concerns raised by the community since August 2010.  We fully support any initiative that achieves this goal – we do not believe this to be the case at present.

ONE news also had a segment on Wednesday 25 July 2012 regarding the coroner’s recommendations following the death of a cyclist on Tamaki Drive.

This is relevant to Patumahoe and the use of the pinch points on Patumahoe Road, which Auckland Transport admits to being a hazard.

“A coroner has floated the idea of mandatory high visibility clothing and compulsory use of cycle lanes for cyclists.

The new safety ideas were raised at one of a series of nationwide inquests into a spate of cyclist deaths.

Jane Bishop, 27, was killed on Auckland’s Tamaki Drive in November after falling under a truck when she swerved as a car door was opened.

Coroner Gordon Matenga says her death could have been avoided if she had used a cycle lane.

Transport planner Bevan Woodward says that in his opinion the Auckland City Council’s actions “were a significant contributing cause of the death of Jane Bishop.”

He told ONE News that he had urged the council to remove car parks on the road in 2006 because they created a dangerous “pinch-point”.

“It became apparent, from my discussions with Auckland Council staff, that due to budget considerations they were not going to implement any of the recommendations in my report,” he says.

The council did remove the parking spaces two days after Bishop’s death, even though an independent review found road layout didn’t contribute to the crash.

Auckland Transport now has further plans to make Tamaki Drive safer including a city-bound cycling lane.

“Any modification beyond that will be extremely expensive and will require significant road widening,” says David Warburton of Auckland Transport.

The coroner is also considering new road rules for cyclists such as making it mandatory to use cycling lanes, where they are available and to wear high-visibility reflective gear.”


Email sent to Local Board – via chairman, Andy Baker

Following consultation feedback and recent media stories, this email in response to previous correspondence has been sent to our Local Board.

“Hi Andy

Thanks for the reply and taking our letter up at your forum with AT. My response is that I am not very satisfied with AT position. We have developed a draft response for wider circulation among our community to ensure that we are not expressing the views of just a few people. Already at a community meeting a few weeks ago all shared similar views as ours in terms of suggesting that there should be better solutions. Paula will be documenting and forwarding the wider community views to Local Board and also copy AT.

It is good to see the publicity on TV 3 at the moment re the hazard issues that parked cars and barriers create for cyclists. (Feature tonight on Campbell live). Internationally it is recognised that there are many tool options that can be used as alternatives to physical barriers. Also it is perhaps worth letting you know that over the last few weeks there have been at least 2 (possibly 3), further changes to the signage and barriers (at some cost), indicating that there is a level of reactionary planning occurring rather than proactive, consultative. Worth checking out Wikipedia definition about ‘traffic calming’ and see the interpretation of physical barriers.

On a more positive note the Walkway has been progressing very well with several working bees involving the community, the whole school, MIT Park Ranger students and Weck employees. It is most impressive with the track now formed and metalled and most plantings completed. We just have signage to complete which I am arranging with Andrew Moor. This is along with the marking the access through private land to connect the Patumahoe reserve with Henry’s Bush. We have opened up a great spring near the bottom of the walkway and a local Maori (Willy Smith) from Ngati ti ata who attended two of the working bees recognised this as Waahi Tapu. I am also going to contact George Flavell re the spring and it seems very appropriate that we commemorate it’s significance with some form of signage etc. Do you have suggestions on who else we should be contacting within AC re this?

Best Wishes

Andrew Sinclair”