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

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

Working Bee – Saturday 1 August 2015

St Brides

Saturday 1st August 2015, 12.30pm at the stream behind St Brides Church, Findlay Road, Mauku

Whakaupoko Landcare extends an invitation to everyone and anyone to come and join in for a couple of hours helping out with the second 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…

“After last year’s inaugural planting day, Whakaupoko Landcare will be hosting another working bee to establish the second stage of plantings and carry out some weed control around the existing plantings

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

 

 

Community Conversation – Patumahoe Road new chicken operation

Flyer-delivered-11-June-2014

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…

Community Environment Fund

Andrew Sinclair has provided the application documents for the Community Environment Fund that Patumahoe Village is happy to support and act as fundholder for.

CEF Proposal

 

People Power – Mobilisiing the Vounteer Community by PatumahoeVillageInc

 

The following letters of support accompanied the application.  Thanks to all those who contributed!

NZ Landcare Trust

Awhitu Peninsula Landcare

Queen Elizabeth Trust 2

Waikato Biodiversity Forum January 2014

Waikato Regional Council_

Auckland Council – Franklin Local Board – Andy Baker (Chairperson)

Forest & Bird

TB Free NZ

Patumahoe Village Inc

Whakaupoko Landcare


 

 

 

Community Development Grant – Patumahoe

For those who didn’t get a chance to view the application, here is the final application made to the Department of Internal Affairs along with an one page amendment of the Budget that was submitted to the DIA, after the grant was approved, and meeting with Anna Parsons from the department was held.

Attending that Budget amendment meeting on 30 July 2013:
Anna Parsons (DIA liaison)
Ron Gordon, Margaret Stormont (Patumahoe Primary School)
Glenn Hunter, Andrew Sinclair, Paula Crosswell

Application submitted March 2013

Application to DIA CDS Funding 2013 by PatumahoeVillageInc

Budget Amendment: Updated 30 July 2013

Application to DIA CDS Page 18 Only – Updated Budget 30 July 2013 – Copy by PatumahoeVillageInc

PVI success in gaining Community Development Grant for 3 years

lets celebrate

With the much appreciated support of Ron Gordon and Margaret Stormont, and the Board of Trustees at Patumahoe Primary School, PVI is delighted to report that we have been successful with our application for a three year community development grant administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Margaret Stormont received a letter just before the close of last term, and this has since been confirmed directly to PVI by phone. More details on what this will mean will be posted after the initial meeting with our DIA advisors, but it is an exciting development. This grant is purposely given for the payment of salaries and expenses for an employed community development worker.

For details on the application that was made, please visit this previous post.

Request for letters of support from community

Previous posts: Community Development Scheme application
Draft of application for Community Development Grant

Hi Folks

Paula Crosswell is developing an application that could see us obtain a 3 years of funding of up to $240,000 to assist with Community Development. It is too good an opportunity to turn down. There is a tight time frame on this with the application due in on March 20th. There will be a meeting next week and you will receive more information about it if. In the mean time I have been put in charge of getting some support and if possible we require from you a brief note of support and a little about yourself or yourselves.

The application is being fronted by the school as they have a track record of audited accounts. There is significant Patumahoe Village Inc  involvement with support from Whakaupoko Landcare. Please feel free to circulate this among others. I expect this will get circulated via PVI and Whakaupoko so you may receive this more than once.

We are presenting supporters as ‘Meet the locals’

If you are able to include a low res photo that will be appreciated.

The deadline is by this Sunday if possible. I have included a sample of one I have completed for myself.

Simply fill in and email back to me asap under the headings below.

Best Wishes

Andrew Sinclair

 

If you want to play a part in getting this scheme up and going in Patumahoe for three years, a couple of minutes is all that is needed to show your support for this proposal. You take two minutes to fill in this online form, or write your own letter, and send it to me by 15 March 2013 – email: patumahoe village2050@gmail.com.

Every letter is a valuable contribution to the application. Please consider taking the time to do it now.

A template and example is shown below:

Name(s):

Support:

I fully support this DIA Community Development Scheme application for Patumahoe and the surrounding wider community of which I am a keen local participant.

Brief background:

Community Interests / Involvement:

Hopes for the future:

 

Letter of Support – Andrew Sinclair by PatumahoeVillageInc


Draft of application for Community Development Grant

We are a bit further down the track – on the Community Development Grant initially discussed in this post.

Due to the tight deadline, and Ron’s absence (but welcome return this week) we are still in draft mode on the application which needs to be submitted in hard copy by 20 March 2013.

To meet our intent of transparency with the community – the draft application can be viewed below.  Please feel free to download and comment on aspects of the application, and we will endeavour to take all suggestions on board.

Of immense value is indication of support from the community. If you agree with the wider scope of the proposal please take time to write us a letter of support – or alternatively – take a couple of minutes to fill out this online form.

Draft Application 2013 by PatumahoeVillageInc

Community Development Scheme – application

Patumahoe Village Inc & Whakaupoko Landcare have approached Patumahoe Primary school as a funding partner to apply for a community development scheme grant, currently on offer in the Franklin District from the Department of Internal Affairs.

A brief meeting with Ron Gordon, Principal, was encouraging, as this would be an opportunity for the school to reach a higher level on their Enviroschools programme which they are proud to be part of.  There are many projects that would serve the wider community that the three groups all could be involved in.

This grant is opened to nine specific locations throughout New Zealand each year, and this year it is Franklin’s turn.  We have only become aware if it in the last couple of weeks, and intend for it to provide an opportunity for all members of the Patumahoe village community – whether they be residents, property or business owners, school families, visitors, farmers or our local flora, fauna and environment.

The grant is specifically aimed towards paying community development workers a salary for a period of three years, with the intention of creating a sustainable community outcome.  If this sounds confusing, that is because it is, but we will be available to answer questions (and ask some ) at the next Patumahoe Village Inc meeting which will be held at the Village Bar & Grill on Monday 25 February 2013 at 7.00pm.

The application will be posted online when it is completed – and part of the scheme requires regular review and revision so that the priorities and activities organised by the scheme can be adjusted as required.

If you want to know more – please come along to a semi-social get-together and discussion Monday week.