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



Patumahoe Village Track update – We need a name – What do you think?

Track Update
Stage 1 of the track has almost been completed with an opening planned sometime in the late Spring. Still to go is a little more planting, forming an unmetalled bush walk loop, track signage, (working with AC on this), marking the link track to Henry’s bush through private land and building a couple more stiles. We also plan to share a story for all at the spring towards the bottom of the track. This is considered waahi tapu – sacred place. It was used as a water source by early Maori and all children of Patumahoe School have helped bring this special place back to life with all dragging bags of stones to form and protect the path leading to the spring.

We will have one more track attack working bee to complete all of this and will let you know when.

Track Name
What do you think?
The track will need a name so have your say. Feedback on line or contact Paula Crosswell, Peter Hardy, Dave Puflett or Andrew Sinclair.
Some ideas that may get you going are:
Patumahoe Village Walkway
Mahoe Walkway
Whangamaire Walkway. (Whangamaire is the name of the stream that flows through the Valley and with the awesome waterfall in Henry’s bush)

As background to this project, you may be interested in the following:

Patumahoe – How did it get it’s name?

Tohikuri, of the Ngati-Tamaoho Tribe, Pukekohe, gives the following explanation of the place-name Patumahoe, that of the gently rounded hill near the battlefield of Hill’s Clearing:—

The chief Huritini, of the Ngaiwi or Waiohua Tribe, of the Tamaki district, came to these parts to make war upon Hiku-rere-roa and Te Ranga-rua, the leaders of the Ngati-Tamaoho Tribe, six generations ago. The pa of Ngati-Tamaoho was on the Titi Hill. The battle began on the western side of the present Mauku Railway-station, near the church. Huritini was killed with a blow delivered with a mahoe stake or part of a sapling snatched up hurriedly from the ground by a Ngati-Tamaoho chief who had dropped his weapon; and the Ngaiwi men were defeated and driven from the district. Hence the name: Patu, to strike or kill; mahoe, the whitewood tree (Melicytus ramiflorus).

Track Signage
We will be including signs at a number of locations so let us know what information you think we should include at each location.

Places where there will be signs are:

  1. Car Park at North East Fields to mark the track start and inform people that this is where you park your car if you have had to drive to the start.
  2. On the first corner of Clive Howe Rd at the start of the grassed walkway
  3. Sign at the Spring
  4. Sign to mark the start of the loop bush track
  5. Sign to mark where walkway leaves AC Reserve and crosses on to private land.
  6. Sign at the Henry’s Bush end of the walkway.
  7. Other signs?

Making the Road in Patumahoe Safer – Draft for Community review

This post is preceded by two others – Background to traffic calming discussions with Auckland Council and Traffic calming installations – tell us your view….

If you wish to research further, these posts are a good place to start.

Below is the draft for a letter to Auckland Council that requires community review and comments before we take this issue further.  We would appreciate your input.

Making the Main Road in Patumahoe Safer – Draft for Community Review July 2012

Scout Hall – Relocation progress and appeal

The project started several years ago when the Scouting Association indicated their intention to sell the Mareretu site of the Patumahoe Scouting and Girl Guide Hall.

The hall was a gift to the Scouting & Girl Guide associations from the local community in the 1980’s. Unfortunately after several years, the attendance of parents and families at both these groups did not warrant continuing a Patumahoe troop. The hall lay empty for many years, until Patumahoe School made use of it – as a new entrants class, and a storage area.
For the Scouting and Guiding Associations this building was no longer required, and many of the other landholdings had already been divested. Several years ago they notified the council and the community of their intention to sell the site. The project to relocate the scout hall so that the building and it’s community connection remained began at that point.

The Patumahoe Village Community Trust found itself in regeneration, and skills that had proven valuable to the community in the past – proved their worth once again.
After negotiations were completed between the Scouting and Guiding Associations and council resources were obtained, Kay Carter was instrumental in obtaining funding from the Lotteries Board, Lions Foundation & Charitable Trusts Foundation for $30,000 to pay for the initial shift and relocation costs of the building to it’s new site.
Built in 1907 from locally sourced kauri, the church originally stood between Mauku and Patumahoe before being shifted to Mareretu Avenue in 1958. The Scouting and Guiding Association used it from 1982-2002.

Below is an appeal from the Trust – please read and contribute to this wonderful project.
The letter can be printed below and distributed.
Community Appeal June 2012
You will now be aware that the Historic Presbyterian Church has been resited on Council land, is now preserved as an Auckland Heritage Building and under the stewardship of the Patumahoe Community Support Charitable Trust. After refurbishment it is intended for community use; clubs, celebrations, history open days etc. To clarify, the school intends to keep using it, but not exclusively and not full time.The cost of $30,000 to date has been enabled with funding from Lotteries Board, Lion Foundation, and The Trusts Charitable Foundation at no cost to the local community
In order to bring it up to tidy condition and council requirements, the following is necessary: Fire safety, redesigned toilet area with wheelchair access and ramp, exterior painting, kitchen freshen, some exterior weatherboards, heating, and general facelift.Therefore we are making a one-off local appeal before looking to a further funding round

9 June 2012 – Church Appeal Patumahoe



Helping Hands Day

Patumahoe Community Church is organising a “Helping Hands Day” for the Patumahoe Community.

Helping Hands Day, will be held on the second Saturday of June 11, 2011 where members of the church are willing to give 2hours of their time to help out any elderly people to do whatever tasks they need them to do.  Whether it is gardening, cleaning the windows, vacuuming, ironing etc etc

We are quite happy to do that for our Patumahoe Community older folks   This service is free of course.

So, if you know of any elderly couples or disabled people that need this help, could you please let me know so I can include them in our list.

If you’d like further information please do not hesitate to contact Setitia Millar.

Phone:  9100099 (home) 239-2511 (wk)
Mobile: 021733189