Patumahoe History project – Open Meeting

Image provided courtesy of Mike Michie

Image provided courtesy of Mike Michie

Patumahoe History Project


Recording the past for the future

The proposal is to record our history over 3 years, engaging the skills of a funded senior journalism/history student to collate and edit our collective knowledge.

This would be separate from, but would dovetail with the upcoming 150th school reunion in September 2016.  (Edit: 18/1/2016   Date of reunion is Labour weekend – 22nd – 24th October 2016)
You are invited to a public meeting at 7.30 Tuesday 26th Feb in the School Hall for more information, and to share ideas.

If you have local knowledge or wisdom, ideas, enthusiasm or skills which could be useful for this project, we look forward to your input!

For more information, contact Kay Carter 236-3809.

Patumahoe Community Support Charitable Trust

Was set up in 2003, as a vehicle to hold assets for the Patumahoe community.

As the local community had raised the money for the local Fire Brigade’s Rapid Response Vehicle and equipment, this was the trust’s first project.

It was designed to be separate and autonomous with the Fire Brigade, and was originally named Patumahoe  Emergency Support Charitable Trust. Two trust members are Fire Brigade representatives.

The long term vision was that, as a charitable Trust, it would be in a position to respond to further community projects as appropriate.

The church project came to the Trust members’ attention in 2006, and for various reasons it has taken until now for this project to near fruition.

The name has changed recently to the present more appropriate name of Patumahoe Community Support Charitable Trust, with the advantages and transparency Charitable Trust registration brings.

Trustees are Graeme Weck, Lex Wilcox, Bruce Carter, Norman Taylor, Craig Howe, Paul Wallbutton.

Patumahoe Community Support Charitable Trust

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



Project: Relocation of Scout Hall

Project outline as at October 2011:

“How we got to this point
This building was deconsecrated in 1982. Local families raised $15,000 at the time to pay the parish and it became the property of Scouting NZ with provision it be available for community use. It was maintained and used by local scout and guide groups until they ceased to operate.   Now that the site is to be sold, Scouts and Guides NZ have indicated that they would like to offer the building back to the community for our continued use. At present the local primary school is utilising the building part time, and this will continue after it has been resited. Relocation of the building would allow community renovation to take place, and give all members and groups of the community the opportunity to use it. If this does not occur at the same time as removal, we envisage the possibility that the building will deteriorate and be less likely to be retained. Local history searches have ascertained that the church was built in 1907 from swamp kauri milled from a local farm. It is one of only a few local historic buildings in public ownership. Patumahoe has been targeted for growth in the Auckland plan, and there is need to preserve our history and character.

Council approves in principle the proposed site which fits with neighbouring school, playground, sportsground, residential properties and walkways.

The project has been well publicised with a notice in the village dairy, participation in an open day, and information in quarterly village newsletters. After the resiting we intend to canvas locally for donations, products, skills and voluntary labour to complete the renovations which will be necessary”

November 2011: “ We have had a meeting on the proposed site with local Council staff, and are proceeding with finalising plans. As council does not meet until February, the move will probably not take place until March, but needs to be done before the winter sets in.”

November 29th: “This morning we received confirmation of $20,000 from the Lotteries Board!”

Information provided by Kay Carter

Site Plans and visual drafts available below for review:

Historic Church project (Scout Hall – Mareretu Ave)

Most of you probably know the history of the church at Mareretu Ave by now, and the intention to shift it to the Clive Howe Drive reserve passive land.

The vision is to have the building used as a repository for community historical documents—as much as possible on discs.

Initial ideas:

  • We could have open days with focus on one or two families and invite families to provide a genealogical record of their time in Patty along with brief family summary or report by an/ some older members;
  • Interviews with the oldest members of our community are most valuable and I suggest should be our first project Oral? Video? Written? Open days—or a month of open days could have an eras theme: (eg what did we look like in the 40s and 50s? what businesses were there?). the war years: when the Americans were based at Schlaepher Park and Helvetia, and local land was requisitioned for War gardens with land girls doing their bit;
  • We could have guided historical walks/drives/bike rides associated with the current display, so as to build and catalogue an accumulated community memory, as well as, within that, family memories;
  • The church could also be available for celebrations, weddings.

We would like to see the building continue to be used by the school as a part time teaching space with the result that our young people know and appreciate our history and the building lives. A heritage garden could be a great project for the local gardening group.

I would envisage an interested group visiting local groups (eg Pukekohe East, Karaka, Waiuku and of course Pukekohe) to brainstorm, and for ideas about fundraising.

Where we are at:

  • The Council building inspector has approved the building for removal.
  • We have had a positive meeting with Greg Lowe (parks and rec.) and get the impression Council will do all they can to smooth the path.
  • We will probably not have to provide toilets as it will be adjacent to the public toilets on the reserve.
  • The Patumahoe emergency Support Charitable trust is the vehicle through which negotiations have been carried out so far. We are meeting to decide if the trust is still suitable, interested, and prepared to continue in this role and to be the vehicle through which funds are applied for, raised, received and administered.
  • We now need a site plan prepared to present to Council, along with resource consent. Before that, we need to visit the site with interested parties (including the person who is going to do the plan) to find the best position for practical and aesthetic purposes.
  • Canvas for local people who are prepared to underwrite the venture, put in debentures or contribute financially in any way to start the project.
  • Get approximate idea of the costs we are about to incur. Council costs and requirements ,site plan, removal costs, upgrade and repairs, painting, and get support of local people who are interested in contributing skills, labour, equipment etc.
    Contact interested parties with a view to a fuller presentation at the April meeting of Patumahoe Village Inc. These include Council rep, Patumahoe School BOT, Scout rep, Guide rep, sports clubs which use the reserve (cricket club, junior boys rugby).
    Prepare a display for the April open day.

Who is interested in getting more involved now??

(Copy of report presented by Kay Carter, at PVI meeting Monday 14 March 2011.  Please contact PVI at if you would like to be involved with this project and your details will be passed on to Kay.)