Request for letters of support from community

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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

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:



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

Rural Urban Boundary

The draft Unitary Plan release date is on 5 March 2013.  The unitary plan are rules and regulations relating to land use and buildings throughout Auckland.  It is an amalgamation of the previous District plans held by the separate councils.

A significant part of this release is the Rural Urban Boundary – which intends to place 40% of the estimated new dwellings in the rural land in Auckland.  This is relevant to Patumahoe.

Article copied from Auckland Council website:

The Rural Urban Boundary

Auckland’s population is growing rapidly. Over the next 30 years it is estimated an additional one million people are likely to live in Auckland. As we grow, our children will need places to live and work.

The Rural Urban Boundary (RUB) will define the maximum extent of urban development in greenfield land to help meet the growth projected in the Auckland Plan.

The RUB will be included in the Unitary Plan – the rulebook determining where development will occur. In keeping with the Auckland Plan, it is the intention for up to 40 per cent of the required 400,000 new dwellings to be located in rural towns and villages, greenfield areas and other rural areas; the majority of new dwellings will be located in existing urban areas.

The purpose of the RUB is to provide adequate room for growth while protecting the things that Aucklanders hold special, such as the natural environment, heritage, productive rural land, valued coastal areas and sense of community.

The RUB will provide land capacity for 160,000 new dwellings and 1400ha for new greenfields business land.

Investigations defining the boundary have been divided into three areas:

  • For the south, it means investigating which greenfield areas could best be used for up to 55,000 dwellings, along with business land for up to 35,000 jobs.  Options for where houses and businesses may go in Pukekohe, Drury South and Karaka were made available for public feedback, which is being reviewed.
  • Investigations are underway in the west (Whenuapai, Kumeu, and Huapai) and north (Warkworth and Silverdale West) to allow for growth of up to 35,000 dwellings.
  • A further 70,000 dwellings will be developed in general rural zones, towns and settlements, such as Waiuku and Wellsford.

These are the maximum numbers for development over a 30-year period.”



Draft Annual Plan 2013/14 – Franklin Local Board

Draft was released and submissions open Thursday, 24 January and close Monday, 25 February 2013.

This plan is the immediate budgetary and priority plan for our Franklin Local Board for the next two years.

Local Board chairman, Andy Baker introduces the Franklin Board content – “MESSAGE FROM YOUR
LOCAL BOARD CHAIRPERSON The Franklin Local Board has focussed intently on ensuring our communities’ needs have been recognised. We believe rates increases if needed must be kept to an absolute minimum, whilst retaining levels of service and funding to support and create local initiatives so community expectations can still be met where possible. Our priorities of better public transport, safer rural
roads and enhanced local economic development remain unchanged. Our burgeoning tourism industry around our east and west coasts, alongside our position as a vital food producer, the continued growth and popularity
of Pukekohe as a town centre and those things which makes Franklin such an important part of Auckland
now and in the future are foremost in our thinking. Our aspiration cannot become reality without effective communication and strong relationships with our community, so I again urge people to look carefully at this year’s annual plan, ask questions and make submissions.
Andrew Baker

The Franklin Local Board’s budget for 2013/2014 includes these local board priorities:

  • development of Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe
  • Waiuku Sports Park development
  • addressing coastal erosion on both coasts
  • upgrading existing parks and reserves
  • Pukekohe Town Centre continued upgrade
  • contributing to the Manukau Harbour Forum
  • promotion of local businesses in Wairoa.

To view document see below:
To have your say online visit Auckland Council’s website.

Three community workshops will be held to consult with the public.  Dates and venues to be advised.

Unitary Plan Civic Forum Workshop – October 2012

As a member of the People’s Panel, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Unitary Plan Civic Forum workshop arranged by Auckland Council.

Approx 300 members of the People’s Panel were invited to attend, and the turnout rate was just over 100.

The focus of the workshop – which was held in two sessions – was to determine what people valued about Auckland, and what the focus of the unitary plan could and should be.

The first session was held on Tuesday 23 October, in the Town Hall for 1.5 hours, as a preliminary introduction to those attending about the relationship between the aspirational Auckland Plan – and the legislative Unitary Plan. The Unitary Plan – is the amalgamation of all the separate District Plans inherited from the District Councils. There is a balancing act required to bring all the plans in line – while also recognising the inherent differences and distinctive characters of different Auckland communities – including Franklin, and of course, Patumahoe & Mauku.

Part of this introduction included the following video:

The follow up six-hour workshop was held on the following Saturday 27 October 2012. Groups of approx ten people were matched up with Auckland Council staff- including planners – and a staff member recorded the discusssions. Each discussion topic was preceded by a video or slideshow and then the groups shared ideas and opinions.

The draft Unitary plan is still being compiled, and will be released for Public consultation next year – 2013.

This plan is one of the biggest changes in terms of impact on what you can and cannot do on your property, so keep an eye out for notifications and opportunities to have your say.

The Auckland Council website has a lot of information available online.

Also, you can find a review of the Unitary Plan Civic forum itself, as well as a (now closed for comment) online forum.

Patumahoe specific information:

If you have viewed the video above, you will have an idea of the growth figures that Auckland Council is working with.  Unfortunately due to the cancellation of the 2011 census, extrapolation figures are based on the 2006 data and accordingly are subject to some dispute – but that aside – the following considerations are being made:

Approx 40% of the expected growth is to be accommodated in currently rural areas of Auckland, and for Franklin this means an expected growth figure of 55,000 new dwellings along with planning for business growth of up to 35,000 jobs (Data: Southern Rural Urban Boundary – Auckland Council).

While the RUB – Rural Urban Boundary focuses on Pukekohe as a satellite town, growth for Patumahoe as a rural village has been once again reiterated in the Auckland Plan – following on from the Franklin District Council growth strategy and the Auckland Regional Council growth direction.

The rural village designation in the Auckland Plan is defined as following:

“Serviced Rural and Coastal Villages

These are small rural settlements of varying sizes (from 100 to 5,000 people) with close connections to their rural or natural surroundings, but which are not a focus for significant growth. They are centres for rural residents and provide for village living, dormitory residential, holiday and retirement living to varying degrees, and in some cases serve visitors with lowkey service and tourist development. Significant growth in sensitive natural settings, locations with poor accessibility and insufficient, unaffordable or problematic service infrastructure will be avoided. A critical constraint is the capacity to deal with wastewater in an acceptable way, with the associated costs of servicing borne by land developers, and avoiding concentrations of on-site systems likely to degrade water quality in receiving environments. Therefore, villages where adequate service capacity can be provided have potential for well-planned growth on a locally appropriate scale that enhances their qualities.”

While rural towns and settlements will be automatically included in the spatial planning that will be provided to Franklin by the Auckland Council planning process, as a rural village – Patumahoe is not yet included in the planning programme, while still being included in the planned growth.

What can you do?

  1. Join the Auckland Council People’s Panel – and respond on issues of personal priority by online survey
  2. Send opinion pieces and items of interest to us here for publishing
  3. Came along to a PVI meeting and have your say.

Community Meeting – 13th September 2012

Several residents turned up for the Open Community meeting regarding the application for a Private Plan change for Patumahoe Hill.

Most discussion ranged around the necessity for more housing – both locally and within Auckland – and the impact it would have on the status quo.

A few of those attending had requested hearings during the submission process and will be voicing their personal concerns to the council.

A list of questions had been compiled – using questions provided by email and through the website, and the owners of the property – with some generosity as this is not the usual process – instructed their planners to provide answers.

Both questions and answers can be viewed below:
2012-09 Sept 11th Questions Sent to MRCagney_with MRCagney Responses

Private Plan Change 37 – Patumahoe Hill Structure Plan

Open Community Meeting – Thursday 13th September 2012
7.00 – 8.30pm
Venue: Patumahoe Junior Boys Clubrooms
All welcome

Many of you will be aware that at present there is a resource consent application in for a Private Plan Change on Patumahoe Hill – owned by the McMiken family – which includes long-time locals Bruce & Trevor McMiken.

This resource consent has already been the subject of two initial community meetings which took place before the application was lodged.  It was publically notified, with submissions closing on 31 July 2012.

The first meeting was arranged by the consultant planning firm – MRCagney in 2010 and it was a topic on a meeting for PVI soon afterward.

Given the interest shown and questions raised on this issue directed to PVI, an open community meeting is to be held next week on Thursday 13 September at Patumahoe Junior Clubrooms at 7.00pm.

Permission has been given by Trevor and Bruce to submit questions from the community to the planners previous to that meeting so please add them to the comments section of this page – or send them directly to

There is a considerable amount of documention that has been collated and compiled in regards to this consent application.  You can view all the public documention on the Auckland Council website:

Private Plan Change 37 – Patumahoe Hill Structure Plan

If you follow the link – you may be overwhelmed with the amount of documents relating to this matter – but we recommend that if interested, you take your time to view them all.

However, below are links to some of those documents that relate to most of the comments and questions that we know of in the community:

Legislative changes:

Private Plan Change 37: Text & Diagrams

Private Plan Change 37: - Zoning Map & Legend


Design Brief:

Appendix 2: Design Brief


Appendix 13: Cultural Assessment Report

Appendix 3: Land Use - Soil Capacity Report


Appendix 5: Archaelogical Assessment

Appendix 9: Integrated Transport Assessment

Appendix 8: Landscape and Visual Assessment

Appendix 6: Stormwater Modelling Report

Appendix 6: Stormwater Modelling Report



There were 19 submissions in response to the public notification. The Summary of Submissions was notified on 31 July 2012. The period for further submssions closed on Tuesday 14 August 2012.

Summary of submissions


Reponse from MRCagney to submissions

PPC37 Further submission - MRCagney response to submissions

Apologies for the pagination – this is how document was received from Auckland Council. Use rotate view on Adobe Reader to aid ease of reading.

Patumahoe Road – Response from Auckland Transport

Following previous posts on this topic, we have received the following from Auckland Transport:

AT2012-039815 Andrew Sinclair

Open Community Workshop – 10 June 2012

The open community workshop was held at Patumahoe Primary School on Monday 10 June 2012.

Thank you to all who took the time to attend.

It was a small gathering of approx 15 people – it was intended to inform the community directly about the submissions made to Auckland Council, via written submissions and presentations to the Local Board – regarding the development of a spatial plan for Patumahoe.


Further details can be found on previous posts, including our submission to the Local Board for the LTCCP 2012-2022.

The Auckland Plan has now been completed, which is a documented strategic intent for Aucklands spaces.

For a quick review, watch this Auckland Council video:


What does this mean for Patumahoe?

As part of the process, each Local Board area is intended to have planning resources allocated to them over the next eight year period. Franklin Local Board will received this planning team in a couple of years time, and it is intended that each area will then received a full spatial planning programme in order to align with the Auckland Plan. At present, these resources are intended to be allocated to larger communities within each Local Board area (ie. more than 5,000). Patumahoe, as a rural village, does not qualify for automatic inclusion into these planning.

However – and this is important – we have had indications from the Spatial planning team that they intend for smaller communities to have support where possible and they encourage smaller communities to address their issues and work with their Local Boards to get access to the planning team when they arrive in their area.

We will continue to work with the Local Board in terms of getting a spatial plan for Patumahoe that can be adapted as and when the community requires it.

Traffic concerns – installations in Patumahoe Road

From previous feedback to the Open Day in October, we had community input that reconciled with committee views that the installations in Patumahoe Road created a hazard for both cyclists and vehicles.

Detailed background and progress on this issue can be found on these village posts:
Background to traffic calming discussions with Auckland Council
Traffic calming installations – tell us your view
Making the road in Patumahoe safer – draft for community review

Given the second response from the Local Board chairman, it was decided that community comment would be sought before taking the issue further.

Discussion at the meeting was in line with previous comments regarding the unsuitability of the installations for the stated intent of keeping local primary schoolchildren safe.

Q & A session

Village Planning Committee
Mostly related to the draft spatial plan on the understanding that it was a fixed concept. However, any concerns were resolved on the understanding of the actual submission made which stated that any plan would be required to be reviewed before implementation as the priorities and needs of Patumahoe village would naturally change over time, and at differents rates.

We believe that a Village Planning committee would give Auckland Council a local body to contact when development proceeds or local government spending was required or allocated. This committee would ideally have a representative (and/or liaison) with all stakeholders in the community. This includes sports and recreational clubs, local schools, businesses, and interested private individuals.

This is particularly important, given the depth and richness of local knowledge and sense of history and place. Many of our Local Board members are unaware of the actual location of Patumahoe, and have not visited. We also had a Local Board member get lost on the way from Pukekohe – so it is vitally important that effective consultation is undertaken in order to preserve the quality of life currently enjoyed.

Meeting closed at approx: 9:30pm

Submission to the LTCCP 2012

Following is a copy of the submission made to Auckland Council by Patumahoe Village Inc.

We have made this submission by using the information and opinions gained by consultation, and reviewing concerns and ideas expressed by local residents. The draft copies of the consultation can be viewed online or downloaded from the same pages.

The March 2012 presentation to the Local Board can be viewed and downloaded here.

We have found that many concerns have been alleviated by discussion, and direct communication with those who have taken time to come along and talk.

To summarise the submission, we approached topics from both the general ratepayers view and Patumahoe specific. We have proposed a structure that would allow ongoing determination of priorities and projects from a community level, as well as one that can accommodate changes and shifts when necessary.

A community meeting will be held within the next few months – or you are welcome to attend a committee meeting when they are scheduled. Calendar for Patumahoe Village Inc events and meetings can be found here.

We have also proposed that a system of community consultation is designed so that community, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport all have a recognised of transferring information in both directions. We think this will both inform the community and encourage better planning and project outcomes and efficiencies.

The written submission to Auckland Council can be viewed and/or downloaded below. Please note it may take a while to load this page:
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LTP 2012-2022 Submission