Views from the summit – Patumahoe Hill

Video of elevated view – 4.2m above existing summit:

This video was taken by the intrepid Sam Sinclair, while his father steadied the bottom of the 4.2m high scaffold.
It was intended to give a better perspective of the resultant views if an mound was created at the top of the hill.

Why? For those who are unaware a Private Plan Change application is in to extend the existing residential zoned (but cropped) area up to the ridgeline of the hill. The committee of Patumahoe Village Inc, has approached the aspects of planned and intended growth by attempting to mitigate the effects on the rural village aspect, and if possible enhance community facilities and access. In a nutshell, while we may as property owners wish for less growth, as ratepayers we understand the deliberation of local government to utilise existing infrastructure and facilities to accommodate growth.

With that in mind, our submission regarding this application included ensuring that public access to this summit is not only guaranteed with the off-road walkway planned, but summit views protected and enhanced by the resulting built forms by elevating a proportion of the track so that full 360 views can be maintained.

This summit is of ecological significance in planning community spaces – as it is the highest point in the residential area of the village. However, by viewing older maps of the area, it is obvious that the cropping that has taken place has already changed the shape and location of the summit, so the installation of a mound would not have as much of a detrimental effect as if the hill was it’s original form.

As 20m boundary zone must be included whenever developing residential subdivisions in a rural area, to offset the adverse effects of rural production against residential neighbours – and vice versa. The current application has proposed within this 20m buffer, to provide an off-road walkway up and over the hill – connecting Mauku Road to Day Road. We submit that this walkway will be enhanced and more of a community asset if this walkway included an earthern mound that would ensure the views from the summit AFTER the houses have been built. This could be achieved from having an engineered design ready to accommodate the earth moving when the subdivision is implemented.

Panoramic view: At existing ground level with built forms graphics

Panorama of Patumahoe Hill – view from summit at ground level on

Panoramic view: At elevated 4.2m above existing summit

Panorama of Patumahoe Hill – elevated view on

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.

Flaxroots Village Planning network – 24 July 2012

Patumahoe Village Inc is an invited member of the Flaxroots Village Planning network which is a North Shore Community and Social Servies supported project.

We have been attending meetings for over a year, and it gives us the opportunity to work with other like-intentioned community groups regarding the development of their communities. At present, there is no similar network in Franklin – or indeed – Auckland South, East or West.

Dean Manley PhD – has recently replaced Joel Umali as coordinator and this is the first meeting where we met him since his appointment.

Auckland Council – Ross Moffatt

Attending this meeting from Auckland Council, was Ross Moffatt from the Auckland Spatial Planning team.

Ross Moffatt has been to Patumahoe, along with John Duguid who at the time was the Auckland Planning Manager. Since that time, John Duguid has been made Manager of the Unitary Planning team and Ross has stepped into his Managerial role for Auckland Planning.

Resources are limited and pressure is great to get all work required for Auckland Council completed in a timely manner. There is an understanding that allowances will have to be made for adjustments even after the processes are complete, given the comprehensive detail and volume of considerations involved.

Ross reiterated that the most suitable conduit for Village planning is through the Local Board, and that it is intended that information related through this method will be available for the planning team when they are working on specific Local Board spatial plans. He has offered to provide each Local Board with a directive from Auckland Planning regarding how they can support and implement village planning schemes such as those emerging from the Flaxroots network.

This is important as it gives validation from Auckland Council for the variety and diversity of village plans to be accepted as an important resource for planning and decision making at a local level.

National government intention to change Local Government legislation to reflect “core business” had also created an uncertainty on how this will impact on current intentions and resources.

At present the four areas of wellbeing should be considered during decision making processes. However, there is an intent to remove three of the areas – cultural, social and environmental.

This is a matter for much discussion and speculation – but is agreed that the impact of this change is as yet unknown. Particular in terms of whether the change will be positive or negative.

Unitary Plan draft
The Unitary Plan draft will be out at the end of 2012. This is the amalgamation of each of the previous council’s District Plans. The rules and regulations – nuts and bolts of planning. This involves zoning, parks and reserves allocations, building specifications and limitations etc.

As the Unitary plan is intended to align with the spatial planning (which is a work in progress – over the next eight years) – some allowance will have to be made for adjustment.

Public consultation will be sought from mid 2013 following engagement with identified stakeholders.

Spatial Planning
Nine planning teams are at work on developing spatial plans for each of the Local Board areas. These will take several years at only three Local Board areas are scheduled to be worked on each year.

Due to this restraint, complete alignment with the Unitary Plan will be impossible as most Local Board Spatial Plans will not be produced in time. Some adjustments to both plans is seen to be required.

Local Board elections may also impact on the continuity of input into these processes.

Other community groups progress

Campbell Bay community plan 2011 has been re-drafted to align to the published Auckland Plan and four areas of wellbeing.

Unleashing Neighbourhood Powers – Jim Diers (Seattle, USA) workshop

A reminder was given regarding the August 8th workshop by Jim Diers, hosted by Inspiring Communities.
Attendance is free but spaces are limited, it was advised to contact them as soon as possible in order to confirm a place.

Meeting concluded at 11.30 am



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:
Note: If you do not have a Scribd account you can login to Scribd using the following username and password.

Login: patumahoeprint Password: patumahoe2011

LTP 2012-2022 Submission

Patumahoe Village Plan ready for final review

We have collated as best we can, the information we have received from all of those who participated over the last several months.

If you wish to see how, what, why and when – come along to the Open Day on Sunday 9th October 2011.

Venue: Woodhouse Road subdivision (Rain venue: Patumahoe Rugby Clubrooms)

Date: Sunday 9th October 2011

Time: 10.30 am – 2. pm

As well as viewing and commenting, we will be having a cycle workshop, a neighbourhood walk, sausage sizzle and spot prizes.

You can also visit our Patumahoe Structure Plan pages on this website, which have all the information and links to download the document as it stands.


Open Day 15 May 2011

Wild and woolly weather couldn’t keep the crowds away on Sunday….

There was a steady stream of over 250 people through the doors between the hours of 12 and 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

Conversations between old friends and acquaintances kept the background noise to a gentle, harmonious murmur occasionally punctuated with a laugh or a cry of delight as reminiscences were shared and old neighbours recognised.

The history display was a reminder of times past,  with Fletcher Transport – the Beehive and Wecks featuring as three of the many businesses that have called Patumahoe home over the years.

There were also displays from Patumahoe Primary & Mauku Schools, Patumahoe Community Church and Whakaupoko Landcare.

Our local Patumahoe Fire Brigade more than performed past their call of duty…  following up their honours award dinner the night before, they cleaned up the Junior Clubrooms then came over to set up the Bouncy Castle and spent several hours helping out, while manning their own display as well.  Thanks to you all – I’m thankful that marathon effort was not followed by a callout for you all.

Their were also displays on Environment & Nature – Traffic/Transport – Community Centre – and the Structure Plan project, all of which invited comment and suggestions from the onlookers. This is invaluable in trying to determine what the community feels is important and what they would like to see included.  We are grateful to all who took the time to participate and make comment.

An enjoyable afternoon all round – thanks to the Rugby Club for allowing us to use the venue – and all those involved in the preparation and on the day.


Minutes Tuesday 7 December 2010

(Originally posted 4 Fe bruary 2011;

Patumahoe Village Inc
Minutes: Tuesday 7 December 2010
(Notes:  Due to technical difficulties (computer failure) and lack of written notes, the minutes for the last meeting have been recreated. For that reason no movers and seconders have been recorded. This to my recollection is the summary of the items that were moved and seconded during the meeting. Please advise if any inaccuracies are noted)
Paula Crosswell, Gary Morris, Vicki Lacy, Keith Harris, Bruce McMiken, Trevor McMiken, Peter Kraakman, Angela Smith, Kay Carter, Peter Askew
Ron Gordon, Glenn Hunter, Andrew Sinclair, Annette Smith
Meeting opened: 7.30pm
1. Patumahoe School carpark project involving council reserve land
The meeting began with a brief welcome to those who had not attended any previous meetings. This included Keith Hardy and Kay Carter who were specifically involved in a discussion with the school and council regarding a project for extending the school carparks into the reserve adjoining the school.
The result of this situation:
• The school carpark project proposed for council reserve land will not take place.
• Both Patumahoe School and Auckland Council will consult with the community, and/or this group when contemplating changes to community reserves or facilities.
It was noted that valuable information relating to Patumahoe’s community history needs to be recorded to avoid repetition of the situation that occurred. With participation of long term residents perhaps local histories can be recorded and distributed. Part of the proposed website is assigned to Local History and could be utilised for this purpose.
2. Community consultation progress and methods.
A brief summary of the intent of the group regarding the Structure Plan was given to get all meeting participants up to date.
Decisions reached regarding this topic during the meeting:
• Street parties are to be held for all residential streets in Patumahoe,
• Information collected will be displayed for community review at a village open day on February 27th 2011.
The first street party is to be on December 16th at Peter and Ali Askews residence in Carter Road. This will serve the residents of Patumahoe Road, Sedgebrook and Carter Roads.
Hosts for other roads have been identified as:
Graeme & Britta Weck – Clive Howe Road, Mahoe Glade
Tania Collie – Mareretu Road
Peter Kraakman & Angela Smith – Mauku
Karena Brady-Leathams – Kingseat & Mauku Roads
Confirm host for Woodhouse Road.
The village open day is set for Sunday 27th February, this will coincide with the launch of the community website.
3. Community Website
Intended to provide community online presence for both Patumahoe and Mauku which will be linked in many areas.
Andy Davey, Cicada Websites is a local resident that has been employed to build the site. He has been given the Plimmerton website, as a template to base his style and form on. A deposit of 50% of his written quote has been approved to initiate work, this amounts to $1,380.00.
Free online listings for non-profit groups, clubs and organisations.
Businesses will be canvassed for advertising, with business directory providing listing, free webpage and links to their own website if they own one. Fee $100/year.
Sandra Utatao has been approached to sell advertising to our businesses.
4. Purchase of banners and advertising material
Approval was sought for and given to purchase banners and other items that will be used for the street parties and open days and to advertise the community website. Estimate for purchase of items from Vistaprint is approx $500. This purchase was approved.
5. Requirement for extra planning resources
Paula Crosswell noted that it is apparent that despite our generous grant, we would need further resources in order to produce the best design and submission to Auckland Council in 2102. With that in mind, a draft of a letter to the Auckland Council Chief Planning Officer, Roger Blakely, was read out to the meeting. ( A copy of this letter is attached to these minutes). It was unanimously approved for sending.
The meeting was closed at around 9.20pm

Meeting 1 November 2010

(Originally posted 7 November 2010;

Meeting: 1 November 2010

Iris Tscharntke, Suzanne Avison, Andy Davey, Paula Crosswell, Bligh Hedges, Stuart Basham, David Puflett, Peter Kraakman, Glenn Hunter, Mike Michie, Sandra Utatao, Louise Sinclair, Bill Colgan.

Vicki Lacy, Andrew Sinclair, Peter Askew.

Meeting opened: 7.40pm

1. Quick summary of things that have happened so far:
– $40,000 LIDIG grant awarded by the ARC
– Hayden Easton, planner with the new Auckland Council will be working with us through the LIDIG process
– Patumahoe Village is now an Incorporated Society.

2. Election of Officers for Patumahoe Village Inc.
Paula Crosswell – Co Chairperson
Kurk Brady – Co Chairperson
Vicky Lacy – Treasurer
Moved: Glenn Hunter Seconded: Dave Puflett. Passed.

Paula reported that the required seal had been ordered.

Bank account to be opened when ARC cheque received.
All current three officers to be signatories.
Two signatures required for each withdrawal.
Moved: Paula Crosswell Seconded: Suzanne Avison. Passed.

3. Community Website proposal submitted by Andy Davy, Cicada websites.
Estimate for design, framework and hosting: approx $2,800 incl GST.
More time will be required for content management and loading, approx 200 – 300 hrs has been taken to load content on Plimmerton website which our design is based. View at:
Overall cost to get up and going will include this, and the cost of contacting all groups, organisations and businesses in Patumahoe/Mauku area.

Patumahoe Structure Plan submission in July 2012

Porirua City Council have been running a community strategy since 2004. This initiative approached small communities with the resources of council, a specific Planning Manager and support for the communities to consult, report and come up with their own community structure plans.

This has provided us with several models to emulate in our own design approach.

Discussion took place regarding Low Impact Design and Sustainability definitions. The level of both these design considerations will have to be determined by the community.

4. Consultation with Patumahoe/Mauku Community
Suggestion to follow Plimmerton’s example, given the small number of residential streets in urban Patumahoe.
Plimmerton held informal street parties, run by volunteer street hosts.
The information gathered at these events was collated and then presented back to the community at an open day full community event.

Proposed that Patumahoe Village request for volunteers to run street parties throughout the months of November, December and January. Deliver their findings to Patumahoe Village Inc by mid-Jan.

A Patumahoe Village (drop-in speak-out open day) Party will then be held in early February to display options, information received and get feedback. This party will encompass more than information, and will be designed to encourage participation at any level.

Discussion was made regarding giving as many as possible to the opportunity to have a say. A point was made that perhaps more direction might be required and that options needed to be given. Notice was also given to the fact that there was low attendance at the meeting and that it will be hard to generate interest.

Peter Kraakman mentioned that in his contact with Franklin District Council, they expressed preference for business zoning in the area south of Patumahoe.

Consultation Approach discussed:
· Despite method chosen, address specific concerns: about the centre (heart) of the village, traffic movement, business zoning, long-term community spaces and linkages;
· Street parties to be organised by 4 – 5 well known residents
· Have A0 corflute aerial map of village ready for street parties and discussions. Cost $180 from Sign Max, Pukekohe. Find some method of allowing designs to be drawn on and removed (possibly use a transparent film). Paula to arrange.
· Community open day in February to display information and gather feedback
· Website to be setup and funding/sponsorship sought
· Questionnaires be designed and left at village locations to allow residents who do not attend parties an opportunity to participate
· Approach existing Patumahoe School traffic group to see if they would like to address this issue for the community as a whole. Iris to follow up.
· Other groups regarding sports club long-term requirements, multi-use community centre, business groups, environmental groups to be established when needed.
· Matt Earle to be engaged to help with organisation of consultation at a rate of $20/hr. Approval for 40 hrs maximum. Any extra work will have to be submitted for approval for payment. Review as required.
Proposed that this approach be adopted.
Moved: Paula Crosswell Seconded: Dave Puflett

Other matters:
Identify paper roads in Patumahoe. Glenn Hunter mentioned an article recently in a rural magazine about paper roads. Iris Tschantke mentioned a website that allowed you to view existing paper roads.

Meeting closed: 21.25pm
Posted by Patumahoe Village at 4:20 PM