Drury to Paerata upgrades – Feedback wanted

SH22 Drury to Paerata

Posted below is a message received from Safe Roads NZ.

Public meetings to be held:
Pukekohe Town Hall 26 August 2017 10 am – 2 pm
Ramarama School 29 August 2017 3 pm – 7pm

Tēnā koe

As you are probably aware, the NZ Transport Agency is working on making SH22 between Drury and Paerata safer. Over the last 10 years nine people have died and 36 seriously injured.

Earlier this year we sought community feedback, to hear where the key safety issues and concerns were for this road. This has helped us shape the proposed improvements. It has also highlighted some extra ideas for improvements which we have incorporated, now we’re letting people know where we have got to with these plans and checking to see if we have the plans right. This will also give anyone who missed the previous open days an opportunity to have their say.

We are teaming up with the wider NZ Transport Agency SH1 Papakura to Bombay team for public open days to inform the public. We are keen to ensure that key stakeholder and community groups are aware of the update and have an opportunity to share their thoughts. Please see attached for the details and an update of the solutions we are investigating to make this area safer.

We encourage you to attend the open days, share this in your network, and submit feedback (form attached). Feedback can be given in writing via letter or email, or online via nzta.govt.nz/d2p/have-your-say.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Cheers, Kathy
Kathy Chinn
Community Engagement Manager
64 21 064 4777″

Information below:

Community information and questionnaire – SH22 Drury to Paerata by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Auckland Transport – Feedback requested


There are three community meetings to be held in Franklin in the next couple of weeks. So go along if you want to have a say on the transport plans for Franklin.

Received from Auckland Transport – request for community feedback:

“We’d like to invite you to give us your feedback on what transport infrastructure needs to be built in the future housing and business areas being built in Takanini, Opaheke-Drury, Drury-West, Paerata and Pukekohe.

These areas have recently been approved for development over the next two decades, and this early knowledge provides us with a unique opportunity to thoroughly plan for a great mix of transport options to be ready when people move in.

It also allows us to help guide the development of more imminent special housing areas in a coordinated way, by looking at the long term picture.

Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the NZ Transport Agency are working together to ensure we create well-connected, accessible and safe urban areas in these places, and we want to hear your ideas.

We are holding a series of events in your community over the next few weeks where you can meet members of the project team, discuss your aspirations for these areas, examine maps with some of our ideas, and give us your own. (See the attached flyer for event details).

Alternatively you can supply us with written feedback using an online survey tool (Note – opens Thurs 18 Feb 2016. Submissions must be received by 5pm, Thurs 3 March, 2016).

You can also help us to spread the word by letting your colleagues and other community organisations know about this consultation.

Find out more about our events or the online survey in the attached flyer or by visiting our website at: https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks


Transport for Future Urban Growth by PatumahoeVillageInc


The story of a Patumahoe Hill Community Lookout….

I was speaking to someone this week and after a while understood that I could not explain to them effectively the amount of work that goes into trying to inform and engage community even before a proposal is presented to community.

I decided to try and concisely track how just one project – a community-led design for the Patumahoe Hill Community Summit came into being.

While I have been involved in the Patumahoe Hill summit proposal, I have not been the primary driver and going through the process systematically have gained even more admiration for the amount and effort put in by Andrew Sinclair.

For those, like me, who are compulsive readers, there are 14 pages of timeline there. For skim readers, pick and choose. But remember, this does not include the detail of the number of documents, conversations emails, meetings, events or processes that have been undertaken to get to this point.

And, as always – feel free to comment at the end of this post.

And though I would love to pretend otherwise – any errors are my own, and please contact me if you have corrections or clarifications you wish to be made.

Download pdf: The story of Patumahoe Hill Community Summit proposal

The Story Patumahoe Hill Community Summit Proposal

Previous posts on this particular topic can be read by clicking on the links below:
Patumahoe Hill Community Lookout
Views from the summit
Community Meeting – 13th September 2012
Private Plan Change 37 – Patumahoe Hill Structure Plan
Patumahoe Hill – Community Amenity proposal
Patumahoe Community Meeting – 19 March 2014

Patumahoe Village Welcome Signs Questionnaire

Patumahoe Village Inc has many projects planned and underway.

One project is to develop ‘welcome signage” to be erected on the four main roadways into the village. This is to help promote the village and to communicate what our Patumahoe represents as a village. Before a design brief for the signs is written, it is important that we understand what people feel Patumahoe “represents to them” now and into the future so this can be woven into the design.

Working on this design brief are PVI committee members – Julie Evans & Simon Bennett.

PVI will be distributing copies of this questionnaire around the community, and you can download and send the completed form to Julie via email: julie.evans101@yahoo.co.nz

Progress on this project will be discussed at the next PVI meeting scheduled for November 12 2013.

Alternatively, while here you can take a few minutes to fill in this online form, and then rest easy knowing that you have taken this opportunity to have your say and perform your civic duty for the day.


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

Patumahoe Project Ideas night!

Where: Patumahoe Primary School Hall

When: Monday 22nd April 7.30pm

Who: Everyone welcome

This will be a fun night and you are welcome to bring along some drinks and nibbles.

The format is simple with people to come along and share and discuss great idea projects big or small. There is a simple projects one page form that has been developed, (enclosed). While there will no doubt be many great ideas it is important that we end up with a good way to convert a few of these into ‘can do’ projects and really make a difference. With a projects form completed it identifies those leading the project and provides a plan that allows funding to be arranged as required.

To get you thinking here are some that have been bandied about over the last 3 years:

  • Create entrance signs on roads leading into Patumahoe encouraging planting along the Mauku Stream, (Auckland’s longest stream).
  • Planting fruit trees and native trees around Patumahoe and other places to beautify the area and enhance the paddock to plate theme
  • Develop a community notice board that is attractive and well used. Also small attractive stands for location in local stores for the likes of community newsletters.
  • Enhance entrance ways to Te Ara O Whangamaire Upgrade Henry’s Bush walkway to be accessible to an all weather, year round walkway surface
  • Target possums in the wider area to get below 1% equivalent of a residual trap catch monitor in by 2015, (currently around 5%)
  • Eliminate all mature Woolly nightshade from the wider area by 2016 and control all seedlings.
  • Enhance Patumahoe Schools ‘Trees for Survival’ and work with Te Whangai Trust to make more native plants available for local revegetation.
  • Renovate the Mauku tennis club building. Perhaps develop a template for replicas as well.
  • Arranging visits to other Villages with good central planning features, Village Squares / Greens and well shared resources such as Community Centres
  • Identifying opportunities for securing on going income generation for local Community Development

Simple Projects Builds a Community-1

by PatumahoeVillageInc

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…. Franklin’s first village planning meeting???…

For those of you who have attended any of the Open Days, street parties, open community meetings or engaged with us by email or phone during the last three years, you may have been surprised to read in Tuesday’s Franklin County News (9th April 2013) the following article:

Copy reproduced with acknowledgement to copyright owner Franklin County News

Of particular interest may be the fact that after two years work  that included considered consultation with those who chose to engage, using a variety of methods, we have had several meetings with the Franklin Local Board asking for precisely those planning resources that have been given to Kawakawa Bay and Hunua.  They seemed to have achieved these results with a three page document and one meeting.

Our submissions and considerations are very similar to what have been proposed – and supported by Franklin Local Board – but we have been much more comprehensive in our consultation methodology and final considerations.

While we do not begrudge either of these communities this resource, it is of interest to us how these communities were chosen, and before contacting Franklin Local Board on this matter would like to hear from Patumahoe first.

We invite anyone in the wider community to comment on this matter, and will answer any questions that are put forward.

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.

Jim Diers Community workshop – Inspiring Communities

Jim Diers from Seattle and invited by NZ Inspiring Communities led a workshop at Avondale. Over 100 people from a range of Community Groups throughout Auckland were in attendance.

Louise & Andrew Sinclair attended on behalf of Patumahoe Village and Whakaupoko Landcare and their comments are as follows:

It was a great workshop with emphasis on the positive about what communities can do rather than what they can’t do. This was reinforced by examples of many successful stories over the years with Communities finding innovative solutions to enhance their communities. Some key points were:
1 While think big, specific projects are excellent as the outcomes are very visible and tangible for everyone to see.
2 Find ways to personally connect with all in the community and target communication leaders within your community as key contact people.
3 Stay positive, have fun and have lots of parties / activities to allow the community to connect and interact.
4 Recognise and enhance community bumps (places where people meet).
5 Focus on peoples abilities and not disabilities. Recognise the wide range of skills and attributes everyone has to offer.

Jim Diers is (an internationally recognized community builder, faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute and inaugural director of the City of Seattle’s pioneering Department of Neighbourhoods.

A brief background on Jim Diers is below and links lead to more information.

In past visits, Jim has used his experience to help local councils develop their own programs of bottom-up planning and matching grants to support community self-help projects. Jim has also worked with community associations to share the lessons he learned as a community organizer about building broad and inclusive community engagement. Jim has conducted practical, full day workshops on how to map and mobilize a community’s strengths. In addition, Jim has delivered inspiring speeches full of stories from his work throughout the world about how communities have organized to revitalise downtowns, prevent crime, preserve the environment, create art, grow food, demand justice, and care for one another.

He would be happy to work with you to tailor a presentation or workshop to best meet the needs of your organisation.

Jim’s work has been recognized with an honorary doctoral degree from Grinnell College, Public Employee of the Year Award from the Municipal League of King County, and an Innovations Award from the Ford Foundation and Kennedy School of Government. You can read more about Jim’s work in his book Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way and, for more information or to book some of Jim’s time, please contact: jimdiers@comcast.net