Background

Franklin District Growth Strategy – Patumahoe (8 pages)

Franklin District Growth Strategy for Patumahoe - Page 3 of 8

Franklin District Growth Strategy for Patumahoe – Page 3 of 8

Patumahoe is an existing rural community with well established infrastructure.  It is located centrally between Pukekohe and Waiuku and is with commutable distance to central Auckland.

It is currently serviced by a Superette, and ITM retail outlet, a garage, a takeaway, a bakery, a hairdresser, a boutique clothes store, and Arts & Crafts outlet and gallery, a Hotel, and a village bar & restaurant.

It also has a well patronised Primary School, Playcentre and a privately owned Preschool.

Community clubs and organisations include: a community church, rugby club, tennis club, cricket club, bowling club and netball club along with many casual recreational clubs and groups.

Existing council owned/administered reserves and facilites include:

  • Henry’s Bush – native reserve located just outside residential boundary of Patumahoe,
  • Clive Howe Bush reserve – recently acquired by Auckland Council as part of subdivision process,
  • Clive Howe Reserve – active sports grounds located adjacent to Primary School,
  • Patumahoe War Memorial Reserve – active sports grounds and location of sports
  • Buildings:

Clubrooms for : Patumahoe Tennis, Patumahoe  Junior Rugby & Mauku Cricket Club, Patumahoe Bowling.

  • Patumahoe War Memorial Hall – used and maintained by Patumahoe Rugby, available for community hire
  • Mauku Victory Hall – located in Mauku, available for community hire.

There is also an existing operating railway adjacent to the south of the village, where the location of a station could be a future option.

Mauku is a settlement approximately 3 km from Patumahoe, which also has a local primary school (current roll: 75 pupils).  It is predominantly an area of lifestyle properties and has places of interest such as Wrights Watergardens, the Mauku Falls and the historic St Brides Church, which celebrated it’s 150th anniversary this year.  It is also in close proximity to the volunteer run, Glenbrook Vintage Railway.

The Patumahoe and Mauku district has a very strong historical background, with established Maori settlements being followed by European settlers after land confiscation in the late 1800s.  Patumahoe , Mauku and the surrounding areas were a place of huge significance for producing food during the War.  The importance of horticulture is just as significant today, and this forms the basis of local industry.

Sporting interests also play a big part in the community, particularly in the codes of Rugby, Cricket, and Tennis.  The Mauku cricket club is the oldest cricket club in New Zealand and recently celebrated 150 years of existence, the Rugby Club also celebrated its 125th anniversary in June this year.

The acknowledgement of our heritage has been one of the considerations of Patumahoe Village Inc, so that knowledge can be collated, preserved and made available for the future generations.  During this process a Heritage group has been formed with this aim in mind.

The district is also very fortunate in that it has retained many isolated blocks of native bush, and it is this environment that has added to the attraction of living here.  The Whakaupoko Landcare Group was formed 7 years ago by a group of private landowners with a common interest in protecting the flora and fauna.  The main objectives of the group have been pest control, weed control, bush regeneration and riparian plantings.  Bird surveys are carried out 4 times a year, and there have been notable increases in bird activity.  Recently the Whakaupoko Landcare Group has shared links with Patumahoe Village Inc, and it is another focus of our group to provide public access to some of the protected bush lots.

In recent years the district has become a very popular place for cycling and walking and the Patumahoe and Mauku Halls have long been used as s base for visiting cycle clubs.  It is therefore a focus of the group to ensure that any future development makes provision for these activities.

Until five years ago – population figures and dwelling growth within the village had remained fairly static, with little impact on the village environment or established areas.

This changed in 2007 with the implementation of a long planned subdivision in a prominent location – which eventually will double the number of dwellings within Patumahoe.

Also, there was community realisation that the FDC District Growth Strategy aligned with the current ARC identification of Patumahoe as a growth node, meant that this increase was not a singular occurrence.

With increased pressure on Franklin District (and now Auckland Council) to accommodate population growth, the planning documents would allow further residential development without a considered planning approach to the impact on the quality of life of the existing community.  Patumahoe Village Inc was formed to address this situation.

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