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Sorrel O’Leary here of Krippner Road ( next to Straka’s before the hill). I am writing to you to draw attention to and express concern, in fact growing alarm at the convovulus that is rapidly taking over large swathes of the creekside planting done some years back by the landcare group. When this plant first appeared several years ago, Emily’s mother ( lives on the hill above the planting, with the goats) made an attempt to control it, but as with most of us, full time work means not enough time for the land. It has now killed a number of trees in the planting and is spreading through Torban’s property next door and into our property as well. We have been hand controlling this basically unkillable weed for a few years now, but other property owners need to be involved. Anybody who drives through Orewa can see the results on the end reserve, if this weed is allowed to go unchecked.
I have spoken to Bill of the landcare group and he came and sprayed a small section a month ago to judge the effect of this, but said there were so few members of the group active that they could not really help. I tried to speak to Pippa, another community leader who I thought might have some ideas, but she is away at present, so I thought I would try and open a discussion of the problem by contacting you. The Auckland Council has this advice. http://www.nrc.govt.nz/Environment/Weed-and-pest-control/Pest-plants/Climbing-plants/Bindweeds/ We have found a combination of handcontrol and spraying to at least slow it down, as roots can go down to 14 m it is impossible to dig out. As all properties in Puhoi will eventually be infected by this weed if it remains uncontrolled, I wonder if there is some community mobilisation we can effect, of Krippner Road residents at least, to organise a group to initially hand control it along the planting. Grazing can also keep this pest under control at least, if not eliminated.
[if anyone has any suggestions about how we could coordinate some of this work, especially now the landcare group is very undermanned, we'd be interested. A working bee, with beer, could be the solution;-) - Ed]
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This Month saw our members attend various trainings around Auckland to further their skills and knowledge in various areas. Brigade members also completed their Breathing Apparatus revalidation, passing with flying colours! All this while still attending Monday Night trainings and the occasional callout.
With the warmer weather on the way it is the early beginning of the fire season. Currently it is open fire season. But please be careful out there, always watch what you burn!
Remember to ring 111 if there is something you think the fire service or any other service should be attending. Please do not ring the brigade members. This way if the fire, ambulance or police call taker needs specific details, you can give them what they need for an appropriate and immediate response.
We are still recruiting; if you are over 16 years of age, live locally in Puhoi and have a can do attitude we are interested in hearing from you. We will supply all the training, uniform and support you need. Contact – Rob Beardmore 021891996
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Unfortunately some unwanted vistors helped themselves to the contents of a Puhoi resident’s outbuildings last week up on Krippner Road. This could be part of an bizarre pattern of thefts targeting equestrian gear as a similar crime was reported in Kaukapakapa too, at around the same time. Keep those outbuildings locked up and report any suspicious sneaking around to the police. There’s probably an amusing joke about cowboys to be had in there, but I won’t attempt it as it’s a serious matter.
I am still in need of volunteers in the community for the areas of Krippner Road and State Highway 1. The role of the PCRG is to meet annually to discuss and review Puhoi’s plan with the Emergency Management team locally and from Auckland Council, communicate to the wider community and liaise/implement Puhoi’s plan in an emergency situation. This has been a solo position in the past and to work better needs to be a COMMUNITY EFFORT. PM me or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Book this month (21st October) is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window – Jonas Jonasson. Next month (18th Nov) we’re doing Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
If you’re interested in coming along, we meet at 7:30pm every 3rd Tuesday of the month in Puhoi Library. The title is somewhat ambiguous as in the summer we don’t have a fire, and mostly the ‘book’ part of it is rather tenuous; discussion occasionally includes the book itself between slurps of wine. All welcome to come along – no commitment to coming every month and literary credentials needed are minimal!
Puhoi Community Response Group is in need of volunteers to form a team of efficient and reliable people in raising awareness, preparing and communication within the community. Ideally we need two volunteers each from Ahuroa Road, Krippner Road and SH1. PM me or email email@example.com if you are interested, and please share with family and friends in the area.
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