Missing Dogs

Hey Everyone, this morning I woke up to the sound of our dog Zeus (beige pup) running over our hidden fence line. I ran after him but he seemed to be running after his brother Hades( brindle boy) who had already gotten through the fence and into the Makarau Forest.
My boys, husband and I have been out looking for them since 6am.
They’re friendly but can be a little boisterous. Zeusy has recently hurt himself so has a bandaged foot. (Hence the socks so he doesn’t gnaw)

If you see them or know where they are please could you contact me soonest?

Andrew: 021 0222 5763
Carey: 021 558 103

Missing Calf

MISSING – from a roadside paddock 4-5kms from the western end of West Coast Road (between Komokoriki Road and Martin Access)

A white faced Hereford heifer approx 4-5 months old.
Ruby is a loved pet and we would very much like her back.

If anyone saw anything suspicious on Saturday night (13th October) or knows where this girl is can they please contact Jared on 0278700585

Ahuroa School Planting Day – this Friday

Looking for some free family fun to end the holidays?

Join us on Friday at 10am to dress our Outdoor Classroom with its plants.

Looking at the weather forecast the following items would be good to bring along.

1. Gumboots

2. Warm jumper

3. Raincoat/ all weather jacket.

4. Spade

5. Rake

6. Bucket.

Bring along a plate to share for morning tea, and we will provide pizza for lunch.

Can’t dig? We will need a couple of hands in the kitchen please.

We are planting on Friday, even if it rains!

Lost wetsuit

Travelling back from a short stay from Mahurangi Beach back to Red Beach yesterday, my friend lost her daughter’s new wetsuit. It had accidently been left on the back of her campervn and flew off anywhere from Mahurangi East to Matakana, If anyone has picked it up, please can they email me. Her daughter , Hope will be very happy as she needs it fro Surf camp.

Please contact Natasha Duffett tel number : 021 217 7904 or email penfold3011@hotmail.com

Ahuroa – Road sealing budget update – Important news.

An update from Glen Ashton:

I was very confused over the recent Auckland Council (AC) and Rodney Local Board (RLB) announcements with regards sealing our metal roads and have spent the last month investigating and emailing the powers to be.

  1. Araparera Forestry Trust fund – For those new, this is an old northern Rodney target rate that was paid into a pine forest venture with the idea that profits would be spent on sealing the roads. After much investigation by Greg Sayers and Colin Smith they have found $2.8 million that is available and the RLB have selected some minor roads from the priority list to be sealed.
  2. Local Transport Target Rate – This is the $150.00 on your rates. When consulted with the public this included $13.5 million to be spent on road sealing over ten years. At the last minute the Local Board altered the funding statement and excluded road sealing and essentially only benefitting the urban town centres with bus services, footpaths and park n rides. The rural community were ignored. This was passed by vote 6 to 3. Our local members Beth Houlbrooke and Tessa Berger voted yes.
  3. Regional Fuel Tax – This is the extra 11.5 cents per litre for gas. The Mayor Phil Goff made the announcement that $121 million would be spent on road sealing over the next decade. That was made up of $36 million from General rates and $85 million from the RFT. However, it is Auckland Transport (AT) that budget the year on year allocation and have allocated only $3.1m + $1.6m = $4.7m for 2018/19 and only slightly more for 2019/20. The bulk of the amount is “promised” in the later 4 years. Apparently, there are “other” higher priority projects in the Super City.

Rural Rodney has been badly treated. Greg Sayers has been very active on our behalf as have Local Board members Colin Smith, Alison Roe and Brenda Steele. The rest of the Local Board are working against us.

As for Ahuroa Road sealing; it is 2nd on the priority list and is being designed for full length sealing. Unfortunately, there will not be enough funds for at least two years to begin the project. As for the other Ahuroa roads it will be more than a lifetime wait?

Since we have been in the Super City (9 years), AC / AT have only sealed 9 kilometres. Other Rodney rural communities are also upset, and I expect a collective reaction against AC / AT is eminent.

This is an abridged version of conversations and emails, contact me if you want to know more.


Appologies! – We never knew!…

Hi everyone,

Sorry for what must have seemed like an unannounced absence. We have been here, we have been posting, but our email based send out has been failing. – Since the end of July!

An update to our core website software created an incompatibility with our MailChimp integration and because I post these posts out on my cellphone, I don’t often look to check for the inbound email after I’ve done it… Anyway, we have not deliberately gone anywhere, and all of our posts have been shared out through other channels, such as Facebook and Twitter still, – it’s just the email based send outs which have been missing. – Sorry!…

Hopefully, this email will serve as a test, and as a confirmation that things are working properly again now. – I have another couple of posts to send out tonight, but I didn’t want to send them until I knew that this was working again properly…

All the best,


Ahuroa School AG Day – 27 Oct 2018

Pencil in our annual Agricultural Day! Saturday October 27th at 9:00am

The morning will consist of children bringing their garden, pet, lamb, calf or goat to school for judging. This will be followed by a ‘Young Farmers’ competition that all students may participate in.

This year we are hosting an UNDER 5 category for our aspiring young farmers and a COMMUNITY category for students who live in our community, but do not attend our school, and who would like an opporunity to participate in something rural.

We look forward to seeing you on the 27th!

For further information please contact Christine at office@ahuroa.school.nz or call her on 09-4225898