Register your house for Halloween Trick or Treating

As parents we know how difficult to get around with the kids on Halloween evening and finding a house in the Ahuroa area that actually does participate in Halloween. 

So to avoid any awkward moments when the kids asks “Trick or Treat” and there is nothing but a handful of onions or Brussel sprouts, I’ve set up a form so you can register your house as a participant. 

Halloween Trick or Treat Register (Google form):

Just because its a form doesn’t mean you have to fill it out, it’s just making life easier for the parents being the taxi for the kids know which house to go to. If you don’t want to take part, just ignore this message and enjoy the evening anyway.

The list will be sent out on Sunday 29th October so register before then. If know one registers, then just head to Warkworth and raid those streets.

Happy Halloween!

If you have any questions, just let me know: 

General safety notice

There is a white 4×4 vehicle that has been involved in a crash incident and the vehicle is now situated just opposite house #1159 Ahuroa Road.

The owner is arranging for a tow truck to collect as it is not driveable and both airbags have gone off – this may not be until Thursday/Friday.Thank you.

Julia Manuel

1176 Ahuroa Road

Gibbs Farm Visit – Fundraiser

Enquiries: or 09 4275154

Bookings through I-Ticket: 

Gibbs Farm is an internationally renowned open-air sculpture park located on the Kaipara Harbour.

It contains the largest collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures in New Zealand.

Funds raised from this event will go to services to support families to live violence free lives.

When: Friday 24 November 2017Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm


  • $60 Adults
  • $40 5-18years
  • Free under 5 years

Venue: Gibbs Farm, 2421 Kaipara Coast Highway, Makarau – Entry via Barr Road

Bring a picnic lunch.

Event proceeds regardless of weather. No refunds

See Gibbs Farm website for further terms of access.


Dear Puhoi women and friends from neighbouring communities, especially newcomers to our area,

Wednesday, November 1, is the date set for our annual Puhoi Womens Dinner in the Puhoi hotel.

Please read below for the way the system operates, and this year’s menu.



Our annual Puhoi Women’s Dinners started in 2009 as a means of having fun with friends from our local community in a relaxed setting with no pressures on participants to cook, ‘bring a plate’ or drive long distances.

They were made possible by our publican Gillian Seymour’s opening up of the character-filled hotel dining room to bookings by selected groups for catered dinners, sometimes cooked by Gillian herself.

As well as a chance for old friends to gather, we are always thrilled to be able to welcome newcomers to Puhoi, or when our local regulars bring a friend from another area, or maybe a younger relative, or a visitor from overseas, or are celebrating a special occasion.

The 2017 dinner is on Wednesday, November 1, and the theme is Benvenuto Italia – Italian Cuisine.

The programme begins with a gathering in the hotel bar from 6pm -7pm, giving time for guests, some of whom come directly from work, to relax with a complimentary cocktail, or a drink bought from the bar, and nibbles, which are included in the price of the evening.

At 7pm we go into the dining room for a meal comprising a starter and main course, plus dessert followed by tea or coffee.

A vegetarian option is available – just let me or the kitchen know in advance.

Generally, we have a speaker, by popular choice one of our own members, who entertains us for around 15 minutes before coffee, as well as a little raffle as a fundraiser for the next dinner.

This year’s speaker will be American historical fiction writer William C. Hammond, best known for his Cutler family maritime chronicles (Google Wikipedia), now residing in Puhoi.

Small items for the raffle would be appreciated.

Men can come if they agree to wear a skirt – so far no-one has taken up this invitation! (although one year one came without a skirt, or anything else, either!)

The cost of the whole evening, excluding any drinks you buy from the bar, is $30, and we ask for payment in advance if possible to confirm your commitment to attending.

There are 30 seats and we take you on a first come, first accepted, basis, after which we place you on a waiting list.

The first thing to do is book your place by emailing me, Judith Williams: as several have already done – please, don’t rely on my memory if you tell me on the shop step or in the street!

Near the date I will send out a list of all those who have given me their names so you can check if there are still places free.

Please make out your cheques or leave cash for PUHOI BISTRO and place it in MY mail box (not the hotel’s) PO Box 404 151

Looking forward to having you there, with kindest regards,

Judith Williams

October 2017 – MENU



  • Complimentary Cocktail
  • Crostini di Fegatini


  • Fettuccine Carbonara
  • Cannelloni stuffed with chicken, spinach, pumpkin and ricotta
  • Crostata Crema
  • ( lemon cream tart )
  • coffee or tea

Puhoi burglary

My house on the hill just before J tolhopf Rd ,container and out sheds were robbed. The gate chain and container locks were cut as well as a main entrance dead bolt door smashed. It happened between Tues and 7am wed( Tues night) They used a vehicle “ ute or surf type” with large mud tyres and possibly had a trailer . They have taken a lot of personal stuff which they will possibly throw away as it will have no value to them as well as tools and valuable possessions etc . They backed down the side of the house and parked by the container as well as out by the road . If any one saw any vehicles looking suspicious or looked like they were moving house or loads of stuff , around Ahuroa rd through these times please contact me . They may of headed either to Puhoi or Ahuroa couldn’t tell.

Someone let our pet Ram out of his pen the day before and the steely boys may of given him the bash as he was covered in mud as if rolled around , I only hope Leroy broke their knee first. Leroy’s ok and back in Pen with treats.Regards

Paul M – tel: 422 0131

Lost: silver bracelet – Ahuroa Valley Rd

Hi there if anyone finds a silver chunky bracelet along Ahuroa Valley Rd or around one lane bridge on Ahuroa Rd it is very sentemantal and I think it may have fallen off while walking the dog. If anyone finds anything like the description please phone Louisa 4222213 Many thanks

Seed and plant swap

Seed and plant swap this Saturday 14th of October. 10:30 am. Come and socialise with like minded people. Tea and coffee provided, bring something yummy to share. All welcome, please come to Lothlorien Orchard 1227 Ahuroa rd, meet at the cowshed ( turn left at the x section at top of the drive.) Will be on rain or shine. Come along even if you don’t have seeds or plants to swap!
Cheers, Jo – 09 422 5855

For sale: Toyota RAV4

We are leaving NZ soon for the UK and my great car is up for sale. A 2010 red Toyota RAV4, 5 door with full service history, good WOF history and just passed the latest one. 188,460 kms and really good condition as she’s been well cared for. Offers around or between $10,000 and $11,000 will be seriously considered . Come and see before she’s snapped up by a dealer.

Call Ann 0212050448