Work begins on major Pūhoi to Warkworth site access point

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6 June 2017

Work begins on major site access point for the Pūhoi to Warkworth project

Work is about to begin on constructing one of the main access points for construction traffic working on the Pūhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance.

The site access point known as SAP4, will allow construction vehicles to enter and exit the project site from State Highway 1 (SH1) just south of Perry Road -approximately 7km south of Warkworth.

To create the new site access point there will be road widening works, installation of temporary and new guardrail barriers, and the removal of trees. Works will start from 7 June and will take approximately three months to complete.

Some of this work will take place at night (between the hours of 8pm and 5am) because construction crews will be working in one lane of SH1. Four separate periods of night works will be required, one to five days each period. When night works are taking place, there will be ‘Stop-Go’ operation.

There will also be a temporary 70 km/h speed restriction through the construction area until the works are complete.

NX2 Chief Executive, Ray Wilson says this access point is a key part of ensuring NX2 construction crews can to get into the site safely and enable them to meet the construction timetable. “We are working to ensure appropriate traffic control measures are in place on SH1 to protect the public and the construction team. We ask motorists to take note of the traffic controls in place, drive to the conditions, and take extra care.”

Throughout June the project team will also be working very close to SH1, near Hungry Creek, felling pine trees. There will be some night works and it also will include ‘Stop-Go’ operations.

To find the latest traffic information please go to

Work began in December to construct the Pūhoi to Warkworth project, the first stage of the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance. It is a key transport link connecting Northland to the rest of the Upper North Island, helping move people and freight between major centres more safely and efficiently. The project extends the Northern Motorway to four lanes for 18.5km north from the Johnstone’s Hill Tunnels at Pūhoi to a tie-in with the existing State Highway 1 north of Warkworth. It will be open for traffic by late 2021.

Local fencing help wanted

We are looking for a fit, keen hard working local with some farm / fencing experience, to help us build a few kilometres of fence line on steep PUHOI hills.

Please email me contact details if you know someone who might be interested.

Thanks heaps

Hamish Braddick –

Editor: – Location has been corrected to PUHOI, not Pakari as initially notified.

Tutor Available guitar, English/Reading/Mathematics

Ex school principal and school advisor, Alan Wagstaff, is available for private tuition in primary and middle school Guitar, English/Reading, and mathematics.

Alan, a friendly approachable guy who is expert in his fields, can teach one-on-one or in small groups from his Puhoi home, or at your place, after school or at the weekends.

Please call for more information:

Alan Wagstaff
0274 836 023

The Puhoi Celtic Sessions 

The Puhoi Celtic Sessions (PCS) meets to play Celtic, mostly Scottish and Irish, folk music for enjoyment. Our meetings are not performances – just a circle of folk-music loving players and singers. 

We started the group in February 2016.

The PCS meets every fortnight in the Puhoi Village Cafe on Thursdays at 7.15pm till about 10.00pm. We have about 20 musicians in our group. There are accordionists, fiddlers, harpists, guitarists, bassists, mandolin players, flautists, pipers, concertina players, saxophonists, and whistle players in the group. We make an awesome sound! 

To help folks learn the material, we run a ‘Dropbox’ that contains the parts and sound files for all the pieces we do. 

At this point we’re looking for instrumentalists who can read music.

We encourage all people with a love of this music to join with us. If you do come along, you’ll receive a warm welcome. 

You can request to join our mailing list and get access to our Dropbox by emailing Alan Wagstaff. Don’t hesitate to ask if you want more information.


Alan Wagstaff
0274 836 023

Puhoi Village Market, Sunday, 30th April

Puhoi Village Market, Sunday, 30th April, 9am to 1pm

It will be our Ethnic Day to celebrate Puhoi’s diverse cultures. Feel free to dress up in your national costume and join us. There will be a Samosa cooking demonstration, Bohemian folk dancing, body art demonstration and belly dancing.

Fresh local fruit and veges, eggs, honey, olive oil, Puhoi coffee, cheese, fresh-squeezed juice, pickles, fresh bread and pastries, smoked salmon, jam and pickles, samosa, deli foods, herbs, plants, craft stalls and much more.

Support Local!

Call 0274 27 0440 or email for inquiries or more information.

Next month market: Sunday, 28th May 2017