Call for Puhoi emergency response action plan

A public meeting to set up an emergency response plan for Puhoi and the surrounding area is being held on the afternoon of Sunday, August 11 at the Centennial Hall.

Organiser Judith Williams is looking for local residents and organisations to share ideas of how the community can ready itself for emergencies and be self-reliant.

“We have to be prepared to be self-sufficient within our own valley, which is really a series of mini-catchments, and the potential for power outages and trees falling across roads and blocking bridges,” she says. “And all of us are aware of the impossibility of escaping or entering Puhoi because of frequent accidents and traffic hold-ups on State Highway 1. The fact is, Puhoi needs its own plan, and its own equipment.”

She says the community’s already strong neighbourhood support and connections need to be strengthened and formalised in case of future emergencies.

Auckland Council community resilience manager Melanie Hutton will speak at the August 11 meeting and local emergency service providers, community groups and neighbouring civil defence coordinators will be attending, some of whom will also have information stands.

Doors open at 1pm, there will be afternoon tea at 2pm and discussion starts at 3pm.

Info: Email Judith Williams at