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PPA 75th Anniversary Celebration

posted 25 Dec 2017, 20:24 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 4 Jan 2018, 20:24 ]

On Saturday, 27 January 2017 the Pinehaven Progressive Association (PPA) is celebrating 
75 years in the community!
Established as an incorporated society in 1942, the PPA is a volunteer organisation focused on promoting, developing, enhancing and protecting the interests of thePinehaven community and its residents.
You can read more about the history of Pinehaven here
We’d love for you to join us in celebrating our beautiful and very special community.

Family Get-Together

12-2.30pm Saturday, 27 January 2018
Pinehaven Community Hall

Pack your hamper and picnic blanket and come along to the Hall for a sausage sizzle, memorabilia and unveiling of new signage for the Hall.
The PPA encourages everyone to pack a picnic and participate in what promises to be a fun-filled afternoon.
If anyone has photos or memories they’d like to share, please email to tell us more. Pinehaven is such a special place to many – seeing and hearing each other’s stories is a great way to acknowledge and remember its history.

Trivia Night

7pm, Saturday, 27 January 2018
Pinehaven Community Hall

This is your chance to flex your brainpower and be in to win some great prizes.
There will be canapés and refreshments served, and a cash bar available on the night.*
We guarantee you’re going to have fun!
Tickets are $35 each and tables are limited so you’ll need to be in quick to get a spot.
Email or phone PPA President David Brown on 04 973 9947 to book.
Once your ticket has been confirmed, you can pay by cash or internet banking to account no 03-0774-0857067-00** You’ll then be sent your ticket.

* Note there won’t be any EFTPOS facility available.
** Due to limited tickets unfortunately there won’t be any door sales.

Joining the PPA

Being a small, volunteer-based organisation, the PPA relies on donations to continue its work in the community and to maintain the jewel in our crown – the Pinehaven Hall.
PPA members are residents of Pinehaven who assist in community development and environmental protection, keep other residents informed of local issues affecting the area, and represent residents’ views with relevant authorities in relation to such issues.
If you’d like to help out by making a donation to the work of the PPA, or if you’d like to join as a member, it’s easy to do! You can either make your contribution by internet banking to account no 03-0774-0857067-00, or simply complete a PPA membership application form.
All help and support, and the generosity of the Pinehaven community, is gratefully received and very much appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you on the 27th January!

December 2017 Newsletter

posted 16 Dec 2017, 08:49 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 16 Dec 2017, 08:50 ]
Thanks to Carol and contributors for the latest PPA Newsletter. 

This edition can be downloaded here

Past editions are also available here 

Weed of the Moment: Sycamore

posted 15 Dec 2017, 19:47 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 15 Dec 2017, 19:47 ]

We’ve made great progress on getting old man’s beard under control in Pinehaven.  Thanks to all who have helped.  

I’d like to draw your attention to another pest plant that is very common around here: sycamore.  It’s a medium-sized tree, a member of the maple family.  It has smooth grey bark and bluish-green leaves shaped like the leaf on the Canadian flag.  It produces yellow/reddish winged “helicopter” seed capsules containing two seeds.  There are some mature examples beside the library.

Sycamores produce many long-lived, well-dispersed seeds that can germinate and flourish under shade, so it can invade existing vegetation, including bush.  It is very aggressive.  It releases toxins into the soil through its roots to stop other plants growing near it.  This means it can take over bush areas by excluding native plants.

One redeeming feature is that it makes superb firewood.  If you have sycamore growing on your place - and the chances are that you do - you might consider cutting them down and putting them through your wood burner.

Small ones can be pulled or dug out.  Leave them somewhere to dry out before disposing of them - don’t put them in your compost.  Large trees can be either drilled and poisoned, or cut down, but if you cut them down you MUST poison the stump to prevent regrowth.  Detailed instructions can be found on: - go to Weed Information and look for Sycamore.

If you want advice feel free to contact Chris Cosslett on

PPA AGM 2017

posted 26 Sep 2017, 23:01 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 26 Sep 2017, 23:03 ]


The Pinehaven Progressive Association Annual General Meeting is coming up again.

See attached application form to become a PPA member. By paying your 2017/18 membership subscription of $5 on the night, you’ll be entitled to vote on AGM agenda items.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pinehaven Community Hall
Wednesday 25 October 2017

September Newsletter

posted 15 Sep 2017, 12:21 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 15 Sep 2017, 12:21 ]
Thanks to Carol and contributors for the latest PPA Newsletter. 

This month features the 2017 Pinehaven Arts & Crafts Exhibition. 

Historical editions are also available here 

Host family needed for an AFS teacher to Pinehaven School

posted 15 Jun 2017, 22:41 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 15 Jun 2017, 22:47 ]

Please consider welcoming a TEACHER from China at home or school in July 2017 for 4 weeks.

By hosting a Teacher, your family will have the opportunity to:

• Share our unique Kiwi culture while learning about another
• Establish a life-long friendship and an international connection
• Have fun learning all the things you have in common as well as cultural differences
• Encourage diversity and understanding for your family, school and local community

If your family can welcome an AFS teacher at home, please email or

Upper Hutt Community Earthquake Response day

posted 3 May 2017, 22:55 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 3 May 2017, 22:56 ]
Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) is running their first Upper Hutt Community Emergency Hub (Civil Defence Centre) activation:

Saturday 13th May 10-12pm at Silverstream School!

Additional information can be found here:

April Newsletter

posted 21 Apr 2017, 12:42 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 21 Apr 2017, 12:42 ]
Thanks to Carol and contributors for the latest Newsletter.
Download here

Old Man's Beard

posted 19 Feb 2017, 18:13 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 19 Feb 2017, 18:14 ]
Please read this information on identifying and removing Old Man's Beard:


posted 30 Nov 2016, 10:34 by Kenneth Dixon   [ updated 30 Nov 2016, 10:34 ]

One of the committee members recently had to deal with a swarm of bees on his property and was assisted by someone found on the following website, which he deemed an excellent resource worth sharing.

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