Advocacy

Pinehaven has been a great community to live in, and to raise a family in.  There are a number of issues Pinehaven is now facing that threaten the uniqueness of Pinehaven.  These have been raised by Residents and Community Groups.  PPA has a role in highlighting concerns that Pinehaven Residents have raised.  PPA may not agree with all the views represented but will provide a summary and who to contact. If you would like your concerns raised contact us [link to contact form]

  • Dangerous Tree: The large Pinetree on the Pinehaven Library Grounds owned by Upper Hutt City Council (UHCC) is a identified hazard. 2022 a branch fell down breaking the neighbours fence and right where they had previously been gardening.  The homeowner had to pay for the repair of their fence with not contribution from Council.    Residents and PPA have asked the Council to remove this tree.  Council has declined so far to do so.  If you would like this tree removed, Contact UHCC  askus@uhcc.govt.nz and make your views known to the Council.
  • Sewage: in heavy rainfall there are a couple of properties in Pinehaven who cannot use their toilets as they will overflow and they have to contend with raw sewage spilling over onto their property and the public foot path. Residents have asked Council for several years to address this.  Pre-election we have heard that Council is now following this up so we hope this will be sorted for Residents and the community using the footpath.
  • Tree felling and slashings: Residents and PPA have asked Council for controls on trees being felled on private properties where logs and slashings have been left. Logs were found on the road and on a Resident’s property.  A Resident asked Council to address this, which they have refused to.  Contact UHCC  askus@uhcc.govt.nz and make your views known to the Council if you would like protections in place.
  • Forestry: Pinehaven sits at the foot the hills of a Forest owned by Guildford Timber Company. A community advocacy group [Save our Hills] and local Residents made submissions to Council to have Forestry Standards put in place. Council declined to do so.  In 2019 a landslip from an area that had been cleared on the Forested hills brought tons or rocks and debris down onto 4 Residents properties.  Residents had to clear their sections and debrie at their own cost.  If you would like to have standards in place for the Forestry owned by Guildford Timber Company – let your Councillors know.
  • Pinehaven Floodmaps: in 2010 the Regional Council put out Floodmaps for Pinehaven. Residents who have lived in the area expressed an outcry that the maps showing the current situation far exceeded any event in living memory that has happened in Pinehaven, including exceeding the 1976 catastrophic Floods in Pinehaven.  Residents, Local Community group (Save Our Hills) and Engineers presented evidence including reports, soil infiltration tests, case studies, data on actual flooding events, and presented at Hearings to show how the Pinehaven Floodmaps are inflated.  Residents have lobbied Council on showing Pinehaven in a floodzone to an extent it isnt, then allowing development on the surrounding hills that will create it.  Pinehaven has no Flood protection and the environment, peoples properties, insurances and lives are at future risk.  The Floodmaps have been endorsed and accepted by Council and the Council refused to engage to go through the evidence themselves.
  • Development on the Hills around Pinehaven, Silverstream, Whitemans Valley, Stokes Valley: a large urban development of approximately 3,000 properties [dwellings per properties is unknown] is planned for the Hills. Council’s consultants produced a report, which Council accepted, to say that building 1,600 dwellings  in one part of the this development will make very little difference to flooding in Pinehaven or other areas.  Inflated floodmaps will enable development to go ahead without mitigating the true extend of the run off which will impact Pinehaven.  Furthermore, roading is planned to access  which will also impact Pinehaven.
  • Street lighting: there are parts of Pinehaven where Street lights are often not working or not there. This makes areas quite dark and concern for safety.
  • Pot holes: Pinehaven joins many parts of the country in navigating around pot holes! Contact askus@uhcc.govt.nz to ask what progress is being made.