Announcements Archive


Website changes

Date: Jan 24, 2014 5:25:0 AM

A couple of minor changes to the website:

  • Updated weather software has made the weather data more accurate and reliable.
  • PPA sponsors now have a spot on the front page. If you wish to advertise your Pinehaven business please contact me. Rates are currently $60 per year.

NZ VIEW inc Fundraiser

Date: Jan 30, 2014 5:35:14 AM

The word VIEW is an acronym for ‘Vision Impaired Empowering Women’.

See Facebook page for additional details.

Tandem Ride Fundraiser.

PPA Picnic

Date: Jan 30, 2014 5:48:49 AM

Please join us for the PPA Annual Picnic

  • PPA Hall and Grounds (Forest Road)
  • Friday 7th Feb
  • From 5.30pm
  • BYO Fish and Chips

In case of bad weather, event will be postponed to following Friday.

Please check this website for any changes.


Date: Feb 06, 2014 6:49:39 PM

Due to anticipated bad weather the PPA Picnic has been postponed till next Friday (14th Feb).

Old Mans Beard Spreading in Pinehaven

Date: Mar 04, 2014 6:18:51 PM


The best method of control is to cut vines to ground level or to waist level in the winter or spring and to spray the regrowth in March. This method ensures that the host plant is not sprayed at the same time. Leave the vines in the tree to dry out before removing (or leave them there to rot), to prevent damage to the host tree.

For larger specimens, the cut stump method can be used. Cut the vines close to the ground with a straight flat cut. The cut must be horizontal so the herbicide will stay on the cut area and be absorbed. Apply herbicide immediately, as the sap ceases to flow once the tissues are severed. There are several convenient ways the application can be made, with a paintbrush, eye dropper or a small squeeze bottle. For larger specimens it is only necessary to wipe the herbicide around the outer rim of the cut.

A herbicide called Vigilant works well on OMB and comes in a convenient bottle with an applicator for stump treatment.

Further information and advice

If you need help identifying OMB or advice on its control, please contact Chris Cosslett on 972 3490 or

More information, including photos for identification, can be found at:


Seedlings have one to three leaflets and the mature plant has five leaves. The characteristic feathery seed heads give this climber its name and appear from autumn to spring. Older stems have pale brown stringy bark with longitudinal furrows. Don’t confuse OMB with native clematis which is three leaved, flowers from spring to early summer, seeds in late summer and has a smooth vine.

OMB is becoming well-established in Pinehaven. Right now it is easy to spot because its creamy coloured fluffy seeds are very prominent. These seeds will be released and spread by the wind, spreading the problem to other properties. If we are to prevent this weed becoming a serious problem for our local forests then we need to control it.

Old Mans Beard (Clematis vitalba) is a fast growing, vigorous weed that scrambles up and over the canopy of trees. If left unchecked it is capable of smothering and killing large areas of native forest.

Council Land Sale

Date: Apr 16, 2014 6:19:47 AM

Please Note: Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday 30 April 2014

For more information, including submission forms for the draft Annual Plan 2014 – 2015, you can visit the following websites:

The following links to a recent Dominion-Post article on the matter:

The Upper Hutt City Council is looking into selling “surplus” land parcels across the valley. Of particular interest to Pinehaven residents are the space next to the library, parcels on the eastern edge of Pinehaven and the Silverstream Spur (the bush land above the Silverstream Steam Railway)A map of sale area details can be found here:

PPA on Facebook

Date: May 31, 2014 7:46:2 AM

facebookThe PPA now has a Facebook page.Please join us there:

Flood Risk?? Meeting this Wednesday (18th June)

Date: Jun 14, 2014 12:35:16 AM

Does the map show more than the real flood risk on your property?

It is important that flood predictions are accurate:

“The consequence of getting the flood hazard assessment wrong varies from catastrophic (loss of life) to severe (property damage). Equally important is to not falsely identify a property under flood risk as there are financial impacts to the ratepayer – building restrictions and/or devalued property.”


Is this flood map for Elmslie and Forest Roads accurate?

Because of this flood map will you have any problems with:

  • selling your property?
  • getting a building consent?
  • getting a subdivision consent?
  • building a culvert over the stream?
  • getting insurance for flood protection cover?

Come and find out more about the flood maps.

We seek your views or concerns about the level of predicted flooding on your property.

We have invited Greater Wellington Regional Council to attend.


The Scholastic Book Fair Friday 27 June – Thursday 3 July.

Date: Jun 26, 2014 10:58:21 PM

bookThe book fair is an opportunity to encourage students and their families to get excited about reading and as a fundraiser for the school.

The school library will be open to parents/caregivers and the community for the sale of books on:

Tuesday 1 July and Wednesday 2 July 8 – 9am

Wednesday 2 July 2 – 8pm

Thursday 3 July 3 – 6.30pm

Pinehaven: The Children’s View

Date: Jun 28, 2014 1:38:50 AM

houseOne of the main reasons for choosing to live in Pinehaven is its suitability as a place to raise children.The peace, Decile 10 school and the bush on our doorstep make it seem a great place to grow up. We asked students of Pinehaven School what they enjoy about living here, and their answers surprised us.

Pinehaven Childrens Views.

The Way We Were – Tuesday 22nd July Pinehaven Library

Date: Jul 05, 2014 1:14:10 AM

Browse old photos from Upper Hutt City Library’s Heritage Collections.

Tuesday 22 July, 1:30pm, Pinehaven Library

Please note the corrected date as compared to the PPA Newsletter.

The Pine Tree Question: Public Meeting – 7:30 29th July

Date: Jul 18, 2014 7:37:9 PM

treeAs you will have seen in past editions of the Pinehaven Newsletter, the PPA the been considering the question of what should be done about the risks posed by ageing pine trees on the slopes above the Pinehaven community. Additional information about the issue can be found in the November 2013 Newsletter and in the Local Government section of the website.

We have decided to open the matter up for wider discussion. To this end, the PPA is holding a public meeting to try and reach a consensus about what, if anything, we should do next. The meeting will be held prior to the next PPA committee meeting. All welcome.

7.30pm, Tues 29th July, PPA Hall

Pinehaven Arts and Crafts Exhibition 2014

Date: Aug 18, 2014 7:24:19 PM

The Pinehaven annual Arts and Craft exhibition is coming up again.

19th, 20th, and 21st September at the Pinehaven School Hall.

See their Facebook page for the latest information.

The Middle Years Toolbox Group in Pinehaven

Date: Aug 27, 2014 6:1:58 AM

6-12 years Make the most of these years while your children still want to be part of your team!

PPA AGM – 2014

Date: Sep 30, 2014 11:12:30 PM

handsIt’s that time of year again. The PPA Annual General Meeting is coming up.

All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, 29th of October, 7:30pm, PPA Hall

Pinehaven School Bike Track – Can you help?

Date: Oct 05, 2014 3:20:38 AM

bikes in schoolsWe have visited some of the Hawke’s Bay schools who have the bike tracks running and were very impressed with what we saw. We plan to have 3 tracks – a loop track that goes around our field, a skills track with obstacles, and a pump track. We will also have 260 helmets and 50 bikes here at school, housed in a container. The total cost of the project is approximately $50,000 and we have already been granted $20,000 from the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

We are currently applying for funding and approaching businesses who may be interested in sponsoring our project. So that the project costs don’t impact on other resources and programmes here at school, we are applying for grants that we don’t usually access for other resources. It may well be that you can help. If you know of a business that may be interested in helping with sponsorship (every little bit helps), please get in touch with us. It may be that your employer or business may be interested, or that you know someone who might be interested. We will be acknowledging sponsors through advertising in our newsletter, signage, and also inviting them to our grand opening. We are happy to talk to any sponsors about what might be in it for them! We are also interested in talking to any families who wish to fund a small aspect of the project (e.g. you might want to donate the money for a helmet, a bike, a tree or shrub/bench seat that will be planted/placed along the track), or even one of the obstacles on the skills track! Every little bit will help towards us getting the bike track underway.

We are hopeful to have this all up and running for the beginning of next year, so don’t be shy. If you may be able to help, please get in touch with me. Below is a very rough sketch of where the track will go, but we have a much more detailed proposal we can share with any prospective sponsors or interested parties.

Those wishing to donate money to the cause can do it via this givealittle page:

For further information please contact Pinehaven School:

Pinehaven School are looking to build a community bike track and need some assistance.


Date: Oct 27, 2014 10:16:35 PM


Join the PPA and other community members on the Neighbourly Forum:

Neighbourly is a free and private neighbourhood website that allows you to easily meet and interact with your neighbours and community. Through these connections we believe we can help create stronger, safer and friendlier places for all our members to call home.

People are using Neighbourly to:

  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter.
  • Find out who does the best lawn mowing in town.
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost cat or dog.
  • Find a new home for your old fridge.
  • Finally call that nice lady down the street by her first name.
  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in

Neighbourly’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighbourhoods, and ultimately more face to face interactions and connections between neighbours.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP – Cob Pizza Oven – Permaculture Design

Date: Nov 14, 2014 5:10:43 AM


In Pinehaven

20 & 21 December 2014,

9 am – 4 pm

Build your own Cob Pizza Oven and

Introduction to Permaculture Design

Registration is limited to 12 people.

For more info or to register, please see James Richardson