Newsletter No. 235

May 5, 2023

Back in 2015 a group of artists from Houghton Valley created the banners for our community hall over several Friday evening sessions, and they now have pride of place and brighten up the space. The banners depict aspects and stories of Houghton Valley and its history.

Now in 2023 the events and projects are still continuing … lots on this month.

Planting on Te Raekaihau

Sunday 7 May, 10 am – 12 pm: This is the first session of the 2023 planting programme – ko ngā rākau rua mano! The aim is to start planting out the newly created lightwells with over 40 different native species in some locations. Meet at the Te Raekaihau lookout near the Alice Krebs lodge. There will be some digging tools and gloves but please bring your own if you can. In the event of bad weather it will be postponed to the following weekend. Please check the group Facebook Page for updates.

Koha Coffee

Sunday 7 May, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm: Come along to the Community Hall and chat with friends, neighbours and other locals, and we’d love anyone handy to help us replace some fluorescent light bulbs in the hall.

Bring some food to share and/or a koha. And just to let you know the surplus koha money has been helping us improve the kitchen crockery and utensils to make our community meals even better.

WREMO Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Wednesday May 10, 6 – 8 pm: We are having an emergency response workshop at the Houghton Valley School Hall, in conjunction with WREMO and Houghton Valley School. This will be a Community Hub scenario based workshop, so you can find out how our local hub at the school and community members can work together to help each other during and after a disaster.

Come along and find out more about the Houghton Bay Community Emergency Hub and the types of help that may be needed after an emergency. Have fun meeting together and practicing various volunteer roles with an interactive earthquake scenario. Open to all ages and abilities, no experience needed. Refreshments provided! Please sign up for this free event ASAP so that we can gauge numbers.

Houghton Valley Progressive Association AGM

Sunday 14 May, 2 – 3.30 pm: Come and celebrate what we have done in the last year, what we are still doing and what we plan to do! And you can let us know what you think we should be doing here in Houghton Valley. After the main business we will have a splendid afternoon tea.

Our President, Secretary and Treasurer are all happy to stand again, but we will be looking for someone to join the committee to handle the role of hall bookings. Would you be interested? Please contact Jenny at for a description of this small but important role. We would also like to expand our cool little committee with another one or two people to help with discussion and decisions and to take on a specific role that interests you. This could be events, fundraising, environmental concerns – whatever is important to you!

Subscriptions are now due. The membership fee remains at $10, for one person, or for two people in one household at the same address. We need the name, address and email of each member for our records and for voting – please send these details to Jenny at You can pay your subscription online to Houghton Valley Progressive Association 38-9024-0613101-00 with your name and 2023-24 Sub in the payment details. (Please note this is a new bank account number, we are transitioning to Kiwibank.)

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