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Opua is born again – 31 May 2014

Opua is born again with a very enthusiastic large collection of residents forming the “Love Opua” group.
Their mission statement is:

The beautification of reserves, cleaning of the roadsides and the beaches to make Opua an ideal environment that the residents would be proud to live in.

The establishment of and the ongoing organization and operation of a Neighbourhood Watch, in conjunction with the Police, to make Opua a more law abiding and safer place to live in.

They have had two public meetings in the Opua hall and they elected Dr. Brian Hepburn 402-6070 as Chairman and Brett Etherton 402 8210 as Secretary. Other people very much involved are Manuela Gmur-Hornell 402 6116 (Who designed the very catchy logo.) and Marie Sharp have been very active in the initial forming of the group.

The group wishes to work alongside and with the New Zealand Police, Northland Regional Council, Far North District Council, Far North Holdings, Rotary & Lions to improve the environment plus make it a safer place to be proud to live in.

Saturday 4th. May saw a wonderful occurrence for Opua as the community turned out in force to clean up this wonderful picturesque Village. Just on 40 people gave up their Sunday afternoon, on a beautiful sunny day, to start the clean-up of the beaches.

The bags donated by Far North District Council were soon filled up. One group did the beach from the store around to Doug’s boatyard while other groups did Lemon & English Bays plus the Colenso Triangle.  Also done was the roadside from Opua to the Roadrunner.

Sunday 25th. May saw a community BYO BBQ in the Opua hall. Myra Larcombe brought the greatest collection of old photos of Opua dating back to the late 1800s. We laid the photos out on tables and spent a long time studying the history of Opua right back to the early days. Neil Campbell & Marie Sharp plus the OCC supplied their BBQs. Greg Philpott from the Opua Store supplied two big baskets of bread rolls and filled the gas bottles.

The next area to be given attention is the picnic area at the Junction of Highway 11, English Bay Road and Franklin Street.  A design for a new and delightful layout is being done (gratis) by Fulton Landscaping (Thank you Jonathan). The Rotary, Frank Leadley and Lions, Taryn Heger are all working together with Love Opua to complete this area. So watch this space.

If you want to be on the email for the “Love Opua” news that will come out on a regular basis send your email address to Or you are welcome to phone the number below at any time for more information.

Dr. Brian Hepburn,
6 Scoresby Street,
Opua 0200.
402-6070         021-957-977