Monthly Archives: June 2015

Clean Up by the water tank

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Clean Up by the water tank

Working Bees will be on Thursdays 9 am to about 1 pm, and Saturdays 9 am to about 1 pm.

Until further notice.

Many thanks to the people who provided morning tea.

Great work was carried out last Saturday morning.
We thank all of the 15 or so that turned up.

We look forward to great work in the future.
Everybody welcome.

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

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Upcoming Events
Shared Mid-Winter Dinner – Saturday 25/7/2015 – more details to follow
Rubbish bags for roadside and beach clean ups can be picked up from Marie Sharp at the Opua Cruising Club Bar (Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm onward)Thursday 8.30 to 11.30 and Saturday mornings weekly are regular garden/weeding days

About Love Opua


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.

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ASB Paihia

FNHL Presentation – now online

here is the link to the Far North Holdings presentation (in colour) from our Public Meeting

FNHL Presentation <—- click there

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New projects to be outlined at Love Opua public meeting

Organisations behind the community-driven Opua Masterplan will present their visions for the town and unveil the first development projects at a public meeting to be held in the Opua Community Hall between 7pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday 10 June.

Love Opua, a community group established in 2014 with the aim of making the town a better place to live, will outline its action programme, including a security initiative and a neighbourhood support network to combat crime.

Far North Holdings will provide updates on its plans for the second stage of its marina, including cultural aspects arising from its discussions with Ngati Manu and its hapu Te Uri Karaka and Te Uri o Raewera. It will also unveil details of a new a fitness trail to be developed as a result of input from students at Opua School.

The Opua Business Association will give an update on their activities and the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust will outline plans for the new Opua Railway Station and cycleway.

Kevin Milne of the New Zealand Police in Paihia and Deputy Mayor Tania McInnes will also speak about the Opua masterplan and how they see it contributing to the development of the town.

Organisers will describe how the masterplan will be developed and implemented on an ongoing basis, and how people can contribute and become involved.

The event is being organised by Love Opua with the support of Far North Holdings and the other organisations involved in the development of the Opua Masterplan, a structured but evolving overview of what the community wants the town to look and feel like in the next 15 to 20 years.

“Nothing about the masterplan is set in stone,” said Far North Holdings chief executive Andy Nock. “But it does give the community a vision on which to base our plans and ideas, and a forum for people to become involved with building the Opua we’d all like to see in the future.”

Far North Holdings is working closely with Love Opua to develop the masterplan by pulling together the activities of all the organisations involved into a single forum.

“It’s about identifying the commonly-held visions that people have for our town and then coordinating and maximising our limited resources to help turn these into reality,” said Dr Brian Hepburn, Chairman of Love Opua. “Together we can achieve so much more than we can as individual organisations.”

For more information please contact:

Peter Heath,
Due North Public Relations / 09-4074695 / 021-456353

Bike Trail Clean Up

Jacki Moore and Adele Earnshaw spent another four hours today picking up rubbish on the Opua bike trail. A couple of days ago, we did a superficial rubbish pickup and filled a lot of supermarket bags. Today we brought large rubbish bags and filled nine in the first 2k of the trail. There’s a lot of rubbish down in the mangroves and bags of household rubbish that have just been dumped in the last day or two. Also lots of nasty stuff that we can’t reach in the gully between Carters and the bike path. We really need to organise a community project to clean it up.


Newsletter 3/2015

Working Bee – Saturday 20th June 2015 – 9 am
by Manuela Gmuer-Hornell
By the water tank just below Opua School

Opua School held an art contest for a design to dress up the water tank. We (the community) now need to carry on cleaning up this beautiful piece of land.

Bring along your gardening tools and gloves, suitable footwear and a wheelbarrow. If you can’t help us with your muscles, we’d love you to make some morning tea and deliver it to the school hall. And if your baking of coffee makings skills let you down too, we always welcome donations to our bank account (see details at the end of this email).

Let’s make a good start cleaning up the gorse, wattles and bamboo!

Join us.

Water Tank Improvement
By Simon McGowan, Principal Opua School

The teacher [Linda Worthington] and children have created a fantastic concept! I have attached a concept image and a few ‘additions’, but there is so much more to it than what appears in the pictures so far. There is a base image of sky, land and under water which forms the top, middle and bottom of the design and which will ‘run around’ the water tank mirroring the landscape that surrounds the water tank. Layered on top of this reflection of the landscape will be many, many native flora and fauna that the children have individually drawn. These children’s images could be realistic in appearance, stylised, iconic or imaginary [but based on something native to the area.]. It will grow – but I stress the images attached don’t do it justice!
[Over 30 children and teachers have contributed!]

Public Meeting – Minutes
by Brett Etherton

A fantastic turn out – more 120 people crammed into the Opua Community Hall – you can read the minutes by clicking here 

Use your leisure time exercising your brain

by Roger Toplis







We are a friendly club, men and women; many members also play at the

Kerikeri Club and socially at homes.



Di Sadler  09.4026617,  email 

Peter Hirzel   027 407 8696,   email

Roger Toplis  09.4027089,   email 

Community Potluck Dinner 

by Greg Philpott
Mark your calendars, more details to follow:

SUNDAY 25/7/2015 -5 pm – Opua Community Hall

Keep it safe… 
by Adele Earnshaw You can use Snap to create an online asset list and record serial numbers of your belongings. You can even include photos of your stuff! “SNAP is an initiative of the New Zealand Police, aiming to prevent burglary and make it harder for criminals to sell stolen goods in New Zealand”.

SNAP (Serial Number Action Partnership) is an initiative of the New Zealand Police, aiming to prevent New Zealand burglary and property offending, and make it harder for criminals to sell stolen goods in New Zealand. The initiative helps to protect property in a number of ways.

The SNAP website ( allows you to enter and maintain details of all of your important possessions or assets. You can then access this asset list from anywhere, anytime. If your items are stolen, you can instantly retrieve your asset list details, and forward these on to the Police and your insurance company.

By registering the property serial numbers of your most important possessions in the SNAP Asset List Tool, and providing these details to the New Zealand Police if your home or business contents are stolen, you’ll be helping the Police to make New Zealand a safer country for all. Along with recording asset serial numbers and photos, you can also include model numbers, warranty information and valuation certificate details in the asset description.

Trustpower Community Awards – we are nominated!

Good afternoon,

2015 Trustpower Community Awards

You have been nominated for the Trustpower Community Awards.

Please complete the attached Information Form and return by: Friday 12 June 2015.

Thank you.


Adele Thomson

Executive Personal Assistant to Mayor John Carter
Far North District Council
Phone: 09 401 5210 or  021 215 0941

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