Monthly Archives: July 2015

Newsletter 5/2015

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Bus Stop Northbound – SH11

Communities (residents, schools, police etc)  can work together and the council does listen!

After a few letters of concern from schools and LoveOpua to Clarks Coachline, the FNDC and our Mayor John Carter, work has (out of the blue) started… Hans Garton and his team from Earthworx, have begun to widen the road verge just south of Oromahoe Road. Hans thinks the project should be finished within the next two weeks. Big boulders and plenty of wood piles will make this dangerous corner much safer for our school kids to wait for the Kerikeri Bus and for passengers to disembark from the public busses. There will even be room for a bus shelter.

Thank you FNDC for listening to us!! Now the ball is in our corner to erect a bus shelter. Please contact Manuela 021 44 55 29 if you can help.

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Newsletter 4/2015

 Newsletter 4 /2015

Community Potluck Dinner 
by Greg Philpott
An opportunity for you to come together and enjoy the convivial company of your neighbours and fellow Opuians.

What:           A pot-luck, bring your own, community dinner
When:          Saturday 25th July starting at 5pm
Where:        Opua Community Hall

  • Open to all members of the Opua Community
  • All invited to bring a dish to share – (meat, spud or vege) ideal example good hearty casserole – bring in a crock pot, slow cooker, electric fry pan or the like to plug in
  • Opua General Store will provide a monster basket of bread rolls
  • Bring your own drinks and glasses
  • Bring your own plates and knives and forks

Volunteer Fire Brigade
By Lesley Lucas

Paihia Volunteer Fire Brigade are having a Fun Community Day on Sat 25th July between 10.30am and 2.30pm on the Paihia Village Green. We’d love kids of all ages to come and join us.

BOIVR Fun Trivia Night
by Frank Leadley

A fun evening is planned! Quizzes, great auction items and raffles plus lots of prizes to be given out! There will 8 people per team/per table. The evening will have sets of quiz questions, in between quizzes there will be auctions.

A fast moving lively night with crazy auctioneering by Frank Leadley and Mayor John Carter!

The funds from this evening are going towards a very exciting new Railway Station and Cycleway complex at Opua. Planning is well advanced. Come along to find out what has happened so far, what is to come, and be a part of this great Northland initiative!

Taiwan Cherry – pretty! N O T!!!!!!
by Manuela Gmuer-Hornell

Look at those pretty pink blossoms…. now is the perfect time to identify and get rid of it… read on here (from the NRC website)

What does it look like?

The Taiwanese cherry is a deciduous tree that grows up to 8m high. Its leaves are serrated, thin, and cherry-like. The flowers are deep pink, bell-shaped in clusters and it has shiny scarlet fruit 1cm across from October to December.

Why is it a problem?

Birds spread the seed and it invades all types of shrublands, light gaps in the forest, and roadsides.

How do I get rid of it?

  • Cut the tree down or make downward cuts around the base of the tree and apply 250ml glyphosate (360g/l e.g. Roundup ®) per litre to the point of runoff, or with Vigilant® gel, within 10 minutes; or
  • Drill 12-14mm holes at 200mm intervals around the trunk and fill with10-15mls of undiluted glyphosate; or
  • Spray (during summer) with 5g metsulfuron-methyl (600g/kg e.g. Escort®) per 10 litres water or 60ml Brushkiller per 10 litres water.

Control methods for pest trees and shrubs

There is a range of methods available to control pest plants. The following recommendations – which are only a sample of those available – are based on safe-use methods that have proven effective.

  • Physical removal of the plant and all fragments to a land fill is the best organic method.
  • Slashing, mowing or otherwise removing plant material and then treating the stumps or regrowth reduces the amount of chemicals needed.
  • Always apply chemical to cut stump within 10 minutes of cutting.
  • Spray is recommended for large areas. For aerial rates contact the regional council’s biosecurity team.
  • Penetrant aids the uptake of herbicides – there is a range available, e.g. Pulse®, Boost®, Freeway, Dewdrop, and Kiwi Buddy Uptake crop oil.
  • Follow-up is always recommended until all the seed has gone from the soil.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY and follow all instructions and safety requirements.

More information

For further information or control advice please contact one of our biosecurity team at the Northland Regional Council on 0800 002 004.

More information on these and other pest plants is also available at:

www.nrc.govt.nz/nasties
www.weedbusters.org.nz
www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
www.ebop.govt.nz

Ongoing clearing at the water tank
by Brian Hepburn
We are meeting every Thursday and Saturday by the water tank, the Puketiitii Domain. We have cleared away a heap so far but it is slow work. Please join us from 8.30am! Bring your own weeding tools and plenty of energy.

Keep yourself in the loop
by Manuela Gmuer-Hornell

Not everyone is on Facebook – BUT, you can follow LoveOpua on our websitewww.opuanz.wordpress.com – have a look!

Police Report – 17/7/2015

This week’s happenings

While I can’t provide much information because of privacy etc. but I do remind everyone to be vigilant for any strangers you may see snooping around.  If you do see someone new to the area give them a hello.  Call out to them with a friendly hello or enquire if you can help them.  If they are genuine, then they will think that Opua is a nice friendly place with residents willing to help visitors.  If they are up to no good, they will know that they have been spotted and likely move on.

This week’s tip

People are sometimes the prey of unscrupulous confidence tricksters who are only after money. Keep in mind these guidelines:

· Be careful about discussing your financial affairs with anybody.
· Don’t be pressured into drawing large amounts of money out of the bank to give to strangers

  • Don’t be rushed into business deals. Don’t accept home maintenance offers or gardening deals until you have thoroughly checked them out, discussed them with friends and family, and compared prices.
    · Beware of seemingly very cheap goods and services.
    · Don’t rush into signing any legal documents committing yourself to major undertakings until you have asked the advice of other people. The Citizens Advice Bureau or Age Concern will be able to advise you if you feel you have no one to turn to.
    · It is a good idea to check the credentials of people who call offering to do such things as paint your house, your roof, or install aluminium windows. You could telephone the relevant professional association or phone around comparing prices if you are interested in the deal. Someone in your family or a friend would probably be happy to help you.
    · Don’t rush into any deal involving your property or your money. You may commit yourself to something you will later regret. Seek advice from your family, a neighbour, your lawyer, accountant, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Age Concern, bank, or relevant professional body.

Kevin MILNE

Sgt W959

Officer in Charge

Kawakawa

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Illegal Rubbish Dumping… Why?

Recently, a couple of young locals found their way to The Cycle Track. What they found did not impress them at all. A whole lot of empty oyster shells and heaps and heaps of dumped rubbish. Amongst the Dumped rubbish was a lot of disposable nappies AND Artwork by a local artist. Because of the local Artist being under age, relevant authorities cannot use this to track down their parents through the school that child attends. We know the name of this child and know which school. A lot of people in Opua are working really hard to try and keep our village tidy, please do your bit and take your rubbish AND empty oyster shells to the Refuse Station