Category Archives: Neighbourhood Support

Proposed Dog Bylaw 

Proposed Dog Bylaw
a new bylaw is just about to be ratified by our council. It seems to be a new radical approach to dog ownership. As you can imagine there is a big division between dog-owners, non-dog-owners, conservationists and I am sure Opua residents. This is why:

Schedule C – DOG EXERCISE AREAS Dogs may be exercised off-leash in the areas listed below and shown in Figure 2.
Kaitaia Empire Street. See map. Kaikohe Highway 12. See map.
Kerikeri Rolands Wood, Kerikeri Inlet Rd. Wiroa Road. See Map.
Opua Beechy Street
waterfront. See Map.
Rangiputa Rangiputa beach.
• • Dogs must be under control at all times.

Opua Beach is the only place for off-leash time in the Russell, Opua, Kawakawa, Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru Falls area. Mind-boggling? Where are all these dog owners going to park? Where are the dogs going to exercise at high tide? Who’s going to clean up all the dog waste?

Please come along to this event – we need to make sure our beach is not the only off-leash exercise place in the BOI




A BIG THANK YOU to the 18 fine folk (including two grandchildren) who turned up for the working bee at the Top O’ The Hill yesterday. A great scene of spraying, weeding, raking, digging, metal-spreading, mowing, clipping, and general tidying, all of which has made the area ready for the many tourists and locals to enjoy over the Summer.

A very convivial and hard-working group who represent the pride of Opua!

A community effort that was topped off by an excellent morning tea with jam and cream scones and cheese rolls.
Thanks to you all.
A set of secateurs was left behind – owner contact me.

Frank Leadley

If you have a project idea for Opua, please email us!


Don’t forget the Working Bee this Saturday 8 October, 9.00 – 11.00 am

We have organised a trailer of metal to fill the pot holes in the parking area.

lady-gardenOur main tasks will be to weed the gardens and to trim back the plants and the edges. So secateurs, weeding implements, spades, etc will be the main implements required. Containers for weeds will be helpful.


Vanessa will bring scones for morning tea but other help with food, and hot water and the makings for a cup of tea or coffee would be much appreciated. Phone Vanessa on 4027650.

A great chance to demonstrate the fantastic Opua Community spirit.

See you there.




We wrote to you on 11 January 2016 advising you of a proposed bylaw that will control how rubbish is managed in the District.  The closing date for submissions was yesterday, Wednesday 24 February, however, we have decided to extend the submission period by a month to allow more people to have a say on the bylaw which will impact all households in the District.


People now have until 4.30pm on Thursday 24 March 2016 to make a submission.  The Council will hold hearings for people who want to speak about their submission on 14 April.  It will deliberate over these submissions on 5 May and adopt the Solid Waste Bylaw on 15 June.


We encourage you to find out about the bylaw which proposes a number of new rules designed to better manage and reduce waste. These include new requirements for:


  • households to ensure that not more than 10 percent of the rubbish they send to landfill for disposal is recyclable.  This means that at least 90 percent of the rubbish that is put in a rubbish bag and left at the kerbside for collection should be waste that can’t be recycled (e.g. polystyrene and non-recyclable plastic).  Under the bylaw, refuse contractors may refuse to collect or accept rubbish bags if they are full of recyclable waste, such as glass bottles, newspapers and tin cans.


  • owners and managers of hotels, motels and apartments to manage waste on-site


  • people organising public events, such as festivals, to develop and get Council approval of a waste management plan before the events goes ahead


For more information, or to make a submission online, go to  or you can get more information and a submission form at any Council service centre or library. If you have already made a submission and would like to add to what you have already said you can do that too.Please ensure Council receives your submission by 4.30pm on Thursday 24 March 2016.


If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on 09 401 5200 or free-phone 0800 920 029.


Yours sincerely

Melissa Wood

Strategic Planning Coordinator

A new start – with your help, please!

Hello, everyone! 
We need your help to organise our neighbourhood support groups. At our trustee meeting last night, we decided to assign a separate database solely for the Neighbourhood Support. Please follow this link and sign yourself up. Please do this even if you are already on ANY of the LoveOpua mailing lists.
Having a separate list will make it easier for each leader to contact all interested residents in their area (street).

Thank you for your support and please share with your neighbours and friends. There is also a sign-up link on our website under the Neighbourhood Support Tab

Gail Thompson
Neighbourhood Support Co-Ordinator

Neighbourhood Support all go!

by Kawakawa Police

It’s official, Neighbourhood Support is up and running in Opua. The first formal meeting of a Neighbourhood Support group was held last night. Everyone at the meeting was committed to making their own little part of Opua a safer and even more pleasant place in which to live. This in turn makes the community as a whole just that much closer and supportive of each other.


Holiday Security Tips – these tips are also useful for winter time… FactSheet

Most burglaries are opportunist and happen when owners are away. Unfortunately it is necessary to be especially careful at Christmas time, as homes are more often empty with many people out shopping, socialising or on holiday. Burglars are also aware that most houses have presents to steal. While enjoying the festive season and your holiday, please don’t overlook your home security. Taking a few simple precautions will help to deter all but the most determined burglar.

Shut and lock all doors, even if you’re only going out for a short time.

Close and lock all windows – burglars don’t like to smash glass.

Do not “hide” keys outside your home, nor leave them in an obvious place near doors or windows.

Make sure your valuables – including televisions and stereo systems – cannot be seen from outside.

Make your home look occupied when you’re away by using timers on radios and lights

When you buy new items like DVD players or video recorders, don’t advertise by leaving the empty boxes out for recycling, turn the boxes inside out and fold them down.

Hide or lock away passports and official documents – identity fraud is on the rise.

Don’t leave car keys near doors or windows – car theft through burglary is also on the rise.

Consider engraving your property – this puts thieves off because it makes it harder to re-sell.

Ensure you have an up to date list and photographs of your valuables and keep copies in a safe place.

Homes with good security are much less likely to be burgled than those without.

  • Deadlocks make it harder for burglars to get out with your goods if they got in through a window. Don’t forget to put a deadlock on the internal access door between the garage and the house.
  • Window locks deter burglars because smashing glass attracts attention and can leave forensic evidence.
  • Visible burglar alarms are a great deterrent – though it’s courteous to your neighbours to ensure that they shut off after a few minutes.
  • Security lighting is also a good deterrent, but should be placed carefully near entry points so as not to disturb neighbours.
  • Timers on radios and lights make it look like you’re there when you’re not.
  • Spy holes and chains on doors let you see who’s there without opening up.

When you go on holiday

  • Use timers on radios and lights.
  • Cancel milk, newspaper and mail deliveries.
  • Have a neighbour stop by to collect junk mail, and open and close curtains.
  • Make sure your neighbours know where they can contact you in an emergency and when you will be home.
  • Invite neighbours to use your driveway and clothesline to make it look like someone is home.
  • Lock away garden tools and ladders that could be used by a would-be thief to gain access to your house.
  • Make arrangements for family pets to be looked after.
  • If you are away for more than a few days, arrange to have your lawns mown.
  • Consider inviting a relative or friend to house sit for you.
  • Whatever you do, don’t leave a message on your answer phone that you away. Instead, clear the messages yourself or arrange to have a friend check them regularly for you.

If moving home

  • Ensure that you use reputable removers and trades people – many will belong to a professional association.
  • Only give out keys to people you trust, and don’t label them with your name and address.
  • Consider changing the locks to your new home.

Remember, if you see anyone committing a crime or behaving suspiciously, phone the Police Emergency number – 111 – and report it. If they are in a vehicle, write down the number plate.