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New Dog Bylaw (proposed)

Northland Age

Hello All,

You may have heard already … Council have made a significant announcement:

The Dog Control Bylaw and Policy proposal is being sent BACK to the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board for consideration.  The Community Boards are able to make recommendations whether there should be amendments to the document and/or amendments to the process.  How does this affect us?

1.    All of the letters you have sent to Councillors are redundant for now!!!!  The Councillors will not be having a say on this until the Strategy Committee meeting on 30th August i.e. AFTER the Community Boards have had their say.  So you have to send, or resend your views to the Community Board members urgently.  You can approach all of them, or a particular one you may already know.  Could you please cc Kelly Stratford as she has become the hub of communication between us and the council and is loyally compiling everything we send her and ensuring it is passed on to other members.

2.    The Community Board meeting is at 10am Monday 14th August at Waipapa Hall.  Yes, this Monday – so get writing SOON!  The meeting is open for the public to attend AND you may speak at the meeting if you wish to.  If you are considering this but are not sure how to go about it, you are welcome to phone or email Kelly Stratford or myself for more info.

3.    Predictably, the policy writers have CHANGED the draft bylaw & policy – the one being presented to the Community Board has differences to the one we have been critiquing.  I encourage you to go through it all again!  You may feel strongly about most of it, or just one aspect.  Some differences I have noted so far (still a lot of studying to be done!):

–    The limit of two dogs per household has been broadened to make a lot of areas only one dog per household, including Russell and other rural areas.  Still no provision for applying to exceed that.
–    Sullivans Beach (coast between Te Haumi and Paihia) nominated to be an Exercise Zone ie off leash at all times. Something to smile about and I know this is only because of the effort people went to last summer to make a case for this.  Still, it is better-sweet with the other opportunities they have simultaneously deprived us of.
–    The track between Te Haumi and Opua has been added as ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES.  (It is presently off leash.)

I apologise for not being familiar with everyone’s patch of turf, or circumstances, so PLEASE SPEAK UP for yourselves AND people you know who may need support (e.g. elderly or shy folk).

We are all angry and upset, and it is OK to express that, however it will be most helpful if you can tell them precisely how the bylaw and policy negatively impacts on you and suggest solutions on how they can reverse that.  You may also like to mention that you didn’t receive notification of the review last year (if you didn’t) and/or that the draft has been significantly and secretly changed since it was first presented for public feedback.

Link to the new draft/proposal:

http://www.fndc.govt.nz/your-council/meetings/record-of-meetings/2017/2017-08-14-bay-of-islands-whangaroa-community-board/2017-08-14-BWCB-5.2-Dog-Control-Bylaw-and-Dog-Policy.pdf

(It’s in three parts – a discussion report, the bylaw and policy, a document showing the changes made to the last version.)

Link to the Community Board Members Contacts:

https://www.fndc.govt.nz/your-council/governance-structure/boi-whangaroa-community-boards

Kelly Stratford:  Phone: 021 087 31120   kelly.stratford@fndc.govt.nz

Link to the announcement (media release):

https://www.fndc.govt.nz/communication/media-releases/releases/community-board-to-consider-dog-restrictions-at-beaches

Thanks to all who came to Opua Beach on Sunday.  Sixty odd people and dogs – that’s 120 +  individuals!!

Keep up the effort, everyone.  It will pay off eventually.  And please pass this email on.

WOOF!

Kaye V.

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cycle trail trust meeting

 

The Love Opua Trustee nominees are Brian Hepburn as Trustee and Frank Leadley as the Back-up Trustee.

 

The meeting should take no longer than 30 minutes.

 

Anyone who wishes to support our selection of Trustees and cannot attend can they please send their proxies to hepburn@insurancemarine-online.com

AGM & Potluck Dinner 2017 Roundup

What a great evening with over 120 attending during the night of 16th March 2017 at the Opua Community Hall in Beechy Street, Opua.

We kicked off with a BYO dinner of the great selection of food.

As we had the meal, we were entertained by Shavonne singing a selection of Country and Western music.
I first heard Shavonne Aliphon at the BOI Vintage Railway concert and was so impressed the way the public reacted to her singing that I asked her if she would sing for us at dinner.
She said yes provided we got the same sound system the Railway had.
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Thank you, Shavonne. She has two CDs available. I purchased them both as did John Carter and Terry Greening.
https://shavonne.jimdo.com

A company called Silver Sound who had all the right gear with multi speakers around the room and Alex, the operator, handling the sound mixer very professionally. We had that system available to all the speakers.
Many thanks to FNHL for funding this sound system to the evening.
It made such a difference to be able to hear all the speakers.

All the speakers, John Carter (Mayor) Andy Nock (CEO FNHL) Frank Leadley (BOIVRT) Adrienne Tari (Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycle Trail) Brett Etherton (Aaron T Clark Lookout) Brian Hepburn (Love Opua) Puketiitii Picnic area, Harrison Track.
Terry Greening, our Community Board Chairman, was also present and said a few words of encouragement to us all.
Fran Joyce was our official timekeeper.
Frank, as you all know, is the chairman of the Opua Community Hall. Thanks to all Franks hard work the hall is looking beautiful and is a tremendous asset to the community. Thanks Frank

Question time brought forward some healthy debates and a very informative evening was had by all.
The only comment I would make is it would be wonderful if we had a wireless mike to take amongst the people for quest times.

Compliments have been pouring in, and one card that has arrived from a new member Warren Nelson enclosed a cheque for $500 towards the beautifying Opua.
MANY THANKS, WARREN NELSON.

Love Opua gained 15 new members.

Dr Brian Hepburn,
Chairman,
Love Opua,
The Local Community Ratepayers & Residents Association,
6 Scoresby Street,
Opua 0200,
New Zealand.
021-957-977 402-6070

Agenda AGM 2017

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NOTICE TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF OPUA
Pot Luck dinner and AGM for LOVE OPUA on Monday evening 6th March 2017

LOVE OPUA will have a Pot Luck Dinner and AGM for Love Opua in our Community Hall in Beechy Street. This invitation to dinner goes to all the Ratepayers and Residents of Opua plus Speakers. This is a family show, so we hope to see lots of families. Bring a Pot Luck dish either main or dessert. Bring your own plates, utensils and glass. Plus whatever you want to drink.

PROGRAMME
Doors open 5:30 pm Monday 6th March 2017
Dinner starts 6:00 pm
AGM starts 7:15 pm
Speakers start 7:30 pm. There will be time after each talk for questions of the speakers.

JOHN CARTER QSO FAR NORTH MAYOR
Northland and the benefits of living here.

ANDY NOCK CEO FAR NORTH HOLDINGS LIMITED.
Opua Marina and surrounds. The present and in the next 5 years.

FRANK LEADLEY
BOI Vintage Railway Trust, progress and plans.

ADRIENNE TARI, FAR NORTH COUNCIL
The “Coast to Coast” Cycle Trail.

BRETT ETHERTON
Arron T. Clark Lookout. “Top O’ the Hill”

BRIAN HEPBURN
Puketiitii Picnic area. Development & design. Harrison Track clean-up.

The constitution (October 2014) deems office holders are in place for 5 years. Therefore the next election of officers will be in October 2019.  Present office holders are Brian Hepburn (Chairman), Brett Etherton (Secretary), Manjula Gamble (Treasure), Frank Leadley, Henry Nissan & Terry Dunn.

In general business, we would like to know what you, the people of Opua, want Love Opua to do in the years ahead.

AGM 2017 – mark the date!

ADVANCE NOTICE TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF OPUA

Pot Luck dinner and AGM for Love Opua on Monday evening 27th. February 2017.

We will have a Pot Luck Dinner and AGM for Love Opua in our village hall. 

Hall will be open 6pm so if you all bring whatever you like to drink we can mix up and get the know each other before and after dinner.

Start time for dinner will be 6:30 pm. Bring a Pot Luck dish either main or pudding. (Not all puddings!)

After dinner the AGM agenda will include the election of Trustees and the proposed programme for the coming year.

In general business, we would like to know what you, the people of Opua, want Love Opua to do in the years ahead.

 

Puketiitii Barbeque Area around the water tank.

Many thanks to Transit NZ for the beautiful job done on the car park/turning area. It would be lovely to see more use it, picking up their children, instead of double parking in front of the school as that area is an accident waiting to happen.

Jonathan Fulton, the guy who designed the “Top of the Hill” garden will have the plan ready for us to look at for the garden and surrounds around the water tank. Far North Holdings have promised us to supply the barbeque, water bottle filler, two tables and stools plus shelters over the tables.

Lookout Tower on the hill in English Bay Road.

Ye Ha! We have a sponsor for the Lookout Tower and we will tell you all about it at the meeting. We are in the process of applying for Resource consent at the moment.

Brett Etherton is to be congratulated for the enormous time and effort he has put in so far the get the Lookout Tower approved by DOC. This is the highest hill in Opua, and the all-around view will be tremendous.

Dr. Brian Hepburn,
Chairman,
Love Opua,
The Local Community Ratepayers & Residents Association,
6 Scoresby Street,
Opua 0200,
New Zealand

Holiday Message from LoveOpua

The Trustees wish all the members of Love Opua a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2017.

 

The year that is passing saw a few things get done and we look forward to a few new projects in the New Year.

 

First is the new picnic area by the water tank above the school. The free TotalSpan school bus shelter is still on hold, as Transit NZ want us to sign an eleven page long Deed of Grant. If anyone has an idea how to tackle this dilemma please contact us.

 

Puketiitii Barbeque Area around the water tank.

Many thanks to Transit NZ for the beautiful job done on the car park/turning area. It would be lovely to see more use it, picking up their children, instead of double parking in front of the school as that area is an accident waiting to happen.

 

Jonathan Fulton, the guy who designed the “Top of the Hill” garden is doing us a layout for the garden and surrounds around the water tank. Far North Holdings have promised us to supply the barbeque, water bottle filler, two tables and stools plus shelters over the tables.

 

Lookout Tower on the hill in English Bay Road.

Brett Etherton is to be congratulated for the enormous time and effort he has put in so far the get the Lookout Tower approved by DOC. The next stage is to get building consent from FNDC. This is the highest hill in Opua, and the all-around view will be tremendous.

 

Pot Luck dinner and AGM for Love Opua in February 2017.

In Feb next year, we would like to have a Pot Luck Dinner and AGM for Love Opua in our village hall. We will let you all know the exact date closer to the time.

AGM agenda will include the election of Trustees and the programme for the coming year.

In general business, we would like to know what you, the people of Opua, want Love Opua to do in the years ahead.

 

Dr Brian Hepburn,

Chairman,

Love Opua,

The Local Community Ratepayers & Residents Association,

6 Scoresby Street,

Opua 0200,

New Zealand.

021-957-977 402-6070

 

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photo by Manuela Gmuer-Hornell  mid-winter sunrise

 

Love Opua (even in the winter)

Good blustery Tuesday Morning everyone

A brief update on how the LoveOpua projects are quietly progressing – please feel free to get in touch if you have another project idea or if you’d like to volunteer.


Julie Butler’s and Marie Sharp’s hard work and perseverance have paid off, and we have a beautiful flower and fruit tree garden at the bottom of the hill – feel free to pull any pesky weeds when you walk past.


Roger Young and his helpers from Opua School can be proud of the bus shelter on SH11 – if you see rubbish in the shelter please pick it up and dispose of it sensibly – together we can keep this area nice and clean.


The beautiful water tank by the school must be the piece to resistance – thanks to the children and teachers from Opua School! Take some time and go and check it out and while you are up there admire the view!!!! Fritz and his team did an amazing job clearing the weeds and we are now awaiting “heads up” from FNHL on how we can use the land for the Opua Community.


The “muckiest” place in Opua (for now) is the turn around area by the school. The contractors are working hard to finish this project. We hope to have a much better car parking and pick up solution for the Opua School Families. Please have patience on Franklin Street, especially between 8.30 am – 9 am and 3 pm – 3.30 pm. There is no room to overtake traffic on this road!!!!


Brett is still in negotiation with DOC for the use of the land for the “Opua Tower”. This will be the place to stop in the Bay of Islands. The views! Keen to help? Email us!


Doug is pushing the lawnmower regularly on top of the hill – council should be taking over the mowing in the very near future. If you have a minute or two… there are some weeds to be pulled!!