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Vintage Railway Resource Consent granted

The Bay Of Islands Vintage Railway is absolutely delighted that, after a long and costly process, the resource consent for a new railway station and cycleway complex to be constructed in the area known locally as the Colenso Triangle has been granted.

The process commenced in October 2016 and submissions closed on November 17, 2016. There were 121 submissions received by Northland Regional Council and 113 by Far North District Council, which was overwhelmingly in support of the railway proposal. However, there were a few submissions which expressed concerns over effects of the development on a small area of swamp and any bird life that utilised that area, the natural character, and cultural and historic effects.

Accordingly, a Hearing was conducted over the 2 days of 3 and 4 April by Dr Rob Lieffering from Nelson, who was very fair and impartial and conducted the Hearing in a highly professional manner. All submitters who wished to be heard were granted an objective and dispassionate opportunity to do so. One complication was that there was shared access off SH 11 with the local oyster farmers vintage Railway Resource Consent granted.

Who were seeking a reclamation adjoining the Railway site to land their products and the two applications had therefore been submitted together. There were many more objections to the oyster farmers’ application than there was to the Railway application, and this was a factor, in combination with the natural character and wetland issues, that resulted in the Railway’s application being declined.

This led to an appeal which was heard on 17 July, for which the two applications were “unbundled” and the Railway shifted the station sitting with its associated infrastructure and parking. The Railway also undertook to carry out an intensive predator control programme.

Dr Lieffering’s Decision Report was received on 25 August, and the Railway application was approved in full. His Report states that he is satisfied that the Railway has undertaken an adequate assessment of any potential adverse effects and, in fact, that “allowing the railway terminus to be constructed and operated promotes the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.”

There are conditions relating to storm water, sediment control, weed control, archaeology, etc. with which the Railway is very happy to comply. “But the huge plus for the whole region”, stated Vintage Railway spokesman and Project Chairman Frank Leadley “is that we can now proceed with confidence with gaining funding for the restoration of the North Island’s historic first railway line and in developing a tourist complex which will be huge for the region in terms of employment and in its intrinsic interest. The total project involves building and rolling stock developments at Kawakawa and the construction of a permanent cycleway by FNDC within the railway corridor, as well as the large multi-purpose station building at Opua. We have a massive job ahead of us as we are looking at raising around $5.2million for the project, but we have great community support and are confident we will reach our targets,” he declared.  The Business Case was peer reviewed by Craig Wilson Quality Tourism in Nelson who declared it to be “one of the most exciting projects I have encountered” and which will be “the equal or better of any similar projects in the country.”

The Resource Consent process will have cost the Railway Trust over $50,000. “This is really tough for a Charitable Trust,” Frank Leadley stated, “but it serves to steel our resolve to get the job started as soon as possible so that the whole community can benefit from, and be proud, of what has been achieved,” he concluded.

Help us and be in to win!!!

Just to remind you to get your tickets for the magnificent, sooper-dooper fun TRIVIA NIGHT, this Saturday 6th August. It starts at 6.30pm in the Copthorne Hotel, Waitangi.
This is an evening which combines food with a little interesting brain activity in the most convivial atmosphere anywhere!!
Don’t worry if this is usually your supper-time, your ticket comes with a complimentary drink and very tasty free platter of food per table. In addition, bar meals will be available.
This is your opportunity to discover the very latest, up-to-the-minute information about the improvements and progress made to re-open the Bay of Islands Vintage Train operations from Kawakawa to Opua. It’s sooo exciting.
Not to be missed is the opportunity to bid for a wide selection of items at the auction (including the hilarious “secret” item), and testing your knowledge during our Trivial Pursuits-type quiz of what will be a great fun evening.
And best of all – you will be supporting what will be one of Northland’s most exciting tourism ventures based around the historic vintage railway.(Remember to bring some spare gold coins and $5 notes).
Visit one of the 3 outlets – Paihia Pharmacy, BOI Vets in Kawakawa or Paper Plus Kerikeri – to get your tickets now. They are fast running out.
(See poster for more information)


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:


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!