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Agenda AGM 2017

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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.

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.

Northland and the benefits of living here.

Opua Marina and surrounds. The present and in the next 5 years.

BOI Vintage Railway Trust, progress and plans.

The “Coast to Coast” Cycle Trail.

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

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.

Marina extension project ready to roll

Marina extension project ready to roll

The contract to build the second stage of the Bay of Islands Marina has been awarded to Total Marine Services, a New Zealand company with a branch in Opua. The $10 million project includes the land-based civil works associated with the expanded marina. Work will start in early September and is expected to take 18 months to complete.

Far North Holdings has reduced the number of new berths being built to accommodate an increase in the number of larger catamarans making the ocean crossing to New Zealand. The marina will now have 149 new berths, down from the 170 originally consented.

“We have deliberately designed our new facilities to cater for these larger boats,” said Andy Nock, CEO of Far North Holdings, which owns the marina. “Larger berths are not widely available in marinas around New Zealand so we’re aiming to catch as much of this growing market as possible.

“Our objective is to be flexible; having catamaran berths allows us to use them either for this purpose or to split them and use them for two mono-hull boats each. We will also now be able to offer whatever length of stay a boat owner wants, be it a day or a year.”

In addition to the new berths and marine-based infrastructure the expanded, new-look marina will feature a board-walk frontage and a landscaped recreational area. This will include seating, barbeques, a performance and entertainment stage and a play zone for children.

Far North Holdings’ Chairman Ross Blackman said the plan was to transform the land-based part of the marina from the “rather sterile, industrial place it is at the moment” into a venue that people will enjoy and bring their families to.

“We want to turn this place into one of the main centres for our community. That’s good for everyone; the people who live and work here, the people who want to berth here, and the businesses who’ve set themselves up here,” Mr Blackman said.

As part of the project Far North Holdings will be contributing to several development projects being promoted by the community. The Love Opua community development group has identified several new initiatives which are seen as important additions to the infrastructure of the town. The first project Far North Holdings hopes to start on is a fitness trail originally suggested by Opua School.

“This is a real example of co-ordinated planning by a diverse range of people and organisations in this terrific Opua community,” said Far North mayor John Carter. “Here we have a significant economic development project, the marina extension, being spearheaded by Far North Holdings and being tied into a communal vision of what the people of Opua want their town to become.”

Mr Nock expects to achieve an occupancy level of 40 percent of available berths within 12 months of the extension to the marina being completed.

“We will start taking reservations on the berths from 1 December 2016 but are only accepting bookings on half the berth number, just in case of any delays during the construction period caused by bad weather or similar unpredictable circumstances,” he said. “We’ve factored into our financial planning a pretty modest initial take-up reflecting this.

“Also, we’ve had to turn yachties away for so long due to lack of space; it will take time for the yachting community to realise that berth-space is no longer an issue in the Bay of Islands.”

Far North Holdings received seven bids for the contract; three for the marina component, three for the civil engineering works and Total Marine Services’ bid for both elements. An extensive, four-month due diligence period led to the final decision earlier this month (July).

“We reviewed each of the seven bids against four main criteria; quality, product specification, delivery and service,” Mr Nock said. “The new, expanded Bay of Islands Marina needs to be a cut above the average in order to attract new business in what is an extremely competitive market, and this starts with the build quality and the materials used.”

Total Marine Services demonstrated a good understanding of Far North Holdings’ vision for Bay of Islands Marina and wove this into its submissions, Mr Nock said. The company had put in a financially competitive bid, backed by the efficiencies involved in being able to undertake both the marine and civil engineering elements of the project.

Tim Yeates, a director of the Total Marine Group, said that winning the contracts to build the new marina extension and seawall would be a significant boost to the local economy. Up to 33 staff would be working on the project and nine of these positions were new jobs that would be filled by people from Opua. In addition, a number of local sub-contractors would be engaged to deliver specific aspects of the project.

Total Marine Services was committed to constructing the best marina facility in New Zealand and exceeding the expectations of FNHL, Mr Yeates said.

The start of work on the marina expansion will be marked by a community event and a celebration. Far North Holdings will announce details as soon as these have been confirmed.


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
peter@duenorthpr.co.nz / 09-4074695 / 021-456353

breaking and very exciting news

by Manuela Gmuer-Hornell

Far North Holdings have hired a contractor (CBEC) to start clearing/cleaning up the very unsightly bank at the bottom of Franklin Street – from the school down to the intersection. We are hoping to find the walking track on the top of the hill and the old house sites. And, of course, get rid of the invasive plants like gorse, toitoi, wattle, etc.

The CBEC crew will start Tuesday 28th April (weather permitting) and will be on-site for three days. They will bring a small truck and mulcher so most if not all of the green waste can stay on-site. CBEC are very happy to have volunteers help out as long as they take part in the daily safety briefing and follow instructions. Site safety is very important, and volunteer workers are not allowed to operate machinery. The first safety brief will be at 10.00am on Tuesday morning.

There is no sugar coating this undertaking – it is very physical work and all help will be greatly appreciated.

This is a start for a massive project to make the centre of Opua more welcoming for locals and visitors alike. Let’s do this together