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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 opuanz.wordpress.com

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.

FNHL Presentation – now online

here is the link to the Far North Holdings presentation (in colour) from our Public Meeting

FNHL Presentation <—- click there

FNH logo

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

Historic Meeting – Unity for the Future of Opua

On 26/5/2015, LoveOpua held a historic meeting. The trustees invited representatives from local groups to their monthly meeting.

  • local iwi
  • Far North District Council
  • Far North Holdings
  • The Police
  • Opua Business Association
  • Opua School
  • Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust
  • Opua Community Hall
  • Opua Cruising Yacht Club

These organisations behind the community-driven Opua Masterplan will present their vision for the town’s future at a public meeting to be held in the Opua Community Hall on Wednesday 10 June, 7pm.


7:00pm Opening (Chair Love Opua)

7:15pm Our Voices – Our Vision. Deputy Mayor Tania McInnes.

7:30pm Neighbourhood Watch. Kevin Milne (Police) Gail Thompson (Love Opua Driver)

7:45pm Presentation from FNHL – Stage 2 development and suggested timing of project

8:30pm BOIVRT plans for the new Opua Railway Station and Cycleway

9:15pm Cycleway in Northland. Jacqui Robson, GM Strategic Planning & Policy FNDC.

9:30pm Update from Opua Business Association. Nick Webley

9:45pm Love Opua Programme and 5-year plan. Brian Hepburn

10:00pm close

opua unified

opua unified

Opua is born again – 31 May 2014

Opua is born again with a very enthusiastic large collection of residents forming the “Love Opua” group.
Their mission statement is:

The beautification of reserves, cleaning of the roadsides and the beaches to make Opua an ideal environment that the residents would be proud to live in.

The establishment of and the ongoing organization and operation of a Neighbourhood Watch, in conjunction with the Police, to make Opua a more law abiding and safer place to live in.

They have had two public meetings in the Opua hall and they elected Dr. Brian Hepburn 402-6070 as Chairman and Brett Etherton 402 8210 as Secretary. Other people very much involved are Manuela Gmur-Hornell 402 6116 (Who designed the very catchy logo.) and Marie Sharp have been very active in the initial forming of the group.

The group wishes to work alongside and with the New Zealand Police, Northland Regional Council, Far North District Council, Far North Holdings, Rotary & Lions to improve the environment plus make it a safer place to be proud to live in.

Saturday 4th. May saw a wonderful occurrence for Opua as the community turned out in force to clean up this wonderful picturesque Village. Just on 40 people gave up their Sunday afternoon, on a beautiful sunny day, to start the clean-up of the beaches.

The bags donated by Far North District Council were soon filled up. One group did the beach from the store around to Doug’s boatyard while other groups did Lemon & English Bays plus the Colenso Triangle.  Also done was the roadside from Opua to the Roadrunner.

Sunday 25th. May saw a community BYO BBQ in the Opua hall. Myra Larcombe brought the greatest collection of old photos of Opua dating back to the late 1800s. We laid the photos out on tables and spent a long time studying the history of Opua right back to the early days. Neil Campbell & Marie Sharp plus the OCC supplied their BBQs. Greg Philpott from the Opua Store supplied two big baskets of bread rolls and filled the gas bottles.

The next area to be given attention is the picnic area at the Junction of Highway 11, English Bay Road and Franklin Street.  A design for a new and delightful layout is being done (gratis) by Fulton Landscaping (Thank you Jonathan). The Rotary, Frank Leadley and Lions, Taryn Heger are all working together with Love Opua to complete this area. So watch this space.

If you want to be on the email for the “Love Opua” news that will come out on a regular basis send your email address to loveopua@gmail.com Or you are welcome to phone the number below at any time for more information.

Dr. Brian Hepburn,
6 Scoresby Street,
Opua 0200.
402-6070         021-957-977