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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.



Bus Stop Northbound – SH11

Communities (residents, schools, police etc)  can work together and the council does listen!

After a few letters of concern from schools and LoveOpua to Clarks Coachline, the FNDC and our Mayor John Carter, work has (out of the blue) started… Hans Garton and his team from Earthworx, have begun to widen the road verge just south of Oromahoe Road. Hans thinks the project should be finished within the next two weeks. Big boulders and plenty of wood piles will make this dangerous corner much safer for our school kids to wait for the Kerikeri Bus and for passengers to disembark from the public busses. There will even be room for a bus shelter.

Thank you FNDC for listening to us!! Now the ball is in our corner to erect a bus shelter. Please contact Manuela 021 44 55 29 if you can help.


Clean Up by the water tank

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Clean Up by the water tank

Working Bees will be on Thursdays 9 am to about 1 pm, and Saturdays 9 am to about 1 pm.

Until further notice.

Many thanks to the people who provided morning tea.

Great work was carried out last Saturday morning.
We thank all of the 15 or so that turned up.

We look forward to great work in the future.
Everybody welcome.

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

If you know anyone that would like to receive the Love Opua newsletters send their email to Manuela at LoveOpua@gmail.com

Upcoming Events
Shared Mid-Winter Dinner – Saturday 25/7/2015 – more details to follow
Rubbish bags for roadside and beach clean ups can be picked up from Marie Sharp at the Opua Cruising Club Bar (Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm onward)Thursday 8.30 to 11.30 and Saturday mornings weekly are regular garden/weeding days

About Love Opua


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.

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Newsletter 3/2015

Working Bee – Saturday 20th June 2015 – 9 am
by Manuela Gmuer-Hornell
By the water tank just below Opua School

Opua School held an art contest for a design to dress up the water tank. We (the community) now need to carry on cleaning up this beautiful piece of land.

Bring along your gardening tools and gloves, suitable footwear and a wheelbarrow. If you can’t help us with your muscles, we’d love you to make some morning tea and deliver it to the school hall. And if your baking of coffee makings skills let you down too, we always welcome donations to our bank account (see details at the end of this email).

Let’s make a good start cleaning up the gorse, wattles and bamboo!

Join us.

Water Tank Improvement
By Simon McGowan, Principal Opua School

The teacher [Linda Worthington] and children have created a fantastic concept! I have attached a concept image and a few ‘additions’, but there is so much more to it than what appears in the pictures so far. There is a base image of sky, land and under water which forms the top, middle and bottom of the design and which will ‘run around’ the water tank mirroring the landscape that surrounds the water tank. Layered on top of this reflection of the landscape will be many, many native flora and fauna that the children have individually drawn. These children’s images could be realistic in appearance, stylised, iconic or imaginary [but based on something native to the area.]. It will grow – but I stress the images attached don’t do it justice!
[Over 30 children and teachers have contributed!]

Public Meeting – Minutes
by Brett Etherton

A fantastic turn out – more 120 people crammed into the Opua Community Hall – you can read the minutes by clicking here 

Use your leisure time exercising your brain

by Roger Toplis







We are a friendly club, men and women; many members also play at the

Kerikeri Club and socially at homes.



Di Sadler  09.4026617,  email 

Peter Hirzel   027 407 8696,   email

Roger Toplis  09.4027089,   email 

Community Potluck Dinner 

by Greg Philpott
Mark your calendars, more details to follow:

SUNDAY 25/7/2015 -5 pm – Opua Community Hall

Keep it safe… 
by Adele Earnshaw 

https://www.snap.org.nz You can use Snap to create an online asset list and record serial numbers of your belongings. You can even include photos of your stuff! “SNAP is an initiative of the New Zealand Police, aiming to prevent burglary and make it harder for criminals to sell stolen goods in New Zealand”.

SNAP (Serial Number Action Partnership) is an initiative of the New Zealand Police, aiming to prevent New Zealand burglary and property offending, and make it harder for criminals to sell stolen goods in New Zealand. The initiative helps to protect property in a number of ways.

The SNAP website (http://www.snap.org.nz) allows you to enter and maintain details of all of your important possessions or assets. You can then access this asset list from anywhere, anytime. If your items are stolen, you can instantly retrieve your asset list details, and forward these on to the Police and your insurance company.

By registering the property serial numbers of your most important possessions in the SNAP Asset List Tool, and providing these details to the New Zealand Police if your home or business contents are stolen, you’ll be helping the Police to make New Zealand a safer country for all. Along with recording asset serial numbers and photos, you can also include model numbers, warranty information and valuation certificate details in the asset description.