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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.


Working Bee – Spring has sprung


The Spring has sprung, the grass has ris – I wonder where the birdies is.

Well, the weeds have also risen at the “Top O’ the Hill” – our well-used rest area which helps define the beauty of Opua. The plants and shrubs we planted are growing beautifully, but the weeds are now trying to assert their authority, so it is time to get stuck in and beautify the area for the coming Summer season

So this is advance notice of a Working Bee to be held  –lady-garden

Saturday 8 October,

9.00 – 11.00am.

We will be:

Pulling out the advancing weeds

Spraying around seats, sleepers, etc

Filling the pot holes in the parking area, (can anyone get hold of a trailer load of metal?)

Cleaning the rope.

And we will be  enjoying the company of like-minded Opua residents.girl-planting

There will be a reminder later but put this in your diary now.

Frank Leadley. (For the Love Opua Trust).





We wrote to you on 11 January 2016 advising you of a proposed bylaw that will control how rubbish is managed in the District.  The closing date for submissions was yesterday, Wednesday 24 February, however, we have decided to extend the submission period by a month to allow more people to have a say on the bylaw which will impact all households in the District.


People now have until 4.30pm on Thursday 24 March 2016 to make a submission.  The Council will hold hearings for people who want to speak about their submission on 14 April.  It will deliberate over these submissions on 5 May and adopt the Solid Waste Bylaw on 15 June.


We encourage you to find out about the bylaw which proposes a number of new rules designed to better manage and reduce waste. These include new requirements for:


  • households to ensure that not more than 10 percent of the rubbish they send to landfill for disposal is recyclable.  This means that at least 90 percent of the rubbish that is put in a rubbish bag and left at the kerbside for collection should be waste that can’t be recycled (e.g. polystyrene and non-recyclable plastic).  Under the bylaw, refuse contractors may refuse to collect or accept rubbish bags if they are full of recyclable waste, such as glass bottles, newspapers and tin cans.


  • owners and managers of hotels, motels and apartments to manage waste on-site


  • people organising public events, such as festivals, to develop and get Council approval of a waste management plan before the events goes ahead


For more information, or to make a submission online, go to www.fndc.govt.nz/draftsolidwastebylaw2016  or you can get more information and a submission form at any Council service centre or library. If you have already made a submission and would like to add to what you have already said you can do that too.Please ensure Council receives your submission by 4.30pm on Thursday 24 March 2016.


If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on 09 401 5200 or free-phone 0800 920 029.


Yours sincerely

Melissa Wood

Strategic Planning Coordinator

Total Span Bus Shelter

undercover kids

Congratulations – your application for a new bus shelter as part of the Totalspan Undercover Kids Programme has been successful.

Your local franchisee will be in touch with you to discuss installation and to ensure the shelter and its location meets all the regulatory and consenting requirements.

Our team may also be in touch with you to discuss publicity and we would welcome and appreciate your assistance and support in this area. We’re sure this news will make it to your next school newsletter and if you require any copy of images then please don’t hesitate to make contact with us.

We were extremely impressed with the quality of applications and it gives our team great pleasure to be able to contribute towards making children safe as they wait for their buses. We also would like to apologise for the delay in getting back to you.

We recently made some changes to our system which resulted in unforeseen delays.

As you are aware, Totalspan is committed to managing this programme to protect our children as they wait for buses on rural school routes. The Undercover Kids Bus Shelter programme is a nationwide initiative.

The Totalspan Undercover Kids Programme is a long-term programme with nearly 120 bus shelters being provided this year. This is more than originally planned because the applications were so impressive that the national office has provided some extras!

The Totalspan charitable trust is aiming to provide another 150 bus shelters next year and to keep increasing the number supplied in the years following.

Again congratulations on your success and we look forward to continuing our relationship with you in future years.

Aaron Yorke

General Manager Totalspan Steel Buildings

Spanbild New Zealand Ltd


Community Meeting – Formation of Cycle Trail Working Party

Tena koutou,

Please find attached notes taken at the recent Cycleway Stakeholder meeting dated 19 August 2015.

The meeting decided that Council would coordinate community meetings for the purposes of forming a Working Party tasked with the establishment of the Governance entity for the cycleway.

The Working Party will be a temporary body.  It will define the key roles and responsibilities of the legal entity to manage Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycle Trail.  It will provide feedback to all stakeholders, and recommend a suitable legal entity for the ongoing administration of Pou Herenga Tai.
The community meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss governance issues regarding the Cycleway and  the nomination and appointment of rep(s) for the Working Party.  Nominations will then be put to the vote.
The nomination and appointment will be recorded.

Community meeting details below:

Community Date of meeting Location Time
Opua 7 October Opua Hall 6:00 pm

Council staff:
John Vujcich (Councillor) will facilitate the meetings;
Adrienne Tari (Cycleway Coordinator) will take notes;
Casey de Pereira (Manager, Infrastructure Capital Works) will attend all community meetings.

Please circulate this notice of meeting to stakeholders who have an interest in shaping the future development of Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycle Trail.

Kind regards,

FNDC logo Adrienne Tari
Project Coordinator – Cycle Trail
Infrastructure & Asset Management, Far North District Council
09 401 5200 or 0800 920 029  |  Adrienne.Tari@fndc.govt.nz
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Taiwanese Cherry Tree – good bye!

Declaring war on The Taiwanese Cherry Tree. Saturday Morning,29th August, 8.30, meet at The Top of the Opua Hill, Depending on how many turn up with chainsaws will depend on how many areas we can attack Janet Bambus has already been working on the area of Scoresby Street in Opua, so this will be the first part, we will progress from there. Please bring hi-vis gear if you have it, loppers, chainsaws, empty spray bottles? I have containers of water to mix with the Glyphosate. Others may have something else they would prefer to put on the stumps, some trees may need to be drilled. Weather looks ok so hoping for a good turnout.