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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.


Holiday Message from LoveOpua

The Trustees wish all the members of Love Opua a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2017.


The year that is passing saw a few things get done and we look forward to a few new projects in the New Year.


First is the new picnic area by the water tank above the school. The free TotalSpan school bus shelter is still on hold, as Transit NZ want us to sign an eleven page long Deed of Grant. If anyone has an idea how to tackle this dilemma please contact us.


Puketiitii Barbeque Area around the water tank.

Many thanks to Transit NZ for the beautiful job done on the car park/turning area. It would be lovely to see more use it, picking up their children, instead of double parking in front of the school as that area is an accident waiting to happen.


Jonathan Fulton, the guy who designed the “Top of the Hill” garden is doing us a layout for the garden and surrounds around the water tank. Far North Holdings have promised us to supply the barbeque, water bottle filler, two tables and stools plus shelters over the tables.


Lookout Tower on the hill in English Bay Road.

Brett Etherton is to be congratulated for the enormous time and effort he has put in so far the get the Lookout Tower approved by DOC. The next stage is to get building consent from FNDC. This is the highest hill in Opua, and the all-around view will be tremendous.


Pot Luck dinner and AGM for Love Opua in February 2017.

In Feb next year, we would like to have a Pot Luck Dinner and AGM for Love Opua in our village hall. We will let you all know the exact date closer to the time.

AGM agenda will include the election of Trustees and the programme for the coming year.

In general business, we would like to know what you, the people of Opua, want Love Opua to do in the years ahead.


Dr Brian Hepburn,


Love Opua,

The Local Community Ratepayers & Residents Association,

6 Scoresby Street,

Opua 0200,

New Zealand.

021-957-977 402-6070



photo by Manuela Gmuer-Hornell  mid-winter sunrise



A BIG THANK YOU to the 18 fine folk (including two grandchildren) who turned up for the working bee at the Top O’ The Hill yesterday. A great scene of spraying, weeding, raking, digging, metal-spreading, mowing, clipping, and general tidying, all of which has made the area ready for the many tourists and locals to enjoy over the Summer.

A very convivial and hard-working group who represent the pride of Opua!

A community effort that was topped off by an excellent morning tea with jam and cream scones and cheese rolls.
Thanks to you all.
A set of secateurs was left behind – owner contact me.

Frank Leadley

If you have a project idea for Opua, please email us!


Don’t forget the Working Bee this Saturday 8 October, 9.00 – 11.00 am

We have organised a trailer of metal to fill the pot holes in the parking area.

lady-gardenOur main tasks will be to weed the gardens and to trim back the plants and the edges. So secateurs, weeding implements, spades, etc will be the main implements required. Containers for weeds will be helpful.


Vanessa will bring scones for morning tea but other help with food, and hot water and the makings for a cup of tea or coffee would be much appreciated. Phone Vanessa on 4027650.

A great chance to demonstrate the fantastic Opua Community spirit.

See you there.


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).



The Vintage Railway’s Concert is back!

The Vintage Railway’s unique Concert At The Station, which was cancelled earlier this year due to bad weather, is back but with a big difference. Mayor John Carter will still be the exuberant MC, and there will be the same great line-up of Northland talent. But instead of sitting outside among the railway tracks the audience and performers will be inside the huge green Carriage Shed. So rain, snow, or sun it will still be on!

Unique features will remain. Performers will be on a stage provided by the base of a partly built replica of an historic four-wheel carriage. Seating beside carriages in need of considerable restoration will provide an interesting insight into the work still to be undertaken, as will be engines and a range of other railway equipment. The Railway’s Operation’s Manager Mike Bradshaw will give a talk on the restoration progress and other fascinating insights into the work of the Vintage Railway.

So keep the date of Sunday 1st May clear and aim to be at this special Northland event. The concert will start at 3.00pm. The audience will still need to bring their own seating as there will not be any seating provided either on chairs or in carriages. And be prepared to sit back and enjoy the variety of talent ranging from kapa haka to women’s barbershop, from country to blues, and from vocal to instrumental. Bella a Capella, Zoe King-Samuels, Wallace Johnson, TBK, Shilo Barbarich and Carleen Still will have you foot tapping and hand clapping.

Door sales only at adults $10, children $5, family pass $25. Cold drinks will be for sale and there will be two great raffles. Parking will be best behind or near the Star Hotel.


Frank Leadley 17 English Bay Rd, Opua 0200. Ph 09 4027650.

Attached Pic: Venue for this year’s Concert at the Station is the large Carriage Shed – one row of carriages and some of the equipment will be moved outside to make room for the concert.

Concert at the Station 2016 Poster.jpg