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Agenda AGM 2017

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NOTICE TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF OPUA
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.

PROGRAMME
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.

JOHN CARTER QSO FAR NORTH MAYOR
Northland and the benefits of living here.

ANDY NOCK CEO FAR NORTH HOLDINGS LIMITED.
Opua Marina and surrounds. The present and in the next 5 years.

FRANK LEADLEY
BOI Vintage Railway Trust, progress and plans.

ADRIENNE TARI, FAR NORTH COUNCIL
The “Coast to Coast” Cycle Trail.

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

BRIAN HEPBURN
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.

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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,

Chairman,

Love Opua,

The Local Community Ratepayers & Residents Association,

6 Scoresby Street,

Opua 0200,

New Zealand.

021-957-977 402-6070

 

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photo by Manuela Gmuer-Hornell  mid-winter sunrise

 

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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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.

 

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