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REMINDER

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.

Frank.

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Working Bee – Spring has sprung

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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).

 

 

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.

Newsletter 4/2015

 Newsletter 4 /2015

Community Potluck Dinner 
by Greg Philpott
An opportunity for you to come together and enjoy the convivial company of your neighbours and fellow Opuians.

What:           A pot-luck, bring your own, community dinner
When:          Saturday 25th July starting at 5pm
Where:        Opua Community Hall

  • Open to all members of the Opua Community
  • All invited to bring a dish to share – (meat, spud or vege) ideal example good hearty casserole – bring in a crock pot, slow cooker, electric fry pan or the like to plug in
  • Opua General Store will provide a monster basket of bread rolls
  • Bring your own drinks and glasses
  • Bring your own plates and knives and forks

Volunteer Fire Brigade
By Lesley Lucas

Paihia Volunteer Fire Brigade are having a Fun Community Day on Sat 25th July between 10.30am and 2.30pm on the Paihia Village Green. We’d love kids of all ages to come and join us.

BOIVR Fun Trivia Night
by Frank Leadley

A fun evening is planned! Quizzes, great auction items and raffles plus lots of prizes to be given out! There will 8 people per team/per table. The evening will have sets of quiz questions, in between quizzes there will be auctions.

A fast moving lively night with crazy auctioneering by Frank Leadley and Mayor John Carter!

The funds from this evening are going towards a very exciting new Railway Station and Cycleway complex at Opua. Planning is well advanced. Come along to find out what has happened so far, what is to come, and be a part of this great Northland initiative!

Taiwan Cherry – pretty! N O T!!!!!!
by Manuela Gmuer-Hornell

Look at those pretty pink blossoms…. now is the perfect time to identify and get rid of it… read on here (from the NRC website)

What does it look like?

The Taiwanese cherry is a deciduous tree that grows up to 8m high. Its leaves are serrated, thin, and cherry-like. The flowers are deep pink, bell-shaped in clusters and it has shiny scarlet fruit 1cm across from October to December.

Why is it a problem?

Birds spread the seed and it invades all types of shrublands, light gaps in the forest, and roadsides.

How do I get rid of it?

  • Cut the tree down or make downward cuts around the base of the tree and apply 250ml glyphosate (360g/l e.g. Roundup ®) per litre to the point of runoff, or with Vigilant® gel, within 10 minutes; or
  • Drill 12-14mm holes at 200mm intervals around the trunk and fill with10-15mls of undiluted glyphosate; or
  • Spray (during summer) with 5g metsulfuron-methyl (600g/kg e.g. Escort®) per 10 litres water or 60ml Brushkiller per 10 litres water.

Control methods for pest trees and shrubs

There is a range of methods available to control pest plants. The following recommendations – which are only a sample of those available – are based on safe-use methods that have proven effective.

  • Physical removal of the plant and all fragments to a land fill is the best organic method.
  • Slashing, mowing or otherwise removing plant material and then treating the stumps or regrowth reduces the amount of chemicals needed.
  • Always apply chemical to cut stump within 10 minutes of cutting.
  • Spray is recommended for large areas. For aerial rates contact the regional council’s biosecurity team.
  • Penetrant aids the uptake of herbicides – there is a range available, e.g. Pulse®, Boost®, Freeway, Dewdrop, and Kiwi Buddy Uptake crop oil.
  • Follow-up is always recommended until all the seed has gone from the soil.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY and follow all instructions and safety requirements.

More information

For further information or control advice please contact one of our biosecurity team at the Northland Regional Council on 0800 002 004.

More information on these and other pest plants is also available at:

www.nrc.govt.nz/nasties
www.weedbusters.org.nz
www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
www.ebop.govt.nz

Ongoing clearing at the water tank
by Brian Hepburn
We are meeting every Thursday and Saturday by the water tank, the Puketiitii Domain. We have cleared away a heap so far but it is slow work. Please join us from 8.30am! Bring your own weeding tools and plenty of energy.

Keep yourself in the loop
by Manuela Gmuer-Hornell

Not everyone is on Facebook – BUT, you can follow LoveOpua on our websitewww.opuanz.wordpress.com – have a look!

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,
Chairman,
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

ALSO OF NOTE
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

ENVIRONMENT

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.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

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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