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Welcome – kia ora, nau mai haere mai – to our community Noticeboard. Here you will find current issues, concerns and events that members of the community have submitted in the interests of our wider community. Anyone is welcome to submit by filling in the contact form here.

Note - there is currently a Total Fire Ban in place

A total fire ban has been in place since 24 December 2020.

Call 111 if you see smoke/signs of fire, then call the Fire First Response team. The team are a group of volunteers that have set up and trained in the use of portable fire fighting equipment. They will attend fires in the Oakura Bay area with the aim to contain/extinguish early fire until further assistance becomes available. They hope to raise awareness and reduce the fire risk in the community.

Planning a fire: you need to check with Fire and Emergency checkitsalright.nz

Remember working smoke alarms save lives.

Fire extinguishers/blankets – for all domestic fire security needs, go to:

Firewatch Whangarei, 91 Port Road

Attn: Paul Cotton – Ph 09 438 1201 Mob 027 472 6015

Oakura Bay, fire regulations

Whangarei District Council - Speed Limit Review

Thinking Ahead - Feedback Wanted

WDC are reviewing speed limits for the region as part of a nationwide Road Safety Strategy that is aimed at reducing fatal and serious harm crashes on our roads. Due to increased seasonal and holiday traffic, coupled with narrow carriageway widths and the winding nature of our coastal roads, WDC will be asking for feedback on their WDC Speed Limit Review programme of work for the next 12 months.

This review has been timed to co-ordinate with the Far North District Speed Review of Old Russell Road to ensure regional consistency in speed limits.

WDC are proposing to commence this review for our area at the end of 2020.

HINERURU PROJECT

Bringing our people together to create a 3 metre tall, 3 dimensional Morepork from New Zealand native grasses and plants.

This project is inspired by Hineruru, Ngātiwai kaitiaki, the beautiful, wise spirit bird. We have chosen one of her messengers, our Ruru, the Morepork to represent her. Our little native owl is a treasure. Respected and loved by so many young and old, by all our people of New Zealand and the world. It is situated close to Te Kapua Street, the entrance to our urupā (burial site) and wāhi tapu, both of spiritual significance to our local iwi.

The project provides an opportunity to reconnect with community, regenerate its natural flora and fauna and celebrate our local culture, in our area and with our people.

It will be a living garden sculpture using native grasses and plants to create the texture and movement of owl feathers. Round, yellow, solar lanterns in her eyes will charge as she faces the sun in the east and north throughout the day. Her eyes will light the night with her gaze. She will sit at rest upon an 8m log seat that extends to either side, sharing her view of the Oakura Pohutukawa Reserve, entrance to Whangaruru Harbour and out to the Poor Knights.

For more details and how to get involved, please go to the Facebook page here.

Alternatively, you can contact the organiser, Kylie Rogers – email kylierogers1971@yahoo.com

FISH FRAMES AND HEADS

Please be aware that the dumping of fish frames and shellfish is NOT allowed under Northland Regional Council Rules. When dumped “in the intertidal area or on land nearby, including beaches, the waste can pose a potential risk to other beach users.” Not only is there a health risk – it can be particularly nasty if you stand on a broken kina shell in bare feet – dumping waste can also affect water quality, attract scavenging stingrays and sharks. So please, we ask that you take your fish frames home and bury or compost them. Even better, if you only want to eat the fillets, consider donating the remains to others who love to eat fish heads and frames. To find out more and to download an app that puts those wanting to dispose of fish frames and heads together with those who want them, go to https://www.freefishheads.co.nz

REFRAIN FROM FEEDING THE SEAGULLS

Please refrain from feeding the seagulls, particularly in the Pohutukawa Reserve. Feeding the birds may endanger their long-term survival by overexposing them to humans for access to food sources. A diet of bread, fries and ice-cream does not have the same nutritional value as their natural food such as fish and insects. It also encourages the seagulls to mass in public places with an increased risk of contamination of water supplies for those dependent on tank water nearby.

2020 WHANGARURU TELEPHONE BOOK

AVAILABLE NOW FROM SKIPS FISH 'N CHIPS SHOP - $5.00

A huge amount of time and effort has gone into putting together the new 2020 Whangaruru Telephone Book thanks to Dianne Pascoe. The new phone book can be purchased from Skips Fish ‘n Chips Shop, Oakura for $5.00.

Our thanks to Gladys Glavish of Eves Real Estate for sponsoring the book and arranging printing etc. This is a fundraising effort with all profits going to the Bland Bay Pest Control group.

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