Christmas is fast approaching, and it has been a successful year for the Trust, roll on 2004!Christmas Get Together
Wednesday 3rd of December
Marine Rescue Centre
Mechanics Bay @ 7.30pm
A chance to get together, no speakers or elections, just a drink, a bite to eat and good conversation. So come and celebrate with other members and visitors the successes of an extremely busy year. Please bring a plate, something special to drink or a donation. Tea and Coffee provided. Don Linden's collection of children's stories from the radio in a celebration set willl be raffled on night - a great prize.
AMP Launch on October 1st
Even though the weather was marginal, it was a great day of celebration and reminiscences. From the ferry trip out on the Glen Rosa, the blessing at the Hall, the short but memorable speeches, invitations to see baches by their owners and "traditional" bach food and the return journey, it was a wonderful day.
TV One did us proud and showed a lengthy clip on the 6 o'clock news and David Steemson of Radio New Zealand hosted a 20min piece on Auckland Issues later in the month.
We would like to thank AMP Financial Services for hosting the launch and look forward to many other activities and events with them throughout the term of the sponsorship.
Maintenance Report and Working Bee Schedule for 2004 - see attached page.
We are on the final countdown for our non-notified concession to work on Rangitoto Island. We have been invited to speak to it at the next Auckland Conservation Board on the 12th December. A full concession will be applied for at a later date.
Part of the concession includes our Health and Safety documentation. This has been fully audited by Ray Kendall of Waitakere City Council. Grateful thanks to both Ray and Waitakere City Council for their time and expertise in helping us out for this important section.
Visitor Facilities in the Hauraki Gulf - Recreation
The Department of Conservation are currently reviewing visitor facilities e.g. wharves, camping grounds and tracks around NZ. The discussion document was released in September and contains important information for those who use the Gulf. To copy contact DoC or visit www.doc.govt.nz There are some important decisions e.g. wharf closures, new camping grounds and walking tracks, being made about Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe and Browns Island. It is important that members make themselves aware of the proposals. Ring Elizabeth if you would like to know more. Submissions close on 31st January 2004 and can be made online.
Annual Fishing Competition
Wednesday 31st December
Start Time: 10am sharp.
Finish Time: 12 noon sharp.
Auction: All fish will be auctioned. That's if any are caught this year!
Rules: Two lines per person.
Fishing between Iliomana Light and Target Point only. If using a boat must have appropriate lifejackets etc. (ARC bylaws apply). No undersized fish allowed.
Who: Members and families, invited guests, friends and especially children.
What to bring for afterwards: There will be a BBQ with meat provided for lunch, so bring you own accompaniments and drink.
Prizes: Best Story- Booby Prize; Largest Snapper- Buchanan Trophy; Longest Fish-Pennant; Most Fish- RICHT Trophy.
Children's prizes/lolly scramble.
Getting there: Check with Fullers in case they have changed to their summer timetable.
Aim: To have fun, do what we used to do, involve the children and meet each other.
Contact Allan Godsall for any further information. Please return all trophies.
Weather: The event will not be cancelled
DoC Weed Control Programme Summer 2003 -2004
This year Rhamnus will be the major target but other invasive weeds will be targeted in the bach areas. Spray will be coloured blue and there will be no spraying around the bach from midday Friday to Monday mornings or across the Christmas/January period.
Motutapu Restoration Trust
Across the causeway at Islington Bay, Motutapu Island is being re-planted by an enthusiastic Trust with a re-newed sense of strategic direction. The website is www.motutapu.org.nz and like us welcome volunteers for their activities including propagation and planting.
A great time was had by all on the trip in October and what a wonderful day after all the rain. The dam was overflowing which made a spectacular sight. By popular request this will become an annual event.
YOUR COMMITTEE - Don't hesitate to ring any of them if you have any questions, need brochures etc.
Elizabeth Andrew - 634 1398 Newsletters,
Shirley Collins - 279 9819 Treasurer,
Membership and Wharf rep,
Susan Yoffe - 445 1894 Archives,
Hilary Noall - 418 4920 Islington Bay rep,
Lois Eagles - 480 5989 Beacon End rep,
Allan Godsall - 634 0161 Maintenance,
John Walsh - 844 8875 Chairman,
Jim Mason - 4466228 Patron.
Take a look it. It is growing under the excellent care of
Heyward. Please submit
photos and stories direct to Andy for inclusion on the website.
Wishing all our Members a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.