The MCG meets on the last Tuesday of the Month at 7.30pm Monthly Meetings are held in the meeting room behind the Hall Quarterly meetings held in February, May and August also in the meeting room. The AGM is at the November Meeting. No meeting in December.
Matakana Community Group Minutes Quarterly Meeting
February 23rd 2020 7.30pm Meeting Room Matakana Hall
Apologies: Jenni and Phil Francis, Trish Allen, Rohan Meuli, Clyde and Ferida Cooper.
Present: Rachel Demler, Liz Sharek, Neville Johnson, Vern Tyerman, Celia and David Knighton, Scott McCallen, John Turney, Janis Grummitt, Richard Wintle, Angelica Garcis Perterson, Audrey Sharp, Bev Wezliek, Alexander Longuet Higgins, beth Houlbrooke (RLB) greg Sayers (Councillor), Simon and Robin Barclay, Fiona Strathern, Sally Marden (Mahu Matters)
FOCUS on PEST CONTROL
Guest Speaker: Ngiare Wallen, Community Pest Management Coordinator. Takatu Landcare Group
The Takatu Landcare Group is a volunteer organization with the vision of the Takatu Peninsular being a pest and weed free buffer zone for the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary. It was set up in 2014 to initiate a trapping programme to enable this buffer zone.
There are a number of Member Groups, Christian Bay, Baddeleys and Campbells, Buckelton Beach and Omaha. They are setting up up trap lines along DOC guidelines outside the park targeting the Takatu Peninsular. They also monitor bird populations outside the park fence.
537 traps were put out in November 2019 with help from the AC targeted rate funds. The number of trapped pests are recorded on “Catch It” which is run by the University of Auckland where individuals can input details with GPS locations. AC first blitzes with a pest poisoning programme and the trapping is there as a maintenance measure to maintain reduced pest levels. There is some overlap with other groups such as The Forest Bridge Trust but the TLCG’s main focus is to ensure a pest free buffer zone for Tauwharanui. There are also other trapping initiatives around the extended area including Forest and Bird trapping at Point Wells, trapping lines in Waikuari Bay, Tamahunga Trappers at Mt Tamahunga, and the Whangateau Residents who run a trap lending library, opening soon. Ti Point also has a programme in place with breeding boxes for the Little Blue Penguin. They have found that Tim’s traps, used for possums, are best located nailed higher on a tree and this is safer for Kids and pets as well.
The Takatu Land Care group meet on the first Saturday of the month in Bramble Cafe at 8am. Website: www.takatulandcare.com Contact: Ngiare Wallen firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey Sharp spoke of the Trap Lending Library that is launching next month for Wangateau. The traps are being provided by the AC bio security team.
Richard Wintle has been part of Tamahunga Trappers since its inauguration in 2009. Initially they only put trap lines up the summit track but it has now been extended around the Mt to 150 traps in place which are monitored by group of about 12 people, fortnightly to monthly but this is a difficult and arduous environment to install and monitor traps in. They are mostly catching stoats and rats. AC do a cyanide blitz every 4 years. However this has been effective enough to enable the Kiwi translocation that is in progress.
Beth Houlbrooke (RLB) The RLB have funding to support the operational side of Pest Control but infrastructure funding comes from AC only so this needs to be triggered through applications for funding for pest control in the Annual Budget. Submissions are open now.
Greg Sayers (AC Councillor)
Update MLRd The preferred 4 lane option including the bridge, is being put out for tender. They are working for the possiblity that the MLRd will be completed at the same time as the NEX2 project for the new motorway in October 2021.
Hill Street reconstruction is all lined up to start in late 2021 when the MLRd and Motorway are completed. There is a $15million allocation envelope available for the works.
Sandspit Link Road There is a proposed route under discussion with the landowners affected and AC and AT will lodge their plans in 2022.
Drought Response activated by Civil Defence and has included measures taken by Watercare to increase the capacity for carrying water around the district which includes bringing milk tankers online and help from the Firefighters.
Water Shortage Discussions.
A) Proposal for Matakana Village to be put onto a town water supply. (Liz Sharek) Liz showed a presentation to start a discussion on the possibility for a reticulated water supply for Matakana Village and also possibly for other rate payer groups who’s communities are still dependant on tank water supply such as Point Wells and Omaha.
Greg suggested that he and Beth should go directly to Watercare to start the discussion rather than relying on submissions to the AC annual budget.
Proposal: The MCG request that Council Greg Sayers and LRB member Beth Houlbrooke organize a meeting with Watercare director to advance a discussion for Matakana Village be put onto a reticulated water supply. Proposed Rachel. Seconded Simon. Carried.
Water shortage Response Plan for Future events. There was some discussion on possible responses that could be put in place in future years to help alleviate the water shortages suffered over drought years, including an Auckland City Response Plan and Local Response Plan.
Updates From Simon
Simon is in discussion with AT to carry out the road markings for a) The Bus stop outside the Car Park and for a centre lane to be put in for the right hand turn into the carpark. b) Right hand turn road markings for Tamahunga Drive.
The School Crossing is in this years budget and should be actioned accordingly.
Other items on the Agenda will be held over for the next meeting.
Meeting Closed 9pm Next meeting March 31st , 7.30pm Meeting Room
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