So I started my newsletter this month with 'August is an action packed month!' Well it was until the wider Auckland area went into a Level 3 lockdown. This has therefore meant all our events planned for August have been cancelled or postponed.
Jubilee Park Planting Day - Postponed from Sunday 23rd August to Sunday 6th September Depending on alert levels, this event has been postponed until September. Come and join us in planting native trees around Jubilee Park from 10am. Wear sensible clothing and bring a spade. Come and plant a tree and then join us for a sausage sizzle to celebrate our efforts.
Quarterly Meeting - Cancelled on Tuesday 25th August The original theme and agenda of Conservation and Restoration will be moved to a future meeting and we will rebook our planned speakers i.e. Friends of Awa Matakanakana (FOAM) and The Forest Bridge Trust.
Local's Lunch - Cancelled If you would like join us for these monthly lunches, please contact Janis to register your interest. email@example.com
August is an action packed month! We had a great meeting in July which has resulted in a full agenda for our quarterly meeting this month. We will be talking on the theme of 'Conservation and Restoration' and we have some fantastic guest speakers and guests attending to talk on these topics. Our projects reflect our commitment to this theme and there are opportunities to help us plant trees and trap pests.
Projects & Updates
Pest Free Matakana We held the first meeting of our volunteers on 8th August with our consultant, Ngaire Wallen from the Takatu Landcare Trust. We have plans for five trapping lines around the village and our goal is to have the first of these up and running in spring. There will be a working bee in early September to assemble the first set of boxes to house the traps.
Watercare After a disappointing response from Watercare, our next step is to hold a joint meeting with the other community groups (Omaha, Point Wells, Whangateau and Leigh) to look at how we better respond to the drought conditions that are likely to be part of summers to come.
Mahurangi Wastebusters - Giant Pumpkins Competition The five giant pumpkins weighed 186kgs and raised funds for the upcoming composting initiative. The winner of the guess the weight competition was presented with their basket of zero waste products at the Farmers Market on 25th July.
Fabric Rescue There was a very successful fabric rescue held at the Community Hall on 26th July which diverted a huge amount of material from landfill into the arms of capable crafters. The money raised at the event will be used to fund future fabric rescue initiatives and it is likely that this type of event will be run again in the future as it was so well received.
Community Garden The garden is looking wonderful at the moment and as well as keeping the community garden in fine fettle the keen gardeners have also been tidying up the flower beds at Lawrie Road Recycling Centre.
Community Hall Watch this space as there will be a call for volunteers to help in the painting of the hall. Update - all SOLD - wooden trestle tables for sale at $20 each.
Dates for Your Diary
Jubilee Park Planting Day - Sunday 23rd August Come and join us in planting native trees around Jubilee Park from 10am on Sunday 23rd August. Wear sensible clothing and bring a spade! We had originally earmarked this day for a pot luck lunch in the Community Hall but we have decided to effectively combine the two events. So come and plant a tree and then join us for a sausage sizzle to celebrate our efforts.
Quarterly Meeting - Tuesday 25th August Joins us from 7pm for a social get together before the meeting starts at 7.30pm in the small hall behind the Community Hall. Our theme for the evening is Conservation and Restoration and speakers will include Friends of Awa Matakanakana (FOAM) and The Forest Bridge Trust.
Daffodil Vintage Car Rally - Sunday 30th August We are thrilled to announce that the Daffodil Rally for Vintage Cars is making its way to Matakana this year. The cars will be rallying from Takapuna and are likely to be arriving in Matakana from 12.30pm onwards. The display will be in the free car park by the school so we ask anyone who might occasionally park there on the weekend to please keep the space free.
Local's Lunch - Date to be Confirmed If you would like join us for these monthly lunches, please contact Janis to register your interest. firstname.lastname@example.org