Hi all, So this is my first newsletter as Chair of the Matakana Community Group. As announced in November’s newsletter Simon Barclay has stood down as Chair and we also say goodbye to Neville Johnston who was his Deputy. A huge vote of thanks goes to both Simon and Neville and as I said at the AGM, they will be a tough act to follow! Fortunately they both plan to remain active members of the group. My name is Rachel Demler and at the AGM I was elected as Chair and Ivan Wagstaff as Deputy. We have both been members of the Community Group for a while now and we hope to keep things running as successfully as our predecessors. We are thrilled that everyone else is continuing in their current roles so thanks go to Fiona Stratherm (Treasurer), Liz Sharek (Secretary), Janis Grummitt (Facebook) and Jenni Francis (What’s on) for their hard work and support.
AGM We held our AGM on Thursday 26th November and the minutes of the meeting can be found as always on the website. There will be no meeting in December due to the holidays and our next regular meeting will be on Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 7.30pm in the small meeting room behind the Matakana Hall. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a very social and fun evening.
Mahurangi Waste Busters (MWB) Mahurangi Wastebusters recently announced that even though the volumes have been much higher than expected they have achieved 50% diversion from landfill and have also made many donations of goods to local charities. For all the latest information on opening hours, services and news check the website mahurangiwastebusters.nz or their facebook page.
Community Garden The community garden recently celebrated their seventh Birthday and anyone who came to the Hall 60th celebrations will have seen the photos of the earliest transformation of this space into the wonderful, productive garden it is today. As well as keeping the garden to its usual high standards the Community Garden group have also taken responsibility for watering the many new trees planted around the village. If you would like to join this group, they meet at the garden every Monday morning at 9am.
Community Fund Raising We will be continuing to collect donations from visitors using the carpark on the major holiday weekends and we are looking for volunteers who can join us from 8.30-10.30am on the Saturdays of 21st and 28th December to help park cars or rattle a bucket for donations at the entrance. We’ve discovered that as well as being an excellent fundraiser, the manning of the car park on the busiest weekends helps to keep the traffic flowing. If you would like to help on either 21st or 28th please email email@example.com to let me know you are joining us.
We continue to be hugely grateful to a number of sponsors for their generous donations. This will help continue with the many projects the MCG sponsors including the beautification of the village landscape and the maintenance of the free car park.
Any further donations should be made directly into the MCG Bank Account Matakana Community Group - 12 3095 0186234 00
You can set up a regular monthly amount via your internet banking. You can also talk to your accountant about the benefits of giving to a charity as donations over $5.00 are tax deductible.
Once you have decided to give a contribution could you please email out treasurer Fiona Strathern on firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know or contact me, email@example.com if you would like to contribute by cash or cheque.
Matakana Coast Trails Trust A huge vote of thanks goes to volunteers from The Sawmill Brewery who spent a very productive day clearing gorse so the local walkways would be in good order for the summer ahead. As many of you know The Sawmill is closed until the new year for building work and repairs for the recent fire damage and we appreciate the staff putting their time to this endeavour.
People and Social
Matakana Hall 60th AnniversaryCelebration This was a very successful event and some lovely photos and stories from the day can be seen in the latest edition of Mahurangi Matters. Thanks goes to the organising committee who pulled off an amazing event with only 4 weeks to plan it. It was wonderful to hear from some of the original builders and their families.
Local's Lunch The next Local’s Lunch will be at Morris and James at midday on Thursday 19th December. As well as an opportunity to meet members of the community this may also be a great chance for some last minute Christmas shopping! Watch out for details of this regular monthly event on the website and Facebook page. If you would like join us, please contact Janis to register your interest. firstname.lastname@example.org
That's it for this month. Don't forget the next meeting will be on Tuesday 28th January 2020 in the small hall behind the Matakana Hall . Everyone is very welcome. Also stay in touch by checking in on the Facebook page and the website. For previous newsletters check out past newsletters
Very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Rachel