We are back! Great to see so many of you in person at our meeting held on Tuesday 30th June. We had a lot to talk about so this is a packed newsletter with details of all of our current projects and upcoming dates for your diary.
Pest Free Matakana We plan to set up some trap lines in the village after reports that in particular stoats are prevalent. We will be looking at sources of funding for the traps but we can keep costs down if we make the boxes ourselves. We are looking for volunteers to help with this project either to build the boxes (simple woodworking skills required) or to lay and maintain the traps. We have excellent support and guidance from Ngaire Wallen from the Takatu Landcare Trust in this endeavour and we will be looking to set up a meeting with all the volunteers shortly. Please respond to this email if you can help in some way.
Watercare As mentioned in previous newsletters we will be looking to join forces 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. We have had an disappointing response from Watercare to our request for a meeting to discuss a sustainable and resilient water supply to this area but we will be responding and asking for better engagement in the future particularly to respond earlier when drought conditions start to hit. We have also responded to the consultation for the land fill in the dome with a counter proposal to build a reservoir.
Road Safety Some initiatives may have been delayed due to Covid19 and may also be affected by the budget constraints which have resulted in an emergency budget consultation. Once we have confirmation of what will be proceeding we will let you know but this is thought to include both the road crossing by the school and the clearer bus markings to make it easier for the buses to pull into the side of the road.
Dates for Your Diary
Motorway Tolling There is a public meeting to discuss the tolling of the new stretch of SH1. This is being held at The Bridgehouse in Warkworth from 5.30pm on Wednesday 16th July.
Guess the Weight of The Pumpkin The five giant pumpkins will be making one more appearance at the Matakana Farmers market on Saturday 18th July. This caused quite a buzz and is raising funds for the Mahurangi Wastebusters composting project. The prize a a zero waste hamper of goodies worth over $90. Bring your camera as you won't believe how big these are!
Fabric and Textile Rescue On Sunday 26th July from 1am - 4pm there will be a fabric rescue in the Community Hall. As well as being able to pass on your never to be used fabric and find new fabrics and textiles there will also be other stalls such as The Matakana Bag Lady for a bit of retail therapy. Check out the details of the event on their Facebook page.
Local's Lunch The next lunch is booked for Tuesday 28th July at 12pm at Matakana Market Kitchen. If you would like join us, please contact Janis to register your interest. email@example.com
Winter Pot Luck Lunch This will be held on Sunday 23rd August from midday in the Community Hall. This is an event for all the family and all ages. Last year we ran some games and activities for the young and young at heart! But the main focus was in sharing a meal and meeting neighbours. Please put this in your diary for what is sure to be an enjoyable afternoon.
MCG Meeting The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th July at 7.30pm in the small hall behind the Community Hall.