Hi all, More exciting news about Wastebusters this month and information about some new initiatives in and around our community.
Please don't forget that our monthly meetings have changed again to the LAST Tuesday in the month. That means that our next meeting will be this Tuesday 30th July in the small room behind the hall. Come and meet me and others to discuss issues about our community get to know each other.
As always, if you would like to recap our previous newsletters for context around this one, they are here: past newsletters Simon
Trish won the Trailblazer Award at the Auckland Zero Waste Awards Progress
Traffic control The Rodney local board have accessed funds for the implementation of solutions for urgent safety issues. As you all know, for the last 10 years or so the community and the school have been arguing for a safe crossing across Matakana Road for the children, both primary and secondary, and the visitors who use the road at the w/e.
I am delighted to say that the installation of a pedestrian operated traffic light has been approved. For those of us who have lobbied for so long, and who have also witnessed a number of very near misses with the children, this is great news. In the past the school has been hampered by an inability to operate a controlled crossing and the police have vetoed a pedestrian crossing as, rather counter-intuitively, this is more dangerous than no crossing, because children develop a false sense of safety when crossing. We are all very grateful to Beth Houlbrooke and her team for promoting this initiative.
Mahurangi Waste Busters (MWB) Mahurangi Wastebusters opened its gates at Lawrie Rd and Rustybrook Rd this week. The Wastebusters team thank everyone for their patience as the staff get used to the new site and the new systems. For the next few weeks they will be running a basic service of green waste and rubbish only. Recycling and other services including a re-use shop and yard will be introduced around mid August. Wastebusters are hugely grateful to members of the community who have volunteered to help them get up and running, including the Warkworth Men's Shed and the Matakana Community gardeners.
For updated information on opening hours, services and news check the website mahurangiwastebusters.nz or their facebook page. Wastebusters is also delighted that their founding Trustee and visionary, Trish Allen, won the Trailblazer Award at the Auckland Zero Waste Awards this week. (See pic above)
Storm Water diversion from Matakana Valley Rd and MVR repairs In discussion with Healthy Waters, they expect to have the Matakana Road drainage works finished by the 16th August, at which point AT should be ready to set up and start on the 18th. I am told that there will be a letter drop to explain how the inevitable disruptions will be managed and to give a more detailed description of the works that are to take place.
Community Fund Raising Help us to keep Matakana progressive! The Matakana Community Group along with our community has successfully raised funds over the last few years to complete the 2 footbridges, the car park by the school and the tennis courts, along with the cycle trail, planting and general maintenance of some areas in the village.
Thinking ahead, the MCG committee is looking for financial support on an ongoing basis from businesses and individuals in our community. While fundraising events are relatively successful, they are hugely time consuming and generally fall to just a few people to put together.
Meeting the future needs of our township In the coming year, the MCG is going to be looking at funding for the following projects:
Car Park Maintenance $10,000 per annum Gardens & Pathways $1000 per annum Planting $2000 per annum Upgrade of Jubilee Park Facilities $10,000 per annum
With that in mind, our goal is to have as many families as possible contributing an affordable amount to MCG, on a monthly basis. This ensures regular and consistent income that will help service maintenance of completed projects, particularly the car park, and also help us initiate ongoing upgrades to current facilities and undertake new projects.
Your donation will be reinvested directly back into our thriving community, and as we do not incur high operational costs, you can rest assured your money is going to directly improving our village and its facilities . We would really appreciate a commitment for 6-12 months initially.
To set up your monthly donation 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 email@example.com to let her know or contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute by cash or cheque.
Thank you so much for contributing to the ongoing success and maintenance of our lovely village.
People Trish Allen, Our Community Treasure. Trish won the Trailblazer Award at the Auckland Zero Waste Awards this week. The award acknowledges her long commitment to Zero Waste, including founding Mahurangi Wastebusters and her passion for waste education in the community. Trish taught her first course on How to Reduce Your Rubbish in 1991 on Rainbow Valley Farm! How lucky are we to have such a role model and leader?
Caring Community This is the initiative that is trying to focus us on our people as well as projects.
Community Pot Luck Lunch The first of our events for the community was held on 30th June. A big Pot Luck Community lunch to celebrate for Mid winter attracted 32 people. We had good food and fun together in the main hall. All agreed that we should hold it again next year. Thanks to Ivan for managing the music and Rachel for holding a lively children's game and drawing area! We will be putting together a group to manage the event next year and hope to start planning in a few months. If anyone is interested in joining us...contact Janis on email@example.com
Community Directories We are working on two directories where useful information and contacts can be in one place for easier access. One for local community building and the other for those wanting to know how to access help and advice. The next step will be a meeting of 'like minds' to put together a plan for the directories and other pubilicity for local groups already supplying help.
New Residents We are taking action on a great idea from Joy Early (Fitness Matakana) a few weeks ago and starting to hold monthly locals lunches.These will be held on a a monthly basis to start with at a local cafe for any residents that are new to the area. The lunch would be supported by residents that have lived in the area for several years so that there could be a sharing of knowledge about living here. A recent poll on the Facebook page raised a good response - 19 people showed an interest in attending. Hopefully, with personal contacts, this number will be larger. However, too many people might indicate we need more regular options. Watch out on the Facebook page and Jenni's newsletter for notification about the first one...if you are not on Facebook or Jenni's 'Around Matakana' newsletter, contact Janis to get notification about the lunches firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Big Room meeting Most of you attended last year’s big room meeting in August, where we connected, shared ideas and thought about priorities in our wider community. As you know many issues were identified and I have listed a few of these and the outcomes below.
Updating the website, which was not working properly. This has been done and we now have a co-ordinated approach with the Website, Face Book and the newsletter. This combination has, I hope, kept people better informed
Enabling people to enrol on the new website.Done
Publicising the various projects that are currently being undertaken and putting different community subgroups in touch with each other. This is being done via the information channels and inter-community networking, still, however, work in progress.
Finishing off the tennis courts Done, and the MCG gave a big grant to help this happen. There has been an amazing response from the village and the courts are very well used with a very active tennis club.
Establishing a Montessori School. Done, and the children have just started over at Pakiri, where the school is sited, as of the beginning of term 3. This has been a huge project involving Dan Payne, the others involved in his team, the community and school and community in Pakari.
Consulting with youth and Establishing a centre for young children and teenagers. This has not really progressed for want of a “champion” for the project. However initial efforts of bringing people in the community together via a community meal and providing details of services in the community have been led by Janis and have been very successful
Controlling traffic, both type (trucks from the quarries) and speed, road safety and road crossings. I still have huge frustration with getting anyone to take overall responsibility for the traffic issues in Matakana, but I am still trying to nail someone down. However, the great news is that the local board is in the process of facilitating a pedestrian crossing controlled by traffic lights to enable children to cross Matakana Road safely.
Zero Waste projects and the Mahurangi Waste-busters.You will no doubt be aware that the Mahurangi Wastebusters have won the Council contract to run the refuse and recycling centres at Lawries Road and Rustbrook Road. Thanks very much to Trish Allen, Matthew Luxon and all those who have made this a reality. Please check out the website at <mahurangiwastebusters.nz>
Pest control The MCG has co-operated with The Forrest Bridge Trust and some members have become involved either with the trust or by initiating trapping on their own properties. You can find out more about this great organisation on their website https://theforestbridgetrust.org.nz/
This year I have decided to postpone the annual community dialogue. I am retiring in November and feel that it is appropriate for my successor to hold this meeting at the beginning of their tenure so that a new set of priorities can be set for next year. Watch this space!
Join the Greenswap Group Last month we reminded you about the community garden (Monday morning behind the Community Hall). If you grow your own vegetables, fruit, salad, flowers or just want to meet with a group who do - why not come along to the Matakana Greenswap group - Friday mornings 9 am at the Wharf? We also meet at people's homes and sometimes have social gatherings in the area. No need to have a big, professional crop! Mostly this is a social group with lots of learning between us about growing things! Join our Facebook page for future venues https://www.facebook.com/groups/matakanagreenswap/ or contact email@example.com to get onto the email list.
Points ahead and information
Safety around the village Work with (Worksafe) has been very frustrating. As usual it is hard to find anyone who is willing to take responsibility for discussing the issues. I have now presented a consolidated list of issues to Auckland Transport directly and am waiting for them to engage..
Jubilee Park A design has been produced and we are waiting for approval from the Pony club to show how we could jointly use of the space. Once the Pony Club has signed this off we will take the plan is to to the local board initially, in order to plan an approach to Council.
Historic Walkway Work is still continuing to progress the production of plaques for this heritage walkway.
That's it for this month. Don't forget the next meeting is this Tuesday July 30th in the small room behind the Community Hall. The topics above and others will be discussed and the agenda has be posted on the website and Facebook page. All welcome. Also stay in touch by checking in on the Facebook page and the website.