Dec 19 2014

“Hamurana Springs – The Ancient Waters”


The Hamurana Springs Incorporated Society has spent the last two years researching, writing and publishing a book on the history of Hamurana Springs, covering all aspects from early maori settlement of the area to present day tourism, management and recreational use.

Ideal for a Christmas gift?

You can order copies of the book through this website by emailing the treasurer The book is selling for NZ$40.00 per copy + NZ$5.50 packaging and postage for 1 book within NZ, or NZ$6.50 for 2-3 books.
Payment can be made on line to HSIS account number 38 9001 0800828 00. Please include your ‘surname’ and ‘Book’ and number of ‘Copies’ as a reference when making on-line payments.

Dec 08 2014

End of Year Words

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The Hamurana Springs Incorporated Society is a group of like minded volunteers from the wider Hamurana community who are passionate about the environs at the Hamurana Springs Reserve.
We, in association with kaitiaki (guardians) Ngati Rangiwewehi, partake in maintenance and enhancement works of the walkways, waterways and facilities at the Reserve, by holding half-day working bees once a month. These are always followed by a social luncheon, usually held at the Springs Reserve, and are a great way to meet the local community, contribute productively to a great community asset, and to reap instant reward for effort undertaken.
Working bees are held from February to November each year. Other tasks such as lawn mowing of the Ynys Fraser Track continue year round, as does our predator trapping regime which aims to protect and increase the bird life around the reserve.

If you would like to join our meagre fold, come have some fun and make a great contribution to the environmental prosperity of the Springs, please contact
Kerry Oates – President 3322975 or Cherry Douglas – Treasurer 3322474

As the Society takes a short break over the festive season I take this opportunity, on behalf of all members to wish the wider Hamurana community a very Merry Christmas and a safe and enjoyable holiday season – Enjoy!

Kerry Oates – President.

Dec 02 2014

Sunny Last Workday & Lunch 2014

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Our final work day for 2014 was held on a bright sunny day with a small band of dedicated helpers.
The main task of the day was to spread the recently chipped mulch from the Douglas Grove to our newly planted trees in the Travellers Trees area. The chipping of green waster has been generously funded by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s “Environment Enhancement Fund”, and is a great example of recycling, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which would otherwise result from burning this waster material.

Not only that, the mulch is good compost for our new plantings and has the added bonus of suppressing weeds while the young trees get established.
We also cleared the Sampson’s Folly Track and removed a bit of debris from the main stream.


After the work tasks we all retired to the Douglas house hold for our annual end of year luncheon, kindly hosted by Life Members Jerry & Cherry Douglas.


We were fortunate to have our patron Ynys Fraser present, who at 97 years is as inspiration to us all. 2014-luncheon_03
Ynys recounted a few tales from the early days at the Springs and commended us on our beautification efforts.

We also acknowledged the recent efforts of Paul Sampson who has worked tirelessly to achieve publication of our forth coming book “Ancient Waters” – the history of Hamurana Springs.

In closing our president thanked the committee for their in-put and support in achieving so much during the year, and wished every one a happy and safe festive season, looking forward to a short break from maintenance tasks, and returning with renewed enthusiasm in February 2015.


Nov 27 2014

Saturday last 2014 Workday!

(by Cherry Douglas)
As mentioned in our last post already  this Saturday November 29th is our last working bee for the year.
We need to shift some more chipping that has just occurred, so wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, gloves would be the order of the day. If we have any time or people to spare some work needs to be done around the Sampsons Folley track, but the spreading of the chips has priority and will be fairly labour intensive but we will have quad/mower/trailers to help with this.

Please note: If the weather turns bad we will CANCEL the workday, but will still proceed with our annual end of year lunch at Jerry and Cherry’s house, Kaska Rd Hamurana to thank all of you who have worked and contributed to the Society during the year, including the people on our trapping programme, or even if you are a financial non working member – all are welcome.. We are all working towards the same result.

While we will supply the main food, a contribution of a salad or a dessert towards lunch would be really appreciated plus BYO, although juices etc will be available.

If it is at all possible to let me know numbers for lunch, that would help Lorraine and I plan accordingly, either by phone 3322474, or my mobile 0274 850548 We will finish work at 12.00 and lunch arrival can be anytime from say 12.30 onwards, if you want to come straight from work to our house and freshen up there please feel free to do so. Stay for a little or a long while, Saturday is dedicated to the people who make up the Hamurana Springs Incorporated Society.

As usual start in the carpark, H & S talk and we go from there.

Nov 10 2014

Not just Gardeners

(by Cherry Douglas)

We have had a very successful working year yet again and all credit to those that always turn up, rain or shine.camaraderie

In place of burning our branch clearings we have so far chipped a huge pile and this has all been spread around the travellers trees area,and on the banks adjacent to this area.
In August another 700 plants were put in the ground by a small but dedicated group, and special thanks go to those that came in early in the morning to get this underway.

Focus at the moment is to clear up a lot of debris caused by high winds and either move this to a chipping pile, or leave to mulch.

The Society has also been very much involved in the Koaro restoration project at the weir in conjunction with Dept of Conservation , BOP Regional Council and Ngati Rangiwewehi – so we are not just “gardeners”. Come along and join in with us, it is a great way to meet new people, have some fun, work for 3 hours and then have a shared lunch and a bit of cameraderie.
Usually we have lunch on site, but as 29th November is our last working day for the year we will have a special lunch at a members house.

So Sat 29th November 9.00 am meet, at the carpark, bring some gardening tools, gloves, etc.

If in doubt of the weather or you have any questions please contact Kerry Oates 3322 975, Lorraine Parker 3493 443, Cherry Douglas 3322474

Oct 31 2014

This Saturday.. workday again

Saturday November 1st  is our next workday.

Continuation of picking up branches and transferring to the chipping pile. Tree to be removed that is down towards the dancing sands – chainsaw required.
Weed spraying ONLY IF there is no wind to avoid any drift. I will have the spray with me.

Usual 9am meet at the carpark, H & S chat, Ed has volunteered !!! and will be leading the charge on Saturday, we may not have the carts this time, so wheelbarrow, loppers, gloves, etc should be the tools of the day, or utes depending on accessability.

Bring your own lunch and a drink and we will have on site depending on what the day is like.

Contact, in the first instance if in doubt of the weather, will be to me Cherry 3322474

Oct 02 2014

Workday 27th September

(By Lorraine Parker)

Yet again we had another small turn out for our workday, but we achieved a huge amount. We manage to stock pile two large piles of branched by the Douglas Tables ready for the chipper.
Thankfully Jerry and Kerry brought their ride-on and trailers which made the job a lot easy and faster.  There is still a lot of wood that can be collected and piled up ready for the chipper and will look at doing some more at our next workday.
And finally a big thank you to the small band of workers who worked tirelessly!
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Sep 24 2014

New Workday this Saturday

Hello everyone – yes its that time again – this Saturday is our next workday.
We will mainly be concentrating on moving branches, wood etc to suitable sites for the chipper to come in again. This is fairly labour intensive so have a hearty breakfast before hand.

Gloves, fluid, hat, wheelbarrows, would be the order of the day. We will have quad/trailer – mower/trailer combination to help achieve this.

Start 9.00 am in the carpark, H & S pep talk, then up to the main spring area to start off. Weather permitting lunch will be in the general area that we will be working in, we will confirm during the morning. Bring your own picnic lunch,enjoy and have a catch up from the previous work day.

If in doubt about the weather on the day, ring Cherry 3322474, Lorraine 3493443
Many hands make light work – make this a fun day rather than an onerous one
Cherry Douglas

Aug 30 2014

Dedicated few planted 700 Trees

30th August – by Kerry Oates

It was a smaller turn out than we would have liked, but everyone got stuck in and planted another 700 trees around the wetter, steeper margins of the Ynys Fraser walkway today.
Planting groups will be quite busy at the Reserve over the next few weeks, as next weekend the Forest and Bird group have a planting day in Area R, followed by in-fill planting of the Living Legends Trees in Area M on 13 September.
Our dedicated few finished the mornings efforts with a cool drink and a beautiful shared pot luck lunch among the Travellers Trees.
Well done to all who attended !

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Aug 18 2014

700 trees to be planted!

scheppen-boomplantdagWe are well into our winter work and have been lucky with the weather so far.

August 30th we will be planting 700 trees
(regardless of the weather)


planting day 2013

courtesy of The Dept of Conservation, and in agreement with Ngati Rangiwewehi, so all hands on deck would be really appreciated for this day.
Last year we planted over 1000 trees in less than 3 hours thanks to all those who turned up, and also our guys who started early to prepare the ground ready for the planters. We will be doing the same again this year. Come join us, 9.00am start, meet in the carpark for our Health & Safety talk and registration, bring gloves, spades, buckets, and your lunch and a drink.

Contact details are Lorraine Parker, 3493443 and Cherry Douglas 3322474 for any enquiries.

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