Sep 12 2016

Public events and occasions managed by Iwi

If you want to organise an event, want something special at the springs and its streams or want a more formal arrangement for the springs you need to contact the Rangiwewehi Iwi.

Please email either

or call them on 07 3322254 for their office at the springs.

Jun 29 2016

Notice of HSIS AGM 2016

The HSIS AGM will be held on Wednesday 13th July commencing at 7.30pm at the Lakeside Bible Camp on Hamurana Road.

Feb 28 2016

Personal or business events at the springs.

Any inquiries about weddings, promotions etc., you may want to hold at the Springs need to be forwarded to the Rangiwewehi Iwi on ; not HSIS. This is not the forum for that sort of arrangements.

Jan 29 2016

A belated New Year’s wish and upcoming Work day.

The HSIS committee and members  wish readers a Happy New Year for 2016 we also  hope you all had a good Xmas holiday break.
The first workday at the Springs is  on Saturday 27th February and as usual meeting in the carpark at 9.00am for the Health and Safety review.
As this will be a general tidy up of the Ynys Fraser walkway bring along weedeaters, rakes, wheelbarrows, loppers etc., along with weedspray backpacks ( for those ticketed members) as there is a continual battle with blackberry etc.,
Bring along a picnic lunch for the after work get together which if the weather is fine we will have at the springs, if the weather is inclement a decision to cancel or postpone  will be made that morning so if you are not sure please call Cherry or Jerry on 07 3322474.
Also we still have a few copies of the book we published last year “Hamurana Springs The Ancient Waters”, so please order now as fast running out  by contacting Jerry  on  Mob 0274 824850.

Dec 17 2015

New Webmaster

My name is Johan. I’m the new webmaster for this HSIS website and am looking forward to continue building on the wonderful work Herma Snel has left me with. Thank you Herma!
While I’m still getting to grips with some aspects of the management of this level of technology and how it all fits together (and shows up on the site); it is up to the members of the society to provide content. Photos, stories, articles, reactions, minutes and correspondence can be published once approved for the general public by “you” the society members.
I have no responsibility for the actual material you (society members!) want to see on the website. So, please get the information flowing. Send me the photos to be posted, changes to events etc.

As a resident of the beautiful Hamurana area myself, I would love to see this website flourish.


Dec 09 2015

HSIS change of Webmaster

It’s with bleeding heart I have to say goodbye to my webmaster role.Herma

Beginning 2014 I moved overseas and being so far away appeared to be unworkable to stay on as committee member as well as webmaster.
Hamurana Springs will always stay my personal paradise and I have at least a thousand photos in memories of years I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Johan Hofmann will be the new webmaster from now on.
Kindest regards
Herma Snel



Aug 17 2015

Reserve Management Plan Survey

The Te Tahuhu o Tawakeimoa Trust is seeking public submission on what visitors enjoy most about the springs, recommendations/ideas/suggestions for conservation and maintenance etc.,
This flyer has been published in the Daily Post, Rotorua Review and the Ngongotaha News and the mentioned open day will be on Wednesday 16th September at the Golf Club rooms between 10.00am and 1.00pm.

Click on the Flyer beneath to complete an online survey:


Aug 04 2015

HSIS Update

At a special meeting held in June and later confirmed at our AGM in July, the Society has elected to re-trench and cut back our working days to four a year, namely October, November, February and March.
We have tried to get new/younger members on board, but it hasn’t happened so with an ageing work group this was the solution we reluctantly came to. We are still actively involved in the trapping programme, with help from the IWI Trust who administer the Springs.
We can be contacted through Jerry Douglas (new elected President) 0274 824850, or through the Contact button on this website. Click here for the full list of committee members.

We have had great success with selling of our book – Hamurana Springs – The Ancient Waters – with over 130 books sold to date. These are available locally through both PaperPlus stores, McLeods Booksellers and direct from Cherry Douglas.
Many have been sold to Libraries out of town, some as far away as Dunedin and Christchurch. As we have only done a run of 200 books, this may well be a limited edition, so if you are interested give us a call.

Jul 24 2015

HSIS donates “The Ancient Waters”


On 22nd May Sally French and Cherry Douglas (pictured here with Sandra Kai Fong – RECT Trustee) pleased to be invited to attend the latest round of funding from Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, not as recipients this time, but as donors, gifting to them our book “Hamurana Springs – The Ancient Waters” in appreciation of the grants that we have received from them which has enabled us to publish this beautiful book – the cover of which was photography by our own webmaster Herma Snel.

Cherry Douglas

Apr 14 2015

Fantail Monitoring

(by Kerry Oates)Fantail

The results of our fantail monitoring over the 2014/2015 season show we started the season with 17 pairs, two more than at the end of last season.
Six months later after a long dry summer we had 17.5 pairs and 7 singles. This is our best season yet, showing a 24% increase and at least six pairs successfully fledged young during the season. One pair fledged two young.

Fantail monitoring is another method of checking how good our trapping effort is, technically referred to as non-target impact monitoring.
The first seasons data set a benchmark from which future comparisons can be made, and the longer we do this the more value the data has.
Now after three years we know that there is room for fantail numbers to keep increasing and the overall trend is one of expansion.
This strongly indicates that our trapping efforts are assisting fantail survival and breeding success. It is also starting to show up that those pairs breeding in native vegetation gullies around the northern boundary of the Reserve, tend to be more successful than those around the southern fringes, particularly the River Walk area where there is high public use. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues.

Fantail numbers can fluctuate considerably from year to year depending on how severe the winter is. Young birds often succumb to the cold, so the number of pairs present at the start of next season (September 2015) should really tell us something.

Keep up the great work!

Monitoring Results

Mar 14 2015

HSIS has 100 Facebook Likes


Jan 21 2015

New Year’s Greetings

from the volunteers of the Hamurana Springs Incorporated Society:

The HSIS has been beavering away at our monthly workdays at the Hamurana Springs Recreation Reserve since 2003. Through the on-going efforts of successive Presidents and Committees and a hard core of dedicated volunteers, our passion and love as a community care group of this unique and special place has never waned.
Our inspiration stems from both the need to nurture the magical surroundings in which we work for 3 hours per month, and our love and respect for our Patron, Ynys Fraser. Both incredibly powerful drivers!

Entering 2015 we again face the continuing issues of shortage of funds and a shortage of members. They go hand-in-hand, and it is frustrating to face and comprehend the general apathy from the wider Hamurana/Kaharoa/Ngongotaha communities, many of whom visit and enjoy the place regularly, with friends and visitors.
Here is this amazing natural gift at their backdoor, there are all the positive comments about the improvements within the Reserve which is great, but what happens when the 10-15 (ageing!) families who try to attend every workday, say “enough is enough”?

The only time cost is 3 hours per month (Feb-Nov), usually on the last Saturday morning of the month, and a membership fee of $25 per family or $15 per individual.
And we actually have FUN, lots of camaraderie and leg-pulling, followed by a relaxing social picnic lunch on-site in good weather, or hosted by members if not. It’s a great way to meet the locals, make new friends and enjoy the beauty of the Reserve with like minded people over a glass of your favourite or a nice hot cuppa.

Further, it is exciting times historically at the Reserve, with positive changes and developments ongoing.
Ngati Rangiwewehi have now received this land back from the Crown and are developing plans and strategies for the Reserve. The managing Trust Board and our own committee meet regularly to form a united cooperative approach to our land management/maintenance tasks with some guidance from DOC where necessary. The Koaro (native trout) restoration project is one example of how joint ventures can excel conservation initiatives right here in our front yard.

First 2015 Work Day

Finally, we extend this invitation to all interested readers to attend our FIRST WORK DAY, at the Reserve on Saturday 28 February, 9.00am onwards, where we will be on board to meet you, show casing the work of HSIS and Ngati Rangiwewehi around the Reserve environs.
Come and learn just who we are, what we do, how we do it, and see the results of our joint labours. Learn about our predator trapping programme and how bird life is being protected, watch a demo or have a go your self, see the trout weir and how it works.
Bring a picnic lunch and join in the fun!

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