Jul 19 2014

Chipping Work Day Coming

Next workday at the Springs will be July 26th, by which time we should have our first chipping day. Trees R Us are hiring their chipper to us, in lieu of none being available in Rotorua of the size we require.

Usual 9.00am start day with all your gardening gear, wheelbarrows will be essential this time. General clearing tracks is ongoing.
BYO lunch on site as has been the norm, weather permitting of course.
Come and join us, talk to us, see what we do,

Jun 26 2014

Workday 28th June

(by Cherry Douglas)

Good morning everyone. Yes it’s that time again. This Sat 28th 9.00am start.
Meet in carpark for H & S talk registration.

Order of the day will be similar to last time, but this time we will also be moving the stockpile of branches etc at the head spring and making it more accessible for the chipper. Kerry has managed to hire a chipper locally and while we may not have it this Sat we need to be ready.

So wheelbarrows, rakes, loppers etc ,pruning Ynys Fraser walkway, some spraying, release weeding, track creation at Sampson Folly, depending on numbers of course. Last month we had a small band of workers, but we always achieve a huge amount regardless of numbers.

Lunch as has been the norm will be on site, depending on weather of course.

Call Kerry 3322975. Lorraine 3493443 or Cherry 3322474 if in doubt of the weather.

Jun 25 2014

AGM 2014

Our yearly AGM was held on Tuesday June 17th for the 11th time.
Most committee members have retined their seats with two standing down due to other long standing commitments, but remain working at the Springs when they can. We thank Jim & Diana for their input over the years.

Jerry and Cherry Douglas became the second Life Members in the Society, Barry and Lynn Menzies being the first nominees last year.

A new committee was elected:

Executives:
Kerry Oates   – President
Jerry Douglas – Acting President during absence of President until Nov.2014
Lorraine Parker– Vice President
Cherry Douglas – Treasurer
Sally French – Secretary

Members:
John Rainbow
Paul Sampson
Stephen Parker
Ed van den Broek
Herma Snel – Webmaster

Click HERE to read Kerry Oates’ full President’s Report 2013-2014
Some AGM photos below:

Last preperations for the meeting

Last preperations for the meeting

Social talk;-)

Social talk;-)

Jerry & Cherry Douglas were awarded life membership
for their commitment to and all their work for HSIS and the Springs:

Jerry & Cherry proudly showing their Award

Jerry & Cherry proudly showing their Award

Jun 06 2014

2014 AGM coming!

Hamurana Springs Incorporated Societymeeting-AGM

We are at the end of another successful year of the Society. We have now been going for eleven years and therefore it is time for our AGM.

This year we will be holding it on 17th June at 7.30pm at the Lake View Bible Camp Hall Hamurana Road.
If anyone is interested in becoming a committee member we are always looking out for new faces. Point of contact should be made to Sally_french@xtra.co.nz who is our Secretary or put forward your name on the night.

Donation of a plate towards supper would be really appreciated.

Come along and join us at our monthly workdays, which is generally the last Saturday of the month – 9.30am to 12.(winter months). It is a great way to meet people and also have a bit of fun – work for as little or as long as you want. We generally partake of lunch together afterwards if the weather allows it, or we go back to a committee members nearby house. Wander out and see what we can achieve on a mornings work and stop and have a chat.

Contact – Kerry Oates 3322975, Lorraine Parker 3493443, Cherry Douglas 3322474

May 28 2014

Coming Workday Saturday 31st May

(By Cherry Dpuglas)

Hi all,
coming Saturday is our next scheduled work day. 9.00 am start for the hardy souls – 9.30am start if you want to wait for the frost to thaw!!!

Bring spade, loppers, secateurs,rakes, wheelbarrow, brooms, gloves a must or your favourite gardening tool.
We will be clearing the tracks, some pruning, possibly some tree moving and sorting in the Travellers Trees area – a quick rake of the Koaro weir, spraying, in other words a good all round work day.
At this stage we do not have access to a chipper, but maybe next time.
So, meet in the carpark for final allocation of the day’s intended work, Health & Safety talk, sign the register, then finish up with lunch probably in the paddock adjacent to the weir if the day is fine – which we think it will be.

Bring your own lunch, drink, soup, etc and we will see you there!

Apr 23 2014

Next Work Day 26/4

This Saturday is our next scheduled work day at the Springs
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General tidy up including around the Ynys Fraser walkway, continuing with pruning and enhancement to the beginning of the walkway. Clearance of the stream again if numbers allow this. Waders/ wetsuits, for those who like the water

If we obtain a chipper we will start this process up at the main head spring, but only if we can source one locally.

So bring your gardening gear, drink and lunch. Earlier time start again at 9.00am where everyone meets at the car park for H & S talk and directing people to the working areas.
Come and join us for a while, enjoy the camaraderie that accompanies these work days and stay on for lunch on site (to be selected).
Please note that if weather is inclement the work day will be CANCELLED, and we will meet again in May.

If in doubt, call Kerry 3322975 before 9.00 to check if the day is proceeding
Cherry Douglas

Apr 19 2014

Update Predator Control

We have just trialled two new baits in our trap lines at Hamurana Springs.
All traps have been baited with “Erayz” freeze dried rabbit blocks, and every second trap was also sprayed with an aerosol salmon spray lure. This resulted in a catch after one week of 9 rats, 2 hedgehogs and 1 cat. Our sincere thanks to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Environment Enhancement Fund for the opportunity to purchase these new baits.

The spray on salmon lure (odd numbered traps) resulted in 7 catches, while the non-salmon lure traps resulted in 3 catches. Two traps had two rats, and we got catches at Traps 17 and 25, which haven’t caught for more than 12 months. These results show that the spray lure has been very effective and so has the rabbit bait. It also shows that we should never rest on our laurels with trapping predators. While it appeared we had got on top of the rat population at around 6 catches per month for the last 6 or more months, suddenly we get 9 in a week. They are always out there, we just have to keep coming up with new and better ways to catch them.

As a way of knowing whether our trapping efforts are having any benefit to the general ecology of the Reserve, we monitor fantail numbers each season. Counts of territorial adult pairs are done throughout September to give a total at 1 October, then repeat counts are done throughout March/April to give an end of season total at mid April. For the 2013/2014 season, we started with 15 pairs and finished the season with 16 pairs plus 4 extra birds!
This is really great to see after another very dry late summer period. It strongly indicates that our trapping efforts are having a positive effect on fantail survival and productivity at the Reserve, so great work to everyone that has been involved checking our traps –

WELL DONE!
Kerry Oates

Mar 10 2014

29th March.. Workday!

(by Cherry Douglas)

Our next workday is Sat March 29th at the earlier start time of 9.00am.
We will be weeding around new plantings, finish pruning along the Ynys Fraser walkway and clearing of debris in the main stream just below the head spring. HSIS acknowledges the support of BOP Regional Council’s Environment Enhancement Fund which has funded the hire of a chipper/shredder to eliminate burning of green waste. We will stockpile the debris from the head spring this workday in readiness for the chipper on our April workday.

Our trapping programme is still achieving good results with high catch rate of stoats in January. You should notice increased  birdlife on your walks, this is due to our successful trapping teams.

In- stream works late last year has improved general stream flow and cleared a lot of weed. We have already had comments on this.

Please bring your favourite gardening tool, gloves, drink, your own lunch which we will have on site if the weather allows us to do so.

Last work day was cancelled due to wet weather but 6 hardy souls braved it for a couple of hours and cleaned up just over the main bridge.

Come and see what we do, and join in for a little while or a bit longer. All hands are welcome!!

Mar 10 2014

Reserve Photos added

Thanks Jamie Douglas for contributing 2 photos.
They’ve been added to the Reserve Photos!

Feb 25 2014

Workday 22nd February 2014

Kia Ora Korua and welcome to the first of our workdays for 2014.
Unfortunately it was cancelled due to the inclement weather, although a few die hard members decided to brave the weather and continue!
While Stephen and Jamie (Jamie Douglas stepped in for me) trooped off in search for the elusive “Rattus norvegicus” and other rodent like critters to do the trapping, Lyn & Barry Menzie, Cherry Douglas and myself decided to do a few hours toil and cleared the garden just over the main bridge and cleared the path up to the Ynys Fraser walkway.  No heavy activities where undertaken due to Health & Safety concerns.

Thankfully it was not too unpleasant working in the constant drizzle as the humidity was quite high and drizzle was just enough to cool us down.  We started to pack up our gear by 11am and by this time we were all soaked, but luckily forethought by Stephen and myself we had a change of clothes.
Everyone knows Stephen disposition for getting into water and getting wet so dry clothes are now a part of our monthly workday gear.  And sanctuary was close at hand with a wonderful shared lunch and a glass of wine at the Douglas Castle where we were cheerfully joined by our two partially disabled members sporting designer crutches, Jerry Douglas and Sally French.

Our next workday is scheduled for 30th March so look forward to seeing you then.

Nga mihi,
Lorraine Parker,
Vice President

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