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”?

So, after reading this, PLEASE COME AND JOIN US, EVEN IF IT IS ONLY TO SPREAD THE WORD THAT WE CAN DO WITH SOME HELP, AND WOULD BE THANKFUL OF SOME NEW VOLUNTEERS/MEMBERS.
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!

Dec 19 2014

“Hamurana Springs – The Ancient Waters”

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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.

You can order copies of the book through this website by emailing the treasurer cherry.douglas@xtra.co.nz. 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.

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

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)

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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.

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 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!

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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

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

Feb 20 2014

Koaro Monitoring Programme

These is a few lines take from one of Kristina Thompson Emails regarding the on going monitoring of the Koaro at Hamurana Spring:
Kia Ora
The Kaikaitahuna Koaro Monitoring Group, consisting of members of Ngati Rangiwewehi and Te Arawa Lakes Trust did the monitoring of the Koaro population at Kaikaitahuna (Hamurana Springs) on the 18th and 19th of February.
Happy to report our koaro population at Kaikaitahuna (Hamurana) Springs is looking good.  Rikihana and his Kaikaitahuna Koaro Monitoring Team (Gina, Hera and Leilanie), with the support of Mithuna (DOC Opotiki), Jody Richardson (volunteer trainer), Caraline and myself were out for those two days monitoring our koaro population above the trout barrier. We caught 30 Koaro!

Koaro Results

Thank you to Rikihana, Gina, Leilanie, Hera, Jody and Mithuna,

Regards

Kristina Thompson
Kaiārahi – Koiora Rerekētanga
Ranger – Biodiversity
Department of Conservation Te papa Atawhai
99 Sala Street, Rotorua | DDI: +64 7 349 8228 (Internal VPN 6478)

Conservation for prosperity Tiakina te taiao, kia puawai
www.doc.govt.nz

Dec 09 2013

Almost 2014…

BannerSeasons Greetings to All of You!

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