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Some Orere Point residents don't have a computer, let alone an Internet connection. Some of the items herein may be of interest to others who won't find out about things until the seasonal newsletter turns up in their letterboxes. If you have friends or neighbours out here who don't have Internet access, please feel free to pass on any bits of info you think worth sharing. You can also get full colour copies of the newsletters below.

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Xmas in the Park - Kawakawa Bay
Kawakawa Bay's annual Xmas in the Park event will be held from 6-8 pm on 11 December.
Fishing Competition Cancellation
For all those having a grizzle about the cancellation of thr Labour Weekend fishing comp, let me explain. As you would know, we've had a long spell of wet weather and the ground has been like soft rice pudding - if it's not actually under water. One week out from the competition there was a committee meeting. All of the usual preparations had already been made, but there was a big question mark over the state of the reserve. It was waterlogged. Based on recent conditions, even if the rain helf off, it was not expected to dry sufficiently to allow erection of tents etc. needed for the event. The forecast - as checked at the meeting - had a couple of clear days, followed by more rain.Rather than wait until the actual day, it was decided to cancel the competition to give people fair notice
As luck would have it, the rain stayed away, there was a breeze, and the reserved dried out more than expected, although it was still sodden where the club sets up. Such is life. The only loser was St John Ambulance, who were to be recipients of funds raised from the fish auction. I was not well pleased to hear that Rick Simpson and Kerry Pitiroi had been on the receiving end of crap from people unhappy about the cancellation. Grow up.
Slips - Part 2
Anybody walking along the beach will have seen a number of slips off the cliff. Certainly the most I've seen down there. The walkway off the end of Howard Road has been closed off due to damage. I squeezed past the barrier at the beach end, and found one small corner had given way a bit, but nothing dangerous. Totally over the top, but the way things are with health & safety these days, no real surprise. Let's hope it's fixed soon.

New Adventure Playground
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The official opening of the new adventure playground took place on 9 September at the school. A number of dignitaries were present and speeches were made, acknowledging the people who got behind the project to bring it to completion.

Jumbo Slip
Orere / Tapapakanga land slip © Gary Healey Orere Point
Around this coast, we're used to a few ships during winter. The geological makeup of the soil lends itself to slippage after heavy or steady rain. From the point of view of recent years, this slip, just on the Orere side of Tapapakanga must be at least the size of the one at Kawakawa Bay when the road was closed for a few weeks. Fortunately, it happened at a place where nobody was badly affected, although the land owner my disagree. Click on the photo to see the dangling fence.

War Memorial Hall     AGM - 9 October 2016
You may recall that meeting we had last year to officially get the hall back into local community management. Well, it's that time again, except now it's the AGM. In order to set up as in Incorporated Society as required, we set a membership subscription of $2 per annum - a bargain. Our thanks to all those who parted with their subs fee and joined last year, making this a successful venture. Now we need you again. This event is shown in the latest newsletter and notices will go up on the notice boards leading up to the day.

Trivia Night
As mentioned in the winter newsletter, the annual Trivia Night fundraiser was held at Kawakawa Bay in August, and a goodly number of Orere folk turned out. Winner this year was Orere Point team Round the Bend, comprising Colin, Nicky, Linda, Lynn, Jenny and myself. After missing out by one point last year, it was nice to knock it off this time around.

Orere Community & Boating Club Inc.
The OCBC Annual General Meeting was held on 17 July, when Edward Pram was elected unopposed as Chairperson. The committee comprises the following people: Gary Healey, Liz Robinson, Travis Pram, Aaron Stein, Kiri Pram, Colleen Steers, Keryy Pitiroi, Edwina Moka, Rick Simpson, Shaun Singleton and Hope Stein.
In recognition of their long service, Life Membership was accorded to Edwina, Kerry and Rick.
Minutes for the AGM can be found HERE
Chairperson's Report is HERE
Treasurer's Report is HERE
Membership renewals commenced at the AGM and the lock was changed for the boat ramp gate. For new memberships and renewals, including keys, contact Gary on 2922189 / 027 3573328. If coming around, it pays to call first. Address is 80 Howard Rd. There is a sign 'Tui Cottage' at the top of the drive. Some people have been a bit confused about which door to knock on so here's the info:
At the bottom of the path, past the garage is Tui Cottage. This is the holiday rental so knocking on that door will get you nowhere. On the post is a door bell that rings in the house, or you can go through the gate on the left to get to the front door. New gate keys are only issued on return of previous key. New memberships need to be ratified before key is issued. You can also join on-line by filling in the form HERE and submitting.

Kawakawa Bay & Orere Health Clinics
These clinics provide a vital service to the community, and are not, as many people assume, fully funded. Money is always tight, and the clinics rely on fundraising activities and memberships to keep afloat. You can help by becoming a member - a bargain at $25 pa for individuals or $50 pa for families. Contact the clinic on 2922812 or kkbhc@xtra.co.nz, or grab a form HERE.
Clinics are selling First Aid Kits for $45. For details see description HERE

Ring Road
The ring road at the lower reserve continues to be a contentious issue for locals. The latest effort to fix the road looks very much like all the previous efforts that did not last long.... Sigh....

Police Message

As the Community Constable in the area there are a couple issues that have arisen that the public can help Police with.

When you discover an historic incident at home or your work place, such as property being taken from a shed, stock being taken, vandalism etc. This all needs to be reported to Police on 09 295 0200 and ask the operator to be put through to the Crime reporting line. Then a file can be created and it goes into the Police system, after that it will go to our Enquiry team to make the appropriate enquiries.

Ringing your Community Constable directly or a Police Officer you may know cuts  out this step and causes delays in investigations.

We are still having problems with rural burglaries, so remember to lock up tight when you are out for the day. Report any suspicious activity you see, suspicious vehicle are a 111 call. If you are home and you see a vehicle casing out properties ring 111 straight away, not a family member or other local residents.

We are still having issues across the district with boy racers. If these people are congregating in your area and blocking roads, doing skids etc, this is a 111 call. People still have a misconception about calling 111 for this type of behaviour, this is dangerous and could be life threatening at the very least call *555 at the time. Getting registrations/photos would be extremely helpful to Police, however do not put yourself in danger obtaining these.

We can all help each other with these issues by remaining vigilant and reporting crime through the correct channels.

Thank you
Jason Young
Clevedon Community Constable

Open Fire Season
We are now in a open fire season, which means a permit is not required to have a fire outside. That doesn't mean you can have stinky bonfires that send smoke all over the neighbourhood. Please be considerate and have some fire sense, and if such a thing still exists, some common sense.

Orere Book Club

For info call Jenny 189 or Nicky 509

Local Fashion
The Orere Point Community & Boating Club is selling polo shirts and caps. The shirts are $25 and the caps $12. Get both for $35. Sizes are from S - 3X. Contact Edward Pram (794) if you'd like to get into these.

Please send anything that might be of local interest to or ring Gary to talk about it on 292 2189. You can also send something here.

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