Mar 01 2015

Meet and Greet.. looking back

(by Lorraine Parker)

Hamurana Springs Inc. Society held an open day at the springs, and what a glorious sunny day it was. Not a cloud in the sky, very light breeze and a wonderful group of friends made for a successful day.  Ngati Rangiwewehi were also there with both groups showcasing the wonderful work that has been done around the Springs.

HSIS had their new book on display which received a lot of interest from the locals and visitors alike.  Although the day started off a little slow, by 11am the Springs was abuzz with tourist and locals.
Cherry Douglas, Kerry Oats, Ed van Den Broek and myself manned the kiosk at the entrance, handing out our pamphlets and engaging in conversation with the visitors who came from all around the country and overseas. We met visitors from the Netherlands, China, France and as far away as Alaska.  It was also great to meet the many locals who come out for their weekly walks or who brought their visitor out, or were just walking their dogs.  Many had memories and stories of the Springs from years ago and it was so interesting talking to them. Hopefully a few of them will return as new helpers for our workdays.
Local Lawrence Beaufil graciously brought down some of his old photos of the Springs on a display board and was more then happy to talk to the visitors about them.
Stephen Parker manned the Ynys Fraser Walkway to explain the Koaro Project and the Weir, and Diane Hay manned the Head Springs.
Barry and Liz Menzies tirelessly toiled away weeding and pruning by the Douglas Grove and the wonderful Ynys Fraser our patron joined us for our shared lunch. Ynys is now 98 years old and still has a wonderful spring to her and life, must be the years of pure living she has had at the springs.

The temperature had hit 26 ̊C by noon so it was a very very warm day, kids were out swimming while the geese and ducks were enjoying all the attention.
The main stream looked spectacular and even the Rainbow Trout showed up and wowed the visitors.
All in all a great day was had by all.
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