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President’s Report 2013-2014

Over the past 12 months the Society has held 10 official work days and assisted in other activities including maintenance of Ynys Frasers’ section, weed removal from the main stream, and ‘Living Legends’ tree planting. While a small group of dedicated volunteers attend every work day, it has been heartening to see some new faces as well.

Much has been achieved over the past year, with the need to burn green waste eliminated in favour of chipping to mulch through a successful funding grant from BOP RC’s Environment Enhancement Fund. The planting of over 4000 trees in areas P, L and M, the removal of in-stream debris, and the removal of over 100 pest animal species through our trappers efforts. The book on the history of the Springs is nearing publication and this is a credit to a select few patient dedicated committee members that have tirelessly toiled away at getting it finalised. Participation in the joint koaro restoration project between Ngati Rangiwewehi, DOC and BOPRC has seen some dedicated members greatly assisting in trout removal works from the tributary stream, and more recently we have seen the Reserve returned to its rightful ownership within Ngati Rangiwewehi under the guidance and governance of their newly formed Te Tahuhu o Tawakeheimoa Trust.

All of these achievements, and in-fact every work activity that the Society undertakes would not have been possible without significant in-put from members and supporters alike, and I take this opportunity to acknowledge some special contributors to the Societies outcome:

  • Our patron Ynys Fraser who continues to inspire in so many ways
  • Our committee, especially the officers, vice President Lorraine Parker, Secretary Sally French, and Treasurer Cherry Douglas.
  • Paul Sampson, who has made a huge contribution to the successful production of our book on the history of the Springs.
  • DOC personnel at Lakes Area Office continue to support the society in many ways, particularly Paul Cashmore with a further 700 trees this year destined for Area P, Kristina Thompson and the koaro project team, Amanda Vallis and Margaret Metcalfe for their continued support.
  • Te Rangikaheke and Kahuariki of Ngati Rangiwewehi who have entered into regular dialogue with us embracing the need of establishing regular meetings with HSIS, and showing exceptional patience and understanding as we seek explanation and understanding of the changes to the governance of the Reserve.
  • Barry and Lynn Menzies for all their extraordinary efforts above and beyond the call of regular work days.
  • Stephen Parker for his in-put to the koaro restoration project.
  • Jim and Dianna Hay who are standing down from the committee this year., having served the committee and been an integral aprt of our current H&S management.
  • Our webmaster Herma Snel who, even though now residing in Holland, continues to maintain and improve our popular website, and with constant assistance from Lorraine Parker, makes it a very attractive fascia for the Society.
  • All the trappers who have helped reduce the nasty critters so crippling to our indigenous wildlife at the Reserve.
  • Finally, all our members who turn up to make a positive difference to the appearance and well-being of the Hamurana Springs environs.

I apologise to any one overlooked, and sincerely thank you too.

While much has been achieved, there is always still so much to do, and as we enter into a new phase of management with Ngati Rangiwewehi as kaitiaki and tangata whenua of Nga puna o Hangarua, we need to focus on what we do best, get back to basics and stick to our core areas of operation, keep our lives simple continuing with our regular maintenance and enhancement tasks as they have been, and to embrace the support shown us by Ngati Rangiwewehi, and to continue to be patient as the new Trust develops momentum for the benefit of all visitors to Hamurana Springs.
There is clearly a place for us, an opportunity, and I thank Ngati Rangiwewehi for their support and reciprocal acknowledgement.

We have a great camaraderie amongst our members and I believe this is our biggest asset, our friendships and fun, the driving force behind our passion for a very special place. Long may it continue.

Having served as your President for the last 12 months, I request leave for the next 4 months, but remain committed to returning to the committee, in any role you see fit, in November 2014, subject of course to your ratification

Kerry Oates
17 June 2014