About Workday Saturday 27th Oct. (2)

(by Barry - Bazza)
The usual group of willing helpers presented themselves, on a glorious sunny day, for our 2nd to last workday for the year. We gathered in the paddock beside our fire site, to leave the car park free for the many visitors turning up for a “Dogathon” organised by the Rotorua Districts Multiple Sclerosis group, and by the number of groups passing through we suspect they had a successful venture.
After the usual safety talk, we split into groups to carry out our tasks for the day. Jerry had his group at the fire site, Jim had his chainsaw boys to drop some of the last troubles me trees between the two bridges.
What wonderful views upstream have been opened up with their removal, a veritable photographers delight. I’m sure the HSIS seat and table in that area will be put to good use.

Our little group headed to the Traveller’s Trees area adjacent to the head spring. During a recent fishing competition on Opening day, my good neighbor KJ was chatting with his crew, ( as you do, in your idle hours) and his fishing buddy asked if he could find a home for some Pohutukawa trees which really needed to be planted fairly quickly.
KJ new exactly where they would be appreciated, HSIS accepted his offer, and he subsequently picked up the trees on a trip to Auckland, and delivered them to the Springs ready for planting, complete with planting instructions.

The donor, a Drury Rotary Club member, asked for no recognition and requested that they be used to nurture an area in need of restoration, or enhancement, Hamurana Springs fits that nicely.!!!!
Fourteen trees were planted on the day, under the watchful eye of John R. and when you view the pictures you will realise that these were well established trees, beyond being frost prone, and individually worth a tidy sum.
Planted as instructed, with some slow release fertiliser, we must look after these during the dry summer months. Fortunately water is close by, and shouldn’t be a problem.

A Tall View of our Work

The group then retired to the Douglas residence for the traditional BBQ and chat, also to farewell the Kemp family, who have played an important part in the restoration of the Springs area. Off to the Wellington area to follow their dreams, we wish you well.As we approach the last Workday for the year, I think we can say quite proudly, that in terms improvements, we have come a long way this year, probably the best yet, and this from a tiny group of dedicated supporters who receive little help in terms of manpower, from anyone else.

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About Workday Saturday 27th Oct. (1)

‘Great weather greeted the HSIS volunteers who turned up for the October workday, last Sat 27th. A good turnout ensured that progress was made on several fronts.

Reporting for Duty

  • As is the Kiwi way re donations and anonymity, we were grateful recipients of 14 magnificent Pohutukawa trees, at least 4 years old, delivered by Barry and Lynn Menzies, ex Ken Parker, ex a Rotary member up North, who had a vision for ensuring that his stock went to voluntary organisations all over the North Island. These were planted up by the Head Spring in the Traveller’s Trees area, in sheltered [from frost] spots, and also to replace younger [suffering] specimens, which we moved. They have really enhanced that area. We also planted 3 of them alongside the tributary stream, near the new weir, shade trees for visitors in the future.
    Barry mowed the grass area around the trees, while the planting was completed.
  • More dead Willows [weeds] were cut down, alongside the true left bank of the main stream, and dragged over to the fire heap, for further cutting up.
  • The fire heap was reduced in size, a shame to have to put the fire out at midday, but lunch was the priority.
  • The usual tidying up just over the main bridge and also of the viewing platforms, by Lisa and Vince.
  • A great lunch followed, back at the Douglas’s. The President said a few words, firstly to commend the survival skills of a few of our members who have in recent months defied the odds ! Then to farewell the Kemp family, Ollie, Linda and Anton, who are off to Wellington. They have all been great contributors to HSIS, and a presentation was made of a group photo taken earlier this year, specially inscribed. The Kemps will be missed.’

Many thanks to all members who came along last Sat.
Best to all,
John Rainbow.
Photos HERE

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Workday this Saturday

This Saturday is the 2nd to last workday of the year. Usual meet in the carpark at 9.30am, however the MS dog-a-ton has been rescheduled for this Sat as well, so we may relocate our cars into the paddock near the burning pile to give them a bit more space for parking.

I am pretty sure we should have fire permit in time for Sat, so pyromaniacs this is your day again. We may also have the location for the new fire site over the tributary so we could look at moving stuff in preparation for next month. We are still waiting on confirmation of this site.

Chainsaws under the guidance of a ticketed operator, weed sprayers – again under guidance of a ticketed operator, weed-eaters, perhaps general clearance tidy up.
No trees to plant, all done and dusted last month, HOWEVER we have been lucky enough to be given a heap of jolly fine Pohutukawa trees courtesy of Lynn and Barry. We may plant them Sat or maybe wait until Nov, when all danger of frosts are gone. Lets see what happens on the morning. So a spade may be a useful tool as well.
Bring your usual favourite gardening tool and we will see you there.

We will be back to BBQ, so bring a plate of salad or sweets as is our norm, usual venue, BYO drink. This will also be our final chance to say farewell to Ollie, Linda and Anton as they are ready to make to move to Wellington. So join up with them at lunch.
As usual if in doubt about the weather ring John 3322767, or Cherry 3322474

And finally thank you all for your continued support

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Tour Group planted Traveller’s Trees

Despite the weather today a group, led by our favourite Tour Guide Josh, had a great time and especially enjoyed the afternoon tea that Cherry, Diana, Sally and Lorraine provided.
As you can see the gazebo Cherry and I just bought came very much in handy.
We planted a Kahikatea and a Totara, which the group purchased for us, in the traveller’s trees area.
(click the top left thumbnail to view full sized photos)

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Relaxing Hamurana Springs Movie

Watch this beautiful movie, embedded from YouTube

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Twilight Golf in 2013

Golf Club secretary Dough McNaughton wishes to inform everybody that Twilight Golf  (every Friday from 4.30 pm) recommences at January 11th. 2013


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Short Movie on Hamurana Springs

Click here and watch a short video of the Hamurana Springs recreation reserve and showing the attraction in all its natural beauty.

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Update Old Postcards !

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Thanks, Jerry !!

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Big Tree Planting

Our Workday on Saturday Sept. 29th. was all about Planting.
Thanks to DOC, especially Paul Cashmore and Katrina Knill, the Society was given 650 native trees and shrubs to plant in the central portion of the Reserve, alongside the Ynys Fraser Walkway.
The plants, which had been grown and nurtured at Treeline Native Nursery, included Flaxes, Mountain Toe Toe, Cabbage Trees, Pittosporums, Manuka, Kanuka, and Hebes.
They were collected from Treeline on Friday afternoon by a small group of Committee members, then delivered into the planting area on Sat. morning.

A group of 25 volunteers turned up at the Carpark for work at 9.30 am. on Saturday.
After the usual work and Safety briefings, the team walked up to the top end of the Central portion where the first 150 plants had already been laid out. We then worked our way back toward the tributary stream, with the job done and dusted before midday.
Lunch was then provided back at the Douglas’s.

Sincere thanks to all those who turned out to ensure the planting was completed.

Sincere thanks also to DOC for the donation of plants, which will grow to enhance the Reserve even further.
John Rainbow,
President HSIS.
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This Saturday = Workday

This Saturday, 29th September,  is our BIG tree planting day - we have close on 650 shrubs,trees etc to plant. These have been very kindly donated by the Dept of Conservation. We will be picking these up Friday afternoon in readiness
We realise that the weather may be a little unsettled but we have decided to go ahead anyway - we will do what we can.
Meet as usual in the car park at 9.30am, spades, and a debagging tool (small knife?) would be the tools of the day, maybe a couple wheelbarrows - gloves etc.
We will direct you to the applicable areas to be planted.

We need all hands on deck if you are available.
We are still on the soup theme this time, but as we realise the weather may not be that good we will have it back here at our place again.
If in doubt about anything, please feel free to ring John, your commander-in-chief, on 3322767, or Cherry 3322474
Thanking you all again for your continued support
Cherry Douglas

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