On the 25 January Onemana Community gathered on the beach reserve for our annual games day. Folk registered and in teams they competed against each other playing golf, egg and spoon races, spoon and ball flinging !! and tug of war. All this exercise worked up big appetites and the ORCA committee provided a BBQ lunch for all participants. The surf life savers helped us devour all the lovely food. This was a wonderful event with lots of laughter and opportunities to get to know more folk who live and visit our lovely valley. A big shout out to Ruhi Pene for once again organizing this hugely successful day along with our ever faithful volunteers who pulled everything together. Enjoy some pictures from our event and be sure to come next year and be part of the fun.Read More
Petanque tournament was thoroughly enjoyed by all 32 players, lots of fun… congratulations to Les and Ted the overall winners… watch this space for our next event coming up over the long weekend…
It has been fantastic seeing new residents playing now at the tournaments, and lots of positive feedback. Thank you everyone and big congrats to Les and Ted!
LEO is MISSING.
He was last seen today Sun 1 Dec late morning near the start of the track to Octopus Bay. He disappeared in the bushes north of the track and is presumed to have fallen down the rock face.
Leo is a 5 1/2 yr old golden cocker spaniel, is clipped and is very friendly.
If you see or find Leo, please phone Lisa on 021 321 263
ONEMANA COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
It is great to be able to mention that there are not too many sleeps until Christmas – which is a great thing as it brings people to our community for the enjoyment of their summer holidays.
Your committee has plans well underway for the various holiday events and activities that make us who we are and assist in bringing us all closer together.
For our locals, who continue to grow in numbers, to those who enjoy holiday homes at our special alpine village at the beach, these events and activities are always well supported. So
people please enter the dates into your calendars and then join in the community fun while getting to know others around you.
Thursday, 14 November and Thursday 28 November – 6pm. Tennis and Petanque at the Tennis Courts – BBQ Hamburger will be available for a $3.00 donation. Thursday 28 November – 10am. Coffee morning at the Onemana Beach Café.
Thursday 12 December – 6pm. Tennis and Petanque at the Tennis Courts.
Monday 23 December. Christmas Carols at the Marquee.
Sunday 29 December. Onemana Market Day.
With the change to our rules and the subsequent name change, we now encourage both residents and those with an interest in Onemana to consider becoming a member of the
Onemana Residents and Community Association. We are looking to increase the interest in the association and therefore attract more members, hence for those who are already members,
please encourage any non-members to join us.
We will be corresponding over coming weeks to all property owners in the hope they will see the benefits of being part of the community association. The more people we have on board the more effective any consultations would be – while more residents would be aware of
coming community events – just to mention a couple of potential benefits. The cost is $25.00 – information can be obtained through our email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Café Christmas Brunch:
On Christmas Day the Onemana Café will be open between 1.00pm and 5.00pm for a special Christmas brunch – three-course meal at $75 per head. Give them a call on 07 865 7200 to
Market Day 2019:Stall applications are continuing for the 2019 December Market Day. We are still seeking food stalls, if anyone knows of a food stall owner who may wish to be involved then please have
them contact the committee.
It is hoped that a number of eggs will hatch this week. There have been up to eight nests on the beach with four remaining. Protective action has been taken in moving nests to a better location while the protection area has been extended. It is pleasing to see that residents are
well aware of the potential impacts on nests, unfortunately the same cannot be said for some visitors. When and where required a quiet word to anyone ignoring signs is appreciated.
This is an on-going request – please everyone don’t be afraid to ask a neighbour to put out your rubbish or bins rather than leaving them sitting on the curbside for days. By doing this we may
prevent rubbish bags being opened by birds etc and then having waste spread around the streets. We have been told that a good trick is to put the blue bag on top of your bottle recycling bin as birds will not attack bags off the ground.
Not sure if this is true or not but at least it sounds good. We will have a detailed update on the holiday collections in the next newsletter – it was promised for this newsletter but the dude
doing it is currently riding his mountain bike around Tasmania.
Our thoughts are with the family involved in the weekend’s boating tragedy off Pokohino. Thanks go out to those who assisted.
Wonderful numbers of residents and visitors about over the past weekend, hopefully this has signaled the start of a long summer. Really encouraging also were the number of people at the beach, even boaties were coming right in to the shore due to the calm conditions. Early season
thanks to the volunteers at the Onemana Surf Lifesaving Club again keeping an eye on those enjoying the beach.
Mixed reports on the fishing – a couple of your committee members tried their luck one afternoon the result being some great conversation and enjoyment of the conditions for a couple of hours – only one fish though – so dinner at the Onemana Beach Café on the way home.
Special General Meeting:
This was held on Saturday morning – many thanks for those who took the time to attend or provide a proxy. The result was that the Committee’s recommendation has been accepted and our organisation will now undergo a name change and be known as the Onemana Residents and Community Association (ORCA). This will take place once the revised rules have been filed with Incorporated Societies. The rule changes will enable a more inclusive and diverse membership representing both residents and others who have an interest in Onemana.
Thursday, 31 October. Coffee morning at the Onemana Beach Cafe.
Thursday, 31 October. Tennis and Petanque at the Tennis Courts – from 6.00pm – this replaces last Thursday’s wind-out.
New Toilet Block and Freedom Camping:
Construction is underway on the new toilets adjacent to the bottom carpark. In tandem with this your committee has expressed concern over the freedom camping parking in this area highlighting the potential accident risk when vehicles are either parking or exiting the site. We
are aware that any change to freedom camping here will require a council bylaw change, hence we will be considering our response at the next meeting.
It is interesting to hear the comments about what the new camera is capable of. It is located near the phone box in Onemana Drive. Well it can record number plates of vehicles travelling on Onemana Drive, apparently it can send an alert to police of any wanted car plate number,
and it could be a speed camera – we don’t think this is the case but it is not a bad idea to float this as it may help to keep vehicle speed in check around that area. It has been said that you should never let a few facts mess up a good story – so let’s go with that for now.
In the last newsletter we mentioned the enforcement of noise regulations – there was a query
on this relating to where noise levels will be recorded from. TCDC has advised that any noise
complaints will be assessed from the location where the complainant resides.
Market Day 2019:
Stall applications are coming in for the 2019 December Market Day. We are still seeking food stalls, if anyone knows of a food stall owner who may wish to be involved then please have
them contact the committee.
We have traps available for anyone who is keen in keeping rats and the likes in check around
Onemana. Please contact the committee if you would like a trap – there is no cost. We have
attached an appropriate magazine article on pest control and the traps that are available.
Signs are in place and some areas are roped off to ensure the Dotterel chicks have the best chance of survival. Please obey the signs and assist in protecting the birds and eggs.
It is our aim to grow the membership of our organisation. If you attended Saturday’s meeting or have been reading the news updates, there is some really positive stuff going on around our community. Be prepared for a membership drive once we have the new rules in place but in the
meantime if you know of someone who is not a member please give them a prod to join. Simply flick back a return email and Sandra will send out the necessary information.
Your ORA soon to be ORCA Committee
It is with deep regret that we acknowledge the passing of resident and former ORA committee member Valerie Rapley. Valerie was a person always willing to assist with Onemana events and activities, her positive and beautiful manner will continue to be felt through our community.
Our deepest sympathy has been extended to Neville and Valerie’s family.
Thursday, 19 September. This is the final quiz night for the year. Get your six-person team together and get along to the Onemana Beach Café from 6.00pm. Thursday, 10 and 24 October. Tennis and Petanque at the Tennis Courts – get this in your diary. Saturday, 26 October. Special General Meeting 10.00am at the Spa and Pool Complex.
Special General Meeting:
Onemana Ratepayers Association Constitution – Proposed rules change
Your committee is putting forward rule changes to be considered at a Special General Meeting to be held on Saturday, 26 October 2019. The 10.00am meeting will be held at the Pool and Spa Complex. These rule changes are intended to enable a more inclusive and diverse membership for the betterment of Onemana, and reflect that in the membership and voting clauses; and to change the Association’s name to better
represent our new membership. When drafting and debating these recommendations the following key aspects were considered by the committee: The need to remove confusion over who can be a member of the Onemana Association, Realizing and recognizing that the Onemana community consists of more than just property owners, who may wish to contribute and be involved, Providing access to those who despite having left the Onemana area who may wish to still have an involvement with Onemana community. These changes were approved by your committee at its meeting 29 July 2019.
The Proposed changes:
Clause 4 MEMBERS:
Existing Clause 4 i) MEMBERS is:
i) Membership shall be open to:
All persons having an interest as proprietor of an estate in fee simple (whether as sole proprietor or jointly or i common with any other person) in any land (other than Thames-Coromandel District Council reserves) in the area known as Onemana.
Change Clause 4 i) MEMBERS to:
i) Membership shall be open to:
(a) Own or lease (for a minimum period of 3 months) property within the Onemana area.
(b) Spouses, partners, children or friends of anyone eligible to be a member in clause
4 i) (a) above.
Clause 14 PROCEDURE AT MEETINGS
Existing Clause 14 ii), iii), v) PROCEDURE AT MEETINGS is:
ii) In all cases one vote only shall be exercised in respect of each property title (or in respect of a Body Corporate each Principle Unit) in person, and every member having more than one ownership qualification as defined in Clause 4 (1) (a) hereof shall be entitled to one (and only one) additional vote, provided the subscription has been paid for the additional section, save that the Chairman in the case of an equality of votes shall have a casting as
well as a deliberative vote. iii) Members who are in joint or common ownership of a property must decide between themselves who will exercise the vote for that property. v) A similar voting procedure shall apply to Committee meetings, with the exception of the additional vote for members with the extra ownership qualifications referred to in sub- clause (ii) above.
Change Clause 14 ii) to – Each financial membership shall be entitled to one vote. In order to vote the member must have attained the age of 18 years.
Change Clause 14 iii) – remove/delete entire clause Change Clause 14 v) to – A similar voting procedure shall apply to Committee meetings. Clause 1 NAME:
Existing Clause 1 NAME: The name of the Society is “Onemana Ratepayers Association Incorporated” hereinafter referred to, unless the context otherwise demands, as “the Association”. Change Clause 1 NAME to:
The name of the Society is “Onemana Residents and Community Association Incorporated” hereafter referred to, unless the context otherwise demands, as ORCA. Throughout the Constitution document where the Onemana Ratepayers Association Incorporated is referred to “the Association”, this reference will be changed to ORCA. RESOLUTION: It is resolved that ORA members approve these constitutional changes for adoption at the Special Meeting 26 October 2019.
Local Body Elections:
Meet the candidates in this year’s Local Body Elections – Saturday 14 September, 5.30pm at the
Whangamata Memorial Hall.
The ORA Committee has undertaken to ascertain how noise regulations are enforced to ensure all members of our community understand the position. We are aware that some issues have
arisen over noise with unacceptable consequences for parties involved. Our advice from TCDC is that guidelines are in place to ensure any action regarding excessive noise is reasonable.
TCDC has advised that any noise complaints will be assessed from the location where the complainant resides.
The action by the committee follows a recent event at the Café when a noise complaint was lodged. The committee felt the complaint was unreasonable and therefore sought to ensure future activities were not inhibited by such unwarranted complaints.
Market Day 2019:
Stall applications are coming in for the 2019 December Market Day. We are still seeking food stalls, if anyone knows of a food stall owner who may wish to be involved then please have them contact the committee.
We have traps available for anyone who is keen in keeping rats and the likes in check around Onemana. Please contact the committee if you would like a trap – there is no cost. We have attached an appropriate magazine article on pest control and the traps that are available.
Dotterels Breeding Begins:
Despite being early in the season the first Dotterels eggs have been found on the beach. Attached is anupdate fromKen, Christine, Dean and Anne on what we need to be aware of and the TCDC regulations which assist in protecting the birds and the eggs.
COMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
This Saturday – 8 June – Locals night at the Onemana Beach Café – everyone welcome. Local’s menu – two course
meal and a drink $32. Otherwise try the individual options – $15 main, $10 sweet or $10 drink.
Quiz Night – Thursday 20 June – Last month we had a full house – get your team together or come along and we
will find a team for you. No expense was spared in providing the monthly team champion’s trophy which will again
be up for grabs. Put the date in your diary.
Coffee Morning – Thursday 27 June – 10am at the Café.
Midwinter Dinner – Saturday 29 June – at the Café. Two course evening meal – set menu. The cost is $35, drinks at
$7. Bookings are essential – please either text or email Diane – 0274449675, email@example.com; or
Sandra – 0221839581, firstname.lastname@example.org. The RSVP date is Monday 24 June. Come along and enjoy the
company of your neighbours or others in your community – book early as the last dinner was a full house.
NEW TOILET FACILITY
Progress is being made on the development of the new toilet facility to be located adjacent to the Onemana Drive
carpark. Final planning work has been undertaken with construction preparations in hand. The goal is to have the
facility operational for summer.
It has been agreed to locate a security camera at the entrance to Onemana. The camera will provide 24-hour
surveillance; work on bringing this to fruition is in hand.
Consideration is being undertaken to refresh the rules which govern our organisation. This includes the likes of the
association’s membership criteria through to the association name. One of the key drivers for the Committee is to
make the organisation more inclusive and fully representative of the wider Onemana community. The outcome
once determined will be presented to a special general meeting of the association.
If you know of anyone who is new to our community then please let us know so we can get them on our mailing list
and hopefully have them become members. Likewise if you hear of someone not receiving our newsletters then
please make Sandra aware at email@example.com.
URGENT THIS FRIDAY – 5 April: Join fellow members of the Onemana community for a happy hour at
the Onemana Beach Café. Come along from 5pm, maybe even stay for a meal. This is a wonderful
opportunity to meet fellow residents.
And while on about these events your committee wonders if residents would prefer our get-togethers
on a Saturday evening so that those coming in for the weekend can attend – let us have your
EASTER SUNDAY: Picnic In The Park will be held on Easter Sunday. Bring a picnic lunch, chairs, rugs,
any games you may wish to play a, tennis gear and sports shoes. Activities that will be arranged
include an Easter Egg Hunt; Tug of War – old versus young; Cricket on the Green; Petanque. Activities
will get underway at Noon – we look forward to seeing you and the family on the grass area adjacent
to the middle carpark and tennis courts.
COFFEE MORNINGS: These are always a nice way to meet your fellow residents and neighbours. Over
recent months a number of new residents have moved into our beachside village – meeting up over
a coffee or tea is a great way to welcome those new to the area. Coffee mornings are held on the last
Thursday of each month at 10am at the Beach Café.
BEACH HOP SUCCESS: Another Beach Hop week has been and gone and what a fantastic asset this
event is to the wider Whangamata region. Onemana played its part with the traditional Friday Castrol
Edge Thunder Cruise hosted on the beach reserve. ORA enjoyed giving its support to the Onemana
Surf Club fundraising effort on the day.
MARQUE DE-CONSTRUCTED: On Sunday the marque was taken down for the winter – thanks to those
who assisted. Due to the weather and the fact the canopy was wet it will not be put into storage until
it is dry. This will require assistance from others to complete the job.
COMMITTEE SECRETARY: We are looking for a new secretary as Eleanor Haughey, who has been
filling in, can no longer complete the roll. Please flick an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist.
STEPHEN FAREWELLED: Long-time ORA Committee member, Stephen Bertram, who worked tirelessly
for our village, passed away in March. Our thoughts, hearts and condolences have gone out to his
wife Gillian. Stephen will be sadly missed as an individual and for his knowledge and guidance. We
look forward to Gillian continuing on as a part of our community.