SAVE OKURA RAFFLE
Fundraising Raffles to raise funds to for our legal battle to prevent further urbanisation of the coast have been drawn.
The winning tickets were drawn by Bev Watson a Justice of the Peace based in Albany.
All winners have been notified.
Experience stunning underwater footage and fascinating tales from marine experts passionate about New Zealand's sea life and our unique Marine Reserves.
Entry by donation. Limited to 120 Registrations. All proceeds will go to the Long Bay-Okura Great Park Society
Don't forget the fun event Sunday 30 October 6-8 PM: Canoe evening at the end of Okura River Road. Come and give it a go! Tours running all evening. BBQ!
Hi to all our wonderful supporters,
Here is a fantastic opportunity to pick up a cheap kayak so you can paddle the beautiful shoreline of Long Bay and Okura! Canoe & Kayak will be having a secondhand kayak sale this Sunday 18th September. Mention this ad and they will donate 5% of the sale proceeds to the Long Bay Okura Great Park Society! The sale will be at the Canoe and Kayak shop located on Ascension Place off Constellation Drive.
Thanks Canoe and Kayak for supporting us!
Come and hear Phil Goff and Vic Crone, our potential Mayors, and the Albany Ward candidates discuss their vision for Auckland.
We'll be asking them what they will do to protect the Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve, the Okura Estuary, our beautiful Long Bay Regional Park, and the spectacular Okura Bush Walkway.
Come and hear their answers and ask them your own questions as well.
2pm to 4pm Sunday 25th September
St Cuthberts Presbyterian Church Hall
45 Anzac Street
(Afternoon tea will be served)
For more information call
Chris Bettany 479-4015
We invite you to the Society's Annual General Meeting:
2pm Sunday 21 August,
Main Building, Vaughan Park Retreat, 1043 Beach Road, Long Bay.
(More details can be found here)
Come and hear guest speaker, Conrad Pilditch, Biological Sciences Professor from Waikato University, talking about the value of estuaries and how they need to be protected.
Also find about the Society's involvement in the Unitary Plan hearings process: what it sought, what it opposed, the recommendation from the Hearings Panel and the decision made by the Auckland Council.
Professor Pilditch's talk will be on - Ecology of marine sediments – why soft bottoms matter!
Soft sediments, the mud and sand that comprise the seafloor represent the largest continuous habitat on the planet and harbour an incredible diversity of burrowing animals. In shallow coastal and estuarine waters these animals are responsible for regulating key processes that underpin many of the ecosystem attributes we value. For example filter-feeding by shellfish help keep the water clear and the burrowing activities of crabs regenerate essential nutrients that sustain production. Locally, and globally human activities on land are threatening the integrity of these ecosystems through increasing inputs of sediments and nutrients which alter biodiversity and how these systems work.
In this talk Professor Pilditch will provide an overview of current research that aims to understand the consequences of biodiversity loss and what it may mean for Society. Much of this research has been conducted in local estuaries including the Okura Estuary.
Conrad Pilditch is a Professor of Marine Science at the University of Waikato. He holds a MSc in Marine Science from Otago and PhD in Oceanography from Dalhousie University (Canada). His research interests focus on the ecology of marine sediments, in particular trying to understand the complex interactions between animals and their environment that drive ecosystem performance. He has worked in coastal and deep-sea habitats in New Zealand, Europe and North America and published more than 100 scientific articles describing the results of his research. More information on his research can be found here
Finally, the day of reckoning has come! Friday is the day Okura Estuary comes up in the Council's agenda.
Thanks to everyone who showed their support for Okura on Wednesday at the Council Meeting. Unfortunately Okura has not yet come up in the agenda.
On Wednesday the Council decides the fate of Okura and we really need as many people there to show them that the public want Okura to be saved and remain undeveloped.
The Hearings Panel has announced its recommendations on the Auckland Unitary Plan.
The Society is extremely disappointed that it has recommended that the Rural Urban Boundary (RUB) be moved to allow intensive development on the Todd Property Group land in East Okura.