OKRA Chairman's Blog – March/April 2019
Greetings to you all
It has been an “interesting” introduction to the role of Chairman of our Ratepayer’s Association! We have had a couple of meetings with TDC staff to discuss the long list of projects that we have identified to work with them on.
Erosion on our Beaches
Probably the most important item concerns the erosion
occurring on our beaches at both Kuratau and Omori.
The Taupo District Council and Waikato Regional
Council are cost sharing on this project and you may
well have seen the first stage of a trial revetment
(pictured) being built close to the pedestrian entry to
the Kuratau River mouth. Work is progressing on initial
design and consents for new work further along
Kuratau beach with installation planned for 2020.
Installation of Rubbish Bins
We are also in discussion with TDC about the
installation of rubbish bins and expect to continue
these at our next committee meeting at the end of
Look Out For …
• Look for a “new look” dog litter bin that will shortly
be installed in the dog exercise area, probably north of the Kuratau jetty.
• And look out for two escaped weeds that have established themselves in Omori and Kuratau – Tutu and
Cotoneaster. “Tut” or tutu is, a plant that farmers in particular will be familiar with as it is poisonous to animals but
can also be dangerous to humans. Cotoneaster is very well established in our area – some homes even have
‘hedges’ of this weed tree. Cotoneaster overtops and replaces shrub species and becomes the sole understorey
or terminal shrub species. It completely prevents the establishment of all other species except weedy vines.
Visit the following websites for more information and to find out how to control these weeds.
• Also visit the 'Enjoying Our Area' of this website for more information and control measures of these highly
In the meantime enjoy the last of the summer weather as it is officially Autumn already! We all look forward to seeing you here over Easter!
Peter Britnell, Chairman, OKRA.
Ph: 021 656 798
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