Minutes of the Annual Meeting
of Omaha Beach Community Inc. ("OBC") held at Omaha Beach Community
Centre at 4.00 pm on Saturday 3rd January 2009
- President Graham Painter (Chair); Committee Members Kim Fisher (Treasurer),
Judy O'Callahan (Secretary), Chris Allan, Mike Campbell (OBRS representative),
Glenys McBain (co-opted), Nick Mantell, Belinda Thomas
- RDC Mayor, Penny Webster; Councillors Dave Parker and June Turner
- 64 signed-in members; approximately other 44 members and visitors
The Chairman welcomed the Mayor, Councillors and members.
Committee: Merv Dry & Heather; Steve Marshall and Judy; Members
Richard and Leigh Fisher; John and Sarah Taylor; Leslie & Brian Holmes;
Motion: That apologies be accepted.
Moved: Mike Campbell Seconded: Chris
Agreed by the members present that minutes of the previous AGM held
3 January 2008, available on website throughout the year, did not need
to be read at the meeting. No matters were raised in relation to the
Motion: That these minutes be accepted as
a true and accurate record.
Moved: David Hanson Seconded: Peter
President, Graham Painter, noted that his report was published in the
December newsletter (additional copies of which were on hand). Additionally:
- He asked that members who have matters to raise communicate with
the committee: through the website, by email or by phone.
- He thanked Greg Stenbeck, OBC president for three years until the
Annual Meeting 3 January 2008 and committee member during 2008, for
his work, particularly the major role he had played taking OBC through
an important transitional period.
- He referred to the community's relationship with Ngati Manuhiri,
the local iwi, which has in the past been very limited, but which we
look forward to developing during the next twelve months, with opportunities
for the whole community to learn more of their role, their history
in our area, and the background to significant features such as the
middens and the carvings.
- He noted two Life Memberships recently offered and accepted, outlined
the exceptional contributions made by these two members, and thanked
them for their work in and for the community, noting that both continue
- Michael Dow - "a stalwart of no mean note" - in particular
as a major sponsor of the Golf Club; and
- Peter Jackson - member of OBC and its predecessor, Omaha Beach
Residents and Ratepayers Association, Vice President of OBC; involved
in the growth and strength of OBC and in incorporating OBRS with
OBC to make it an inclusive organization; major role through forging
contacts with RDC and others; generous contributor to funds for projects.
Members expressed their appreciation with applause.
Treasurer, Kim Fisher, presented his report.
- Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 October 2008 were included
in the December newsletter
- 90% of the Omaha Beach population are members of OBC and there was "terrific
support" for the security levy for the 2007/2008 summer RDC's
contribution to the security levy was 25% last summer and is expected
to be 33% this year.
- 93%-94% of the cost of producing the 3 newsletters for the year was
paid for by advertisers.
- Expenditure as set out in the accounts was summarised.
There were no questions.
Motion:That the 2008 accounts be adopted.
Moved: Kim Fisher Seconded: Judy
Treasurer, Kim Fisher, paid tribute to the work done by the honorary
auditor, Paul Kiesanowski, a partner in KPMG who, while retaining a property
here, is transferring from Auckland to Christchurch and has advised that
he will be unable to continue as OBC's auditor. Members expressed their
thanks to him by acclamation.
The treasurer advised that we have no replacement auditor at this stage,
and asked that if any member knows a suitably qualified Chartered Accountant
they contact him - noting that honorary auditors are 'disappearing',
due in large part to the obligations placed on them by the New Zealand
Institute of Chartered Accountants. We do have a backup plan and have
spoken to a midsize CA firm.
Motion: That the meeting authorize the committee
to make an appointment when a suitable person or firm has been identified
and is prepared to act.
Moved: Kim Fisher Seconded:Mike
The Committee, having considered the amount of the Annual Subscription
Fee and the Security Levy had resolved that they be retained at the current
Motion: That the membership fee
for the 2009 year be set at $25 and the Security Levy be set at $20.
Moved: Kim Fisher Seconded: Graham
Discussion: Is the security levy charged on spare sections? "Yes
(and note security cover is provided throughout the year by Insite, not
just over the summer)".
ELECTION OF COMMITTEE FOR 2009
Nominations were received in accordance with the Constitution for the
following committee members:
- Sitting members: Graham Painter, Merv Dry, Kim Fisher, Judy O'Callahan,
Chris Allan, Glenys McBain, Nick Mantell, Belinda Thomas
- New member: Roger Donald
Motion: That, there being 11 nominations including
two representatives from OBRS (currently Mike Campbell and Steve Marshall)
and no other nominations, these nominees be duly elected committee members
of OBC for the 2009 year.
Moved: Judy O'Callahan Seconded: GP
Asked by the President to speak to members, the Mayor expressed her
view that it would be a very exciting 2009 and assured members that RDC
is "working very hard to keep rates right down". She herself
has been appointed to a technical advisory role on a national committee
reviewing the Resource Management Act.; She thanked Dave Parker for his
work as liaison councillor with OBC and thanked the other Northern Ward
councillors (June Turner and Grahame Powell) for their work, commenting
that they four are all from this area of the northern ward. She noted
that Alpurt B2 [the State Highway 1 Northern Motorway Extension] is scheduled
to open on 25 January.
Golf Club Report
Murray Ward, Golf Club President, paid respects to Jean Devenie (wife
of Life Member Phil, aged 92) who had passed away that morning. Golf
Club membership stands at around 550. It costs some $700,000 pa to maintain
and develop the course. Revenue comes from fees, fund raising and sponsorship
activities, and he urged OBC members to support these. There is still
room for new members and new membership classes have been introduced.
The focus continues to be on maintenance and development of the course,
the plan for which can be viewed on the whiteboard.
He thanked OBC for their support; issues such as rent review and landlord
issues having been worked on together, and passed on the Club's appreciation
to the Council for being very accommodating. He urged members to recognise
the Golf Club as a central part of the community.
Surf Club Report
The Surf Club president, Jonathon Williams, had hoped to attend if time
permitted, but was preparing for the Surf Club fundraising dinner dance,
starting 6.30pm. [The OBC December newsletter carries a report from the
Bowls Club Report
Judy Crooks (Life Member, OBC) commented that she's "impressed
we're all still coming to these meetings". She noted that the new
green carpet is down - but not as many people are turning up to play.
The annual subscription is only $100 ($40 for the first year); casual
membership - non-affiliated (ie no inter-club participation) $40. Omaha
is the only northern club to encourage mufti dress. During daylight saving
Friday nights are 'free-for-all rollups'. Bowlers need brain power and
subtlety too! The club is looking at a proposal for business house bowls.
Judy urged any members belonging to a group to get the names of people
from here, to contact and express an interest, stressing that it's a
great venue, an inexpensive sport, and fun.
Tennis Club Report
David Grieve advised that their capital expenditure programme is finished
- with blue courts (like those for the US and Heineken Open tournaments).
They cost $90,000 and the club will now save to replace them again in
another ten years. They really want some Omaha-based residents to join
the committee and are happy to answer any questions. They are looking
forward to enjoying play on the new courts over summer - and note that
a family subscription is only $70 pa.
The President invited Chris Martin, Insite
Security, to outline his views on security over Christmas: "So
far, so good" - and "pretty good, New Year's Eve". They
had a strategy meeting with the police prior to New year's Eve, and "weren't
actually particularly stretched", not needing to activate any
plans for additional resource.
Chris noted that there are half a dozen properties - "generally
rented" - which cause problems and hopes that some follow up with
Auckland-based owners will alleviate these problems in future.
The nightly patrols are continuing, and in his view are going especially
well this year, with "local hoons and crims particularly noticeable
by their absence".
Councillor June Turner thanked Chris for the work he does.
- The President, except where otherwise noted, reported on the matters
below. "GP" refers to the President, other initials to other
- "Q" or "C" denote questions or comments from
the floor and/or in course of particular discussion.
- Rubbish: general/shop
- The owner of the new superette has agreed to 'put something around
- In general: Much better this year. The 1,000 additional visitors
going to the Highlife Experience concert overwhelmed us, but the
beach was in good shape on New Year's Day. Have spoken to Highlife
Experience organizer, and to Mason Bins. The three green bins have
been very useful but would have been better if fewer additional visitors.
We will again look at possible service improvements for next year.
- GP thanked the RDC Mayor and Councillors present for RDC's support,
to applause from attendees.
New Year / Highlife Experience
- We haven't any Public Notice of application for an Off Licence
for the superette, but have put in an interim objection.
- GP asked for members' views on any proposed 'takeout' licence.
- Q: Couple of brief reasons we oppose it? A: General history: Up
until the liquor ban and fire ban were put in place there was a significant
problem with rubbish, mostly bottles. We haven't had this to the
same extent over the last twelve months. Banning liquor there won't
eliminate the problem but will help keep it under control.
- C: This is a civilized society; shouldn't people be able to buy
liquor and take it away?
- C: "Young kids" are not going to be involved.
- C: It's the impromptu buying that creates the problem.
- C: The superette may need to sell liquor to be able to carry itself
- C: The superette has nowhere to store alcohol: they're already
using four containers and two fridges in the carpark.
- C: This is storage problem, not liquor problem.
- GP: There are already two take-away liquor outlets in Matakana
and one in Pt Wells.
- JOC: We're differentiating between 'takeout' liquor and having
wine with a meal in a licensed café or restaurant.
- C: Omaha Beach, originally, was to have no commercial area; having
shops at all is one backward step; letting alcohol be sold would
be another. (Spontaneous applause)
- GP asked that those in favour of takeout liquor being sold raise
their hands; 10 hands counted. Those not in favour: many. Ratio approx:
7% for; 93% against.
Walkways: Kaihikatea / Matakana
- The organiser was very responsive to our pre-concert concerns and
is very keen to work with us; may be a possible sponsor of some major
project(s) - eg walkways?
- We have identified some areas that need to be addressed next time,
and will have a debrief with the organiser.
- C: Security is an issue: 200 young teens gathered in the carpark
and wouldn't disperse.
- The Surf Club President and the OIC, Warkworth Police have already
noted that there was 'nothing much on' for the younger age group
and will look at whether the surf club, for example, can organise
or sponsor something next time.
- C: We shouldn't get involved with other organisations who are arranging
and planning entertainment. We need the community to provide what's
required, not 'sell our souls' for sponsorship.
- C: Temporary visitors don't always treat public or private property
- C: If residents choose to rent out their places the problems are
brought on by themselves. Did they think about the issues?
- Q: Could we be given 'problem addresses' and we could contact owners
over the next few months?
- C: Illegal camping, especially at the southern end, on vacant lots
and grass verges is a bigger problem.
- C: We're opting out, in planning an event around Christmas / New
- C: Should we ask them (the concert organisers and attendees) to
camp out on a farm somewhere instead?
- GP noted that this is a commercial activity - we have to be realistic.
- These are both in the planning stages; we will need to raise 'serious
- C: Should we be moving to new walkways while we can't manage our
present walkways, within the subdivision? eg at Northern end: start
at Surf Club and walk back toward the boat ramp; and at walkway 7
("contractor should be reprimanded").
- C: Around quarry at southern end: trip over flax, gorse etc.
- GP noted that Council and the contractors have done a lot and asked
that members who have a problem put it through the OBC committee:
tell us precisely what the problem is.
- Comments from long term residents: walkways are not maintained;
weeds are not killed, overgrowth over paths not trimmed, holes in
concrete paths not repaired, trees not maintained; calls to Council
have not brought results.
- GP reiterated his request that members email a committee member
with specific issues. We will walk the walkways and will initiate
priorities and an action plan with RDC.
Omaha Drive footpath
- We have a problem: "no-one wants it in their backyard".
Please pass on any suggestions: it is a way to keep younger ones
occupied. This could be an asset, but if no-one wants it near them,
it won't happen.
- Hard work, and is on the agenda.
- Since situation as outlined at November Planning Forum we have
had further correspondence with RDC and have "asked for chapter
and verse" on money spent by RDC on this over the years.
- We received Tonkin & Taylor follow up only two days before
Christmas; a meeting is now set down for 13 January. (GP gave a layman's
version of the general issue and an example of one aspect expressed
in technical engineering terms.) We understand the number of affected
properties is now 'down to around 20'; any member wanting to know
if their property is one of these is asked to contact the committee.
- Q: If a property's out of the blue zone, will the LIM have been
altered? (Questioner noted his availability for 13 January meeting.)
A: Some LIMs apparently refer to a 'possibility'; others are unaltered.
GP: We will resolve the blue line first, then deal with the LIM.
- Q: Was there any issue regarding lack of toilets with extra people
turning up? Is there planning? Do we need more signage?
- C: Please nag, encourage and otherwise get dog owners to pick up
dog faeces from walkways.
- C: Pioneer Cresc resident observes traffic approaching roundabout
from causeway; traffic needs to slow down. Could there be eg a painted
'50' on the road?
- Q: Does the Omaha Drive reserve still exist? Questioner wrote during
the year and was given the answer that residents could till use the
land, despite the Golf Club developing it further. He noted that
long-time residents 'fought the developer' to have the reserve there,
but it seems to be disappearing, and asked what the OBC committee
is doing about maintaining its identity.
- The President replied that we gave a false assurance: we passed
on the information we were given, but that was wrong.
- Committee member NM explained that the area has always been part
of the Golf Club lease and that there is some confusion as to whether
the area in question was ever designated as a reserve, and if so,
when. He agreed that it does look as if the Golf Club is developing
- C: The land in question was originally held by the developer for
more residential sections, but was apparently merged with the Golf
- C: The Golf Club is putting in a practice facility - and fencing
the area just to try to stop cars getting on it.
- Q: Is it going to continue to be available?
- GP: We do need to resolve matters and will keep members informed.
- C: Please keep dogs out of dotterel area.
- C: A member "coming here 100 years", as a windsurfer
and on behalf of all windsurfers, commended and thanked those who
objected to the classification of the area by the two "nursery
beaches" by the causeway as an area for motorized water vehicles.
- C: Re liquor licence: technically, there is an issue as to who
can lodge an objection. GP noted that we are aware of this.
- Thanks: GP thanked the Mayor, who left the meeting at 5.25pm.
- Paul Dale provided an update on separate legal proceedings underway
in relation to Mark Ching's property, stressing that these proceedings
will not delay the Environment Court mid-2009 hearing in which OBC
is a party. He noted that the proposed development "would not
work" for the developers it if wasn't substantial, and that
Omaha Beach residents will have to bear the brunt of the funding
for what is likely to be a three-week hearing, with expert witnesses
- GP reported that we have had further talks with Auckland Regional
Council personnel and that the ARC is 'very much on board', thanks
to Kerry Connelly's submission last year. He thanked Kerry and also
Ian Cowper, who has worked with ARC, and introduced Ian to the meeting.
- Ian Cowper (an environmental law barrister) explained the ARC process
and how the ARC is 'taking the issue far more seriously now', including
in relation to its regional statement and plans (landscape and visual
aspects, and this area not designated as one for development) and
with regard to the impact on Whangateau estuary (from any level of
development, plus clay soil, fisheries etc).
- GP noted that we need to marshal as many allies as we can, but
without doubling up on expert witnesses.
- Richard Brabant ("RB") updated the situation with regard
to OBC and OBRS legal proceedings.
- Re the Omaha Park appeal in the Environment Court:
- One year ago, OBC had requested S274 status, and at the April
2008 hearing Omaha Park was unsuccessful in opposing us joining
in. Mark Ching and other materially affected parties have since
- We are still waiting for the hearing because there are a large
number of District Plan appeals in the queue ahead of Omaha Park.
- In December 2008 the Environment Court advised that it wants
all appeals on the RDC Plan disposed of by end 2009.
- The Environment Court wants a meeting of parties (lawyers and
expert witnesses) early in the year to identify the issues, assess
what information / data can be agreed on (eg factual details),
and to get the experts to start talking to identify where they
- From this a timetable will be developed. For example the agreed
statements may be April-May; followed by the exchange of evidence
and a two-to-three week hearing commencing August -September.
- Richard, on OBC's behalf, is assuming that ARC's expert witnesses
will look after matters such as water quality, and is talking
to Simpson Grierson, who act for RDC, about sharing witnesses.
- The case is going to proceed to hearing and determination this
year, and OBC needs to get funding underway now.
- There is an expectation in ARC and RDC that the Omaha community
- associations and neighbours - will be involved as a full party
in these proceedings.
- This expectation also applies in the Environment Court.
- If we feel strongly, we need to be able to resource the challenge.
We need funds available from now on.
- Re OBRS and the Southern end covenants: We are seeking a High Court
ruling re Omaha South properties. There is an initial conference
in February, and we will ask for a declaration on this before the
Environment Court appeal is heard.
- Q: Is there anything else we should do - eg lobbying...? RB: It
is beyond that, now; up to the community: encourage neighbours, friends
etc to contribute...
- Q: Do we have a budget? A: Yes, but it's like 'how long is a piece
of string'... Note: "The other side can't win it by keeping
on throwing money at it." It's the quality of the expert advice
- Q: What's the target figure? A: If we can raise $400k we'll be
comfortable we can cover it.
- Q: Would there be a right of appeal? A: Yes, if it went against
us in the Environment Court we would have a right of appeal, but
on a narrow basis / points of law only - very limited.
- Michael Dow introduced himself, stating that he sells around 70%
of Omaha real estate but declaring that he's vehemently opposed to
this development. He noted that there are 1409 property titles here
now: 839 at the Northern end (Broadlands Drive to the Northern spit);
570 at the Southern end and stressed that "this development
will affect every one of us", and stated his intention to put
up $500 for each of three properties 'right now'.
- GP observed that there are alternate views re fundraising, noting
that it can't be compulsory. One way is to look at the impact on
specific properties in assessing contributions. We do have to 'get
stuck in' now and he urged members to call / talk to the committee.
He noted that the funds are all going to the Grove Darlow Trust Account
and that any surplus funds will be refunded in proportion.
- Q: Is there any contribution form with instructions, on the website?
A: No, give us a call.
- Committee contact details are on the website. [www.omahabeach.co.nz Select
Administration / Office Bearers / Current office Bearers]
- GP stressed that this case is winnable, and thanked Kerry
Connelly for his work and for Ian Cowper for coming up to address
The President thanked everyone for their attendance.
Meeting closed 5.55pm.
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