Greetings from the Committee,
Welcome to the website hosted by Matua Residents Assn for the people of Matua.
If you have any comments or suggestions contact any one on the committee or email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as practicable.
Richard Kluit Chairman 0274337675
Mike Dyer Treasurer 576 9289 Annette Timms 576 2024
Lyn Donovan 576 4942 Paul Chapman 570 0555
Derek Beaven 576 1777 Rob Thomson 576 3960
Barbara Hogg 578 8101 Neil Chinnery-Brown 576 5991
Sea Lettuce Problems
With rotting sea lettuce causing a nuisance to residents and visitors we recommend you ring Council on 5777000 and express your concerns. The contractor is employed to clean up on the basis of the number of complaints rather than a regular schedule. With the volumes on our shores at this hot time of year we need to have that clean up on a regular cycle. If you live on the waterfront you and your neighbours can assist the contractor by moving the small rocks that move with the tide and return them to the top of the retaining walls. This will allow him to get his machinery as close to the shore as possible and take away more. Email us on email@example.com if you and we will keep you informed of the days the contractor may be on your foreshore.
MRA is actively supporting the TCC Tsunami Awareness program as the consequences of a Tsunami would be significant in our community and the surrounding suburbs. The area along Levers Road is deemed to be a SAFE ZONE and we therefore promote the Matua Hall, Matua Primary grounds and Matua Bowling Club as areas in which to assemble. The hall would be the centre of coordination for assistance and it is probable we would be standing alone.The magnitude earthquake to create a Tsunami would be Grade 8 and be centred in the Kermadec trench off East cape. There would be a fifty minute timeframe after the earthquake to get to the Safe Zones. There will be no time to wait for Civil Defence instruction as at best they need an hour minimum for staff to arrive, if at all possible. All electricity and phone lines would be severely affected by the level of quake.
Families, neighbours and organisations need to have a plan of action in place, as well as basic supplies. Always have a separate supply of medications, either in your emergency pack or located in your car or with family/friends nearby. More on this will follow.
We are actively promoting this community and Police initiative to assist in both Civil emergency and crime prevention. Two committee members have volunteered to be coordinators for Matua and are working through the present list of street coordinators to update records Contact Nedil Chinnery Brown on 5765991 to discuss further.
Picnic in the Park
The annual Waitangi Day celebration "Picnic in the Park" was a huge success and we look forward to early next year for an even better occassion.Many families brought along their salad, got a free sausage and drink and joined in the fun and games. There was a bouncy castle and the usual tug of war, sack races, wheel barrow races and more. Seamus Beedle showed his skill with the bag pipes. The Otumoetai Lions were on board and were responsible for cooking and serving the sausages, they ran out at 700. Well done Lions. We also went through over 40 sachets of fruit drinks. It just gets better every year.
In the event of an emergency we seek a list of volunteers who are prepared to assist.
If called upon can you assist?
At present we are faced with the possibility of oil on our foreshore.
Register your availability by emailing the following information to
Matua Residents Assn Emergency Response Personnel
Name Contact #'s
Richard Kluit 07 5761259
On this page you will find information on: Justices of the Peace
Refer to the yellow pages under Justices of the Peace or contact the local JP's in Matua.
J Best 5700990 M Cooper 5766378
K Hamm 5767515
R Havill 5760331 J Mainland 5765063
G Opie 5763995 E Simm 5701117
J Wilson 5766144 L Young 5764004
The community courts are available to all members of the community for a small donation. Please leave them in a tidy condition and take any rubbish away with you. Thank you.
The management of the courts is by the new owners of the Matua Dairy and Lotto. Call in and get your key.
Matua Moments/ Bethlehem Star now
The Western Link
All households will receive the quarterly publication The Western Link in their letter box. There next edition is due early March. If you have not received a copy please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning Richard on 0274 337675. If you have an article of interest please let us know.