|We are still in Level One so I will risk another woohoo! I hope you are enjoying being back to ‘normal’. Borders are still mostly closed, and the Trans Australian bubble is on hold until the virus there is contained. Most returning residents have isolated according to the rules, although a few are making the news! Most June returnees are now out of quarantine with no community transmission recorded here. Hang in there and keep on following those safety guidelines.
A Resilient Greenhithe is full of tips on how to be better prepared here in a disaster. After that weather bomb the leaders of the local Fire and Emergency Service, Community Trust, Residents Association and Primary School worked with Auckland Emergency Management to produce Greenhithe’s very own resilience plan. Thank you, Wonderful People, for keeping us safer! Please read it and understand your own risks and be prepared.
Hopefully you have all been able to enjoy the school holidays with the lighter traffic and maybe you even escaped to a wonderful holiday spot or enjoyed your own back yard. I have received exciting reports of locals seeing whales in Kaikoura and others enjoying the snow.
Here are some more holiday ideas. And don’t forget our local walks.
Neighbourhood Support Update
Helping Empower Local People is a local online system matching volunteers available to help with people needing basic help. Thank you for checking on neighbours living alone or who are new, elderly or special needs. Please give them a wave or a call to check that they are ok. Life has changed dramatically for some, with job losses and reduced income. If you need food supplies, you can sign up through HELP. Here is an incredible Covid resource with loads of information about how to boost your emotional health and safety and those around you. Thank you for supporting local businesses.
There are still Simply Fresh vouchers available to help with supplies for Neighbourhood Support BBQs or get togethers. How about a Mid-Winter Christmas in your street? Thank you to those Street Leaders who have updated their street lists. Please continue to send me details of new residents so that they can be welcomed into Greenhithe.
If you have some spare time and would like to learn new things, meet people and make a positive difference here are some weekly local community groups and events to consider.
There is a youth Op Shop Hop. And here is their latest GYC News.
Check out the School Holiday Ecology Programme at Wainoni Park on July 16.
And a very cool Guided Night Walk in the Forest for families on July 17. Bugs! Exciting!
The Greenhithe Ecology Network is meeting again on the evening of July 21 to share progress and learnings.
There is an International Cafe Sunday August 2 hosted by Shore Grace with guest speaker Annie Yong-Mewburn. Annie is a well-known local real estate agent who will share her journey of immigrating and settling into Greenhithe. This free event is designed to be encouraging and inspiring. Morning tea and a children’s programme is provided.
What will the general election mean for Upper Harbour? Meet with our local candidates on August 6 (transport at Hobsonville Point), August 23 (business, Greenhithe Village Hall) September 1 (education at Meadowood) and September 6 (environment at Bayview).
Fabulous Friday’s for Seniors is back fortnightly, on the middle and last Fridays of the month.
Hop across the bridge and enjoy the Winterfest now on at Hobsonville Point.
Here is the local Crime Map for the past month and this is what our community constable has to say.
Greenhithe Ecology Network
Thank you to all those who took part in the Great Greenhithe Bird Count late June so we can find out if our hard work is paying off. We will keep you posted. Aren’t those bird photos from Chris Belcher in the Greenhithe Community Facebook Group amazing? It is so nice to see that kind of positivity on our local social media.
There are several groups now working to restore our local reserves and control pests. Dedicated volunteers are doing fantastic environmental work. There have been several local bush rescues recently and more events are coming up. Find out more in the July Greenhithe Ecology News. It is an inspiring read. Malcolm you are a legend! Richard has arranged some good quality education for us. Here is how to trap rats.
Did you know that Greenhithe was once famous for its orchards and a fruit cannery and still has several heritage orchards? If you are interested to learn about pruning and caring for these trees and harvesting them with a group of volunteers, or teach these skills, please contact Nicola.
Keep on being a kind, caring community. Stay safe, and warm.