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Annual General Meeting, Social, Guest Speaker and Shared Meal.
Sunday 30th June from 3.30pm
The Branch committee will be holding their AGM on Sunday 30th June 2013 at St. Barnabas Church Hall, Hall Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua.
All YHA members are invited to attend.
Please ensure you bring your membership card with you so you can vote during the AGM.
After the AGM, Margaret Horner from the Kokako Trust will speak on their success with the Kokako birds.
This will be followed by a shared meal.
Format for this event is as follow:
- 3.30 p.m. Cuppa Tea/Coffee
- 4.00 p.m. AGM
- 4.30 p.m. Guest Speaker - Margaret Horner
- 5.00 p.m. Social time followed by a shared Pot Luck dinner.
- Raffle drawn.
We hope to see as many of you at this event as possible.
For further information please contact either Gary or Amanda Gower on 07 348 8252.
ROTORUA YHA TRIP TO MANGAKINO
On a mellow afternoon in late April a group of 11 YHA members from Rotorua and 4 from Tauranga met up at an out-of -the way location at Mangakino on the shore of Lake Maraetai. The attraction that brought us to this apparent backwater was the opportunity of a two hour cruise aboard a paddle steamer on this man-made lake.
We were greeted with sunshine, plus the sights of a surprisingly placid lake, a café, signs indicating walking and cycling trails along the lake edge, and numerous cyclists out to enjoy a fine afternoon.
As we ate our lunches the paddle steamer, Otunui, churned into view and tied up at the dock.
Getting ready to embark we were told of a delay due to a mechanical fault so the walkers among us went off to explore. When the repair time extended to two hours most of the group were forced to postpone their excursion until another opportunity.
For those of us able to wait we were rewarded with a pleasant journey up the lake and into the gorge, with views of farmland and pines giving way to steep cliffs and overhanging, mostly native trees, on bush clad banks.
We were entertained with a commentary on the filling of the lake and the contrast between the previous river levels and land formation prior to the construction of the Whakamaru hydro dam and the sights that greeted us. The bird life increased in numbers and variety as we ventured further into the gorge. With the face of the dam wall across the narrow top end of the lake the steamer was manoeuvred about for a faster trip return trip downstream. Our late start meant that those of us who’d planned to walk the trail back to our cars at the lakeside domain opted to stay on the boat instead, enjoying the late afternoon sun.
So some of us are keen to return to walk or cycle the trials, while the rest of the group plan another expedition to Lake Maraetai for the cruise they missed.