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Newsletter 67

Published on Sep 6, 2023


Why Does Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon Exist?


Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon will, within the next 3 years, need to update its rules under the new Incorporated Societies Act 2022. I recently attended an excellent presentation on the new Act. The speaker - Peter Orpin - explained that all existing incorporated societies will need to re-register under the new Act. This will mean writing a new set of rules for the running of Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon Incorporated Society. In doing so, Mr Orpin suggested that societies should firstly think about its members, what the society is trying to achieve and why does the Society exist?


Thinking about membership raises some interesting questions. Who is a member of Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon? Initially, the society’s member list was the mailing list. However, technology has changed - the mailing list was once less than 100 people who were mailed a paper copy of the newsletter. Today, there are nearly 300 people on the mailing list who receive this electronic newsletter. Lovely readers, are you all members?


The question of membership presented itself at the recent Annual General Meeting. For the first time in my experience there were more people who wanted to be on the executive than there were places available - a positive occurrence. The current rules say that the society’s members can vote on who they wish to represent them. However, in the end no vote was needed.


The current rules also require that members pay an annual subscription. However, this has never been implemented. Mr Orpin did suggest that a small membership fee could be a good way of ensuring buy-in and maintaining at least annual contact with members. Another option could be that the members are the volunteers, sponsors and supporters of the society.


Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon will need to re-register under the Incorporated Societies Act 2022. This process may take some time, but must be completed by April 2026. From the presentation the key points to consider prior to writing the new rules for the society were: Why does the society exist, is it still relevant today and what is the society trying to achieve? The answer to the key question, why does Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon exist, is that it exists for its members, Grovetown Lagoon’s whanau.



Even though the lagoon is a wetland, there are several areas around the lagoon which can get very dry. To ensure that newly planted trees survive through the summer, they need help.

The recent donation of straw from Jeremy Oswald (Osgrow Ltd); the donation of trucks to transport the straw by Wool Marketing, Bob Butt and Steve Murray; and the supply of a tractor to load and move the straw by the Campbell family of Islayburn Vineyards has enabled a large mulching project on Sadds Track to proceed. The mulching will improve moisture retention, reduce weed competition and mean less mowing.

A huge effort from the Wetland Warriors has the straw neatly spread around the plants. A huge thanks to everyone involved.


Sunday Working Bee

Below is a photograph from last month’s Sunday working bee. Tim Barton and Hadley Johnson worked on securing the Kahikatea logs. This is a series of logs laid out on the ground which represent the length of a fully grown Kahikatea tree. However, there is a problem in that every time that it floods the logs float away!


Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon would like to thank Honda who service our quad bike. Honda pick up the quad, service it and then drop it back. It is a wonderful service, they donate to the lagoon in kind and we really appreciate Honda’s support.

It is Spring and there are cygnets at the lagoon. A great time to come down and have a look around. Please keep your dog on leash to protect the large variety of nesting birds at the lagoon.

Sunday Working Bee

Come down to the Grovetown Lagoon on Sunday the 10th of September and join us for a working bee. Meeting 9.30am at the Rowing Club. We will be working from 9.30 to 11.30am followed by a cup of tea and BBQ. Thanks to Meaters of Marlborough for providing the sausages.


Wednesday (and/or Thursday) Wetland Warriors
Looking for something to do that involves lots of fresh air? Wetland Warriors - weeding, planting and caring for plants at the Lagoon every Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am. Or potting up in the shade house Thursday from 1pm to 3pm at the Grovetown School.
Contact Person is Rosanne Anderson  rosanne.anderson@gmail.com

Lagoon Events for 2023

Working Bee Dates
Every second Sunday of the Month (excluding January and December)

  • 10 September

  • 8 October

  • 12 November

Working Group Meeting Dates
Every 6 weeks on Tuesday at 3.30pm at Council.

  • 12 September

  • 7 November

Executive Meeting Dates
Quarterly 3.30pm at Council

  • 21 November


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Contact Details
Newsletter written by
Justine Johnson – Coordinator
Phone 03 5795732

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