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The New Zealand Christmas tree — Metrosideros excelsa

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Species fact sheet and invitation to stakeholders

SANBI hereby invites stakeholders to attend an information-sharing session and mini-workshop. We wish to create an opportunity for those interested, to share their views and for us to develop objectives for a management plan for New Zealand Christmas Tree in Betty’s Bay and the Overstrand.

Date:  Friday, 11 December 2015
Venue:  Nivenia Hall, Harold Porter Gardens. Betty’s Bay
Time:  10:30 (tea); Meeting 11:00 – 13:00
Lunch: Light lunch will be served at 13:00

Come and get it — served hot and full of goodness.

Two Hats-off to the Overstrand Municipality!

Everyone acknowledges that poverty alleviation and job creation are the two most effective tools in the upliftment of communities and the reduction of social ills. 

Come on over to the latest edition of the Buzz online. Read all about it.

A few days ago, returning from the shops, we turned into our driveway. A Xhosa man on the road saw us and followed the car. When we started climbing out, there he was. I had not seen him behind us; it was a surprise. He was obviously suffering and going to ask us for money and food — and he did.

My first thought in situations like this is how to part quickly and without anger towards us. I got him some bread and gave him what I had in my wallet, all of ten bucks. He left and we breathed a sigh of relief.

Today he was back, knocking on the door. What to do? I fear in the wind and rain I felt sorry for him. Once again I could not send him away with angry words. After giving him bread and a few coins, I know, I know, and making sure he left, I wondered who to call. Then it came to me: Dr. Greef and Yvonne. They are such fountains of knowledge, those two. Yvonne immediately knew what I meant when I asked her, "Where can I send someone like that?"

Her reply was, "To KAWS in Kleinmond. They give them blankets, clothes and soup!"

Magic. Now I know what I can say next time. I can be stern, refuse what is asked, but encourage him to go see KAWS.

IMAGINE a non-stop stream of cars speeding through Betty’s Bay.

IMAGINE huge articulated trucks on Clarence Drive, belching noxious fumes into our clean air and disturbing the peace of Betty’s Bay.

IMAGINE being stuck in horrendous traffic jams on the coastal road behind said trucks.

IMAGINE the damage to the Betty’s Bay infrastructure such traffic would generate.

IMAGINE the frustration and anger that this intrusion will inevitably cause.


We need to plan our response NOW, We need to be proactive. Any ideas? THE BUZZ is planning a letter page. This can be a forum for such discussions. [In the same vein, what is your take on the blue LED security lights that pollute our night sky?]

February 2020 — Latest Constitution as appproved. Download here as a Doc file or a PDF file.

Update (December 31, 2016) — Ammended constitution as appproved on 17 December 2016, with changes in green for convenience. Download here as a Doc file or a PDF file.

Update (December 2016) — After the AGM, the latest proposal is here as a docx or a PDF.

Update (September 2016) — Please read this article re changes to the constitution which we are asking your opinion of.

Please find our current constitution as a PDF file here.

Photo © D.C.Ingle 2015

Dunes and beaches

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The floods in 2013/2014

Heydorn Report: Betty's Bay Floods.