Significant ‘Ahuroa’ historic content has been recovered.

Dear Grapevine,

Andy Shackleton has been very busy recently digging through some of the old Ahuroa website and has pulled a heap of valuable historic content which had become lost along the way. This is an absolute treasure trove of locally relevant, historic content which he’s managed to recover. (WELL DONE ANDY!). The content was originally curated / compiled by Cally & Greg Whitham. There really is a lot of interesting content which is well worth a read, so please do visit the site and take a look.

There are also photo albums from Andy & Kerry’s time in Ahuroa (1997 – 2013), with more to come.

Andy is hosting this on his own site now, and we’ll provide a direct, permanent redirection to this content from the Grapevine.
http://www.ahuroa.nz/history/ – will get you there.

I for one am very grateful that Andy has found, and recovered this content.

Thanks, regards,

Chris.

(For future / historic reference, Andy’s direct link is: http://www.ashack.co.nz/ahuroa/)

Ahuroa Ladies Craft Group

Starting Wednesday 17th May, we are starting up a ladies night at Ahuroa Hall. It’ll be held every fortnight; 7:30 onwards.

Please bring along any crafts that you are doing. No worries if you aren’t doing any crafts, just come along for a cuppa, catch-up and meet some people!

Please bring a gold coin donation – tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

For more information please contact:
Adrienne: 021735778
Ruth: 02041121586
Rachel: 0211564557; rachelks24@hotmail.com

StrataNet to Increase Internet Speeds

Hi everyone,

Whether you are an existing StrataNet customer or are considering joining our network, you will probably be interested to learn that we have faster plans coming soon!

We are going to be offering new “Ultra” wireless plans with speeds of up to 30 Mb/s download and 10 Mb/s upload. While we can’t yet give exact timeframes of when your area will be upgraded, we are going to start trials in the next few weeks. We’re hoping to have the upgrades rolled out network-wide by the end of this year – we will email you when this service becomes available to you.

Ideally, most of our customers will be able to receive our new Ultra plans once they go live, however in some cases your dish may need to be upgraded. We will have a better idea if your equipment needs upgrading at the conclusion of our trials – we’ll let you know if this is the case for your address.

We are also working hard to improve network reliability and consistency. A few pockets of areas have been experiencing slow-downs in peak times which will soon be resolved. We are currently rebuilding our network from the ground up, which will give us both greater capacity and reliability when the new network goes live.

For further updates, please check out our Facebook page ‘StrataNet NZ’ (https://www.facebook.com/stratanetnz/) or our Twitter feed on @StrataNetNZ (https://twitter.com/StrataNetNZ) and we will endeavor to post our progress.

We thank you for your attention and we look forward to delivering you the next generation of wireless internet!

Kind regards, The team at StrataNet.
Richard Mahoney <richard@stratanet.co.nz>

Email: <internet@stratanet.co.nz> or call 0800 030 004 for more information.

SPARK upgraded their cell coverage of the Ahuroa area today.

Spark went live with their cellular upgrade at the base of Woodcocks Hill today.

It is reported that a resident of Ahuroa Rd now has 4 of 5 bars of signal while on the Spark network.

A cellular speedtest tonight shows the following speeds (taken from that point on Ahuroa Road):

Test Date: 13/09/2016 9:25 PM
Download: 19.99 Mbps
Upload: 3.25 Mbps
Ping: 36 ms
Connection Type: Cellular

However, this is showing as only 3G, and not 4G coverge yet – which may be considered a little dissapointing. – We’re unsure if today’s state of the network is the final state or whether there might be further enhancements due.

As we get further, solid information through we’ll share it with you.

FREE Pest Control Workshops for the local community

The Forest Bridge Trust is holding free pest control workshops for
communities in Matakana, Leigh and Ahuroa as part of the vision to have a
protected wildlife corridor across Rodney.

Professional trappers will be on hand to give advice on how to deal with
pests using traps or bait, with limited free traps for those attending.
Landowners will also be able to learn about a new user-friendly app called
“Walk the Line” that will enable them at no cost to record their catches
online – and see what others are doing in the area.

All Sundays, 9.15 – 12.30pm
* September 25th Matakana School Hall
* October 9th Ahuroa Community Hall
* October 16th Leigh Community Hall

For more info contact theforestbridgetrust@gmail.com
Ph: 021 234 0831

Regards
Liz – http://www.theforestbridgetrust.org.nz/