About Us

The Dacre Cottage Committee are all volunteers with a passion for the preservation and enjoyment of Dacre Cottage.

Our aim is to preserve this wonderful building and surrounding area for generations to come.

Chairmans Reports:

Chairman’s Report 2015

Volunteers have worked to keep Dacre Cottage and the Karepiro Bay beach reserve maintained and improved for future generations. With over one thousand hours of effort in the last year seeing the whole area looking better and better.

There is always a list of things to do, with tree planting and weeding to lawns and painting and cleaning the toilet.

The board has met infrequently throughout the year, but has kept in touch and the cottage is seeing many more visitors with today having nearly 100 there at 11am.

The environment is looking good with FOOB doing a grand job of pest control, DOC is starting to police the no dogs policy on the track and throughout the whole Marine Reserve so if you are walking a dog anywhere below high tide in Okura or anywhere on the Marine Reserve DOC can and say they will fine you.

A huge thankyou from me to the Committee for their work throughout the year and to all the volunteers who have help in looking after this little piece of paradise.

The Committee has supported OEG and LBOGPS with funds to support them in the PAUP hearings to help protect the land and marine reserve from future degradation associated with intensive development.

Treasury has $1606.00 in the bank and in the last financial year new lawn mowers were bought and the normal running expenses of fuel/gas/toilet paper etc.  Fund raising is toping up the account with the Xmas due and hirers.

Cheers Peter Townend

Dacre Cottage Chairman’s Report June 2014

Past
This year has been as busy as ever with ongoing improvements being made. 
The cottage is kept clean and tidy but the roof has been replaced, thanks to 
Julia Parfitt and the Community Board for getting it sorted.  The contractors did a great job and the roof is water proof.

Large working bees have been continuing the tree planting with another 2000 tree supplied by the Parks department and while it was dry summer the trees from this year and the previous years are going well. 

The barn has continued to be useful and water tanks have not run out all year.

The porch and picket fence has been painted thanks to the Auckland City Council Planning team having a community day.  They also planted a Pohutukawa by the stream which is growing well.

Pest control has been working well with very few rats seen and one possums this year.

The website is allowing better information sharing. The email distribution system is still working well

The number of overnight stays has declined as the committee is not happy renting out the cottage while the roof is leaking.  School groups, scouts and AUT are still using the area and camping.  The have also done hundreds of hours of mulch spreading and weeding which is great.

Daily visitor’s numbers are still high with most Sundays and public holidays being very busy.

The Dacre Xmas Lunch was a huge success with hundreds making the trek and paddle to enjoy the day. A small profit was made for the cottage funds.

The property manager for the Weiti Forrest has been extremely helpful and his efforts have been especially great around the tree plantings.

The toilet block has been re roofed.

There are still no houses behind the cottage.

 Funds held in the bank account are $4,092.85 

Future

We have another planting bee planned for May.  This is to continue to broaden the original planting and to help with sand dune regeneration.

The Cottage now the roof is done should get a paint inside and the barn needs a lick of red as well.

Chairmans Reports:

Dacre Cottage Chairman’s Report June 2013

Past
This year has been as busy as ever with ongoing improvements being made. 
The cottage is kept clean and tidy but the roof continues to be of concern and little progress with the council, have tried through many avenues to get it sorted but stilled tied up with red tape.

Large working bees have been continuing the tree planting with another 3000 tree supplied by the Parks department and while it was dry summer the trees from this year and the previous years are going well. 

The barn has continued to be useful and water tanks have not run out all year.

The porch has been repaired and just needs the a lick of paint.

Pest control has been working well with very few rats seen and one possums this year.

The website is allowing better information sharing. The email distribution system is still working well

The number of overnight stays has declined as the committee is not happy renting out the cottage while the roof is leaking.  School groups, scouts and AUT are still using the area and camping.

Daily visitor’s numbers are still high with most Sundays and public holidays being very busy.

The Dacre Xmas Lunch was a huge success with hundreds making the trek and paddle to enjoy the day. A small profit was made for the cottage funds.

The property manager for the Weiti Forrest has been extremely helpful and his efforts have been especially great around the tree plantings.

There are still no houses behind the cottage.

 Funds held in the bank account are $4,478.65

Future

We have another planting bee planned for August.  This is to continue to broaden the original planting and to help with sand dune regeneration.

The roof of the Cottage needs work.  The black tar paper and the ‘shakes’ (timber shingles) need replacing along with the guttering.

The inside of the cottage needs a new or reconditioned pot belly/fire place and the walls need paint.  This cannot be done until the roof is repaired to stop the leaks.

The toilet block needs re roofing


2012 Chairmans Report

2011 Chairmans Report