Firstly, welcome to the neighbourhood!
We have put together this guide for first time property owners, because Omaha is a unique place that functions differently from any other town in New Zealand. Omaha is part of the wider Auckland super city, but there are some rules and general etiquette that need to be observed.
Omaha has a local committee – the Omaha Beach Committee (OBC) which acts as the council liaison and for the continued improvement of Omaha. Residents in the “North End” are invited to pay a subscription of $50 per annum, which helps to pay for the security services, ongoing community enhancements, and your membership to use the Community Centre. “South End” residents are automatically paying this fee when they pay for their annual OBRS fees. The OBRS – as distinct from the OBC, is the organisation that manages the planning and design controls of properties in the south end only. We urge the Northern owners to pay these fees – the security services make Omaha the safest community in the region, and these services must be paid for.
Omaha has a truly unique environmental heritage. The Whangateau Harbour is a shellfish and wading bird habitat and home to some of New Zealand’s rarest birds. The Northern end dotterel reserve houses a precious nesting habitat for the endanged Dotterel species, and the protected Taniko Forest (the last remaining stand of native Kahikatea forest in the region), is also home to some remarkable plant and wildlife species. Please keep this mind when walking your dog!
More Useful Things to Know
The Beach is protected by a series of Groynes at the northern end which help to build out the sand dunes – our first line of defence in the event of a major storm surge. For this reason we ask all residents and visitors to respect the sand dunes and please refrain from playing in them. They are very delicate and they take a long time to “heal” after a major event.
The Community centre (adjacent to the Golf club) is available to be used by all members of the OBC. Alternatively, Non-members are required to be signed in.
Tennis courts in the south are available to all households that are members of the OBRS (Southern group). Alternatively there are excellent all weather courts by the Community Centre, and you can join the local club for as little as $50 per year, and receive a key to the courts.
The Bowls club is also a very inexpensive club to join. Other local clubs include the Golf Club, surf club (there is a nippers program for the kids), the Canoeing and outriggers club, and the Omaha Ocean Swimming club. All clubs are very social and will warmly welcome new members.
- Rubbish: Collection days are Monday, and be careful to separate your bottles from plastics and paper, and use the blue bins provided. If you have a large amount of recycling, eg cardboard, please ensure it is taped together, and is small enough for the rubbish men to dispose of it. As the collection is Monday, please TRY NOT to put a full rubbish bag out on a hook on the Monday night! Seagulls and other pests invade the bags, and we end up with the unfortunate situation of rubbish being strewn throughout the street.For permanent residents, we recommend a wheelie bin.
- Dogs: Please observe the times that dogs can wander freely on the beach. In summer, Dogs are banned from the beach between 9am to 6pm, but can be off lead any time after that. Please also dispose of your dogs poops – it is not fair for other members of the community to have to experience a stray poo lying on the beach!
- Noise and parties: While Omaha is generally a family destination, occasionally a party might carry on too late. If this is the case, please call the Auckland Council hotline on 09 301 0101. They will then alert Insite Security to investigate.
- Civil defence: Being a coastal town there is a small risk of a Tsunami, and every household receives an annual civil defence plan. However, we do recommend all people to download the civil defence app, and work out an emergency plan for your family should the need arise.
- Boat Ramp – please observe etiquette and queues, and be as quick as possible when using the ramp. The designated parking is for car and trailer only – cars can park on the street.
- Throughout the year numerous events happen in and around Omaha, so keep an eye on the website and welcome again to the neighbourhood!