The Kuaka, Bar-tailed Godwits, have arrived! Today I spotted the first half dozen of the season. 🐦

Kuaka in flight. 4 Kuaka in shallow water.

Whiringa-ā-nuku (October) 2019 WBRA Newsletter

  • Local Body elections
  • Fires and smoke
  • Spinifex and pīngao
  • How to report issues to Council
  • Changes to State Highway 1
  • Road speed changes at Waikawa Beach
  • Property news
  • Subscriptions and membership details
  • Do you know: we’re growing

Refreshed speed signs at the village entrance, now Waikawa Beach Road is only 80 Kph. These surely aren’t right: a] in the wrong place and b] 50 is only a caution, not a limit sign. Hooray for where we want the signs, but I bet they don’t last. I bet they don’t comply with law.

Village entrance 50 Kph caution sign. Village exit 100 Kph sign, in the wrong place.

Fires and smoke at Waikawa Beach

Horowhenua District Council manage smoke nuisance complaints which need to be phoned through at the time. 06 366 0999

All beach and sand dune areas remain in a Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) 365 days a Year.

Smoke from outdoor fires must not go beyond the boundaries of your own property.

The southbound passing lane on SH1 north of Ōtaki, between the intersections of Lawlors Road and Taylors Road, will be closed permanently from Tuesday 22 October 2019.

Map showing passing lane location.

FOR SALE: 80 Reay Mackay Grove.

The sea was very calm this morning. A view south from Waikawa Beach towards Kāpiti Island.

Looking south from Waikawa Beach towards Kāpiti Island.

The river at the mouth is totally looped back on itself.

Aloop of river at the mouth.

Uurgh, what a mess. Trying to find facts about rules and responsibilities around outdoor rubbish fires. It’s a confusing mishmash of Horowhenua District Council, Horizons Regional Council, and Fire and Emergency. One thing though: no fires are ever permitted on beaches here.

It’s always good to see ring-necked doves around the place.

Small ring-necked dove.

At the end of September the Horowhenua District Council put up these (incorrect) speed limit signs at the corner of Strathnaver Drive and Reay Mackay Grove. One side said 50, the other 60. Both should be 60. As of today the signs have disappeared. Council? Local? 🤷🏽‍♀️

Speed limit signs showing 50 Kph.

Waikawa folks: if you live in, own a property in or even just regularly weekend in the Strathnaver area then you’re invited to a Labour Weekend BBQ so we can all get to know our neighbours. RSVP required for catering.

Safety improvements on SH1 - your comments:

A review of speed limits on SH1 from Ōtaki to Levin will begin in the near future. … we will be actively seeking input and feedback from the community.

We’re growing

Recently released data from Statistics NZ shows the Horowhenua district increased in population by over 3000 people between the last two census counts.…

Expressway next steps have been funded

NZTA has committed to undertake the next steps for the transport corridor bwteeen Ōtaki and North of Levin.

It is also committed now to progress safety improvements for the existing SH1 as an “immediate priority.” …

FOR RENT: 3 Sarah Street

Spinifex and pīngao were planted:

On Saturday 28 September 2019 a staunch dozen or so folks turned up to help plant 3,000 spinifex and 500 pīngao plants near the north track to the beach off Reay Mackay Grove.

How to report problems to Horowhenua District Council:

Use email to enquiries@horowhenua.govt.nz, phone 0) 366 0999, the Online Request Form or the Council’s Facebook page. Please also let the WBRA know if the issue is related to Waikawa Beach.

New spelling of Manawatū-Whanganui (Horizons) region:

The h in Whanganui has now been added to the spelling of the region, which is consistent with the views of local iwi and their dialect or mita.…

A macron or tohutō has been added to the u of Manawatū

Join us to plant Spinifex on Saturday 28 September 2019.

Horowhenua District Council are again making spinifex plants available to bolster the dunes. Meet at 10 am at the north track to the beach off Reay Mackay Grove. Last year ~40 volunteers helped. Will you come and help?

Volunteers planting spinifex in the dunes in 2018.

FOR SALE: 42A Strathnaver Drive

MDCA Quiz Night Friday 04 October 2019

Date: Friday 4th October 2019, 7.30 pm start

Quiz night brochure.

Stones left on Hank Edwards Reserve to be cleared

Dredge 831350 was working off the south end of the beach today.

Dredge 831350 and shallow waves.

Sarah Street attempted break-in 05 September 2019

It pays to lock up your property folks. If you see or hear anything suspicious, call 111.