Māehe (March) 2020 WBRA newsletter

  • Gull rescue
  • Our community cares
  • Footbridge update
  • Toilet block update
  • Gutter spraying
  • Property news

For sale: 37 Sarah Street

Latest Water Quality results 09 March 2020:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 1333 MPN/100mL (red)

Enterococci at Tasman Sea: 300 MPN/100mL (red)

E. Coli at North Manakau: 97 MPN/100mL (green)

Water quality graph.

Seen those funny little narrow double tracks on the beach? It’s a Sand scarab beetle larva

Pericoptus truncatus is the largest of the New Zealand native scarab beetles. … The larvae, pupae and adults are common amongst the roots of marram grass and under or within driftwood. 

Sand scarab larva, side view. Larva, side view with distinctive tracks behind it. Larva, front view, with distinctive tracks behind it.

Latest Water Quality results 01 March 2020:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 1576 MPN/100mL (red)

Enterococci at Tasman Sea: 10 MPN/100mL (green)

E. Coli at North Manakau: 86 MPN/100mL (green)

Water quality graph.

It’s an unattended beach Kontiki kind of day…

Orange cone, cooler and kontiki on the beach. Close up of the kontiki reel.

For sale: Kristin Place, 77 hectares.

FOR SALE: 3 Norna Grove

It’s very pleasant to kayak up the river.

River, river bankas, tip of kayak, blue sky.

Latest Water Quality results 24 February 2020:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 85 MPN/100mL (green)

Enterococci at Tasman Sea: 10 MPN/100mL (green)

E. Coli at North Manakau: 122 MPN/100mL (green)

Water quality graph.

Latest Water Quality results 16 February 2020:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 85 MPN/100mL (green)

Enterococci at Tasman Sea: 10 MPN/100mL (green)

E. Coli at North Manakau: 122 MPN/100mL (green)

Water quality graph.

Latest Water Quality results 10 February 2020:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 309 MPN/100mL (orange)

Enterococci at Tasman Sea: 9 MPN/100mL (green)

E. Coli at North Manakau: 20 MPN/100mL (green)

E. Coli at Footbridge: 309 MPN/100mL (orange).

FOR SALE: 45 Manga Pirau Street.

House for sale.

Under Contract: 5 Strathnaver Drive.

From a distance this looked like a big plastic bag full of rubbish. Closer up, it resembled a large fish. In fact it’s a tangled fishing net full of fish and crabs and the like.

Large tangled fishing net. Large tangled fishing net, another view.

Latest Water Quality results 02 February 2020:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 448 MPN/100mL (orange)

Enterococci at Tasman Sea: 10 MPN/100mL (green)

E. Coli at North Manakau: 256 MPN/100mL (green)

Water quality graph.

With all the wide beach to drive on, why do people drive across the fragile growing ends of the Spinifex at the base of the dunes! It’s also illegal. Vehicles should drive at around the high tide mark.

Tire tracks across the base of the dunes.

Latest Water Quality results 27 January 2020:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 420 MPN/100mL (orange)

Enterococci at Tasman Sea: 9 MPN/100mL (green)

E. Coli at North Manakau: 373 MPN/100mL (orange)

What do the icons mean?

Green: Suitable for swimming – This site is generally suitable for swimming. The recent water quality result met national swimming guidelines or the overall bacterial risk is low.

Orange: Caution advised – Water quality is usually suitable for swimming but young children and older people may be at increased risk. Avoid swimming if it has been raining heavily recently. If potentially toxic algal blooms are present, avoid contact.

Red: Unsuitable for swimming – This site may be a health risk and is not considered suitable for swimming most of the time.

www.lawa.org.nz/explore-d…ū-whanganui-region/swimming/waikawa-estuary-at-footbridge/swimsite

Latest E. Coli water quality reading at Waikawa Beach Footbridge —
19 January 2020: green (74 MPN/100mL). Since 12 November 2019: 6 green, 3 orange, 3 red.

Tasman Sea: green.

North Manakau: green.

Water quality graph.

Latest E. Coli water quality reading at Waikawa Beach Footbridge —
05 January 2020: orange (279 MPN/100mL). Since 12 November 2019: 4 green, 4 orange, 2 red.

Tasman Sea: green.

North Manakau: green.

Water quality graph.

Today we have our final planned summer activity: Sand Sculpture Day:

Saturday 04 January 2020
Judging at 3 pm
Cross the bridge and turn left.

For inpiration see Sand Sculpture Day 2011 with its horse, shark, sphynx, ship, sofa and more.

Latest Water Quality results 30 December 2019:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 145 MPN/100mL (green)

Enterococci at Tasman Sea: 9 MPN/100mL (green)

E. Coli at North Manakau: 109 MPN/100mL (green)

Water quality graph.

Sports Day 01 January 2020

Visit the post to see some great photos by Stephen Betts. Thanks Stephen!

Hmmm, what has 4 legs in a 3-legged race? 2 adults with no tie on the legs.

Great turnout for Boat Day on 28 December 2019

Boat Day 28 December 2019. Photo by Stephen Betts. Boat Day 28 December 2019. Kayak race. Photo by Stephen Betts.

Aargh! I’ve lost track of days. Sports Day is on right now! It’s not too late to join in, or just have a few sausages and a glass of something. Hank Edwards Reserve.