Latest Water Quality results 08 December 2019:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 307 MPN/100mL (orange)

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

E. Coli at North Manakau: 1153 MPN/100mL (red)

Graph of water quality results at the footbridge.

Rain, wind, trees

On Sunday we had a good amount of rain — about 28mm. We also had some gusty winds. Outside 41 Manga Pirau Street quite a few branches came down, while 9 Duncan Street suffered a broken fence when a large tree fell on top of it.

Large tree with many broken branches. Large tree on its side.

FOR SALE: 61 Emma Drive

Latest Water Quality results 02 December 2019:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 72 MPN/100mL (green)

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

E. Coli at North Manakau: 9 MPN/100mL (green)

Graph of water quality results at the footbridge.

Beach access upgraded 29 November 2019:

The Horowhenua District Council have graded the Manga Pirau Street beach access, added mulch to help stabilise the sand and blocked off the illegally created track.

The illegally created track has been blocked off. The illegally created track has been blocked off.  Mulch is on the actual track. Mulch has been laid to help stabilise the sand on the track.

Lines people are busy replacing cross arms on the power poles. Dangerous work too: the lines are live.

Lines workers up the pole.

Latest E. Coli water quality reading at Waikawa Beach Footbridge —

24 November 2019: orange (309 MPN/100mL).

Since 12 November 2018: 1 green, 1 orange, 2 red.

Tasman Sea: 10.0 MPN/100mL red.

E. Coli at North Manakau Road: 10.0 MPN/100mL (green).

Water quality graph.

Upgrade to beach access on 29 November 2019:

we have received approval from Mr. Miritana to regrade the entrance to the beach. Our contractor has this earmarked for Friday [29 November 2019].

Tricky beach entrance on 17 November 2019.

Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2019 WBRA Newsletter

  • AGM
  • Summer activities
  • Toilets upgrade
  • Beach access
  • $5,000 rubbish
  • Godwits
  • Driving in the village
  • Summer recycling
  • Fireworks and fires
  • Emergency Mobile Alert Test
  • Strathnaver BBQ
  • Property news
  • Membership

Latest Water Quality results 18 November 2019:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 6870 MPN/100mL (red)

E. Coli at North Manakau Road: 30.0 MPN/100mL (green)

Enterococci at Tasman Sea: 480.0 MPN/100mL (red)

E. Coli at Footbridge: 6870 MPN/100mL (red).

There is a nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system on 24 November 2019 between 6pm and 7pm.

You should expect to receive a test alert that evening sometime between 6 and 7 pm.

MDCA Quiz Night Friday 29 November 2019:

Date: Friday 29th November 2019 Time 7.30 start Location: Manakau Bowling and Sports Club. Corner of Honi Taipua and Mokena Kohere Streets Cost: $10 per person

Space limited, make sure you register.

MDCA Quiz Night flyer 29 November 2019.

Latest Water Quality results 10 November 2019:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 880.0 MPN/100mL (red)

Enterococci at Tasman Sea: 9.0 MPN/100mL (green)

Graph showing Latest Water Quality results 10 November 2019:  E. Coli at Footbridge: 880.0 MPN/100mL (red)

FOR SALE: 7 Sand Dune Grove

Toilet block improvements?:

The Horowhenua District Council wants to improve our facilities by making some necessary structural repairs and also overhauling things to improve the usefulness and user-friendliness.

Plans for the existing toilet block.

Manakau Strategic Plan 2019— may affect Waikawa Beach

RSVP to the MDCA by 18th November 2019.

Latest Water Quality results 04 November 2019:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 187 MPN/100mL (green)

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

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

E. Coli at the Footbridge 04 November 2019. Enterococci  at Tasman Sea 04 November 2019.

FOR SALE: 9 Sand Dune Grove

River mouth photo 07 October 2019.

Drone photo of the Waikawa Beach river mouth area.

On the beach this morning, 04 November 2019: what seems to be a partially expended firework. Not what I want to see lying around in the sand…

A partially expended firework.

Summer Activities schedule 2019-2020:

As usual, we have plenty of activities planned for the summer. ALL WELCOME: you don’t have to be a member of the WBRA to join in. If you’re staying at Waikawa Beach then come and have some fun.

Manakau Country Fair, Sunday 10 November 2019 from 11:00-14:00 at Manakau School, 9 Mokena Kohere Street, Manakau.

It’s nearly time for the Council to monitor the river at the footbridge for E.Coli, as they do each summer. I wondered why my bookmark kept failing. In the last 12 months Manawatu became Manawatū (see the macron?). They updated the url: …explore-data/manawatū-whanganui-region/….

Not only do some people think the beach is a rubbish tip ($5,000 for a bit of garden waste?), but there are some who also think the whole darn world is too. I’ve reported today 3 lots of fly-tipping along Waikawa Beach Road! !@#$%!!!!

All perhaps from a garage cleanout?

Plywood, glass and other rubbish on the side of the road. A whole mess of rubbish, perhaps from a garage cleanout? Discarded paint cans.

Strathnaver Labour Weekend 2019 BBQ was a hit

We had about 65 say they'd turn up and I believe well over 50 actually did attend the Strathnaver BBQ on the Sunday afternoon of Labour Day weekend 2019. I know a couple of people were sick on the day. Another dozen or so would have liked to come along but had other commitments.

The weather even managed to be OK — a little breezy, but not too bad and a large toitoi gave good shelter.

Some of the feedback:

A big thank you for a well run arvo much appreciated a great turnout again thanks for the effort I know folk enjoyed.

Thank you and the team for a really enjoyable afternoon yesterday! So well organised, yummy food/salads etc and a great way to get to know/keep in touch with others. ☀🏖
Just wondering if anyone may have mentioned if it could be an annual occasion - but all BYO to make it easy on everyone! People may be interested in this?

it was great to meet up with a few new people. Thanks so much for organising it, such a lovely idea!

I didn't realise it would be a feast!

Having vegan options on the flier is what made me attend. If that hadn't been on there I probably would have ignored it.

I would personally like to thank all those who helped make the BBQ a great success. It was great to be part of a team:

  • Sophie, who organised a great deal on sausages, and who took charge of the menu and did some food prep, as well as offering moral support. The salads were much appreciated. Thanks too to Maurice for assistance with setup and whatnot.
  • Helen and Peter who helped get the idea together in the first place, offered moral support, helped with food prep, organised the BBQing and cooked sausages superbly.
  • Daniel of Woody's Farm for the superb sausages at a price that allowed for every meat eater to enjoy a couple of sausages. I really liked being able to support a local grower who raises pigs ethically.
  • Clive for bringing a BBQ and cooking sausages so willingly and superbly.
  • Debra and Stephen Betts for bringing some extra food and handy things and a bin for recycling, for help with carting stuff around and for general assistance.
  • Pam and Ian Hoggard for allowing us to use their grassy lake area, and specially Ian for mowing the grass and even filling rabbit holes!
  • My partner Deb for moral support and listening to me being endlessly anxious about it all, as well as helping with some food prep and carting stuff around.
  • The Horowhenua District Council for the Events grant of $250 that allowed us to break the ice amongst all the neighbours. Everyone I spoke to said such good things about being able to meet everyone. I hope it will lead to folks connecting more with the people around them.

Given that Strathnaver is about 100 properties, spread out along some 4 Km of road, having a gathering is a good way for people to be able to say Hello and have a chat.

We spent only $20 more than the grant allowed, but had a few things left over. I gave apples and juice to John Hewitson as a donation to the Levin Uniting Church's Sunday night dinner. People who go to that dinner can pay $2 per plate, or nothing if even that is beyond them.

I also gave the paper plates and cups, serviettes etc and water to John Hewitson to be used at the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association's summer events for the whole community.

Thank you everyone, and of course, all those who turned up on the day and met the neighbours.

Photos from the BBQ — don't necessarily include everyone who attended.

Just before most people arrived. A table loaded with goodies. People chatting. More people chatting, and a dog. Some serious food choosing and eating. Barbecuing underway on 2 BBQs. Chatting in front of the toitoi. A few of the kids play tetherball by the lake. Wide shot of a large number of the attendees.