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⚠️ Cyclists - fed up with speed bumps?

18 July 2019: High tide again, and there’s still plenty of water in the river. The flows seem to have eaten into the sand left behind from the removal of the …

17 July 2019: This morning at high tide (3 metres) and with a 3 metre swell in open sea the river was full and muddy but not especially swift. There was a lot of …

13 July 2019: Someone dumped citrus prunings on the beach. 👿 This was one of two clumps.

13 July 2019: FOR SALE: 44 Sarah St. Asking price $495,000.

12 July 2019: How many lines people does it take to replace a power pole crossbeam? A lot.

05 July 2019: From the setting up of the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association in 1974, before women were people too 😳: Present: 27 Ratepaying residents, whose …

04 July 2019: Toilet block fix July 2019 The toilet block is about 50 years old. It’s time to clean up the septic tank dispersal field.

03 July 2019: ⚠️ Cyclists - fed up with speed bumps?

30 June 2019: Garden bird survey: 29 June – 7 July 2019

30 June 2019: Midwinter Quiz Night 19 July 2019

26 June 2019: It was another lovely sunset. Calm, light blue sea. Few clouds.

25 June 2019: Toilet block update 25 June 2019 Today we heard there is a problem with the effluent field which should be fixed next week.

18 June 2019: Toilet block update 18 June 2019

18 June 2019: Section FOR SALE at 50 Strathnaver Drive. This one sold recently and is now back on the market. harcourts.co.nz/Property/…

18 June 2019: There were a few clumps of seaweed on the beach this morning. The newly built-up rock groyne is looking good. It was a beautiful day to take photos. …

18 June 2019: OpenTopography map shows erosion and accretion at Waikawa Beach between 2013 and 2015. Red shows erosion; blue shows accretion.

17 June 2019: Hank Edwards toilet block closed until further notice The Horowhenua District Council have visited the Hank Edwards toilet block this morning to deal with the problem of water overflowing. Their immediate …

17 June 2019: For the severalth time in the last 6 months or so the women’s toilet at Hank Edwards Reserve is overflowing. We’ve alerted the Horowhenua …

17 June 2019: Manakau Indoor Bowling Club Looking for something new and fun to do on a Monday night, then come down to the Manakau Community Hall and give indoor bowls a try! Monday nights …

16 June 2019: I popped down to the beach at sunset. I looked at the fluffy pink clouds in the East. And at pink clouds above the setting sun. And watched as the sun …

15 June 2019: Pipiri (June) 2019 Newsletter

14 June 2019: Report from the Public Meeting on erosion

13 June 2019: Will you be our WBRA Secretary? Could you step up to help until the next AGM (or even beyond)? The Secretary role requires perhaps 2 or 3 hours per …

13 June 2019: Congratulations to our own John Russell for his Queen’s Birthday honour: MNZM

13 June 2019: FOR SALE: 9 Kristin Place.

12 June 2019: Local reduced road speeds voted in by Horowhenua District Council. Waikawa Beach Road, Takapu Road, Emma Drive and Kristin Place speeds reduced to 80 …

12 June 2019: Groyne changes at the river mouth, June 2019

12 June 2019: The digger arrived at dawn today.

11 June 2019: Diggers relocate the high-angle groyne

11 June 2019: Today’s the day, depending on weather, when workers should dismantle the high-angle groyne: Waikawa Beach groyne to be partly removed. I imagine …

10 June 2019: Recycling calendar 2019-2020 Horowhenua District Council has changed how it handles recycling. To help you come to grips with when to put the bins …

10 June 2019: Horizons Regional Council State of Environment Report 2019 is interesting. It’s clearly written, well-designed and mentions Waikawa Beach a few …

08 June 2019: 10 am today at Manakau Hall: Public meeting about Waikawa Beach erosion: 08 June 2019.

06 June 2019: Important reminders about meetings, erosion, river quality, June 2019 Three important things: Public meeting on Saturday 08 June 2019 at 10 am at the Manakau Hall. The meeting will discuss beach erosion and the Tonkin …

05 June 2019: Reminder: erosion meeting 08 June 2019 at 10 am: Horizons Regional Council will be meeting with Waikawa Beach residents on Saturday to discuss the …

04 June 2019: We could be in for some big seas on Friday 07 June 2019. WeatherWatch maps show maybe 5 or 6 metre waves on our part of the coast.

29 May 2019: My weirdest recent beach find: dead hot water bottle on the beach.

29 May 2019: Community Workshop on the health of the Waikawa Stream - 12 June 2019 NZ Landcare Trust and project partners invites all members of the community …

29 May 2019: Waikawa Beach scores poorly in 2019 State of Environment Report: Horizons Regional Council has released its 2019 State of Environment (SOE) report …

27 May 2019: FOR SALE: 111 Strathnave­r Drive.

25 May 2019: The sky was threatening on today’s beach walk. I also found this appealing conical shell, which may be a Maurea.

24 May 2019: Warning: killer stoat or weasel on the loose in the Strathnaver area. It killed 3 of my quail and although I caught it, it managed to get away. See …

23 May 2019: Haratua (May) 2019 Newsletter Water quality at footbridge; Public Meeting about beach erosion; Problematic high-angle groyne to be removed; River …

22 May 2019: Section For Sale: approx 169 Strathnaver Drive.

20 May 2019: Another accident nearby: 3-car crash on State Highway 1 outside The Greenery near Manakau about 6.55pm on Sunday 19 May 2019. One person was …

19 May 2019: Spotted today by a local: maybe a dozen cows wandering around Reay Mackay Grove, on and off the beach via the tracks, and last seen heading for Ōtaki …

15 May 2019: Section for sale: 38 Uxbridge Terrace

10 May 2019: Ten-Five is the number for non-urgent Police calls. use 105 for non-emergency situations. … your car has been stolen, property …damaged, or … to give …

10 May 2019: The last ephemeral arts workshop in the series is tomorrow at the Waikawa DOC Campsite, from 11am – 1pm. We will be creating an installation at the …

09 May 2019: Recycling Changes start May 2019 You can request a smaller 80L bin or a second recycling crate instead of a 240L bin …. we sell tow hitches at cost …

08 May 2019: Waikawa Beach groyne to be partly removed Horizons Regional Council has agreed to pay for $20,000 in modifications to a dysfunctional seawall at …

02 May 2019: Latest Water Quality results 29 April 2019: E. Coli at Footbridge: 2046 MPN/100mL (RED) Toxic algae at Footbridge: no data Enterococci at Tasman Sea: …

02 May 2019: Fishing vessel 901350 Clam Legacy was working just off the beach today.

01 May 2019: Saturday 04 May 2019 opens the game bird hunting season Look after your pets.

30 April 2019: SOLD: 27 Strathnaver Drive.

30 April 2019: It’s a rare day when you find even a strand of seaweed on Waikawa Beach. After yesterday’s storm though there are clumps of it every 10 or 20 …

29 April 2019: River mouth photo 24 April 2019.

29 April 2019: Jim Strivens gave me permission to use his photo from Sunday, 28 April 2019. This driver should have paid attention to the ‘Soft Sand’ warning sign.

28 April 2019: Unfair dog registration fees Horowhenua District Councillor Christine Mitchell has forced a last-minute review of a dog fee model she said unfairly …

28 April 2019: Looks like we’re in for 2 to 3 metre swells on Monday: Wave heights … will still be …spreading up the North Island’s west coast late …

27 April 2019: Public meeting about Waikawa Beach erosion Saturday 08 June 2019, 10 am at Manakau Hall. RAMON STRONG, Horizons Regional Council, will give a …

25 April 2019: Love these drone photos shot by a twitter pal: Fresh views of the river and (near) shore . Thanks, Friend of Waikawa.

25 April 2019: There were folks fishing off the beach this morning with kontikis. Meanwhile Kāpiti island looked staunch in the background.

24 April 2019: Kāpiti Island was cloaked in mist, but a gull was relaxing on the beach.

24 April 2019: Fishing vessel 63018 Clam Legend was working very close to shore near the river mouth again today.

24 April 2019: Water quality at the footbridge 21 April 2019 Water quality at the footbridge. Monitoring began on 12 November 2018 and will finish at the end of April 2019. Latest E. Coli water quality reading …

24 April 2019: Paenga-whāwhā (April) 2019 Newsletter *Tonkin and Taylor beach erosion report *New improved all-purpose access to Waikawa Beach *Refresh for north …

22 April 2019: The waves were maybe 1 metre high today — a bit more energy than the last few days.

22 April 2019: It’s Easter weekend so someone’s been riding their motorbike illegally up into the dunes. Bugs me every time!

19 April 2019: It was a stunning morning at the beach: sheer blue sky, still sea, clear sand.

18 April 2019: For Sale, section, approx 27 Strathnaver Drive.

18 April 2019: River water quality as at 15 April 2019: Green Check the latest info on the water quality at the footbridge. Monitoring began on 12 November 2018 and will finish at the end of April 2019. They are …

15 April 2019: Tonkin and Taylor beach erosion report; public meeting At the WBRA Committee meeting on Saturday, 13 April 2019 Ramon Strong from the Horizons …

15 April 2019: New improved all-purpose access to Waikawa Beach Council are about to sign a formal 3 year license for the use of a strip of land to give better …

12 April 2019: Refresh for north and south tracks off Reay Mackay Grove Update on the beach tracks off Reay Mackay Grove: the lupins blocking the south track have been cleared and the sandy parts of the north track have …

12 April 2019: FOR SALE: 13 Amy Way

12 April 2019: Waikawa Stream and ephemeral art The next workshop will be based on building rafts from driftwood. It will be held at the Hank Edwards Reserve, …

12 April 2019: Waikawa Blueberries Easter Egg Hunt 13 April 2019 Easter is coming early to Waikawa Blueberries. We will have the annual Easter Egg hunt this Saturday 13th April from 10 am. Children under the age of …

11 April 2019: Waikawa Beach erosion protection or a buffer zone as in Paekakariki?

11 April 2019: Give your views on Horowhenua Integrated Transport Strategy

11 April 2019: An official complaint to Horowhenua District Council re track maintenance I'm fed up that the Horowhenua District Council haven't sorted out the lupins blocking the south beach track off Reay Mackay Grove so today I've …

10 April 2019: Latest Water Quality results 07 April 2019 Latest Water Quality results 07 April 2019: E. Coli at Footbridge: 110.0 MPN/100mL (GREEN) Toxic algae at Footbridge: no data Enterococci at Tasman …

08 April 2019: Does anyone know what these plants are called? I spotted a couple near the boundary marker between Greater Wellington and Horowhenua, a bit south of …

08 April 2019: 4 Pied shags, kawau had attitude at the south end of the beach this morning. Pied shags weigh 1 to 2 Kg, and are about 65 to 85 cm long.

07 April 2019: High tide; blue river.

05 April 2019: Water Quality data 01 April 2019 Check the latest info on the water quality at the footbridge. Monitoring began on 12 November 2018 and will finish at the end of April 2019. They are …

04 April 2019: Shells this morning came in 'puddles' — deep piles with clear space around.

04 April 2019: It seems that with fewer vehicles on the beach and some appropriate weather, the area between the north track off Reay Mackay Grove and the river is …

04 April 2019: 63018 Clam Legend was speeding towards Waikawa Beach this morning.

03 April 2019: Who could get tired of this view on arriving at the beach? It was such a splendid morning! Someone had made a big sandcastle, or at least the base of …

02 April 2019: There was energy in the sea this morning. Lovely day to be on the beach though.

01 April 2019: Ephemeral Art Workshops in the Waikawa catchment Nau mai, haere mai. Join us Ephemeral Art Workshops in the Waikawa catchment with artist Birgit Moffatt. Sunday 07 April 2019 Creating mandalas …

30 March 2019: SECTION FOR SALE: 24 Uxbridge Terrace.

30 March 2019: Yet another gorgeous day at the beach. (Marred a little by the cars and motorbikes hooning around behind me.)

28 March 2019: Published today: Poutū-te-rangi (March) 2019 Newsletter. Featuring the Water project launch, Hercules aircraft and speed limits on rural roads.

27 March 2019: Water Quality data 24 March 2019 Latest E. Coli water quality reading at Waikawa Beach Footbridge — 24 March 2019: GREEN (122.0 MPN/100mL). Since 12 November 2018: 11 green, 7 orange, …

24 March 2019: A cloudy morning at the beach with folks fishing, horse riders in the distance, and Kāpiti Island.

23 March 2019: The river has moved some distance away from the all-purpose beach access. Vehicles still have to cross a small stream to head south though.

22 March 2019: On the noticeboard: a new (I think) plaque: “In memory of Jack Barrat 1911–2015”. And scratched underneath: Lived here at No. 1 1940–1969.

21 March 2019: Just another gorgeous morning at the beach. Spot the swimmer and the tiny waves.

20 March 2019: It’s common to spot small dead sharks on the beach, but this one was quite big: about 1.2 metres. I haven’t discovered what kind it is.

31 August 2018: Ring-necked pheasants Another bird that's hard to get photos of is the Ring-necked pheasant, even though there are loads of them round about. We especially appreciate their …

31 August 2018: Hawks, kāhu We have plenty of hawks around here, but it's not easy to get photos of them. My friend Jan Jordan managed to get these shots recently. Kāhu on the …

20 July 2018: Native trees are suckers for E. Coli Waikawa river has high levels of E. Coli, unlike the Waikawa Reserve site about 10 Km upstream. Between there and here the river flows through cow …

08 July 2018: Rock, tide, sand Many a kid has taken their bucket and spade to the beach and enthusiastically built a sand castle. The next day though usually ends in disappointment …

20 June 2018: A delightful beach interlude Next week the Council is scheduled to do a River Cut — cutting a channel to send the river more directly out to sea. I believe they also plan to …

07 June 2018: How will slower and wetter storms affect Waikawa Beach? The globe’s hurricanes have seen a striking slowdown in their speed of movement across landscapes and seascapes over the past 65 years, a finding that …

27 April 2018: Beach photos, April 2018 With no to few vehicles on the beach these days things feel very relaxed. It’s also my impression that the beach is having a chance to be its …

25 April 2018: Photos from a drone A professional operator with his own DJI Inspire v1 drone visited recently and took a few photos of our property and the area nearby. I was very lucky …

30 March 2018: Flounder and mullet on a high tide It was about high tide when I took the dogs to the beach on this stunning Good Friday morning. Some folks were floundering and had a good catch of …

27 February 2018: Water, water, everywhere See the previous posts in this series: What we have and what we need in February 2018 and Why more houses here? Those posts looked at what we …

27 February 2018: Why more houses here? See the first post in this series: What we have and what we need in February 2018. Forecasts suggest that Horowhenua will experience considerable …

26 February 2018: What we have and what we need in February 2018 Waikawa Beach is a wonderful place to live in and to visit. It offers a quiet little ‘backwater’, free from commerce and busyness. It’s literally at …

18 January 2018: A word about rainwater tanks Waikawa Beach doesn’t have town water, so everyone uses either or both of rainwater, collected from the roof, or bore water. In our case, we …

14 January 2018: Meeting the Kawau, Pied Shags by the bridge Today this novice kayaker braved the reach just north of the footbridge — a 20 minute paddle upstream from the vehicle entrance. I went as far …

14 January 2018: Matuku Moana, White-faced Heron Matuku Moana, White-faced Heron on Waikawa Stream. A kayak’s great: you can get quite close. It’s a bit tricky though, taking photos while …

09 January 2018: Red river blues Whichever way you drive along State Highway 1 to Waikawa Beach Road you must cross one of the two streams that feed into our river. A tad south of The …

22 November 2017: Taranaki at one o'clock I recently figured out how to find Mt Taranaki on the horizon, and it's quite easy. The mountain is only sometimes visible — best chances are a …

17 November 2017: Good news for dog owners who visit Reay Mackay Grove After some wrangling last year, I succeeded in getting the Council to give us rubbish bins at each entrance to the beach off Reay Mackay Grove. At the …

15 October 2017: When By the Wind Sailors come to shore About 10 days ago the winds brought a fresh covering to our beach: millions of small dead blue things that I assumed to be baby Bluebottles. Then, a …

15 October 2017: A gas bladder, not a tooth I bumped into neighbours on the beach and they showed me a piece of plastic rubbish they’d picked up. Except it wasn’t — I’d …

19 September 2017: A kekeno seal photo shoot As the dogs and I walked south on the beach this morning I spotted what I thought was a small piece of driftwood at the water's edge, except part of …

07 September 2017: In the steps of the Takapu Road moa I've been doing some reading up on the history of this area, and now every time I drive along Waikawa Beach Road I wonder about those who were there …

07 August 2017: The changing river path Where the Waikawa river meets the sea is a fascinating area, constantly changing. Sometimes the lagoon fills up, at other times it’s cut off and …

16 July 2017: On a clear day you can see 200 Km When conditions are right, usually in the winter, you can see Ruapehu, to the north along the beach. It's actually about 160 Km away, sometimes …

07 July 2017: Spanking down the level beach, in a horse-drawn coach The beach used to be a road — so says anyone around here. In my mind, that meant that occasionally a coach would manoeuvre its way along the …

14 June 2017: A new year at Waikawa Beach, 2017 We're coming close to the winter solstice — from 4.24 pm Wednesday 21 June 2017 the days will start getting longer, and the sun moves more …

11 June 2017: A terrible state of confusion, in 1855 On 23 January 1855 at about a quarter past nine in the evening a massive earthquake around magnitude 8.2 on the Richter scale struck the Wellington …

11 May 2017: Welcome to the (historic) swamp This last summer has been characterised by rain, and warmth. My personal weather station shows we've had 528.1 mm rain in the last complete 6 months: …

17 April 2017: Enjoy the dark — it's a rare treasure Step outside on any dark clear night then look up and south. You should be able to see the Clouds of Magellan, two galaxies that orbit our Milky Way …

15 April 2017: Game bird hunting starts 06 May 2017 Let’s get out of here. You’ve probably noticed all the lakes around here: Huritini, Waiorongomai and others. The game bird hunting season …

18 March 2017: Oops, don't eat the shellfish just now Hmmm, do you think this shark ate the shellfish? Thousands of dead shellfish wash up at Horowhenua beaches [17 March 2017], an article on Stuff, says: …

01 March 2017: Love Waikawa Beach Waikawa Beach is a quiet gem in the Horowhenua. This site celebrates the place and explores ideas and ways to make it even better. Residents and …