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02 March 2021: For the folks who read or follow this blog: a heads-up. I’ll be disconnecting the autoposting from Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association and …

22 February 2021: FOR SALE: 668 Waikawa Beach Road.

16 February 2021: FOR SALE: 13 Strathnaver Drive 13 Strathnaver Drive sold

16 February 2021: FOR SALE: 34 Sarah St

26 December 2020: For sale: 92 Strathnaver Drive

16 October 2020: FOR SALE: 3 Mavis Avenue

10 October 2020: FOR SALE: 28 Sarah Street

08 October 2020: FOR SALE: 89 Strathnaver Drive

18 September 2020: For Sale: 4 Mavis Ave

06 September 2020: We have a lot of Canada Geese around here. To learn more about them, and geese in general, this 7 minute video is well-woorth watching: Geese: Peace …

22 July 2020: Any bin will doo.

02 June 2020: SOLD: 37 Sarah Street.

29 May 2020: FOR SALE: 37A Waikawa Beach Road

25 April 2020: FOR SALE: 21 Emma Drive.

11 April 2020: River so blue; sea so sparkly.

02 April 2020: A mundane beach sign transformed with imagination and driftwood. 👏

17 March 2020: For sale: 37 Sarah Street

09 March 2020: 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 …

01 March 2020: It’s an unattended beach Kontiki kind of day…

27 February 2020: For sale: Kristin Place, 77 hectares.

25 February 2020: FOR SALE: 3 Norna Grove

25 February 2020: It’s very pleasant to kayak up the river.

08 February 2020: FOR SALE: 45 Manga Pirau Street.

08 February 2020: Under Contract: 5 Strathnaver Drive.

07 February 2020: 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 …

31 January 2020: 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 …

01 January 2020: The spinifex is starting to produce seed heads.

01 January 2020: FOR SALE: 5 Strathnave­r Drive.

28 December 2019: The river has made a new loop.

25 December 2019: SOLD: turret house at south end of Reay Mackay Grove.

25 December 2019: Surfers love to surf.

20 December 2019: FOR SALE: 41 Strathnaver Drive.

11 December 2019: FOR SALE: Lot 5/55 Waikawa Beach Road, Manakau. Near SH1.

07 December 2019: FOR SALE: 61 Emma Drive

29 November 2019: Lines people are busy replacing cross arms on the power poles. Dangerous work too: the lines are live.

28 November 2019: Latest E. Coli water quality reading at Waikawa Beach Footbridge — 24 November 2019: orange (309 MPN/100mL). Since 12 November 2018: 1 green, 1 …

12 November 2019: FOR SALE: 7 Sand Dune Grove

11 November 2019: Toilet block improvements?: The Horowhenua District Council wants to improve our facilities by making some necessary structural repairs and also …

11 November 2019: Manakau Strategic Plan 2019— may affect Waikawa Beach RSVP to the MDCA by 18th November 2019.

08 November 2019: FOR SALE: 9 Sand Dune Grove

06 November 2019: River mouth photo 07 October 2019.

04 November 2019: 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…

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

29 October 2019: 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 …

28 October 2019: $5,000 for a bit of garden waste? The illegal dumping of rubbish or littering of any kind in public places, on roadside and parks and reserves is an …

26 October 2019: Sand build-up by Manga Pirau Street beach access. Vehicles beware.

26 October 2019: Strathnaver BBQ tomorrow. We have a load of sausages — beef, goat, pork — from local producer Woody’s Farm — thanks Daniel for the fantastic …

23 October 2019: The Kuaka, Bar-tailed Godwits, have arrived! Today I spotted the first half dozen of the season. 🐦

22 October 2019: 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 …

21 October 2019: Fires and smoke at Waikawa Beach Horowhenua District Council manage smoke nuisance complaints which need to be phoned through at the time. 06 366 …

18 October 2019: FOR SALE: 80 Reay Mackay Grove.

15 October 2019: Strathnaver Party Strathnaver folks, come to the Labour Weekend 2019 Strathnaver BBQ Vegans catered for too 3 to 5 pm on Sunday 27 October 2019 Where: at the lakes at …

14 October 2019: The sea was very calm this morning. A view south from Waikawa Beach towards Kāpiti Island.

13 October 2019: The river at the mouth is totally looped back on itself.

09 October 2019: Uurgh, what a mess. Trying to find facts about rules and responsibilities around outdoor rubbish fires. It’s a confusing mishmash of Horowhenua …

08 October 2019: It’s always good to see ring-necked doves around the place.

07 October 2019: 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 …

05 October 2019: 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 …

04 October 2019: We’re growing Recently released data from Statistics NZ shows the Horowhenua district increased in population by over 3000 people between the …

01 October 2019: FOR RENT: 3 Sarah Street

30 September 2019: 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 …

24 September 2019: 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 …

21 September 2019: FOR SALE: 42A Strathnaver Drive

11 September 2019: Dredge 831350 was working off the south end of the beach today.

05 September 2019: FOR LONG TERM RENT: 111 Strathnaver Drive. $560 per week. Suitable for up to 4 tenants. No pets or smokers.

04 September 2019: Some days the beach is covered in what is essentially a mulch carpet of driftwood. Weird how these things come and go. That ‘cliff’ is …

23 August 2019: No funding available for expressway or road safety measures NZTA now also admits that there is no funding available at the moment for the promised …

20 August 2019: Whitebaiters were out this morning.

20 August 2019: Power was off today for about 10 minutes.

18 August 2019: Speed reductions around Waikawa Beach took effect as of 15 August 2019: Waikawa Beach Road, Takapu Road now 80 Kph. Strathnaver Drive and Reay Mackay …

15 August 2019: The verdict from one person on the opening day of whitebaiting season was: “slim pickings”.

14 August 2019: It was a frothy morning at the beach today.

13 August 2019: A comparison: planting spinifex in September 2018, and how it looks almost a year on.

13 August 2019: Although the landowners in the vicinity of 111 Strathnaver Drive cleared out their drains in the last year, our Strathnaver Drive puddle has returned …

10 August 2019: SOLD: 44 Sarah Street.

10 August 2019: Blitz the beach! Sally says: tides have delivered a bumper crop of plastic rubbish onto the beach. This gives us the chance to grab that plastic …

07 August 2019: FOR SALE: 385 Waikawa Beach Road, Manakau Land Size: 216.04 hectares (533.86 Acres) Dwelling Area: 415 m2 www.pggwre.co.nz/property/…

04 August 2019: High tide and a full bay on 03 August 2019 two panoramas showing a very full bay at high tide on 03 August 2019.

02 August 2019: An hour after a 3.6 metre high tide and with a good westerly, the bay was full. The groyne does seem to be keeping the river further from the shore …

31 July 2019: Now we know why the power went off last Friday (26 July 2019): a digger cut through the cable near Ōtaki, after an earlier problem of a car crashing …

30 July 2019: Car crash at the corner on 30 July 2019 Two cars crashed on the highway at Manakau, near the intersection of Waikawa Beach Rd, about 8.40am on …

30 July 2019: Dune planting report, and groyne change photos Local Stephen Betts has recently been taking photos of the dunes and the river mouth groyne. …

29 July 2019: The dredge was operating close to shore again this morning. Maybe 100 metres or less…

26 July 2019: River mouth photo 20 July 2019 The drone photo of the river mouth, taken on 20 July 2019, shows the effect of removing the high-angle groyne.

25 July 2019: This from yesterday: one of the downsides of school holidays — someone had taken a quad bike or similar repeatedly up into the dunes. There were more …

24 July 2019: It’s a day for itty bitty driftwood south of the river.

20 July 2019: River mouth update 20 July 2019

19 July 2019: Beware! Take care! The seal pups are back on the beach (and even in the dunes). Spotted the first seal pup of the season this morning.

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 …

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

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

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

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.

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 …

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

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: 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 …

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

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: 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: 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 …

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.

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.

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

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 …

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.

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.

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.)

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 …

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 …