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.

The spinifex is starting to produce seed heads.

A swathe of spinifex. Close up on two spinifex seed heads.

When a tree falls…

Check the link for the video.

Man standing by tree stump.

FOR SALE: 5 Strathnave­r Drive.

Overflowing Recycling Station 30-Dec-19](https://waikawabeach.org.nz/2019/overflowing-recycling-station-30-dec-19/)

The recycling station at Hank Edwards Reserve has been stuffed full with paper, plastics and cans. There is no room for more until the station is emptied.

Overflowing recycling station. Note the visible soft plastics.

Beware dangerous trees 30-Dec-19!

Several trees by the end of the footbridge are in imminent danger of falling. They should be removed in the next day or so.

Please stay off the land across the footbridge until the trees have been felled. You enter at your own risk.

Dangerous trees. Private Property sign. Dangerous trees. Dangerous trees.

The river has made a new loop.

View of river mouth and estuary showing the loop. Panoramic view of river mouth and estuary showing the loop.

AGM 2019 initial notes and highlights re hard rubbish collection, the recycling station problems, Horowhenua population growth explosion.

WBRA AGM 2019 top table. Dominic, Liz, Elaine, John and Pip. WBRA AGM 2019, wide view of most attendees.

Latest Water Quality results 22 December 2019:

E. Coli at Footbridge: 591 MPN/100mL (orange)

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

E. Coli at North Manakau: 31 MPN/100mL (green)

Water quality graph for the season.

Ready for Boat Day on 28 December 2019?

Get ready for Boat Day on Saturday 28 December 2019 at 10.30 am at the footbridge. If the weather’s bad it’ll be on Sunday 29 December at 11.30 am.

Bring your kayak, canoe, raft, rowboat, whetever floats, and join in the fun. All welcome!

AGM today at 3pm. Do join us at Hank Edwards Reserve: Ready for AGM 2019 and summer fun?.

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

SOLD sign outside turret house at south end of Reay Mackay Grove.

Surfers love to surf.

A person sitting on a surboard in the sea. A person sitting on a surboard in the sea.

Ready for AGM 2019 and summer fun?

Are you ready for the AGM? Friday 27 December 2019 at 3 pm at Hank Edwards Reserve.

Boat Day, Sports Day, Sand Sculpture Day, Ambrose Golf on 28, 29 December, 01, 04 January.

See you there!

FOR SALE: 41 Strathnaver Drive.

For sale sign outside 41 Strathnaver Drive.