Stolen gas cylinders August 2019

A message from John Hewitson:

Would all members watch out for burglars stealing gas cylinders. One has been stolen from a property on Manga Pirau Street in the last three days. This has been reported to the Police.

If you have information please pass it on to Levin Police

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 though. A good amount of tidal water was pushing upriver too. 3.8 metre tide expected tonight.

Panorama of the bay from wouth to west. Panorama of the bay from west to north.

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 into a pole.

Screenshot of news article in the Horowhenua Chronicle.

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 Tuesday

The crash blocked the northbound lane of SH1 for about an hour.

Dune planting report, and groyne change photos

Local Stephen Betts has recently been taking photos of the dunes and the river mouth groyne. He’s kindly allowed us to publish them, with his commentary.

Waikawa river groyne 2019-07-27 (Low tide). Photo by Stephen Betts.

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

Fishing boat near shore.

Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association: Hōngongoi (July) 2019 Newsletter.

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.

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 tracks further along too.

Tire tracks going up into the dunes.

It’s a day for itty bitty driftwood south of the river.

Looking across a mass of small bits of driftwood towards the sea. Looking down the beach across a mass of small bits of driftwood towards Kāpiti Island.