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.

$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 offence under the Litter Act 1979.

…liable to an instant fine of $400, or on prosecution a fine not exceeding $5,000.

Weeds dumped at the beach. Garden waste dumped at the beach.

Sand build-up by Manga Pirau Street beach access. Vehicles beware.

Vehicle access on to beach is covered with soft sand.

Strathnaver BBQ tomorrow. We have a load of sausages — beef, goat, pork — from local producer Woody’s Farm — thanks Daniel for the fantastic deal you gave us! I bought fresh produce (no photo) at Garden of York. Supermarket for the rest. 65 attending! The grant gave us $4 pp.

Around 90 sausages from Woody’s Farm: beef, goat, pork. Part of the shopping for the BBQ.

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

Kuaka in flight. 4 Kuaka in shallow water.

Whiringa-ā-nuku (October) 2019 WBRA Newsletter

  • Local Body elections
  • Fires and smoke
  • Spinifex and pīngao
  • How to report issues to Council
  • Changes to State Highway 1
  • Road speed changes at Waikawa Beach
  • Property news
  • Subscriptions and membership details
  • Do you know: we’re growing

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 is only a caution, not a limit sign. Hooray for where we want the signs, but I bet they don’t last. I bet they don’t comply with law.

Village entrance 50 Kph caution sign. Village exit 100 Kph sign, in the wrong place.

Fires and smoke at Waikawa Beach

Horowhenua District Council manage smoke nuisance complaints which need to be phoned through at the time. 06 366 0999

All beach and sand dune areas remain in a Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) 365 days a Year.

Smoke from outdoor fires must not go beyond the boundaries of your own property.

The southbound passing lane on SH1 north of Ōtaki, between the intersections of Lawlors Road and Taylors Road, will be closed permanently from Tuesday 22 October 2019.

Map showing passing lane location.

FOR SALE: 80 Reay Mackay Grove.

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 the corner of Strathnaver Drive and Reay Mackay Grove.

In the last few years a lot of the properties around here have been bought and / or built on. More and more people are living in the Strathnaver area or visiting and we thought it was time we had a party so we can all get to know one another a bit better.

If you have to turn off Sarah Street onto Strathnaver Drive to reach the property you own or live in, then you're invited. Please RSVP 📩 so we know how much food to buy.

The Horowhenua District Council have an Events Grant whose purpose is to foster neighbourliness and greater social connection. We applied for and were given a grant to hold a street party / BBQ for the Strathnaver folks.

That means we can buy the sausages, salads, fizz and juices for a get-together. Now we just want you: our current and potential friends and neighbours to join us.

If it's wet, we'll hold it on the Monday morning. Watch this page for updates …

‘He pai hoki te haere mai ki te kai tahi, te kōrero tahi.’ — 'It’s good to come and eat together and talk together.'

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

Looking south from Waikawa Beach towards Kāpiti Island.

The river at the mouth is totally looped back on itself.

Aloop of river at the mouth.

Uurgh, what a mess. Trying to find facts about rules and responsibilities around outdoor rubbish fires. It’s a confusing mishmash of Horowhenua District Council, Horizons Regional Council, and Fire and Emergency. One thing though: no fires are ever permitted on beaches here.

It’s always good to see ring-necked doves around the place.

Small ring-necked dove.

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 Grove. One side said 50, the other 60. Both should be 60. As of today the signs have disappeared. Council? Local? 🤷🏽‍♀️

Speed limit signs showing 50 Kph.

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 BBQ so we can all get to know our neighbours. RSVP required for catering.

Safety improvements on SH1 - your comments:

A review of speed limits on SH1 from Ōtaki to Levin will begin in the near future. … we will be actively seeking input and feedback from the community.

We’re growing

Recently released data from Statistics NZ shows the Horowhenua district increased in population by over 3000 people between the last two census counts.…

Expressway next steps have been funded

NZTA has committed to undertake the next steps for the transport corridor bwteeen Ōtaki and North of Levin.

It is also committed now to progress safety improvements for the existing SH1 as an “immediate priority.” …

FOR RENT: 3 Sarah Street

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 plants near the north track to the beach off Reay Mackay Grove.