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Summer activities schedule 2018-19

As usual, we have plenty of activities planned for the summer. There won’t be any 18 hole golf this year, but the Ambrose Golf (yet to be organised) should be going ahead. Watch for details.

Date Time Activity Notes
Thursday 27 December 2018 3 pm AGM Hank Edwards Reserve. Bring a chair. If wet, at Manakau Hall.
Friday 28 December 2018 2 pm Boat Day At the footbridge. If the weather’s bad it’ll be on Saturday 29 December at 3 pm.
Tuesday 01 January 2019 3 pm Sports Day Hank Edwards Reserve.
Saturday 19 January 2019 Judging at 4 pm Sand Sculpture Day Cross the bridge and turn left.

Most activities depend on the weather so check the noticeboard, the blackboard or the website for last-minute updates.

Please also be sure to pay your membership subs as soon as possible.

Also think about whether you want to stand for, or nominate someone for, the Committee. You must have the permission of anyone you nominate.

Have ammoniacal nitrogen levels in Waikawa Stream dropped?

This item from July 2017 is interesting. While the water in our stream may still be dirty and too often have high E. Coli levels, some pollutants are dropping (maybe) — Farmers ‘heartened’ by water quality improvements:

The second tour was along the Waikawa Stream in the Horowhenua district, ending at the Waikawa estuary. Farmers discovered the Waikawa stream contained many rare and endangered native fish species and valued whitebait habitat. Changes to farming practices over recent years have contributed to improvements of the in-stream health.…

Ammoniacal nitrogen levels in [a Waikawa farmer’s] local stream are dropping.

“It was quite heartening to hear that. It shows we are making a difference and encourages us to keep going so that next time we do a tour it’ll be better again. We want to leave the environment better than what it was when we first came here.”

Other feedback from farmers who took part said they were amazed to see the vast array of living organisms in the streams.

Farmers were reminded that improving water quality didn’t just rest on their shoulders, it takes a group effort; requiring the support of other agricultural sectors, industry and urban communities, and it will take time.

Note too our many rare and endangered native fish species and valued whitebait habitat.

Did you know that the stream at the footbridge has two sources? One branch starts up round North Manakau Road, while the other comes from the hills at South Manakau, runs past The Greenery and Quarter Acre cafe and the two join around Whakahoro Road. See more details at Red river blues.

The thing is, we recently received, and are still analysing, a spreadsheet of water testing results from Horizons Regional Council. In the column for ammoniacal nitrogen, the measured level at 16 September 2015 was 0.01 grams per cubic metre. As at 21 June 2017 it was 0.10. Those are the start and end dates on the spreadsheet. A graph showing levels between those dates does not have a discernable downward trend.

Ammoniacal nitrogen levels in the Waikawa Stream, per Horizons Regional Council monitoring.
Ammoniacal nitrogen levels in the Waikawa Stream, per Horizons Regional Council monitoring.

So, what’s up with that then?

No permission for horses to use the Reay Mackay Grove tracks to the beach

Earlier this month we wrote about a Letter of Request to the Horowhenua District Council to allow horses to use the south track to the beach off Reay Mackay Grove: Safety and convenience: horses on the South Track.

The Council have said No to the proposal.

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Ōtaki to Levin road improvements, update October 2018

After months of uncertainty, it seems the road from Ōtaki to Levin will be improved in the short-term, and a new road is being planned for the long-term. NZ Transport Agency say:

The NZ Transport Agency has released plans for the Ōtaki to north of Levin (O2NL) transport corridor to improve safety and resilience as well as planning now for future population growth. …

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