Summer Activities schedule 2019-2020

As usual, we have plenty of activities planned for the summer. ALL WELCOME: you don’t have to be a member of the WBRA to join in. If you’re staying at Waikawa Beach then come and have some fun.

Date Time Activity Notes
Friday 27 December 2019 3 pm AGM Hank Edwards Reserve. Bring a chair. If wet, at Manakau Hall.
Saturday 28 December 2019 10.30 am Boat Day At the footbridge. If the weather’s bad it’ll be on Sunday 29 December at 11.30 am.
Monday 30 December 2019 am 18 Hole Golf We need a good turnout so let us know if you’re interested. Email wbra.committee@gmail.com. Normally held at Ōtaki then back to Waikawa Beach for refreshments.
Wednesday 01 January 2019 2 pm Sports Day Hank Edwards Reserve.
Friday 03 January 2020 10.30 am Ambrose Golf Email wbra.committee@gmail.com to register your interest.
Saturday 04 January 2020 Judging at 3 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.

Download a printable copy for yourself: Summer activities 2019 black and white. 90 KB pdf. and Summer activities 2019, colour. 120 KB PDF.

Beach access upgraded 29 November 2019

The Horowhenua District Council have graded the Manga Pirau Street beach access, added mulch to help stabilise the sand and blocked off the illegally created track.

The mulch is an experiment but if folks drive in a way to avoid ripping up the track it should help a bit.

Work was completed before 0930 on 29 November 2019.

Mulch has been laid to help stabilise the sand on the track.
Mulch has been laid to help stabilise the sand on the track.

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Upgrade to beach access on 29 November 2019

Recent winds, tides and usage have made the beach entrance off Manga Pirau Street difficult for vehicles. The Association contacted Horowhenua District Council, and after a site visit we’ve received this info from Ben Wood,Parks and Property Officer:

An update on the beach access works, we have received approval from Mr. Miritana to regrade the entrance to the beach. Our contractor has this earmarked for Friday [29 November 2019].

There will be mulch added to the mix, this should help retain the entrance shape but is purely experimental in this particular situation. We would normally add it to dunes where there is a risk of wind and wave action disrupting plantings so I’m unsure how it will behave under vehicle disruption.

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Whiringa-ā-rangi (November) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa. Well, spring is doing a brilliant job of being spring. It’s giving us rain, wind, grey skies, with the occasional glimpse of hot sun too. The grass, as Wendy and Peter Clark said recently, “keeps growing”. Mind you, the Christmas lights on James Street are also busy growing and there should be a fine display soon.

With summer in the offing we have numerous activities organised. Details are below, but if you’re interested in golf, either 18-hole or Ambrose for the family, please contact us as soon as possible so we know if we should go ahead with arrangements. wbra.committee@gmail.com

Summer also brings the AGM and a call for nominations for the Committee. Most current Committee members are putting their names forward again, but Liz Duncan is standing down. If you’re interested in actively helping us to: “promote and protect the interests of Ratepayers and the residents of the district and to create and foster public interest in all matters affecting the progress and welfare of the district”, then please put in your nomination as soon as possible.

If you have any matters to put before the AGM they must be lodged with the Secretary 14 days prior to the Annual Meeting. That means we must have them by Friday 13 December 2019. wbra.committee@gmail.com

Of course, your more passive support by means of subs is welcome too, and in fact, needed. Subs are due now. We also need everyone to help us update our database of Members. Details below.

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Toilet block improvements?

The Hank Edwards Reserve toilet block was built decades ago and needs maintenance and repairs. It also has its problems. Earlier in 2019 toilets blocked repeatedly, causing flooding, and the Council spent a lot of money on repairs to the septic system.

The building itself needs some structural work too.

Digger finding the pipes from the septic tank.

The women’s side has 3 small cubicles, a sink with cold water, and a large area for getting changed.

The men’s side has a urinal, a cubicle, a sink, a changing area and a locked room which contains the pump for the bore. Things are very cramped for those using the toilets.

Between the two blocks is an open-air shower on one side and a covered bench on the other.

With an attractively cobblestoned path, a concrete step, a narrow entrance and no lighting, both blocks are difficult or impossible for many people to access. The lack of lighting makes it a bit of a scary place in the dark.

Yet the toilets are well-used by both members of the community and individuals and groups who visit from elsewhere. There is a very low but constant daily use, and occasional high use.

The Horowhenua District Council wants to improve our facilities by making some necessary structural repairs and also overhauling things to improve the usefulness and user-friendliness.

It’s very early stages yet, but one proposal could bring:

  • two larger, accessible, unisex cubicles, with lighting, and perhaps a baby-change table and soap
  • an additional outdoor shower
  • one or two smaller changing areas
  • a secure area where the WBRA could store equipment such as is used for the AGM and summer events
  • better lighting
Toilet Block - Waikawa Beach
Toilet Block – Waikawa Beach. Note the narrow entrances with a raised step.

It might be that one side is removed in part or in whole, and the other side completely remodeled.

No decisions have yet been made, but officers from the Council have put the general idea to us and will now approach a designer to formulate some more specific ideas.

The Council are keen to do this in consultation with the community rather than simply imposing something that might not be what’s best for us.

Please leave any comments below to help guide the Association Committee.