Special spinifex Saturday — we need your help!

The Horowhenua District Council have 6,000 or more Spinifex plants to go in to help stabilise our sand dunes. We need willing helpers on Saturday 29 September 2018 to plant them. Please bring your whānau and friends for an hour or two.

Meet at the north end of Reay Mackay Grove at 10 am on Saturday 29 September 2018. Bring gardening gloves and a trowel if possible (spares may be available). A Council worker will dig the holes and get the plants into the right area and it’s our mahi to put them in the holes.

At the end of the planting the Council will put on a BBQ for us too.


Spinifex helps hold the sand in place without building tall dunes. It’s the perfect plant to help protect our coastline and our community. The last planting a couple of years ago has taken hold well. It’s fantastic to see the dunes accreting instead of being washed away.

Te Ara tells us:

Spinifex sericeus (often just called spinifex) is the most important native sand-binding grass in New Zealand. It is found mainly in the dunelands of the North Island and around Nelson and Marlborough. In the past, specimens were collected much further south, from Canterbury and around Dunedin. Spinifex favours dunes immediately behind the beach. It can tolerate high winds, salt spray and shifting sands.

Source: Alan F. Mark, ‘Grasslands – Tussock grasslands’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13338/spinifex (accessed 20 September 2018).

I hope we’ll see you at the planting!

September 2018 Newsletter

Kia ora Waikawa whānau. Well, I was away for a week in early September and when I came back it seemed spring had arrived: blossoms all over, summer bird song, and the river has drifted further south again.

In this newsletter …

  1. Spring’s here
  2. Special spinifex Saturday — we need your help!
  3. Science-based coastal study
  4. Toxic shellfish
  5. Whitebait
  6. Seals on the beach
  7. Petition to allow access by horses via south track
  8. Briefly:
    1. Tree trimming at the village entrance
    2. Neighbourhood Support signs
    3. Road repairs
    4. Community grant
  9. Property news
  10. Did you know: Saved from drowning

Special spinifex Saturday — we need your help!

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Diggers work to restore access to Manawatū beach — not ours though

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but this time:

  • it’s not Waikawa Beach
  • the Council are taking swift action
  • the Council have a long-term plan.
  • it’s Manawatū District Council

Diggers are working to restore vehicle access to a popular Manawatū beach after a stream cut into its entrance. 

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Coastal study planned for late 2018

Some great news about our river and coast.

The WBRA has been advised by Ramon Strong, Horizons Regional Council, that they and Horowhenua District Council will carry out a scientific coastal study to identify the best management approach for the mouth of the Waikawa river.

They have engaged Tonkin and Taylor and aim to complete the study by the end of the year [2018].

Coastal study for late 2018.

Coastal study for late 2018.

We look forward to hearing what the experts have to say.

Erosion in the news again, September 2018

A recent item on Stuff revisited our erosion problems down by the vehicle entrance:

A couple whose beach-front property is crumbling into the sea are desperate for someone to take responsibility before their piece of paradise washes away. 

When Rodney Inteman​ and Shirley Cameron bought their stunning Waikawa Beach property, called InterVille, in Horowhenua two years ago, it had a row of “huge” sand dunes between them and the beach.

Since then the Waikawa River has changed course, carrying away the dunes and 12 metres of their land.

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