Village entrance tree removal, 23 and 24 November 2020

Electra have assessed some Radiata Pine trees growing near 676 Waikawa Beach Road and found them to be dangerous:

During these inspections our senior arborist staff discovered there were some faults with the trees that could cause their partial failure resulting in parts of the trees coming to ground.

… taking into account the risk to public safety and probable damage to Electra’s overhead electricity network suppling the beach community, … Electra [will] remove them.

The proposed date for the works is November 23rd and 24th [2020], weather and unforeseen circumstance permitting.

Map of location.

We don’t have any further details at the moment, but it would be reasonable to expect that road access into and out of the village could be delayed or blocked for a while so the work can be done.

What people think about the O2NL highway plans, October 2020

NZTA have sent an update about Community engagement on the Ōtaki to north of Levin highway:

In August and September [2020] we hosted ten community drop-in sessions between Manakau, Ohau, Levin and Koputaroa about the draft preferred alignment of the new highway. Nearly 800 people came along to these sessions to find out more and have a chat with the team.

Our interactive map was available online and at drop-in sessions. We had more than 4000 visits to our interactive Social Pinpoint by more than 1300 online users. Of those users, 116 people provided 269 comments on the map. While the map is now closed for comments, you can still view comments made during engagement.

In addition, 26 people completed the feedback form and 67 people provided their feedback via email.  We’ve also held over 100 meetings with property owners.

Analysis of feedback from this engagement period is ongoing, however we have identified some emerging themes from community feedback.

There were many discussions about:

  • the difference between a roundabout and a full interchange – and what could work best for the new highway,
  • how the east-west links will be maintained for walking and cycling,
  • what the interchange at Tararua Road could look like,
  • how people will access the new highway, and
  • what the new highway will mean for recreational horse riders.

The feedback will continue to be analysed in the coming weeks and we will update you again later this year. The full engagement report will be published next year, when we let property owners and the community know about refinements to the draft preferred alignment.

There’s an enormous amount of consultation going on at this early stage, but it will continue as the project moves on, even though construction is not planned to start until 2025.

O2NL Timeline.
O2NL Timeline.

And a note for recreational horse riders: the project scope does not include a bridleway. You may wish to lobby for horses to be included in the scope.

Find out more about the new highway.

Test of Emergency Mobile Alert on Sunday 22 November 2020

This year’s nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will take place on the evening of Sunday 22 November 2020.

Put it in your diary as the klaxon sound from your phone can be pretty surprising!

This year’s nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will take place on the evening of Sunday 22 November.

Emergency Mobile Alert is a way of receiving information about emergencies in your area.

Find out more about the Emergency Mobile Alert system at getready.govt.nz/prepared/stay-informed/emergency-mobile-alert/.

Whakamātau ā-motu o te Matohi Waea Pūkoro Ohotata.

Source: National Emergency Management Agency.

Oketopa (October) 2020 WBRA Newsletter

Kia ora koutou kātoa. Spring is definitely with us, bringing gales, late frosts, warm days, cold days, rain, and of course the Great Changing Of The Clocks. Handy phrase for the month: Kei te pupuhi te hau! (It’s windy!)

When the WBRA Committee meets at Labour Weekend we’ll be planning summer events and activities. Let’s hope that our Covid-19 reponse in this country continues well so we’ll be able to relax and run our usual activities.

Before then, of course, we have the General Election. There are many polling places available for those voting in this Ōtaki electorate, including the Manakau District Hall, 12 Mokena Kohere Street, Manakau, from 9 am to 7 pm on 17 October 2020. You should have received your voting papers by now, so please make sure to cast your ballot.

  1. Property
  2. Population growth in Horowhenua
  3. Long Term Plan
  4. Spinifex planting
  5. Recycling
  6. WBRA Subscriptions are due now

Property

For the longest time there weren’t really any properties for sale around Waikawa Beach then suddenly two houses were listed (4 Mavis Ave and 28 Sarah Street) and were sold within days. 3 Mavis Avenue and the section at 89 Strathnaver Drive are for sale at time of writing.

Population growth in Horowhenua

Horowhenua District Council is reporting that Population growth in Horowhenua is higher than the national average:

The review predicts 2.6% growth every year between now and 2029 compared to 1.2% growth nationally.

It seems reasonable to think that local housing demand will increase.

Long Term Plan

Air your views on Council’s Long Term Plan 2021-2041.

The survey is open until 8am on Monday 19 October 2020. People can complete the survey online at horowhenua.govt.nz/growingourfuturetogether or in hard copy at any Council customer service centre.

Further information is available at horowhenua.govt.nz/growingourfuturetogether

Spinifex planting

A small but dedicated group turned out on Saturday 22 August 2020 to plant 3,500 spinifex and pīngao plants. Many thanks! Read more at: Waikawa Beach Planting Day 2020

Volunteers hard at work.
Volunteers hard at work. Note the new tape and how much sand has accumulated below last year’s tape.

Recycling

Recycling remains a bit of an issue, with Horowhenua District Council releasing guidelines: What and when to recycle. Plenty of people are still confused about which week to put out recycling. We maintain a list of dates on the front page of our website. Over the Christmas period recycling will be collected on 07 and December 2020, 04 and 18 January 2021.

Last summer Horowhenua District Council placed a recycling station at the edge of Hank Edwards Reserve for about 3 months. This was very popular, with both locals and those from further away, however it created a very distressing noise problem for nearby houses with smashing glass and vehicle noises all day and sometimes all night. We’ll be discussing these issues again with the Council before summer.

Get recycling right poster.

WBRA Subscriptions are due now

The new financial year for the WBRA has begun and that means it’s time to pay your subs. We have a couple of changes this year: we’re able to email receipts, but we need to know your email address.

We’re also trying to make sure our Waikawa Beach database is up-to-date. People have moved out, or in, email addresses have changed, names have changed, and some of the information we have is really old.

Please visit waikawabeach.org.nz/subs-form/ to send us your current contact details (and sub payment date) so we can make sure our membership list is up-to-date.

And please, same as last time just really isn’t helpful, unless you have secret access to our database and know for sure what info we have.

Subs this year are the same as last year: $25.

Pay online to account 03 0667 0268929 000. Please include your name and beach address so we know who’s paid. There’s not a lot of space on the bank form, so it also helps if you fill in the form mentioned above or email wbra.committee@gmail.com with your name, beach address, postal address, email address and date of payment so we can make sure our records are completely up to date.

Or, post a cheque to E White, PO Box 30309, Lower Hutt. However you pay your subscription be sure to include your beach address and name.

Ngā mihi nui,
Miraz Jordan

Population growth in Horowhenua is higher than the national average

In the last few weeks two houses have sold very quickly in the Waikawa Beach village. Not too surprising, when the population growth rate in Horowhenua is higher than the national average.

From the Horowhenua District Council on 15 October 2020, Population growth in Horowhenua will continue to outpace the country:

The population growth rate in Horowhenua will continue to outpace the rest of New Zealand for the next decade, a review of the Horowhenua Socio-Economic Projections has found. …

The review predicts 2.6% growth every year between now and 2029 compared to 1.2% growth nationally. From 2029 to 2039, the predicted growth is 2.8%. Horowhenua Mayor Bernie Wanden said population growth in Horowhenua outstripped the national growth rate for four years in a row, and it will continue to do so for the rest of the 2020s.

“By 2041, more than 62,000 people will live in Horowhenua – that’s larger than Whanganui and slightly less than live in Kāpiti now,” he said.

“The new expressways to the south have led to Horowhenua being named as a growth area by the Greater Wellington Region. …

Chief Executive David Clapperton said … We estimate that we need to double the annual build rate to 560 homes every year for the next 20 years.”

At its meeting of 14 October, Horowhenua District Council adopted this population growth assumption as the basis for planning its Long Term Plan 2021-2041. …

Group Manager Customer and Strategy David McCorkindale said … “We do not want to end up like growth cities that suffer from congestion, infrastructure issues, overcrowded classrooms and GP waiting rooms,”

Of course, we already suffer from congestion on SH1 and those who use the town water supply in Levin and elsewhere already endure restrictions every summer.

What and when to recycle

Horowhenua District Council collects recycling from Waikawa Beach every second Monday. Upcoming dates are:

  1. 12 October 2020
  2. 26 October 2020
  3. 9 November 2020
  4. 23 November 2020
  5. 7 December 2020
  6. 21 December 2020
  7. 4 January 2021
  8. 18 January 2021

Also check the right-hand side of the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association website for dates.

Get recycling right poster.

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