Healthy bird populations can indicate that the environment is healthy. We know lots about endangered native birds in the bush, but we don’t always know what’s happening in the populations of all the birds around us, particularly in urban and garden environments.
Here are some of the birds you might see around Waikawa Beach: hawks, Canada Geese, fantails, waxeyes, ring-neck doves, pheasants, Eastern Rosellas, tūī, magpies, shags, swallows. What’s in your backyard?
Wellington region moved to Alert Level 2 at 6pm on Wednesday 23 June . This area includes Ōtaki, Waikawa Beach, Manakau, Wairarapa, and Kāpiti Coast. This measure will remain in place until 11:59pm Sunday 27 June.
That seemed wrong because Waikawa Beach and Manakau aren’t in Wellington region so I emailed the officials. They directed me to the Boundary Map which confirms we are included in Level 2.
The text below reads, in part:
The Greater Wellington region boundary includes Ōtaki, Waikawa Beach, Manakau, Wairarapa, Kāpiti Coast, and also the islands within the Wellington Regional Boundary.
Commencing on the mean high-water mark of the west coast of the North Island at the mouth of the Waikawa Stream
proceeding in a generally north easterly direction along the south bank of the Waikawa stream to intersect with Waikawa Beach Road then along Waikawa Beach Road to intersect SH1
The main Level 2 requirements are to keep your distance, get tested and otherwise stay home if you’re sick, no more than 100 people at social gatherings.
Horizons Regional Council today adopted its 2021-31 Long-term Plan.
The Long-term Plan (LTP) will guide the way Horizons manages the region’s land, air and water resources, and how they will help to make this part of New Zealand a great place to live, work and play. …
“Following submissions and deliberations, Council has identified which work programmes we will continue and which will require increased expenditure.
“This includes additional funding for Council’s priorities areas of freshwater, climate change and biodviersity, as well as public transport, environmental education and some changes to river management schemes. …
As a result of today’s resolutions, rates for Year 1 will be increasing by an average of 8.4 per cent across the region, an average of 8.2 per cent for Year 2, and an average of 6.5 per cent for Year 3.
“It is important to keep in mind that these rate increases are only an average and the rate impact will differ from district to district due to factors such as changes to property values, and specific rating inputs such as river schemes and urban passenger transport rates for certain areas,” says Cr Keedwell. …
Kia ora koutou kātoa, It is with great sadness that I tell you that Elaine White, Treasurer for the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association since 2013, passed away suddenly on Sunday, 23 May 2021. Our condolences to all of Elaine’s family and friends.
A study by New Zealand and European researchers says sea-level rise will have severe consequences, and long-term property planning needs to begin urgently.
Study co-author Dr Judy Lawrence from the Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University warned rising sea levels will affect properties in the future, and said New Zealanders should not build their homes close to the shoreline.
Lawrence said New Zealanders often want to build their property near the edge of the water – but they should not.
There are two colour forms or ‘morphs’ of fantail, with the more common pied morph occurring throughout its range, and the black morph comprising up to 5% of the South Island population, and occasionally occurring in the North Island.