NZTA have sent an update about Community engagement on the Ōtaki to north of Levin highway:
In August and September  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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.