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Our subscription year begins on 01 October. Please pay your $25 WBRA membership fee now. We aim to email receipts for payments but need your email address.

Because banks don’t leave enough room for useful info on the payment form please also fill in our member details update form.

Note: banks no longer accept cheques so we can’t accept them either. We prefer you to pay online.

Typical inadequate bank payment form.
Typical inadequate bank payment form.

Wow Waikawa! Photo Fest Wrap-up and feedback please

The Wow Waikawa! Photo Fest took place over the Christmas and New Year break, now read the Wrap-up which reveals where the photos were and what they showed.

The organisers are extremely keen to hear comments and reactions — anything from one word to a sentence to a paragraph to however much you’d like to write.

Please either leave a comment below or email photos@wow-waikawa.nz in the next day or so.

We heard that people enjoyed seeing the photos and often took kids or visitors round to look at them. Some people said they found parts of Waikawa Beach they didn’t even know about. A few dedicated souls managed to track down all the available photos — one was stolen on the first day.

If you noticed the photos, searched them out or have any other feedback, please let the organisers know. It’ll go in the report to HDC to thank them for funding the event.

Anja Geelen went the extra mile and took photos of all the photos in situ and made one image.
Anja Geelen went the extra mile and took photos of all the photos in situ and made one image. ‘In the flesh’ the photos were more impressive.

Beware stingrays folks, January 2022

A report of the Waikawa Beach Facebook page today of someone stung by a stingray:

Keep an eye out for stingrays basking in the warm shallows. We helped a couple back to their car yesterday after the woman received two quite big wounds on her ankle – from one or two stingrays that she walked into/startled as she came out of the water. She was in quite a bit of pain but was able to bandage it and stop the bleeding with a scarf and walk to the car – then they headed for medical help. We made sure to splash a lot in the water after that!

This occurred about 11 ish at the northern part of the beach – north of the track across the dunes that is accessed from the forest.

Commenters pointed out they’ve seen stingrays around recently too.

Tongan volcanic eruption affects Waikawa Beach

In the early evening of Saturday 15 January 2022 many people at Waikawa Beach, and around Aotearoa New Zealand, were wondering what the thumping explosion noises they could hear were. It turned out they were from the massive eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga — a one in 1,000 year event!

Since then have come warnings about coastal surges or tsunamis in various parts of the world — for NZ’s north and east coast in particular.

But even here at Waikawa Beach we saw unusual surges in the river. Watch this YouTube video from Sue Culver (linked with permission):

Did you know Tonga is about 2,500 Km away. The power of that eruption, that we could hear it at Waikawa Beach!

Burglary and suspicious car activity at Waikawa Beach in January 2022

From the Neighbourhood Support Newsletter 14 January 2022:

  • Burglary: Waikawa Beach Rd (520-550) 06 January 2022 (between Walkers Lane and Emma Drive)
  • Car/person acting suspiciously: Drake Street 9-11 January 2022

For more information or to get your own copy of the weekly Neighbourhood Support newsletter contact:

Deborah Campbell
District Coordinator | Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support
L/L 06 3660574 – P 021 222 1006

E info@horowhenuansg.org.nz

C/ Levin Police Station: 7 Bristol Street, Levin 5510

Rare Lamprey in Waikawa stream

Sometimes you notice one little snippet about Waikawa Beach in a larger article on the web:

one of New Zealand’s rare native fish Lamprey (Geotria australis) has been discovered in waterways like the Waikawa Stream and reaches of the Ōhura River in the Horizons Region.

Lamprey (Geotria australis) being measured.
Lamprey (Geotria australis) being measured.

This comes from a Horizons Regional Council article: DNA techniques reveal the full spectrum of river life. The article also says:

A technique called environmental DNA or eDNA for short, is helping … identify the animal species present in our waterways. …

DNA is shed by aquatic life from their skin, scales, fluids and faeces. The technique is able to detect even minute traces of each species and the overall proportion of it within the water sample. The species of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, plants, fungi, bacteria, insects, snails, worms and anything else are identified by comparing the DNA fragments to a reference database. This requires as little as a mug of water sucked through a filter, though more water increases the chance of detecting organisms.