The river water by the footbridge WILL get cleaner

At long last we can announce a Landcare Research project whose outcomes include actually making the water in our river cleaner. Our emphasis below.

Where the 2 streams meet, west of Whakahoro Road, dirty water from the Waiouti on the left and cleaner water from the Waikawa on the right.
Where the 2 streams meet, west of Whakahoro Road, dirty water from the Waiouti on the left and cleaner water from the Waikawa on the right.

Waikawa Stream gets grant to clean up waterway

Associate environment minister Eugenie Sage announced a Government grant to contribute to the Waikawa Stream community catchment project.

The Government has announced a $170,000 funding grant to improve the health of a Horowhenua waterway.

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Submission emailed on Review of Speed Limits on Rural Roads

We sent a submission as follows:

This submission is on behalf of the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association. Our paid membership represents more than 100 Waikawa Beach households, more than 12% of them in the Strathnaver area.

  1. Our Association has long requested that the speed limit along the full length of Waikawa Beach Road from SH1 to the village entrance should be no more than 80 Kph. We support reducing the speed limit along Waikawa Beach Road from its current 100 Kph to 80 Kph or less.

  2. We have surveyed the affected ratepayers and residents who are members of our Association, and have 100% support from them for speed reductions along Emma Drive, Kristin Place, Strathnaver Drive and Reay Mackay Grove, but with the following notes:

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Military helicopter NH90 comes to town

This morning (Monday 11 March 2019) many people watched as a military NH90 helicopter hovered low for quite some time over the village. Some speculate it was a training exercise, others that they were looking for marijuana crops. We haven’t been able to find any definitive information.

The helicopter had its doors open, and at one point seemed to haul something up and onboard.

NH90 helicopter flies low over Waikawa Beach village.
NH90 helicopter flies low over Waikawa Beach village.

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Hui-tanguru (February) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora Waikawa whānau. As usual for this time of year the ground has dried out, the grass is brown and people are monitoring rainwater tanks. In the Meteorological Drought Index we’re in a Very Dry area.

It’s been a while since the last newsletter — ahhh, summer holidays! — so there’s a bit to report.

In this newsletter …

  1. Ready for rain
  2. Road News: Flush median and flexible posts; Review of Speed Limits on Rural Roads
  3. Summer water monitoring
  4. Tonkin and Taylor River Mouth Report
  5. Fishing boats
  6. In the News:
    • A knighthood comes to Waikawa Beach; congratulations Sir Kim Workman
    • James Street Christmas Lights placed 5th
    • Manakau Dairy new owner
    • One Waikawa Beach tiny home in the news
  7. Hank Edwards Toilets
  8. New Secretary
  9. Website Comment Policy
  10. Recycling: Bins at Hank Edwards Reserve; Wheelibins
  11. Lock up your valuables
  12. Summer activities
  13. Horowhenua District Council development plans for Manakau
  14. Property news
  15. Do you know: The Manakau Store website
  16. High tide and a free ride

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Speed Limits on our roads may change – submissions by 15 March 2019

Horowhenua District Council is undertaking Stage 1 of a district-wide review of speed limits on rural roads. Submissions close at 5PM on 15 March 2019. Extracts below, but read the full information at the link.

This review affects most of the rural roads reached by turning off SH1 onto Waikawa Beach Road. We’ve collated the individual suggestions from the proposal document available at the Council’s website (and linked below in case their link disappears).

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