08 March 2022: 631 (red). See also Safe to swim? This post will be updated on the website each week.
Promptly on the morning of Monday 14 March 2022 Lee Builders began the work of demolishing parts of the toilet block. The men’s block was the first target and work went very quickly. By the end of the afternoon only the pump house was still standing.
Portaloos for public use have been delivered, and the AED Defibrillator was installed outside the safety fence.
The WBRA has been able to keep the iconic wooden signs with sunburst for the archives and a few nearby residents kept a concrete block or two as memorabilia:
A few photos from around 5 pm below. For photos and videos earlier in the day and for the rest of the project visit Waikawa News:
Kia ora e te whānau,
first up: this is the last WBRA newsletter from me because I’ve stood down from the Committee as of 19 March 2022. After 5 years working on behalf of the community through the WBRA I’ve decided to put my efforts out there more directly. Visit my website Waikawa News for future news and newsletter updates.
If you’d enjoy being a website editor and newsletter writer for WBRA (WordPress skills helpful, but I can give training) please contact me for more information about what’s involved. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
AGM update: the Secretary announced a postponement:
“Unfortunately due to Covid it has been decided that the AGM will not be happening until things have settled down. Miraz had announced it in the newsletter but as we have being trying to sort out the financial members list things have been on hold. We will be advising everyone once these lists have been sorted.”
This month’s relevant Māori word — Tawhiti: in the distance, afar.
Renovations on the toilet block begin on Monday, 14 March 2022, Covid willing. Read more at Toilet block update March 2022. Some fencing has already been delivered to the site ready for work to begin. Note that Portaloos will be available for public use while the toilet block is being renovated.
The project costs in the region of $354,000. Note: that averages out to about $7,000 per year for the potential 50 year lifespan of the building.
I also took a load of photos for the archives of the ‘old’ block. This is a data heavy page: Documentary photos of the ‘old’ toilet block.
- We are still awaiting the promised bike stands. It’s a supply chain delay.
- Don’t laugh, there are hints that Transmission Gully might open ‘soon’.
- Horowhenua District Council mower trimmed up a metre or so of the grass verges on 04 March 2022.
- In 2021 between Mill Road in Ōtaki and Hokio Beach Road in Levin, on SH1, there were: 37 crashes, 5 road closures, 26 delays and 8 deaths. Read more at Road Crash stats.
In the night sky this month
All the bright planets are in the morning sky, some better placed than others. Venus is the beacon for the region, rising due east after 3:30 at the beginning of the month. To the right of Venus is Mars, much fainter and red-coloured. Well below and right of Venus are Mercury and Saturn. They make a close pair at the beginning of the month, rising after 5 a.m. Mercury is the brighter of the two.
… The apparent closeness of the planets is all line-of-sight, of course. At mid-month Mercury is 194 million km away, Venus 96 million, Mars 285 million, Jupiter 890 million and Saturn 1600 million km away.
Take a look at The Evening Sky in March 2022.
Still for sale: 58 Manga Pirau Street, 75 Strathnaver Drive, 10 Arthur Street, properties on Walkers Lane (judging by the roadside signs). Also: 686 Waikawa Beach Road, 159 Emma Drive, 40 Manga Pirau Street, 44 Sarah Street, 13 Arthur Street.
Properties just aren’t moving at the moment.
Ngā mihi nui, Miraz Jordan, Waikawa News
Funnily enough, out of the thousands of photos I’ve taken at Waikawa Beach — sunsets and sunrises, sandy vistas, birds, plants, dunes, Tararuas, fish, insects, lakes, river … — none feature the scuzzy old toilet block at Hank Edwards Reserve.
But that toilet block, built about 50 or 60 years ago is about to be irrevocably changed, so for the Waikawa Beach Archives I visited on 08 March 2022 and took a whole lot of photos, inside and out.
See these as a
before. In a few months, Covid delays willing, we’ll be able to compare them with the
Warning: a lot of photos follow — beware data use.
The Horowhenua District Council is about to begin the refresh of the Hank Edwards Reserve toilet block and wants the community to know what to expect.
Work should begin from 14 March 2022 and it’s hoped to complete it by 08 July 2022.
Update 10 March 2022: The project costs in the region of $354,000. Note: that averages out to about $7,000 per year for the potential 50 year lifespan of the building.
One really important point though is that Covid-19 could take the project off-track in two ways:
a] Supply chain problems. We’re probably all aware that building supplies and many other goods have been affected by Covid. The contractors have most of the materials they require already in their depot, but a few items are still on order.
b] Staff supply problems. Being able to get the job done requires people to do the work. Covid is affecting some workers connected with the project.
As we’re in a Covid surge at the moment both HDC and the contractor have already been affected by having staff away because of Covid. The contractor though is keen to get on with the work without delay and will be making efforts to keep the job moving. [Update 08-Mar-22: the struck out section inaccurately said some HDC staff were affected by Covid. My apologies for the error.]
The work plan
With peak Omicron nearby this information will likely be useful for all of us:
The COVID-19 Health Hub is a depository of information around what to do if you test positive for, or are exposed to as a close or household contact of COVID-19: https://covid19.health.nz/advice/
The Health Hub outlines the simple steps to take to recover, isolate, look after yourself or access support and provides direct links to COVID-19 resources such as My Covid Record, Book My Vaccine and Ministry of Health and Unite Against Covid websites.
Please share this handy tool amongst the older people in your networks. For those who aren’t able to access the internet, phone support is available:
Healthline 0800 358 5453
Welfare line 0800 512 337.
In fact, just share it with everyone, not just older folks. Maybe print a copy and put it on your fridge. We all hope none of us will need this info, but if we do, we won’t want to be searching it out.
In 2021 on average there was one day each fortnight where you would have experienced delays driving on SH1 between Ōtaki and Levin.
Eight people sadly lost their life on that stretch of road, and there were 37 crashes — that’s about 3 each month on average.
The road was completely closed 5 times.
Those stats are why I take a book now if I’m travelling on that stretch of road.
To see more on this and to read the documents with the info, or for comparisons with recent years take a look at Road Crash stats – Waikawa News.