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Summer Activities schedule 2019-2020

As usual, we have plenty of activities planned for the summer. ALL WELCOME: you don’t have to be a member of the WBRA to join in. If you’re staying at Waikawa Beach then come and have some fun.

Date Time Activity Notes
Friday 27 December 2019 3 pm AGM Hank Edwards Reserve. Bring a chair. If wet, at Manakau Hall.
Saturday 28 December 2019 10.30 am Boat Day At the footbridge. If the weather’s bad it’ll be on Sunday 29 December at 11.30 am.
Monday 30 December 2019 am 18 Hole Golf We need a good turnout so let us know if you’re interested. Email wbra.committee@gmail.com. Normally held at Ōtaki then back to Waikawa Beach for refreshments.
Wednesday 01 January 2019 2 pm Sports Day Hank Edwards Reserve.
Friday 03 January 2020 10.30 am Ambrose Golf Email wbra.committee@gmail.com to register your interest.
Saturday 04 January 2020 Judging at 3 pm Sand Sculpture Day Cross the bridge and turn left.

Most activities depend on the weather so check the noticeboard, the blackboard or the website for last-minute updates.

Toilet block improvements?

The Hank Edwards Reserve toilet block was built decades ago and needs maintenance and repairs. It also has its problems. Earlier in 2019 toilets blocked repeatedly, causing flooding, and the Council spent a lot of money on repairs to the septic system.

The building itself needs some structural work too.

Digger.
Digger finding the pipes from the septic tank.

The women’s side has 3 small cubicles, a sink with cold water, and a large area for getting changed.

The men’s side has a urinal, a cubicle, a sink, a changing area and a locked room which contains the pump for the bore. Things are very cramped for those using the toilets.

Between the two blocks is an open-air shower on one side and a covered bench on the other.

With an attractively cobblestoned path, a concrete step, a narrow entrance and no lighting, both blocks are difficult or impossible for many people to access. The lack of lighting makes it a bit of a scary place in the dark.

Yet the toilets are well-used by both members of the community and individuals and groups who visit from elsewhere. There is a very low but constant daily use, and occasional high use.

The Horowhenua District Council wants to improve our facilities by making some necessary structural repairs and also overhauling things to improve the usefulness and user-friendliness.

It’s very early stages yet, but one proposal could bring:

  • two larger, accessible, unisex cubicles, with lighting, and perhaps a baby-change table and soap
  • an additional outdoor shower
  • one or two smaller changing areas
  • a secure area where the WBRA could store equipment such as is used for the AGM and summer events
  • better lighting
Toilet Block - Waikawa Beach
Toilet Block – Waikawa Beach. Note the narrow entrances with a raised step.

It might be that one side is removed in part or in whole, and the other side completely remodeled.

No decisions have yet been made, but officers from the Council have put the general idea to us and will now approach a designer to formulate some more specific ideas.

The Council are keen to do this in consultation with the community rather than simply imposing something that might not be what’s best for us.

Please leave any comments below to help guide the Association Committee.

Manakau Strategic Plan 2019 (affects Waikawa Beach)

We have been advised by the Manakau Community District Association about an event that may have implications for us at Waikawa Beach. Apparently there is a subdivision coming up near Emma Drive. If that’s the case then new housing may put pressure on Waikawa Beach Road.

Here’s the notice we received:

Tiffany Gower of the HDC has drafted a Strategic plan for Manakau and we have the opportunity to contribute to this draft in a discussion with Tiffany at a meeting in the Manakau Hall.

On Thursday 21st November [2019] at 4pm

After this discussion the plan will be finalised and put out for consultation. A later meeting will most likely be on a Sunday for maximum availability.

In light of the huge tracts of land put on the market lately, it is most important that the community share with HDC their vision for the future of our area.

To assist with logistics please RSVP by 18th November.

Your ideas are welcome and valued.

If you plan to attend please contact the MDCA directly.

River mouth photo 07 October 2019

Drone photo of the river mouth, taken on 07 October 2019.

Drone photo of the river mouth, taken on 07 October 2019.
Drone photo of the river mouth, taken on 07 October 2019.

Note: since then the river cut through that narrow stretch of sand and started flowing more directly out to sea.

Compare this with the River mouth photo 20 July 2019:

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$5,000 for a bit of garden waste?

Let’s say it’s just before 3 pm on a Saturday, maybe 26 October 2019. And let’s say you drive a red car onto the beach. The back is loaded with 2 full woolsacks or the like. Let’s say you drive onto the beach and speed off to the south.

This red car leaving the beach does not have any woolsacks on the back seat.
This red car leaving the beach around 3.04 pm on 26 October 2019 does not have any woolsacks on the back seat.

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