Fires and smoke at Waikawa Beach

It used to be that all outdoor fires were prohibited at Waikawa Beach, but that all changed in March 2019:

Fire and Emergency New Zealand have advised that as of Wednesday, 27 March 2019, an open fire season is in place for the Horowhenua District.

Note: All beach and sand dune areas remain in a Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) 365 days a Year.

Horizons Regional Council burning info.
Horizons Regional Council burning info.

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Passing lane near Ōtaki to be closed

The southbound passing lane on SH1 north of Ōtaki, between the intersections of Lawlors Road and Taylors Road, will be closed permanently from Tuesday 22 October 2019.

Due to safety improvements, the passing lane southbound prior to Otaki will be permanently closed from Tuesday 22nd October. Plan your journey accordingly and take extra care.

Map showing passing lane location.
Map showing passing lane location.

Safety improvements on SH1 – your comments

NZTA say that safety is a major issue for this region, so they have a number of safety initiatives underway on SH1 Ōtaki to Levin:

A review of speed limits on SH1 from Ōtaki to Levin will begin in the near future. While technical advice will be an important part of this review, local knowledge and experience of using these roads is also vital to this process, and we will be actively seeking input and feedback from the community.

Source, 04 October 2019 Media release: Ōtaki to north of Levin.

If you have comments on the safety of SH1 or speed limits between Ōtaki and Levin please add them on this blog post so the WBRA Committee knows and understands your views. I expect the Committee will want to make a submission on behalf of the Waikawa Beach community.

Of particular interest for all of us of course is the intersection with Waikawa Beach Road.

Comments you make on the blog post may be quoted in any submission we put in.

Another option is to email your comments to the Secretary, but leaving comments here allows others in the community to add their responses and discuss the ideas.

We’re growing

You may have had the impression more people were coming to live at Waikawa Beach, and you could well be right. Certainly, driving around the Strathnaver area and the Emma Drive area shows a lot of activity with new buildings.

But it’s not just us —

Recently released data from Statistics NZ shows the Horowhenua district increased in population by over 3000 people between the last two census counts.…

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Spinifex and pīngao were planted

On Saturday 28 September 2019 a staunch dozen or so folks turned up to help plant 3,000 spinifex and 500 pīngao plants near the north track to the beach off Reay Mackay Grove.

Some of the pīngao plants.
Some of the pīngao plants.

The Horowhenua District Council very kindly make the plants available, at a total cost of around $5,000. Because volunteers pitch in to help with the planting they can spend available funds on more plants.

Three Council workers joined in, spending their own weekend time to help out. Many thanks to Ann Clark, Ben Wood and Craig.

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