River mouth update 20 July 2019

We’ve had a bit of rain and some high tides lately. The other day the river was very full, but it hasn’t had a lot of power. We need the right conditions to give it a full-flood flow so it can flush out sediment.

The work on the groynes seems to have improved how the river flows into the sea though. It flows past the groyne that was built up and then turns south, but only slightly. It’s currently flowing reasonably directly to the sea, well away from the land.

Looking north at the groyne and river mouth.
Looking north at the groyne and river mouth.
Looking southwest along the groyne to the river mouth.
Looking southwest along the groyne to the river mouth.

First seal pup of 2019

Spotted on the beach today, coming down off the dunes: the first seal pup of the season.

Please watch your dogs on the beach, and drivers beware. Remember, the law says you must stay at least 20 metres away and it’s an offence to disturb, harass, harm, injure or kill a seal. See Seal safety at Waikawa Beach.

Seal pup emerging from the dunes.
Seal pup emerging from the dunes.
Seal pup loping across the beach.
Seal pup loping across the beach.
Seal pup entering the sea.
Seal pup entering the sea.

The formation of the WBRA in 1974

I recently viewed the old Minutes book for the WBRA and found the minutes of the meetings where the Association was founded and set up. I’ve attached photos and also typed out that set of Minutes below. I aim in future to add further Minutes, but will date them to some time ago so they won’t stream through the feed, to your email inbox, or appear on the front page of the site. They’ll be available though under the Committee Minutes Category.

Those other minutes are likely to be available only as photos, unless folks are willing to help type them up. Any takers to type up a page or two?

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Toilet block fix July 2019

After months of problems with overflowing toilets at Hank Edwards Reserve, today the fix. Contractors are digging out the clogged up dispersal field and replacing it with fresh fill, fresh pipes and a breathable plastic that allows moisture to evaporate out while keeping sand and other debris from falling in.

Some in the community may know when the toilet block was built (let us know in a comment), but it seems it’s around 50 years old.

A digger cleans out the dispersal field.
A digger cleans out the dispersal field. Excavated material, being hazardous waste, is being trucked away to Levin for disposal.

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⚠️ Cyclists – fed up with speed bumps?

This contribution is from one community member. The WBRA Committee hasn’t discussed this matter at all.

Miraz Jordan writes:

⚠️ Cyclists! Do you find the Strathnaver Drive speed bumps a pain in the rear? They drive me crazy.

In a 1 kilometre stretch of Strathnaver Drive there are 3 speed bumps. As they’re designed to do, they slow down cars and trucks very effectively.

On the other hand, quad bikes, motorbikes, horses and pedestrians just go around the side on the rough grass and sand.

The speed bumps are awful for cyclists though. To ride over them means slowing right down and taking things very carefully — it really interrupts the flow of an otherwise enjoyable ride. Going round the side means negotiating gravel, potholes, and loose sand.

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Toilet block update 03 July 2019

From Ben Woods at Horowhenua District Council:

A temporary repair was made that allowed us to reopen the toilets given the time of year and low usage.

The plumbers will be onsite tomorrow [04 July 2019] to complete the larger repair work which will give us functionality through the summer.

I’ll be leaving the portaloo on site until the repairs have been made just in case there is a delay.