CouncilMARK™ reports Horowhenua District Council is doing OK

Local Government New Zealand’s CouncilMARK™ programme is giving Horowhenua District Council’s performance a tick of approval in its second independent assessment.

LGNZ President Stuart Crosby says Horowhenua ratepayers can be pleased with their council’s efforts and trajectory.

“Horowhenua District Council has displayed competence, maturity and improvement over a three-year period, and is operating at a level where their ratepayers are receiving good value for money.

“Since their first CouncilMARK™ assessment in 2016, the Council has particularly improved in the areas of financial management, infrastructure strategy, and community engagement,” he says.

Horowhenua District is in a period of rapid population growth and infrastructure development which is unlikely to slow in the short to medium term. The Council has faced challenges including an accelerated infrastructure programme, increasing housing demand, and a need to diversify revenue sources. …

The Council underwent the first independent CouncilMARK™ assessment in 2016 and was awarded a “B”. In this year’s assessment, which was conducted in March, the Council has received an improved “BB” grade. …

Horowhenua District Council serves a population of 36,100 and is responsible for 583km of road and 853km of water pipes.

Source: Horowhenua on the rise with second CouncilMARK™ report – Horowhenua District Council.

Spinifex planting on Saturday 25 September 2021 details

Update on the Spinifex planting on Saturday 25 September 2021:

Waikawa Beach Planting Day on Saturday 25 September kicks off at 9 am and will take place over two hours.

Participants should meet at the Northern access way at Reay Mackay Grove. Planting will take place along the edge of last year’s planting, for those that know the area. Snacks will be provided.

We recommend you bring warm clothing, sturdy shoes, water, gloves and a spade if you have one (although some spades will be available and we will be drilling holes to make planting easier and quicker).

If rain persists, the event may be postponed until the next day.

Due to COVID-19 a maximum of 100 people can participate. QR scanning and a sign-in desk will be available and face coverings are recommended.

I hope we’ll see you there!

Waikawa Beach spokesbird?

Russell Smith sent in this photo of our Waikawa Beach matuku moana or white-faced heron strolling across the footbridge.

If it’s the same bird, it’s been hanging round houses and people in Strathnaver, Emma Drive and other parts of our community.

Large grey and white bird on the rail of the footbridge.
Matuku moana strolling along on the rail of the footbridge. Photo by Russell Smith and used with permission.

If you see it, say Hi!

Thanks Russell! If you have a great photo of local wildlife, email the (best quality) photo to with your name, where you took the photo and permission for us to publish it.