Local business delivers veges and pizzas

Just up the road, the Manakau Market:

has grown a thriving delivery business over lockdown and continues to run fruit and vege from Levin all the way South to Raumati, Monday to Friday. Starting off with the seasonal boxes, adding in the option to pick your own goodies, adding in grocery and local artisan items as well.

Pick up is also OK.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday they also deliver pizza from 5 to 8 pm.

Manakau Market pizzas.

The wonderful journey of Thomas Bevan in 1845

Sometimes when the road’s choked it can take 2 or 3 hours to drive between Waikawa Beach and Wellington, and we feel entitled to complain. With any luck, all the expressways will eventually shorten a standard trip to maybe less than an hour.

But next time you’re stuck grinding along at 5 Kph you might like to think of the trip Thomas Bevan Senior took as a child, back in 1845. [These are merely very small extracts from the full text. It’s still a long read, so settle in. I also recommend you actually read the whole text — there’s a huge amount of very interesting detail in the orginal story that has been omitted here.]

Thanks to Lesley-Anne Walker for suggesting this story.

Reminiscences of an old colonist 1908

My Arrival In New Zealand – How Four Pakeha Children Travelled From Port Nicholson To Waikawa In 1845.

[A false start]

My father … made arrangements for us to come to him [from Wellington to Waikawa Beach] … It was in May, 1845, that the captain of the schooner called at our house to take us four children on board. We were put below in a small cabin, the air in which soon became stifling. We sailed about 9 o’clock in the evening, and very soon after our departure the wind rose to a hurricane.
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Mei (May) 2020 newsletter

Welcome Back Weekenders

The first weekend in Level 2 brought quite the crowd of folks to Waikawa Beach, both visitors and weekenders who’d been away from their baches for quite a few weeks now. Several boats launched off the beach, in one case leaving the trailer it was on, and the tractor attached to that trailer, firmly stuck in the sand. The tractor and trailer were later extracted, with great difficulty.

The Hank Edwards Reserve toilets are open again, and some renewed road markings at the intersection with SH1, down Waikawa Beach Road, and through the village have brought a touch of freshness.

The Council’s gardeners did a bit of work at the village entrance and some lupin trimming beside the tracks to the beach.

Meanwhile a couple of days of rain early in the month brought a very welcome almost 70 mm of water for the tanks and garden, but otherwise the phrase to use is ‘bone dry’. We’ve had some ground fogs in the morning, and even a good frost. We also saw some pretty high tides and a couple of gusty westerlies.

And, by the way, duck hunting starts on Saturday 23 May 2020.

  1. Mural Artist wanted (local)
  2. Te Takeretanga o Kura-Hau-Pō services
  3. Highway news
  4. Councils, handbook and plans
  5. Environment
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Mural Artist wanted (local)

Horowhenua District Council are drawing up plans to renovate the toilet block at Hank Edwards Reserve. One idea they have is to include a mural, preferably by a local. They’d also prefer to use a local builder for the work. Read more at: Toilet block — local mural artist and builder wanted.

Te Takeretanga o Kura-Hau-Pō services

With the shutdown Te Takeretanga o Kura-Hau-Pō put a special membership in place for ebooks and to provide Internet for those who needed it. They also received funding for a digital hub to allow people to connect for business development and support, and offer services such as free wi-fi, co-working spaces and guidance on use of the internet for business and skills development purposes. Read more at: Libraries Horowhenua ebooks and Internet and Te Takeretanga o Kura-Hau-Pō digital hub.

Highway news

NZTA will be testing the ground for the proposed expressway to north of Levin. They’re also planning more safety work along SH1 and SH57. Read more at: Ōtaki to north of Levin update April 2020.

Councils, handbook and plans

In spite of the shutdown Councils had to continue their processes with Annual Planning. Both Horizons Regional Council and Horowhenua District Council took submissions and are working on responses.

Horowhenua District Council are also working their way around communities to put individual plans in for each locale. A Beach community plan for Waitārere was recently adopted, including a vision, values and priorities. It’s worth looking at to help inform ourselves when our turn inevitably arrives.

Meanwhile Horowhenua District Council have put out a Handbook to help us be more involved.

Also see: Horizons Annual Plan 2020-21 consultation and HDC Annual Plan 2020/2021 Have Your Say.


The environment really came to the fore during shutdown. We had very high tides, as seen in A bay full of water.

An endangered Mollymawk was rescued from Waikawa Beach.

Community member Charlie Strivens made a video.

Someone got well and truly stuck in the sand: Beware wormholes.

A tractor stuck in the sand and sea.
Sunday’s victim of the worm holes. Photo submitted by Lesley-Anne Walker.

And Lesley-Ann Walker took a stunning photo at sunset.

Sunset across the sea with mountain barely visible.
Taranaki at sunset. Contributed by Lesley-Anne Walker.

Also check the independently run Waikawa Beach Facebook page for heaps of amazing photos from the last couple of months.

There has also been some agitation about the activities of the clam fishing dredge, both here and from folks in Kāpiti. See the articles in the local papers Ōtaki Today and the Kāpiti Mail: Unsustainable clam fishing makes waves, A time for rabbits, geese, goats and a timely clam closedown, and Consternation at clam dredging activities.

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Now life returns to something closer to how things used to be. Some who came to stay at their beach properties for the shutdown have returned to the usual homes. After a burst of Level 3 activity though, things seem to have quietened down again.

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata. He tāngata. He tāngata. — What is the most important thing in the world? It is people. It is people. It is people.

Ngā mihi nui,
Miraz Jordan

Storm-tide red-alert days 2020

NIWA have some very useful resources, including information about king tides:

High perigean-spring tides, colloquially known as “king tides”, peak 1–2 days after New or Full Moon when Moon is in its perigee (i.e., when it is closest to the Earth during its 27½ day elliptical circuit around the Earth), but dates of highest tides vary around New Zealand.

In 2020 the Moon’s closest perigee occurs on 8 April* and coincides exactly with a Full Moon, with next closest on 17 October (New Moon). The year’s highest high tides will occur in the two perigean phases of February to April and August to November.

For the year 2020, “red-alert” dates cluster around very high tides (perigean-spring tides) that peak 1–2 days after New or Full Moon when Moon is in its perigee and “carefree” dates cluster around lower high tides after First or Third Quarter when Moon is close to its apogee.

Source: Storm-tide red-alert days 2020 | NIWA.

Download the 2020 calendar for Taranaki (160 KB PDF) or just check the screenshot:

King tides 2020.

Dangerous intersection should be a priority

The following item was submitted by John Brown:

The May edition of the Otaki Mail contained an excellent article by Tom Frewen about the dangerous state of State Highway 1 between Otaki and Levin. It included mention of the intersection at Waikawa Beach Road and State Highway 1. The article arose from a meeting held In February between Manakau residents and the NZTA to discuss the matter.

The meeting was informed that no further action was proposed at this intersection by NZTA and the present SH 1 would be handed over to the local council when the Otaki to Levin new road was finished about 2030.

Nothing has appeared since 2017 in the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Newsletters or web site about this intersection and gives the impression that everyone at Waikawa Beach is happy with the safety improvements which were carried out. Discussions with many residents would indicate otherwise.

The Otaki Mail article describes the intersection as a death trap. It was created by NZTA with the removal of the merging lanes and slip lanes when five lanes were reduced to three and recently aggravated when plastic stakes were placed along the centre median strip. NZTA rationale is the model they use is based on some East European or South American design which they believe is correct for New Zealand. I believe the “engineers” employed by NZTA are bereft of any practical or logical ideas on road design or safety.

If you have concerns about this intersection, which NZTA admit is in the top 100 most dangerous in New Zealand, please contact the Ratepayers Association and urge them to move this to the top of their health and safety agenda and get alongside our Manakau neighbours to force some action by NZTA, local and central Government. We can not afford to wait another 10 years and then find that the local body which inherits the road has no money left to make any changes.

The Ōtaki Mail item John refers to, says, in part:

Initial scoping and design, already underway on the investigation phase, according to NZTA’s April update, will include proposals for “stretches of median barrier” on SH1 between the end of the expressway at Taylors Road through to the intersection with SH57 “excluding Manakau and Ohau, where safety improvements have recently been put in place.”

One of these improvements — the removal of a feed-in or shelter lane on SHI for Waikawa Beach Road traffic to turn south into — has actually made that intersection much more dangerous than it was, according to Manakau property owner, Phil Grimmett. Calling it a “death trap”, he says it requires vehicles emerging from Waikawa Beach Rd to interrupt two lanes of traffic to go south to Otaki.

“This is dicing with death,” he says. “A previous ‘improvement’ has exacerbated the situation. There needs to be a redesign of this intersection in the near future. A 10-year delay for real safety improvements is not acceptable.”

There is no mention of this intersection in NZTA’s latest update and, as for the two bridges over the railway line, Manakau resident, Judy Webby, says there is no funding for safety improvements to either of them.

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The WBRA Committee is always happy for members and others to submit items of concern. Please email wbra.committee@gmail.com or leave a comment below if you have views on this intersection.