Beach and Marine threat over for 05 March 2021

National Emergency Management Agency on Friday 05 March 2021 — last updated 3:43 pm:

The National Advisory issued at 2:48pm following this morning’s earthquakes near the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION is cancelled.

The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas.

Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges will continue for up to another 24 hours. People should remain vigilant and take extra precautions with regards to beach and ocean activities.

Tsunami alert sign at Waikawa Beach.
Tsunami alert sign at Waikawa Beach.

Danger: Stay off the beach Friday 05 March 2021

Via National Emergency Management Agency, Friday 05 March 2021 — last updated 10:44 am:

Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges near the shore are expected in the following areas. This means a threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities.

The West Coast of the North Island from AHIPARA to MAKARA including the West Coast of Auckland, Manukau Harbour, New Plymouth, Whanganui and the Kapiti Coast.

Kermadec Earthquake 2 M8 1 Tsunami Forecast Map.
Kermadec Earthquake 2 M8 1 Tsunami Forecast Map.


This is a Tsunami Warning for New Zealand coastal areas following the magnitude 8.1 earthquake near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.

The severity of currents and surges will vary within a particular coastal area and over the period this warning is in effect.

The first wave may not be the largest. Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled.

Summer in Paradise Quiz night, Friday 12th March 2021

The Heart of Manakau Proudly Presents Summer in Paradise Quiz Night

Date: Friday 12 March 2021

Time 7.30 start

Location: Manakau Bowling and Sports Club. Corner of Honi Taipua and Mokena Kohere Streets

Cost: $10 per person

Teams: Maximum of 12 teams with 5 per team. If you don’t have 5 we can help you make up a team on the night. Please make sure you register as we were at our maximum at our last quiz night.

Register your team by contacting Kimbal 029 835 1215 or 36 26 395,

Refreshments: The Bowling club bar will be open. Light snack food will be served during the evening

The MDCA will be running raffles during the evening with all funds raised being used by the MDCA for projects that benefit the community

Please support your community by entering a team.

Quiz Night Friday 12 March 2021 (37 KB Docx) Same info as above but with better layout and formatting.

Local treasure in the magazines

Locals Kezna and Braden Cameron, who have a 26 hectare property by the beach, have been written about this month in NZ House & Garden. You may have spotted some of their Arabian horses on the beach sometimes.

Like others in the area they’re doing their bit to keep pests at bay and enhance the wetland environment.

the garden … has been planted in waves of native grasses that wind their way down to the lake. Braden and Kezna are working with the local council to ensure pests such as stoats are eradicated from the lake area.

Not surprisingly, the couple say this is their forever home. “Working in the property industry we see a lot of places we love, but this house works perfectly for us and our family and we love the location, so we have no plans to move.”

From: Coast meets country at this Horowhenua new-build |, February 2021.

Photo from Stuff, looking out over the lake area.
Photo from Stuff, looking out over the lake area.

Photo credit: from the article at Stuff, Paul McCredie/NZ House & Garden.

We all know this: Waikawa Beach is a treasure of a place. 😀

Power failure alert Tuesday 23 February 2021

Note: the power went off unexpectedly around 5.10 pm on Tuesday 23 February 2021, and seemed to come back on around 5.40 pm. However Electra confirm power has not yet been fully restored.

So, if, like us, you’re thinking something in your house is at fault because some lights work while the fridge doesn’t, it’s just a matter of waiting.

Update: power seems to have been fully restored at about 6.20 pm.

Transport initiatives in our region — have your say

Note: Submissions close 5pm on 17 March 2021. Info from Horizons Regional Council:

Reps from the region’s councils, Waka Kotahi NZTA and KiwiRail have worked together to allocate funding for transport initiatives in our region. Let us know if we go it right. Read the summary and find the submission form at

Strategic direction summary.

Some details from Regional Land Transport Plan 2021-31:

The long term vision for transport in the region is to be a region that connections central New Zealand and supports safe, accessible and sustainable transport options. …

As mentioned above, transport and the networks that service it, affects everyone in their day to day lives. We want to change how our transport system operates to achieve the following:

  • Better connections, access and travel choice. This is about giving people more options about how they travel and also ensuring everyone has access to the places they need to go.
  • Improved safety on the network. We want to improve the safety of the network to reduce the number of serious deaths and injuries on our roads.
  • Reduce the environmental impact and carbon emissions from transport.
  • Create a more resilient system. This is about managing the network to minimise disruptions from the unplanned events on the transport network.

Ultimately we want to have a transport system that is safe and encourages the use of many different types of transport (e.g. use of public transport, cycling and walking, rail for freight movement) as we believe this will improve the health of not only our communities but the environment too.

From the Draft Regional Land Transport Plan, Page 19:

The primary passenger rail service provided in the region is the Capital Connection which travels between Palmerston North and Wellington and is a weekday commuter service that completes a morning and evening trip with various stops along the way. The Capital Connection has been operating since 1991 and is an established and integral part of the transport network on the Palmerston North to Wellington corridor. The service provides an alternative means of transport for people in Palmerston North and along the Wellington corridor, which is important due to the reliability (congestion) and resilience issues that affect that road corridor. The current capital connection rolling stock has reached the end of its useful life and requires significant maintenance. Refurbishment of the current stock is underway. Further to this, significant local investment is proposed as part of this Plan to enable the continuation and replacement of the current Capital Connection service with a new modern fleet of trains and increased service frequency which will improve access and transport choice between Wellington and Palmerston North as well as the communities in between. If uptake of the service is increased then it can be expected that use of this transport option will also reduce carbon emissions.