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Summer activities schedule 2018-19

As usual, we have plenty of activities planned for the summer. There won’t be any 18 hole golf this year, but the Ambrose Golf (yet to be organised) should be going ahead. Watch for details.

Date Time Activity Notes
Thursday 27 December 2018 3 pm AGM Hank Edwards Reserve. Bring a chair. If wet, at Manakau Hall.
Friday 28 December 2018 2 pm Boat Day At the footbridge. If the weather’s bad it’ll be on Saturday 29 December at 3 pm.
Tuesday 01 January 2019 3 pm Sports Day Hank Edwards Reserve.
Saturday 19 January 2019 Judging at 4 pm Sand Sculpture Day Cross the bridge and turn left.

Most activities depend on the weather so check the noticeboard, the blackboard or the website for last-minute updates.

Please also be sure to pay your membership subs as soon as possible.

Also think about whether you want to stand for, or nominate someone for, the Committee. You must have the permission of anyone you nominate.

One Waikawa Beach tiny home in the news

The tiny home that last year arrived beside the all-purpose beach access at the end of Manga Pirau Street has turned up in the news, and our erosion problem is the reason:

Tiny homes are also being used as a solution to red zoned land where building permits cannot be given due to safety concerns, Ms Stevens said. 

A tiny home has been set up as an Airbnb on Waikawa Beach on the Kapiti Coast on a piece of coastal land in an erosion zone, she explained. 

“The owners of that property wouldn’t have been able to put a regular batch down there so it’s an awesome solution for them.”

Source: Tiny homes: The answer to Auckland’s housing crisis? | Newshub.

Tiny home on Manga Pirau Street.
Tiny home on Manga Pirau Street

Interestingly enough, a tiny home has also recently arrived on Reay Mackay Grove. Never say that the folks at Waikawa Beach are behind the times.

Coastal erosion in Golden Bay

The coastal erosion in Golden Bay is causing concern:

Plans for a seawall up to 350 metres long in western Golden Bay are back on the table.

Property owners in Pakawau, north of Collingwood and on the inside of Farewell Spit, want the wall to protect their homes and land from rapidly increasing coastal erosion.…

Engineering firm OCEL Consultants NZ … said in a report that erosion was expected to accelerate due to sea level rise guidelines proposed by the Ministry for the Environment coupled with suggested increases in the frequency and severity of storms. …

a subdivision created there in 1959 had about 30 metres of sand dunes on the seaward side of the houses. …

“It’s gone from 20 to 30 metres of dunes – to now being within two metres of some of the sections.”…

The proposed wall would be a continuation of an existing wall at the Pakawau camping ground. It was estimated to cost up to $400,000 to build …

Source: Plans for Golden Bay seawall back on the table.

It’s worth reading the rest of the article too. There are quite a few similarities to the situation at Waikawa Beach.

How to turn south out of Waikawa Beach Road

Roading terms: Flush Medians and Merge Lanes

Ever since the intersection of Waikawa Beach Road with SH1 was changed a year or two ago there has been a lot of discussion about the corner and turning.

Some, like me, might not have known that the white diagonal lines are an area vehicles can use for turning south out of Waikawa Beach Road. Here’s the official word (with my emphasis):

Flush medians are white diagonal lines, painted down the centre of some urban and semi-urban roads, marking an area about one-car-width wide.

They’re called ‘flush’ because they are not raised, just painted on the surface of the road. Sometimes, however, there will be raised islands on the median to provide extra protection for pedestrians.

What flush medians are for

Flush medians are there to:

  • provide a wider separation between traffic streams on either side of the road
  • provide pedestrians with a place to pause while crossing two traffic streams
  • provide a refuge for vehicles turning into and out of side roads or driveways.

Don’t use flush medians as:

  • overtaking lanes (except for short distances just before the turn or when preparing to turn right and other traffic is occupying the adjacent lane)
  • a place to park.

It’s an offence to use a flush median to overtake, or to park on one.

How flush medians improve safety

In New Zealand, there has been a 19% overall reduction in crashes on streets where flush medians have been installed. Rear-end crashes have reduced by 66% and incidents involving pedestrians by 30%.

How to use a flush median

It’s alright to drive on a flush median for a short distance if you’re turning into or out of a side road or driveway. You can use them to slow down before making a right-hand turn, or to merge left into a gap in the traffic flow.

If you’re using the flush median to make a right-hand turn you should indicate, then steer gently onto the median rather than at an abrupt angle. Use the median as an area to slow down and brake. This way the following traffic doesn’t have to slow down rapidly to avoid you.

Carry out a similar manoeuvre if you’re using the flush median as a refuge before merging into traffic on your left. Remember to indicate and check your mirrors, accelerate, and move gently into a gap in the traffic.

When you’re using a flush median, always remember to watch out for pedestrians, other vehicles using the median and any raised islands.

Source: Flush medians | NZ Transport Agency.

Using a flush median for turns.
Using a flush median for turns.

Previously we had a Merge Lane:

Leaving a merge lane after turning right at an intersection

Some roads have a merge lane to help vehicles that have turned onto the road join the traffic flow.

If you are in a merge lane at an intersection:

  • show you want to merge by signalling for at least three seconds
  • move into a safe gap in the traffic
  • adjust your speed and following distance.

Source: The official New Zealand road code – About driving.

Using a merge lane after a right turn.
Using a merge lane after a right turn.

A knighthood comes to Waikawa Beach; congratulations Sir Kim Workman

Citations for Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

To be a Knight Companion of the said Order:

WORKMAN, Mr Robert Kinsela (Kim), QSO
For services to prisoner welfare and the justice sector

Mr Kim Workman (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2007 for his services to prisoner welfare.

Mr Workman stepped down from his role as National Director of Prison Fellowship New Zealand in 2008. He then served a three-year term as Families Commissioner from 2008 to 2011. He founded the Robson Hanan Trust, of which he remains a Trustee, Strategi Advisor, and spokesman. The Trust oversees the Rethinking Crime and Punishment strategy, which he helped launch in 2006, and in 2011 founded JustSpeak, a non-partisan network of young people speaking up for change in the criminal justice system. He has remained a Board member and strategic advisor to JustSpeak. He was a Board member of Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust from 2012 to 2013. He became an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded Victoria University’s John David Stout Fellowship and began writing the book ‘Criminal Justice, the State and Māori, from 1985 to 2015’. As an academic he has contributed a number of book chapters and produced journal articles on various aspects of criminal justice. Mr Workman was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the Victoria University Council in 2016, and the same degree by Massey University Council in 2017.

Source: New Year Honours 2019 – Citations for Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

Newly knighted Sir Kim Workman. Photo: Kim Workman
Newly knighted Sir Kim Workman. Photo: Kim Workman

Photo from RadioNZ.