If you can spare an hour on the morning of Saturday 22 August 2020 to plant a tray of spinifex and pingao plants then we’d love your help! Horowhenua District Council are supplying 3,000 plants. Bring a spade and a few friends or family members if you can. Read more at: Spinifex planting 9.30 am Saturday 22 August 2020 — please join in.
It’s the time of year when we start seeing seals on the beach, often cleverly disguised to look like bits of driftwood. Be extra cautious if you’re driving, and keep an eye on dogs and children. The law says we must keep our distance.
Determined burglars about
Up at Manakau recently burglars went to extreme lengths to remove items from a locked and protected house. Read more at Beware the burglars. Meanwhile the Waikawa Beach Facebook group had reports of firewood and water thefts. Keep in touch with your neighbours to keep an eye on the properties around you.
The Ōtaki to North of Levin highway is progressing, with NZTA about to start consulting with affected landowners. Meanwhile, the WBRA is representing the Waikawa Beach perspective. If you have comments about the O2NL project then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 4 projected areas for population growth around Manakau (P13). Land would need rezoning.
Council may also look at whether a small commercial area could be identified and provided for in Manakau. (P14)
Council may undertake a feasibility study on the delivery of reticulated water and wastewater to Manakau. (P14) Question: where would sewage be disposed of, and how might that affect Waikawa Beach?
All sorts of roading matters, including better connections between east and west sides of SH1 (P15 on).
Investigating public transport needs (P18).
Recreational activities, including shared pathways for cycling and horse riding, and cleaning up waterways (P19 on).
If you have opinions please have your say direct to Horowhenua District Council but also let the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association know either by leaving comments here or by emailing them to the Committee at email@example.com .
Horowhenua District Council wants to know if you support a policy that will give affected ratepayers relief during or after an extraordinary or emergency event. …
Mayor Bernie Wanden said the policy aims to give Council a tool to allow it to provide relief to those suffering hardship during uncertain times.
“Living in the Shaky Isles, we’re all well aware of the risks of earthquakes and tsunamis, but we’re also warned to expect more droughts and floods due to climate change. Therefore, we’ve made the draft policy flexible so that it will work for any event and not necessarily a civil defence emergency,” said Mayor Wanden. “The policy can even be used if a home or business is rendered unusable.”
“We now need to hear from residents, businesses and organisations to find out their thoughts on the draft policy so that we can incorporate changes to reflect our communities’ concerns before the policy is adopted.” …
The consultation period runs from Friday 17 July through to 4pm on Friday 31 July and a hearing will be held in Council’s Chambers on 5 August. The final draft policy will be considered for adoption at Council’s 12 August meeting and if adopted the policy will be operative before the first rates instalment is due on 15 September 2020.
There are two tracks to the beach off Reay Mackay Grove. For some time now there’s been a blue Beach Access post at the beach end of the south track to help people know where the track is. As of today, when Ben Wood, Parks and Property Officer at Horowhenua District Council installed 3 more posts, each track is now clearly marked at both ends.
These new blue posts are bigger and much more visible than the old wooden posts at the roadside, and provide much needed direction for folks on the beach.
Heads up: Ben said the Council is receiving a quantity of spinifex and pingao plants and is hoping to have a community planting morning at Waikawa Beach around the end of August or early September. It should be on a Saturday or Sunday. We’ll let you know once we have a date.