A high risk road

Another article, on 16 September 2019, about the dangerous stretch of road between Ōtaki and Foxton:

A New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) spokesperson said there was no money to build the Ōtaki to Levin expressway for another five years. …

The 40-kilometre stretch of State Highway One from Ōtaki to Foxton is rated as a high risk rural road.

Over the past 10 years, 24 people have died, serious crashes are on the rise.

There were 18 last year, up from 10 in 2017 and just two the year before that. …

Road safety consultant Fergus Tate said data specifically from 2018 showed a high ratio of death and serious injuries in crashes.

“There have been a number of deaths and serious injuries involved in those fatal and serious crashes, so in fact for each crash there has been 1.6 people killed or seriously injured.”

Stones left on Hank Edwards Reserve to be cleared

After the toilet block problems were fixed a few months ago, a fair few sharp stones were left behind on the grass. WBRA Chair, John Hewitson recently contacted the relevant folks at the Council:

Please find attached a photo of the rocks/stones left as residue after the replacement of the Septic Tank drain field on the Hank Edwards Reserve.

Because this is the sole grassed playing area at Waikawa Beach and where our sports events are held, would you please arrange to have all the surplus metal removed and the grass surface restored.

Stones on Hank Edwards Reserve.
Stones on Hank Edwards Reserve.

The Council replied on 09 September 2019: Thanks for bringing this to my attention. We’ll have the site tidied up.

Fingers crossed this one gets quickly sorted out.

Sarah Street attempted break-in 05 September 2019

We have a reportof an attempted break-in during the evening on Sarah Street or Waikawa Beach Road on Thursday 05 September 2019. A vigilant neighbour heard an unusual sound and disturbed the potential thieves.

Watch your property, and keep an eye (and ear) on your neighbour’s place too. If in any doubt about what’s going on call 111.

Horse Events 14 September and 06 October 2019

We have been advised about a Wellington Area Trail Riding Club ride:

There will be an annual Horse Event (PDF) on the private land across the footbridge on Sunday 06 October 2019.

It will be through the forest and to the foreshore so probably there will be no access over the bridge for most of the day.

There will of course be signs advising the public.

There is also a Distance Riding Event on Saturday 14 September 2019 from noon to 7 pm. That takes place on the beach.

Even if you’re not on the beach on either of those dates please be aware there may be horses and riders around on the roads nearby. Always slow right down past horses and give them and their riders plenty of space as you pass.

(Summer) yoga classes?

Over on the Waikawa Beach Facebook page is a request for yoga classes on Sundays, especially over summer. These could be held on Hank Edwards Reserve, or perhaps on the beach.

An instructor could ask for gold coin donation or charge a small fee — for example, Tai Chi classes at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō in Levin are $6 per session.

Are you someone who’d like to offer a public yoga session at Waikawa Beach? Or would you like to participate in one?

Add your request or offer in the comments.