Haratua (May) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa. The major item this month is to make sure you know about the public meeting on Saturday 08 June 2019 at 10 am at the Manakau Hall. The meeting will discuss beach erosion and the Tonkin and Taylor Report.

And on the topic of water: this summer there were far fewer E. Coli warnings at the footbridge. Otherwise, we’ve been enjoying a bit of mid-year quiet.

In this newsletter …

  1. Water quality at the footbridge
  2. Public Meeting about beach erosion: 08 June 2019
  3. Problematic high-angle groyne to be removed
  4. River mouth photos
  5. Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project workshop
  6. Fishing vessels close to shore
  7. Seaweed dump
  8. Recycling changes
  9. Property news
  10. Next Committee meeting
  11. Subscriptions and contact info
  12. Do you know: What an AED is, where ours is, and how and when to use it?

Water quality at the footbridge

E. Coli monitoring has now finished for the summer seaon. The results this year have not been so bad — it’s been Green 50% of the time.

Graph showing results of the 2018-2019 summer water monitoring.
Graph showing results of the 2018-2019 summer water monitoring.

Public Meeting about beach erosion: 08 June 2019

Public meeting about Waikawa Beach erosion: Saturday 08 June 2019 at 10 am at the Manakau Hall.

Ramon Strong, Group Manager River Management, Horizons Regional Council, will give a presentation on the report from Tonkin and Taylor about erosion at the river mouth and options for Horizons Regional Council to deal with that erosion.

Dated March 2019, the Tonkin and Taylor report is called Coastal Geomorphological Assessment And Management Options.

Read the report in summary and in full.

Options for action include:

  • Do nothing
  • River training: cutting, realign the groyne
  • Protect the banks: construct dunes, additional groynes, use rocks to protect shoreline
  • Combination of the above.

Any work is liable to add to our rates bills.

Please read the information available and prepare your questions. Discuss the report with friends and neighbours, and tell them about the public meeting which is open to all interested people. I hope we'll see you there.

Problematic high-angle groyne to be removed

Ramon Strong, Group Manager River Management, Horizons Regional Council, is working on lining up a contractor and organising consents so that the high-angle groyne at the river mouth can be removed. This groyne was identified in the Tonkin and Taylor report mentioned above as likely contributing to erosion problems at Waikawa Beach. Ramon isn’t sure of the timeframe but is hoping it’ll be carried out soon, possibly by mid-June. See Waikawa Beach groyne to be partly removed.

River mouth photos

One of our community members who has a drone took some photos of the river mouth area for the Association to keep in its archives. We expect to get more photos at intervals through the year. This is valuable information for our records and will help us in any future negotiations with Councils and others about this vital part of our landscape. See the photo. Also look at Fresh views of the river and near shore.

Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project workshop

The NZ Landcare Trust and project partners would like to invite all members of the community with an interest in the Waikawa Stream and its feeding streams (including the Waiauti / Manakau Stream) to a community workshop.

At Manakau Hall, Wednesday 12 June 2019, 6.30pm–8.30pm. Coffee, tea and a light supper provided.

Note: this date isn't yet completely certain. Check with Alastair whose details are below.

As part of the Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project, there is money available to help you with your stream fencing, stream planting and erosion control projects over the next three years.

No project is too big or too small — the key is making a start that is achievable and manageable.

Please RSVP for catering purposes to Alastair Cole at alastair.cole@landcare.org.nz or phone 021 1684353

Fishing vessels close to shore

Fishing vessels have quite often recently been seen working very close to shore. This is completely legal, and at least one community member has pointed out the crew have been very considerate around those fishing with kontikis.

Seaweed dump

At the end of April we saw a rare sight: plenty of large clumps of kelp and other seaweed all along the shore.

Recycling changes

Horowhenua District Council will soon be delivering a massive 240 litre recycling bin containing a microchip coded to your property. This is intended for plastics and paper and will be collected every second week. You will still use the old crate for glass. If you’d prefer a smaller 80 litre bin or a second recycling crate instead of a 240L bin then contact the Council.

Property news

Sections for sale: 38 Uxbridge Terrace, 24 Uxbridge Terrace, approx 169 Strathnaver Drive. Quickly sold: 27 Strathnaver Drive. Featured in the most recent NZ Life and Leisure magazine: the bach and tiny house by the all-purpose beach access at the end of Manga Pirau Street. Article and photos are on pages 98 -107. It mentions our erosion problems.

Life and Leisure magazine cover.
Life and Leisure magazine cover.

Next Committee meeting

The next Committee meeting will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 08 June 2019, 4–6pm.

Subscriptions and contact info

Thanks to all those who have paid their sub since the last newsletter. We appreciate your support.

If you haven't paid your $25 sub yet, it's well past time time. Pay to account 03 0667 0268929 000 AND email wbra.committee@gmail.com with your name, beach address, postal address, email address and date of payment so we can make sure our records are completely up to date. If you have more than one property at Waikawa Beach please tell us all the addresses. Recently, for example, we contacted all those we know of whose properties would be directly affected by the Horowhenua District Council’s rural roads review.

Thanks to everyone who has already paid their sub. Your support is really important to us. Please ask your friends, neighbours and newcomers to join too so we can better represent them.

See waikawabeach.org.nz/subs for other ways to pay.

Do you know: What an AED is, where ours is, and how and when to use it?

Anyone can suffer a cardiac arrest with no warning. If you can use an AED Defibrillator within a few minutes you could save their life. A defibrillator delivers a safe electric shock to restart a heart that has stopped beating. Read more at: AED Defibrillator.

If you are with someone who complains of chest pain and then collapses, odds are she or he is having a heart attack or is in cardiac arrest. Call 111 and start CPR while someone gets the defibrillator from Hank Edwards Reserve. They should take their phone as they’ll need to call 111 to get the code to unlock the AED.

The defibrillator has instructions and is easy to use, but the 111 operator will also tell you what to do.

Have you seen the AED Defibrillator? Next time you’re near Hank Edwards Reserve check the front wall of the toilet block and make sure you’ll be able to find the AED in an emergency.

Watch a helpful video about how to use a defibrillator. Defibrillator models differ slightly but all seem to operate in the same way.

Ngā mihi nui,
Miraz Jordan

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