Noema (November) 2020 WBRA Newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau. Well, it’s the time of year where you mow the grass, turn your back for a minute and it shoots up so you have to mow it again. On the other hand veges are coming up nicely in the garden too.

In case you missed it, there was a General Election. We have a new MP in this area: Terisa Ngobi, for Labour.

Read on in this newsletter for details of the Waikawa Beach Summer Activities, open to all at the beach.

Beware burglars: there have been more reports of thefts and burglaries from this area. Talk to your neighbours and keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Lock up your stuff. If you have concerns call the Police.

Handy phrase for the month: Kua tae mai ngā kūaka. (The godwits have arrived.)

Important note: Village entrance tree removal, 23 and 24 November 2020 may cause delays, so leave extra time for your travel.

In this newsletter:

  1. Summer activities
  2. Property
  3. Recycling station
  4. Toilet block on hold
  5. Brief news
  6. WBRA Subscriptions are due now

Summer activities

Do you have a wetsuit and could you help with water safety on Boat Day? If so, please contact the Secretary at as soon as possible.

  • AGM: Sunday 27 December 2020 at 3 pm.
  • Boat Day: Thursday 31 December 2020 at 10 am; backup Saturday 02 January 2021 at 11 am.
  • Sports Day: Friday 01 January 2021 at 3 pm
  • Sand sculpture competition: Monday 25 January 2021 (Anniversary Day). Judging is later in the afternoon.

18 Hole Golf and Ambrose Golf: if you’re interested in these please let us know as soon as possible at . If there are enough people interested we’ll organise a game. The Ambrose Golf would be later in January.

Remember: if you’re at the beach you’re welcome to join in on the Summer activities — you don’t have to be a paid up member of the Association. 😎

If you’re interested in being on the Committee please let us know. You need to be available for a couple of hours at the beach on the Sunday mornings of Easter, Queen’s Birthday, and Labour Weekend. On rare occasions there are additional meetings.

If you have items you want discussed at the AGM then please contact the Secretary immediately: .

9 Spoonbills in the estuary.
Just before 7 am on 02 November 2020 was a great time for spoonbill spotting. There were 9 in the estuary near the Manga Pirau Street entrance.


The couple of places that were for sale last month have been sold or the signs have simply disappeared. At the moment there’s nothing available. Various building works are progressing though.

Recycling station

The Association is working with the Horowhenua District Council to make sure that the Hank Edwards Reserve recycling station that caused so much disruption to neighbours last summer won’t be such a problem this summer. At worst it will be in place only for about 3 weeks. We’re trying to avoid having it here at all by finding a way to get back to the same kind of recycling truck arrangement we used to have. No final word on that yet.

Toilet block on hold

Before Covid-19 turned the world upside down there were plans being developed to refurbish the Hank Edwards Reserve toilet block. Those plans are now on hold indefinitely as the Horowhenua District Council is taking all opportunities to avoid big Rates increases.

Brief news

Recently these items have been published on the website:

WBRA Subscriptions are due now

Surely you know this by now: $25 per year. Please pay up. 😀 Your support helps us work on behalf of the community. See Subs form to give us your updated contact details and Become a member for how to pay.

Ngā mihi nui,
Miraz Jordan

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